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Seeking New Markets? Join us for “Baskets to Pallets”

2 day Training helps farmers develop new relationships with scale-appropriate wholesale buyers Are you looking to diversify sales beyond the farmers market, CSA and farm stand? Food hubs, grocery stores, restaurants and cooperatives are looking for your products to meet growing consumer demand for local and sustainably produced food.  Yet, doing successful business with wholesale buyers requires … Read More

Farmer Grants for Sustainable Agriculture in the Northeast Due December 5

NESARE Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A technical advisor–often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional–must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the … Read More

Improving Agriculture Labor Management – Workshop Series

SEE BELOW FOR UPDATED WORKSHOP DATES AND TIMES Your employees are your most valuable resource. Wages, salaries, and contract labor expenses represent more than 40 percent of the cost of production in labor intensive crops like fruits, vegetables, and nursery products. These four workshops will help you become better at managing your farm’s employees. The … Read More

Still time to sign up for Online 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

NY Veterans in Agriculture Conference

The Cornell Small Farms Program and the New York Farmer Veteran Coalition, Inc, will be hosting a celebration of our state’s farmer veterans on Nov 29th. The conference is scheduled to take place from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in Syracuse, with a networking reception afterwards from 4:30 to 6 pm. At this conference, participants will have an opportunity to: … Read More

DEVELOPING AND USING AN EFFECTIVE MARKETING PLAN (BF 205)

Consider registering for this informative online course starting November 2nd! Most people are drawn to the production side of small-scale agriculture and then are “stuck” with the marketing. This course introduces effective techniques to reduce the amount of time and money that marketing activities draw from the farm while guiding management towards income and lifestyle … Read More

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

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