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One Website: Same Info!

Have you noticed our new look? Yes, we’ve merged our sister site, the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project, with the Small Farms Program website. You can now find all the great features of both sites in one place!

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Funding Opportunities

Looking for grants and loans? Be sure to check out the new webinar presentation Free Money? for tips to help you find a good fit for your farm financing needs!

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Online Farming Courses for Everyone

Interactive 5-7-week courses connect you to the information and people you need to start a successful farm business or diversify your farm. Click here to view the course catalogue.

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Growing Woodland Mushrooms?

We’re busy developing new online training modules, planning tools and gearing up to offer you one-on-one support. Learn about upcoming opportunities and resources. Click here.!

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Reduced Tillage and Soil Health

This project works to help vegetable growers integrate practices that work on their own farm. We do field research, partner with farmers and extension educators, and aim to build a network of growers to share experience. Click here.

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Starting a Farm?

Do you need help turning your farm dream into action? The self-guided tutorials on our Northeast Beginning Farmers Project website walk you through drafting the foundation for your business plan. Visit the Plan Your Farm Hub.

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Programs for Farmer Veterans

Veterans often encounter unique obstacles when considering entering into farming. Read about the resources and training we’re offering to military veterans at our Farm Ops page.

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Improving Agriculture Labor Management – Workshop Series

Your employees are your most valuable resource. Wages, salaries, and contract labor expenses represent more than 40 percent of the cost of production in labor intensive crops like fruits, vegetables, and nursery products. These four workshops will help you become better at managing your farm’s employees. The Cornell Small Farms Program will provide scholarships for NYS Veterans … Read More

Register for the NY Veterans in Agriculture Conference

The Cornell Small Farms Program will be hosting a celebration of our state’s farmer veterans on Nov 29th. The conference is scheduled to take place from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Arts & Home Center in the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Following the event, a networking reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 pm. At … Read More

DEVELOPING AND USING AN EFFECTIVE MARKETING PLAN (BF 205)

Consider registering for this informative online course starting November 2nd! Most people are drawn to the production side of small-scale agriculture and then are “stuck” with the marketing. This course introduces effective techniques to reduce the amount of time and money that marketing activities draw from the farm while guiding management towards income and lifestyle … Read More