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Podcast by Cornell Cooperative Extension Explores 2018 Harvests and NYS Impacts

New York farmers experienced a wet, then dry, then wet 2018 growing season that brought a number of challenges. How did those conditions affect the quantity, look and taste of apples, grapes, vegetables and other locally sourced products on grocery shelves and dinner tables? Answering that and other questions is the focus of the “Extension Out … Read More

Maple and Birch Tapping Research Responds to Variable Climate

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted a research update with data to help maple and birch syrup producers respond to variable climate conditions. “Maple, and now birch, syrup producers are on the front lines of dealing with the effects of climate change and the variations that have increased the unpredictability of when … Read More

Edible Weeds from Farm to Market: Farmer Survey Responses Needed

Edible Weeds from Farm to Market is a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) funded project of CCE Columbia and Greene Counties Agroforestry Research Center. The project is researching the use and marketability of edible weeds as supplemental farm crops. A free resource guide will be developed for farmers on how (and why) to add edible weeds to … Read More

NY Integrated Pest Management Warns: Don’t Get Ticked

Ticks have become a “significant public health issue in New York” and the population has recently spiked. A warming climate and changes in land use can increase risk to tick exposure. Ticks are vectors of many diseases for both humans and animals, and a new species of tick, “the longhorned tick,” was spotted over the summer in Westchester County. … Read More

The Latest from the Cornell Local Foods Movement

Cornell Cooperative Extension hosted its annual Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Systems In-service Conference on Nov. 13-15. The conference scheduled included four sessions in the Agricultural Community and Economic Development track organized by the Cornell Local & Regional Food Systems (LRFS) Initiative. Over the course of the four sessions, presenters: highlighted farm to school initiatives in NYS … Read More

Conference Spotlight: SFP Presenting in Early 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program will be attending several conferences in early 2019. From presentations of our research to special events, you can connect with the our team and fellow farmers at the conferences listed below. New York State Vegetable Growers Association  2019 Empire State Producer’s Expo Reduced Tillage Project: Ryan Maher, Brian Caldwell, & … Read More

Register now for Block 3 courses!

The Cornell Small Farms Program’s 2018-2019 season of online courses is underway, and it’s already time to start planning your educational opportunities in the new year! Courses fill up quickly and registration closes for block three in less than two months. So register now to learn about woodland mushrooms, markets and profits, fruit trees, financial … Read More

In the News: Farm Ops Featured this Veteran’s Day

The Farm Ops project of the Cornell Small Farms Program provides expertise and community for veterans interested in agriculture across New York State. Connecting veterans with the Armed to Farm conference is often a first step in providing agricultural training and farm tours. If veterans want to make the transition into farming, the Small Farms Program … Read More

New Report Focuses on the Future of the NY Livestock Industry

Although most livestock in New York is raised on small farms, this industry contributes $893 million in sales to the rural New York economy. Demand far outstrips supply for NY meat and livestock, so there is room for growth, but there are a number of hurdles to livestock farmers’ success. In March 2017, the Cornell … Read More

Ecological Collaboratory Learns from Wellspring Forest Farm and School

Agroforestry extension specialist, Steve Gabriel, works for the Cornell Small Farms Program in addition to owning and operating Wellspring Forest Farm and School with his wife, Elizabeth. Their farm and school run on ecologically conscious agroforestry principles, where each final product they sell is dependent on another aspect of their farm. Their principles of farming … Read More

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