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Long Island Food Conference 4/25

The Long Island Food Conference is right around the corner – Saturday, April 25th at Hofstra University. The conference promises to be a great day for anyone interested in learning about growing food, eating healthy and promoting/supporting our local food movement. Not only are there wonderful educational workshops planned and a phenomenal plenary speaker in Stephen Ritz of … Read More

Producing and Marketing Birch Syrup

Birch syrup often gets a bad rap for being difficult to produce and developing a very strong flavor, but birch can be a profitable addition to a maple operation if you can tap into the right markets! Read this Small Farms Quarterly article to find out the best processing and marketing techniques for birch syrup.

Insurance for Mushroom Growers Now Available

Forest mushroom cultivation has recently been growing in popularity, due to the abundance of forest resources in the northeast and the relative low-cost of startup operations. Growers interested in cultivation have sometimes found one major hurdle; insurance companies would deny or drop coverage upon learning the farm was planning on mushroom cultivation, mostly over fears of the liability incurred … Read More

From Tillage to Drainage: Working with your Farm’s Diverse Soils

May 14th- Whether bringing new acres into production or renovating your existing fields, there is plenty to be done to provide for optimum soil fertility and to properly incorporate infrastructure like irrigation and drainage.  Hear from Ruth Blackwell about Mud Creek Farm’s existing soil health management as Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Crystal Stewart adds insight about … Read More

New and Improved Events Calendar

We are pleased to announce a more user-friendly redesign of our Small Farms Statewide Events Calendar.  You can now click on your region of the map for local events, or browse all events currently offered across New York. As before, this calendar brings you a broad spectrum of trainings, classes, workshops, and conferences from our network of … Read More

How do Farmers and Buyers Connect?

We’re all hearing the phrase “Farm to Plate” but sometimes marketing isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Many small and mid-sized growers sell product at farmers markets, through CSA’s or at farmstands, but what about restaurants, grocery stores, food hubs, or online marketplaces? What does it take to sell to these bigger markets and are … Read More

New Camp Mushroom Class Offered June 7

SOLD OUT – email sfg53@cornell.edu with subject “camp mushroom waitlist” to be placed on the list for cancellations, or another offering in 2015. Camp Mushroom #2 Sunday, June 7 from 10:00am to 4:00pm Cornell Campus & MacDaniels Nut Grove Due to popular demand for Camp Mushroom, which is SOLD OUT, we are offering an additional, … Read More

Small Farms, New Markets

Webinar Series Illuminates how Farmers and Buyers Connect In recent years, a variety of new wholesale opportunities have opened to small and mid-sized farmers.  Whether its a brick and mortar venue such as a food hub, distributor or grocery store, or a virtual venue such as an online marketplace, these new avenues provide countless new … Read More

Take Steps to Protect Your Flock from Avian Influenza

In the Northwestern and Central parts of the US, animal health officials have detected a new and deadly strain of bird flu among poultry flocks. The disease has not been found in the northeast yet, but animal health officials are concerned as birds continue to migrate back to the U.S. as spring approaches. Even if … Read More

Welcome Matt Weiss!

We are pleased to announce that we have hired Matthew Weiss to fill the role of Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator. Matt is an Ithaca, New York native who has returned to the Finger Lakes region after spending seven years living in Philadelphia, PA. Matt has a B.S. in Communications from Cornell University and an … Read More

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