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9/24/2014

 Curtis Industries Heavy Duty Vehicle Plow

Curtis Industries LLC, manufacturer of cab enclosures, attachments and accessories for compact vehicles, announces the release of its new heavy-duty utility vehicle plow. The plow ships fully assembled to dealers to significantly reduce installation time and cost.

This durable plow is powder coated for corrosion resistance and painted in a polished silver-gray finish that complements any color vehicle. The plow features a 72" wide x 19" high adjustable full-trip moldboard with 6" double-sided cutting edge for longer life. It's designed with a 48" trip frame and heavy-duty springs to protect the plow and vehicle from ground obstructions.

The plow ships with moldboard, trip frame, A-frame, lift frame, hydraulic pump and motor and angle cylinders fully assembled, including hydraulic fluid. Quick installation and one-plug electrical connection means greater time and money savings.

Custom vehicle mount kits are designed for the John Deere Gator XUV; Club Car XRT 1550/ Case; Polaris Ranger XP 900; Bobcat 2200, 2300, 3400 4x4; Case Scout and Scout XL; Husqvarna HUV 4421 and 4421XL; New Holland Rustler 120 and 125.

The mount kit bolts directly to the existing holes in the vehicle frame. No drilling is required. Once installed the plow easily mounts on standard 2" receiver hitch in less than 30 seconds.

"We have thousands of touch points with our customers annually and we are constantly asking for their opinions." said Michael Alexander, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "What they want in a plow is durability and faster installation time, and this plow delivers.

The plow's rapid speed hydraulic lift and angle controls operate within 2 seconds. The plow includes a 4-button hand-held controller allowing the user to operate the controls with one hand from the comfort of the vehicle.

The hydraulic reservoir is enclosed in a removable metal housing above the mount frame for easy access to hydraulic fluid, hoses and coil valve while protecting the components from the weather. Skid shoes, high-visibility blade markers and jack leg, which are accessories on some plows, are included as standard equipment.

"This plow is an exceptional value and built to last season after season," said Alexander. "Curtis has a long history of engineering on-road plows for larger pickup trucks. That same expertise and technology has gone into this off-road vehicle plow.

The plow is perfect for schools, universities, parks, resorts, municipalities and home owners with acreage.

Curtis offers an optional snow deflector and rubber cutting edge for the plow. Other snow and ice accessories are also available such as a vibration kit, gate control units and spreaders for salt, sand, fine gravel and fertilizer.

About Curtis Industries

Curtis Industries, LLC, an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company, is recognized as one of the most innovative designers and manufacturers of compact vehicle enclosure systems, attachments and related accessories that enhance our customers' comfort and productivity. The company, which started in 1968, also manufactures truck plows and snow & ice control equipment for tractors and utility vehicles. Curtis markets its products through OEM vehicle manufacturers and a large network of dealers in the United States and Canada as well as Europe and Asia. The company operates from a 150,000 sq. ft. facility in Worcester, Massachusetts.

For more information on Curtis products, please visit curtisindustries.net.


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9/24/2014

Skid auger

Land Pride’s SA20 Skid Auger fills a need for users that require a quality post hole attachment but don’t require our heavy-duty, commercial-grade SA35 Auger. This lighter planetary drive Skid Auger is ideal for land owners, landscapers, hobby farmers, or contractors.

The Land Pride SA20 Skid Auger digs holes from 9” to 36” in diameter and up to 48” deep or deeper with available auger extensions. With 10 different augers available — 7 double flight augers from 9” to 36” and 3 tree augers in 24”, 30”, and 36” — the SA20 is a versatile and dependable tool.


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8/26/2014

Yanmar

Yanmar America Corporation is a proud supporter and Title Sponsor of this year’s MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR being held at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort  Friday, September 12, through Sunday, September 14  in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS are fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events that offer hands-on seminars covering topics from small scale agriculture to renewable energy. Visitors to the fair can experience Yanmar’s recently launched new line of sub-compact tractors first-hand in booth 621. 

Yanmar will also be hosting a local farm to table dinner for special VIP guests and agricultural leaders of the mid-Atlantic and New England regions on the evening of September 13 in the Alpine Room at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

For more information on Yanmar agricultural equipment, please visit yanmartractor.com. To learn more about Yanmar America Corporation, visit us.yanmar.com.

About Yanmar America Corporation:

Yanmar America Corporation, located in Adairsville, GA, is the regional headquarters of Yanmar Co., Ltd. a global company based in Osaka, Japan. Yanmar Co. Ltd., was established in 1912, and in1933 became the world's first manufacturer to develop a practical small diesel engine. Today, Yanmar is a recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced performance diesel engines and diesel-powered equipment. Yanmar America Corporation is located at 101 International Parkway, Adairsville, GA 30103.

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5/29/2014

Rose & Lee Hubbert and Mike O’Dell, partners in Back to the Future Farm in Middletown, New York, have received approval to operate the first-ever Bob-White Systems LiLi Pasteurizer on their farm in Middletown, New York. They plan to process and bottle milk—and make milk soaps, cheese and yogurt—from their 48 Holstein and Jersey cows to sell locally and at the NYC Greenmarkets this summer. The Hubberts and O’Dell passed rigorous inspection in April by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and will begin processing LiLi Milk as early as June. This is the first LiLi Pasteurizer approved for use in the country.Side view of LiLi Pasteurizer

“The LiLi Pasteurizer is the best, FDA-approved low input-low impact HTST pasteurizer on the market,” says Steven A. Judge, the founder of Bob-White Systems and one of the chief designers of the LiLi. He adds: “This is revolutionary technology that works flawlessly and is gentle on the milk and saves valuable time.” The Hubberts and O’Dell were prepared to turn in an application to install a VAT pasteurization system when the LiLi passed inspection by the State of Vermont and received a favorable FDA review.

“The LiLi puts out the capacity we need without damaging the milk,” says Rose. “We did lots of taste tests of VAT-pasteurized milk and feel that LiLi milk is as close to raw as you can get. The LiLi is the least invasive pasteurization method on the market, which was a major selling point.”

“The LiLi opens up new income streams for dairy farmers like the Hubberts who wish to legally produce value-added products onsite,” says Judge. “It has the potential to make locally-produced, safe and delicious farm-fresh milk and other dairy products readily available again,” adds Judge.

The LiLi pasteurizer is available at a significantly lower price than comparable machines—$75,000 (depending on upgrades, installation costs and accessories), and Bob-White Systems offers financing options and cash rebates on complementary equipment.

“The LiLi pasteurizer is truly low input and low impact. It requires very little energy, time and resources to set up,” adds Judge. The LiLi pasteurizes at between 163 and 165 degrees and holds that temperature consistently to within one degree. It operates so dependably and at such consistent temperatures that the milk is not diverted and reheated during the pasteurization process.” This protects the overall quality of the milk and produces a superior end product that will make better-tasting milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products.

The LiLi pasteurizer is in full compliance with all pertinent regulations, including the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO). The machine is now approved for legal use in all 50 states, pending local, routine inspections.

LiLi benefits include:

Low Impact Continuous heating process has a low impact on the nutritional value and flavor of the milk. A gentle pumping action further preserves milk’s creamy, rich taste and consistency.
Legal The LiLi pasteurizer is in full compliance with the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. This means that dairies and dairy-food producers of all sizes can easily and legally pasteurize milk on site.
Efficient Inline system pasteurizes milk at a rate of two gallons per minute—much faster, and using much less energy, than traditional vat pasteurizers. Revolutionary, regenerative heating process returns 85% of process heat, making the LiLi the most efficient small-scale pasteurizer on the market.
Standard, Modular Construction Requires only 5 hookups – 240 VAC input, standard 120-volt amp circuit, water, raw milk input, and a drain. No additional infrastructure or external heat source required. Compact size (approximate 6-foot square design) makes it easy to use and install. In addition, the LiLi has an automated “Clean-in-Place” System. The machine requires minimal training or operator input during use.

The LiLi ships pre-assembled and requires almost no maintenance during use. The best part is that it does the same job as other small HTST pasteurizers and delivers a better-tasting end product.

The Hubberts and O’Dell plan to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony in July to mark the official opening of their LiLi Milk Plant. They plan to sell milk, milk soaps and other value-added dairy products under the Old Mother Hubbert label.

About Bob-White Systems

Bob-White Systems provides innovative equipment, supplies, technology and resources for the local production of safe, farm-fresh dairy products. Bob-White Systems, creators of the LiLi pasteurizer, provides farmstead dairy consulting services and affordable small-scale dairy equipment including bulk tanks, portable milking equipment, dairy and cheese making supplies for Micro Dairies milking cows, sheep, goats and even water buffalo. Inspired by the Slow Food movement, Bob-White Systems supports local, farmstead dairy farmers across the country and aims to increase the availability of locally-produced, safe and delicious farm-fresh milk, cheese and yogurt.  To learn more about the company, visit them online at Bob-White Systems and LiLi Milk, on Facebook and on Twitter

About Back to the Future Farm

Back to the Future Farm is a small, locally-owned farm operated by Rose and Lee Hubbert with their son Joshua, along with Mike O’Dell, in Middletown, New York. Back to the Future Farm is a producer of antibiotic and hormone-free poultry and poultry products and Old Mother Hubbert cream line milk and dairy products. To learn more about Back to the Future Farm, visit them on Facebook.

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5/21/2014

DEWALT metal storage is perfect for the auto industry.

Today DEWALT announced the national launch of its new rolling Metal Storage system for the automotive industry, contractors, and more.

DEWALT rolling metal cabinetThe two products include a 36” 6-Drawer Top Chest — model DWMT73678 — and a 36” 5-Drawer Roller Cabinet — model DWMT73679. Combined, the Top Chest and Roller Cabinet deliver up to 1,400 pound load capacity.

With these two new products, DEWALT is bringing its history of innovation and engineering excellence to reinvent the rolling Metal Storage product category.

After extensive end-user research, DEWALT has built the rolling Metal Storage system to feature auto-return closing drawers, 100-pound capacity ball bearing drawers, 200-pound capacity extra deep bottom drawer, and fully extendable drawers.

The Metal Storage products are designed to be durable and tough, and offer a new level of convenience and lots of storage room. The pull-out drawers are deep and large enough to store and organize an array of large tools. The top lid design provides enough clearance to allow a DEWALT 20 Volt Drill to stand with the lid closed. Knockouts in the back of the top lid allow power cords to run inside for battery charging, with the lid closed and locked.

The drawers on the Top Chest and Roller Cabinet feature100-pound auto-return drawer slides for heavy-duty storage capacity. Top and bottom keys are included for an internal locking mechanism with breakaway keys. Heavy-duty casters offer durability and easy movement.

The Top Chest provides 9,096 cubic inches of storage space with 10-3/8” deep top that stores a variety of power tools and hand tools for easy access. Specially designed gas lid stays offer smooth opening and closing to the top lid, as well as hold the lid open.

The Roller Cabinet features 12,896 cubic inches of storage space. An extra deep 12” bottom drawer offers additional storage with 200 pound capacity.

The 36” 6-Drawer Top Chest retails for $249.99 and the 36” 5-Drawer Roller Cabinet retails for $349.99 in June 2014 at Home Depot and Independent Retailers. Also available in a 52” 8-drawer Top Cabinet $599.99 and 9-drawer Roller Cabinet 699.99 at Canadian Tire, Home Depot online, and independent retailers.

Competing Metal Storage systems retail for more than $1,000 and do not include the patented DEWALT Metal Storage features of auto-return closing drawers, 100-pound capacity ball bearing drawers, 200-pound capacity extra deep bottom drawer, and fully extendable drawers.

About DEWALT:

DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools, hand tools and accessories, including corded and cordless drills, saws, hammers, grinders, routers, planers, plate joiners, sanders, lasers, generators, compressors, nailers, saw blades, mechanic tools, metal and masonry drill bits, abrasives, screw driving accessories and more, as well as hand tools, air tools, and pneumatic tools. DEWALT tools can be found nationally and internationally, wherever tools are sold. With more than 1,000 factory-owned and authorized locations, DEWALT has one of the most extensive service and repair networks in North America. For more information, visit DEWALT online or follow DEWALT on Facebook and Twitter.

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5/16/2014

TRUFUEL

The red gas can has been a staple of landscapers, emergency workers and do-it-yourselfers using two-stroke power tools for decades. With it, comes the hassle of precise measuring, the mess of spilled oil and gasoline, and the fumes that are inherent when mixing both. Today though, small engine equipment users have another option with TRUFUEL.

TRUFUEL is the leader in pre-packaged, ready-to-use, fuel for two and four-stroke small displacement engines such as those found in lawn mowers, trimmers, chainsaws and rescue equipment. Engineered with premium, high-octane, ethanol-free fuel and mixed with the highest quality synthetic oil, TRUFUEL dramatically increases reliability and performance in both types of engines. Because it is ethanol free, TRUFUEL prevents the corrosion and build up issues that plague users of pump gas for their fuel or premix, ensuring peak performance, and protecting your investment on power equipment.

When first introduced to the market, TRUFUEL was the nation’s first pre-mixed product for two-stroke engines that eliminated the need to mix your own gas and oil. Available in both 50:1 and 40:1 gas:oil ratios and engineered to the highest standards, TRUFUEL has greater than a two-year life span after opening and is guaranteed never to separate like traditional station gas and oil mix.

Prolonged use of pump gas which contains up to 15-percent ethanol (E-15) can lead to corrosion of rubber and plastic parts in the engine. Ethanol can also break down two-stroke mix, separating the gasoline from the oil and even introduce water to the fuel — leaving engines even more susceptible to damage and breakdown. According to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), more than 200 million pieces of outdoor power equipment have significant risk of operational failure or performance issues if owners fuel their equipment with E-15.

TRUFUEL is available at more than 12,000 retail outlets nationwide, including The Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other key national retailers. Consumer packages for TRUFUEL are available in 32 and 110-ounce containers, commercial and fleet users have the option of larger quantities, including 4.375 gallon and 48 gallon drums. To find the nearest retailer or for more information visit TRUFUEL.

About TRUFUEL:

Available for four-stroke engines as well as two-stroke engines in both 50:1 and 40:1 ratios, TRUFUEL is a highly engineered, ready-to-use engine fuel. The precise oil-to-gas blend in TRUFUEL assures the right ratio every time, and eliminates the need for mixing gas and oil. TRUFUEL is ethanol-free, protecting the two-cycle engine from the corrosive nature of ethanol and ensuring peak performance of equipment. The product, which features a re-sealable cap, also has a two-year shelf life after opening for convenient storage. For more information visit TRUFUEL or call (866) 950-3835.

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5/15/2014

Georgia Mountains Farm Tour 2014

The Georgia Mountains Farm Tour is rapidly becoming a favorite summer event for families, foodies, and farmers.  This is the third year of the annual farm tour featuring sustainable growers throughout northeast Georgia.  The farm tour is a project of Georgia Mountains Farmers Network (GMFN) in association with Soque River Watershed Association (SRWA).  GMFN was formed in 2011 with grant funding from Certified Naturally Grown in response to small farmers throughout the region looking for a way to connect and strengthen the local food system. 

Justin Ellis, GMFN organizer and SRWA director, explains “GMFN farmers decided on a set of priorities to focus on as a group.  One of those priorities is to host public events to increase awareness and generate support for our local food producers. Georgia Mountains Farm Tour is the result.” 

GMFN farmers volunteer their time to the farm tour to accomplish that goal and to generate funds for the organization so that the network can work on accomplishing other priorities on their list, such as cooperative marketing efforts, acquiring equipment that can be shared, and hosting technical workshops for network members.

Brooks Franklin of Leah Lake Farms, one of the farmers featured on the tour and a GMFN Board member, says he enjoys the variety of visitors that come for the farm tour. “It is a great event for families. Each location is unique; some have games for kids, others have animals to pet, visitors can bring a fishing pole and try their luck in Leah Lake.  New farmers, home gardeners, and everyone who eats can learn a lot on the tour about the successes and challenges of sustainable growing practices. I get a lot of great questions from guests who want to understand how I am able to grow lettuce year-round.” 

“We are blessed to live in a region with a strong and growing local food system,” says tour coordinator Maggie Van Cantfort. “The Georgia Mountains Farm Tour is an opportunity each year to celebrate our regional food producers who are committed to growing without using synthetic chemicals or GMOs. It is also a rare opportunity for the public to get an intimate look into farm operations.”

The 2014 Georgia Mountains Farm Tour is Saturday June 28th and Sunday June 29th from 1-6pm each day.  The tour features 16 locations throughout Habersham, Rabun, White, Stephens, Franklin counties and beyond; including community gardens, a honey bee farm, a working grist mill, fruit orchards and optional meal stops with local foods prepared by acclaimed local chefs. For complete details and scheduling please see our tour brochure.

Participants on the tour purchase one weekend pass that allows a carload of attendees to visit as many tour locations as they choose each day of the tour. Among the products featured from the 14 farms on the tour are numerous fruits and vegetables; pasture-raised eggs; grass-fed beef; honey; and water wheel milled organic grains. Other highlights include a farm demonstrating the lost art of horse-powered equipment and several farms using hoop houses for season extension.

In addition to being able to purchase farm products during the tour, many of the farms will have prepared foods to sample, or guests can enjoy a farm-to-table meal at one of the featured meal stops. On Saturday, chef Jeff Morris of the Copper Pot Restaurant in Clarkesville will prepare seasonal snack plates using vegetables harvested from and served in their home garden starting at 11:00 am. On Sunday, Jamie Allred, the acclaimed Executive Chef at the new Fortify Kitchen & Bar in Clayton will feature numerous products from farms on the tour for brunch from 11:00a-3:00p (reservations recommended). Belle’s Diner at Chattooga Belle Farms in Long Creek, SC will also be open for lunch on Sunday from 11:00a - 2:00p. Meals are optional and are purchased separately. Meal stops open two hours before the other tour locations open so that guests can maximize their afternoon tour time. Tour guests should pack extra water, coolers, and be prepared for the weather (sun hats and sunscreen are strongly encouraged!). 

Cost of the tour is $30 per carload for weekend passes purchased by June 16th, or $35 for passes purchased after June 16th or on the day of the event from any farm on the tour. The tour brochure with farm descriptions can be found on the GMFN website. Passes can be purchased online starting May 14, 2014 via Georgia Mountains Farmers Network, Soque and through the Northeast Georgia Locally Grown market.  In person purchases (cash or check only) will be possible starting May 21, 2014 at the SRWA office (downtown Clarkesville), Habersham Chamber of Commerce in Cornelia, Simply Homegrown farmers market in Clayton and Clarkesville Farmers Market on Saturdays. For those on a budget or who would like to show even greater support for local farmers, you can volunteer to help with the tour. For volunteering one day, volunteers receive a complimentary farm tour t-shirt and a pass to attend the other day for free.

Proceeds from weekend pass and t-shirt sales benefit the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network and their future collaborative projects.  “The Georgia Mountains Farm Tour would not be possible without the farmers, volunteers, our sponsors, and the support of the public,” says Van Cantfort, “Their dedication to this event has established Georgia Mountains Farm Tour as a must-do event of the summer. We hope to see the tour and the network grow each year, adding new sustainable food growers and increasing demand for local foods.”

The 2014 Georgia Mountains Farm Tour is sponsored by Georgia Organics, Habersham Chamber of Commerce, Habersham Electric Membership Corporation, North Georgia Turf, Simply Homegrown Farmers Market, and Ingles.    

Farm tour locations for the 2014 tour are: White County – LoganBerry Heritage Farm, Nacoochee Valley Farm; Habersham County – Melon Head Farm, Indian Ridge Farm, MTN Honey, Liberty Farm**, Copper Pot Gardens; Rabun County – Mill Gap Farm**, Sylvan Falls Mill, Old School Garden, Fortify Kitchen & Bar**; Stephens/Franklin Counties – Shade Creek Farm**, Taylor Creek Farm, Jan & Zen’s Garden, and in neighboring states - Chattooga Belle Farm (Longcreek, SC) and Leah Lakes Farm (Otto, NC).

For additional information visit Georgia Mountains Farmers Network, email gmfnfarmtour@gmail.com or call 706-754-9382.

Calendar Announcement:

Georgia Mountains Farm Tour
Saturday, June 28th & Sunday, June 29th, 1-6pm

• Tour North Georgia's sustainable local food farms in Rabun, Habersham, White counties and beyond.
• Choose from 14 farms to visit
• Enjoy a farm-to-table meal at 3 local meal stops
• Bring coolers and buy food right from the farm
• Learn about the practice of sustainable and organic agriculture
• Thank a farmer!

Weekend passes: $30 per carload / $35 if purchased after June 16th.

Visit GMFN or Soque for details.

Contact: gmfnfarmtour@gmail.com

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