Certification Trainings for Beef Quality Assurance

There will be 9 BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) certification trainings available through out New York in October (1 in September). Our goal is to certify or re-certify 100 producers. There will be a drawing for a $250 gift certificate to use at your veterinary clinic and 2  bags of minerals.  Thanks to Boehringer Ingelheim and Kent Feeds … Read More

Hands-on Mozzarella Class

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County will offer a cheese workshop at Trinity Valley farm store and bakery for anyone interested in learning to make cheese at home. This is a “hands on” workshop; we will break up into teams of two and each team will make a batch of cheese during the workshop, lead … Read More

Farmer Landowner Match Program

Are you looking for farmland to start a new operation, or for land to diversify and expand an existing farm? If so, the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) has a program tailored just for you. It is the Farmer Landowner Match Program, an initiative that connects landowners seeking to have their land farmed with farmers seeking … Read More

NESAWG’s “It Takes a Region Conference”

What does it take to make our food system strong, resilient and region-sized? What does real collaboration and cooperation look like? Explore these questions at NESAWG’s “It Takes a Region Conference” on November 11-12. The keynote speaker will be national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and New York Times best-selling author Jim Hightower. Learn more at http://www.nefood.org/page/2014-it-takes-a-region-conference.

Farmer-Veteran Documentary

Ground Operations is a documentary film and social action campaign that champions the growing network of combat veterans who are transitioning into careers as sustainable farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers. Visit their website to learn more and watch the documentary’s trailer: http://www.groundoperations.net/

Three Juneberry Questions Answered by Jim Ochterski

Q: Commercial juneberries and saskatoons are exactly the same fruit. Why two different names? A: The term “saskatoon berry” or “saskatoon” is a predominantly Canadian term for this tasty, dark berry that has spilled over to Michigan and a few other communities near the US-Canada border. Elsewhere, including North Dakota, Minnesota, and the Northeast US, … Read More

Share Your Student Loan Story to Help Pass Loan Forgiveness for Farmers

The National Young Farmers Coalition wants loan forgiveness for career farmers, and they need your help to do it. Here’s what they have to say: “Right now, we’re building a campaign to tackle the issue of student debt and we need your help. We are working with Congressional offices to put together legislation that would … Read More

UVM Greenhouse Energy Extravaganza

Come to the UVM Greenhouse Energy Extravaganza! Greenhouse energy conservation is critical to maximize profits and reduce the energy footprint. What can YOU, a concerned GROWER do about it? You can minimize production costs by making inexpensive improvements to your existing greenhouses. You also can install special energy conserving devices. Sometimes it seems all too complicated!  That … Read More

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDl-rfxWfIA

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