Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium Oct 3-4

The hands-on activities Friday will start with a tour of the Cornell Sheep Farm in Harford NY and an explanation of ongoing research and management.  Dr. Mary Smith, DVM, will conduct a necropsy demonstration covering goat and sheep anatomy and what to look for to determine an animal’s cause of death.  She’ll demonstrate proper tubing … Read More

New Orchard Management Video

The Small Farms Program has released its first orchard management video! Ian Merwin, professor emeritus in Cornell University’s Dept of Horticulture and owner of Black Diamond Farm, demonstrates the art and science of shaping the form of apple trees in “Black Diamond Farm – Pruning and Training Apple Trees.” Watch here:

Barn Foundation Problems?

Are you the owner of an old empty dairy barn? Have you noticed some deterioration on the hill side of the foundation? When the cows left they took their heat with them, making room for freeze-thaw cycles that can wreak havoc on an old building. Learn what you can do about it with “Barn Foundation … Read More

Landowner Guide to Pollinator-Friendly Practices Released

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has released Farmer and Landowner Guide to Pollinators and Neonicotinoids in collaboration with Pesticide Action Network. This guide provides current research on causes of pollinator declines and gives landowners and farmers information on ways they can directly help pollinators survive and thrive on their land and beyond. The … Read More

Save the Cheese!

The Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Co have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help get the business through a very difficult and tight financial spot, all related to an FDA regulatory issue involving the use of wooden shelving which effectively shut them down and froze their assets. If you are interested in knowing more, please visit

Sustainable Pest Management in Greenhouses and High Tunnels

Having trouble with pests in your greenhouses and high tunnels? Interested in learning more about using biological control to manage them? Read SARE’s new fact sheet, Sustainable Pest Management in Greenhouses and High Tunnels, to learn how beneficial insects can protect crops in season-extending structures and enhance the sustainability of your operation. The fact sheet … Read More

Market Your Products on was started this spring to assist local farmers and producers with marketing their products online to their own local community. The website is a central posting board where farmers and producers are able to post, update and control their own advertisements, giving even the smallest producer a presence on the internet and allowing them … Read More

Where to Sell: CSA, Farmer’s Markets, or Wholesale?

On July 31st at 8 pm Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE) will host the second discussion in a series of new farmer workshops.  If you are a beginning farmer, come join us to learn about marketing options for your new farm business. CCE Erie Farm Business Management Educator, and beginning farmer, Megan Burley, … Read More

2 Upcoming Hops Events

There are two hops field days coming up in New York, one in Geneva and one in Oneonta. Hops Field Day at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York: Saturday, July 12, 2014. Hop growers, brewers, consultants, and industry personnel are invited to tour the hopyard and learn about the latest research … Read More

Sheep and Goats 101 Workshop

Have an interest in raising sheep or goats? “Sheep and Goats 101″ on June 24th is a great workshop to learn the basics and more. Located in Syracuse NY, the two hour workshop will cover terminology, breed selection, nutritional requirements, housing requirements, marketing and more! Gain information on how to get started, how to care … Read More

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