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Online Farming Courses Starting Nov 6

Join one of our upcoming online farming courses: Veggie Farming, Berry Production, Introduction to Maple Syrup, and more! The Cornell Small Farms Program offers over twenty courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. Students connect with other farmers, work on farm plans, and gain practical tips without leaving their home. Course content can be … Read More

Agroforestry in Practice

Agroforestry in Practice: a 3-day training for Service Providers October 17, 18, and 19, 2017 in Montour Falls, NY at the Schuyler County Cooperative Extension Agroforestry is the science and art of combining trees and forests with crop production. It is a topic of great interest to many landowners and farmers and offers many promising … Read More

Online Courses Starting September 23: Starting at Square One, Woodlot Management, and Quickbooks

Classes starting the Week of September 23 include: BF 101: Starting at Square One  This course helps new and aspiring farmers take the first steps toward setting goals, assessing resources available (physical, financial, and personal), and exploring enterprises that are the best fit for you and your land. Carefully defining what you want to do and how … Read More

Registration Is Now Open for 2017-2018 Online Small Farm Courses

Registration has been opened for the 2017-2018 season of Small Farm Online Courses, helping to build the technical and business skills of farmers. Expert farmers and extension educators guide students through the latest research-based information to help improve efficiency and increase profit on small farms. Students connect with other farmers, work on farm plans, and gain practical … Read More

Baskets or Pallets – Vegetable Grading and Packaging

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is offering a hands-on, on-farm experience to aide in understanding how to determine quality and grade of agricultural products. This session is designed to prepare farms in NY, both beginning and experienced, to enter new markets. Learn how to grade … Read More

Introducing Sustainable Food Production to Buffalo Youth: The MAssachusetts Avenue Project

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. By Claire Collie For over fourteen years, Massachusetts Avenue Project’s (MAP) Growing Green program on Buffalo’s west side has employed young people, teaching them how to grow food and make positive changes in our local food system. The organization began as a single lot community garden, and has grown … Read More

Agriculture Career Day Exposes Teens to Diverse Fields

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension team up to host 2017 Building the Agricultural Intellect of the Finger Lakes Youth Career Day. By RJ Anderson From dairy robotics and precision farming technology to the chemistry of wine making … Read More

Organic farmers and researchers utilize cover crops to reduce the labor and expense of organic mulches.

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. by Brian Caldwell and Ryan Maher Organic mulches like hay or straw can suppress weeds and improve soil.  They are used by many small scale vegetable farmers, but the cost of the material and application may be prohibitive for larger operations.  However, there may be ways around this obstacle.  … Read More

The Green Lie of Hay and Grazing Lands: Deceivingly Green Pastures Performing at a Fraction of Their Potential

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. by Rich Taber At the time of this writing in early May, I look out the window onto a green, awakening landscape, with the sun trying to deliver its warm rays to kick start the green up process via photosynthesis.  I think of those approaching warmer sunny summer days, … Read More

Small Ruminant Producers: Do you want to improve your parasite control through genetic selection

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program is  offering free Fecal Egg Count (FEC) analysis to assist with selective breeding for resistance to gastrointestinal worms. AVAILABLE TO: Ø National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) members wanting to generate Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) for parasite resistance. Free for new … Read More

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