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Heroic Food Farm Boot Camp

Beginning Farmer Training Workshop for Veterans August 12-14, 2016 Day One: Part 1 Sustainable Farming Overview: what you need to know to start and run a farm enterprise or business, Part 2 Farm Squad “deploys” to work on local mentor farms that need your help! Day Two: Part 1 Introduction to Soil Health and Vegetable Production, … Read More

ProFarmer Program Applications Now Available

The ProFarmer Program is a multi-year, residential training program in Hurley, NY, for those with farming experience who aspire to obtain professional farm management positions or own and operate their own farm enterprises in the Hudson Valley. ProFarmer trainees are full-time, year-round employees of the Farm Hub and are offered the option of on-farm housing. We … Read More

The Summer 2016 Small Farm Quarterly is Out Now!

The Summer Issue of the Small Farm Quarterly has just been released. The Small Farms Quarterly is a publication produced by the Cornell Small Farms Program that features articles meant to inspire and inform farm families and their supporters. The Summer 2016 Issue has articles on a range of topics including; recommendations for cover cropping, … Read More

Seeking Submissions for New Column: “Lessons from the Land”

The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming and the Cornell Small Farms Program are teaming up to create a new column called “Lessons from the Land,” which will first appear in the Fall 2016 issue of the Small Farm Quarterly.“Lessons from the Land” will capture and share the stories of and lessons learned from … Read More

Assistance for Organizations Aiding Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers & Ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $8.4 million in competitive grants to support the work of partner organizations that provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, Tribal and Veteran farmers and ranchers. The goal of this program is to assist underserved farmers and ranchers own and operate farms or … Read More

Soil Health and Fertility for Perennial Tree Crops

July 16, 2016, 11:00 am-3:00 pm 3336 Podunk Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886 Managing orchard fertility is about more than just fertilizer. The fact is your orchard soil is a giant digestive engine, chewing up carbon, nitrogen, and minerals to feed not only your trees but the soil food web. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the … Read More

Free Agriculture Energy Audit Program

NYSERDA offers financial assistance to identify electric and natural gas energy efficiency measures for eligible farms and on-farm producers, including but not limited to: dairies, orchards, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry/egg. NYSERDA will assign Flexible Technical Assistance (FlexTech) Program Consultants to perform free energy audits to eligible farms and on-farm producers. This program offers … Read More

Pasture Walk and Soil Sampling: July 7th

Orange County CCE is hosting a Soil Sampling and Grass ID workshop on July 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Watswyck Ranch, 60 Sinsabaugh Rd., Pine Bush, NY. Guest speaker Dave Roberts, a State Grazinglands Specialist, will be guiding the walk. For more information see here or contact Rachel Moody at ram72@cornell.edu or Jason Detzel at jbd222@cornell.edu.

Moving into Wholesale Markets for Small and Mid-Sized Farms: July 20th

July 20, 2016, 4:00-6:00PM Mainstreet Farms’ Cortland Farm, 3320 State Rt 215, Cortland, NY 13045   Join us at Mainstreet Farms in Cortland, NY to examine the potential for moving into wholesale markets. Cornell’s Crystal Stewart will demonstrate the fundamentals for crossing over into wholesale markets, from record keeping to timing crops. One of Mainstreet Farms’ primary objectives is to … Read More

Weed Management Workshop July 7th

July 7, 2016, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, NY This workshop will begin with a talk on the ecology of weed management followed by an exercise that will help the class apply its understanding of weed ecology to the management of difficult weed problems. We’ll end with a discussion … Read More

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