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The FruitGuys Community Fund –Due Feb. 16th

The FruitGuys Community Fund offers small grants up to $5000 to support sustainability projects for small to mid-size farms. A primary goal of the fund is to help farms and orchards operate more sustainably and to promote advocacy that, over the long term, creates a more sustainable food system and healthier planet. Apply at http://fruitguyscommunityfund.org/apply/.

Disaster Declaration for Western NY Counties

According to an announcement by Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, and Collins, the USDA has issued a Secretarial Disaster Area for 7 Counties in Western New York that were devastated by the November snow storm: Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming. The programs available with a USDA disaster declaration include Farm Service Agency emergency loans, the … Read More

Veteran Careers in Agriculture Resource Guide Available

Farmer Veteran Coalition has released Veteran Careers in Agriculture: A Resource Guide. The 40-page PDF publication introduces the Farmer Veteran Coalition and its work, profiles veteran farmers, discusses opportunities for veterans to find employment in agriculture, and offers resources for business planning. It also serves as a directory of agricultural organizations and educational opportunities for … Read More

Greenhouse Owners: Tips for Severe Winter Weather

With another foot of snow expected in the next few days in some parts of New York, it’s time to read up on some tips for dealing with severe winter weather on farms. To Minimize Wind Damage to Greenhouses: Remove loose objects from the area (including weak tree limbs) Close all openings to the greenhouse … Read More

Producing for the Hub Workshop

With new Local Food Promotion Program funding, the Lucky Dog Food Hub will scale-up their offerings to encourage agricultural entrepreneurship and help local farmers expand into high-quality, high-value markets through personalized buyer and producer activities. During this workshop, producers will learn more about the activities made possible through LFPP and how be become part of … Read More

NOFA-VT’s Journey Farmer program offers mentoring; financial support

Applications due December 15, 2014  RICHMOND, VERMONT – The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is currently accepting applications for their 2015 Journey Farmer Program. The Journey Farmer Program is a two-year program for beginning farmers who are in the first few years of running their own farming enterprise in Vermont. The program is largely shaped by the farming interests and … Read More

Get Started in Vegetable Production! Learn how with an online course Jan. 7 – Feb. 11

Vegetables are a popular enterprise choice for new farmers or for established farmers looking to diversify. Learn the ins and outs of starting a vegetable production in the Northeast, from seeding and transplants to site selection and the financial aspects of growing veggies, in an online course starting January 7th. BF 120: Vegetable Farming, Part 1 is … Read More

Registration Open for Farm School NYC’s Training of Trainers Course

Are you or someone you know someone interested in using learner-centered education to work with communities, especially in urban farms and gardens? Complete this brief application by Friday, 11/28 (if you did not apply to Farm School NYC this fall) to receive a link to register for one of only 25 spots.  We won’t offer this class again until … Read More

Introducing Radishes into the Organic Pasture Webinar

Join eOrganic for a webinar on considerations for introducing radishes into the organic pasture by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Fay Benson and Liz Burrichter. Radishes can provide two benefits to the organic dairy pasture: 1) to extend the grazing season with a high energy feedstock, and 2) to provide “bio-drills” by utilizing the tap roots of … Read More

Register Now: High Tunnel Program for New Growers

High Tunnel School: Best Management Practices for New High Tunnel Growers This program is targeted for commercial growers new to high tunnels. NRCS cooperating farms are particularly encouraged to attend. All who are interested in improving their crop yield, quality, and profitability by using high tunnels are welcome. 2 Locations and Dates: Tuesday December 2, … Read More

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