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Small Farms, New Markets

Webinar Series Illuminates how Farmers and Buyers Connect In recent years, a variety of new wholesale opportunities have opened to small and mid-sized farmers.  Whether its a brick and mortar venue such as a food hub, distributor or grocery store, or a virtual venue such as an online marketplace, these new avenues provide countless new … Read More

Take Steps to Protect Your Flock from Avian Influenza

In the Northwestern and Central parts of the US, animal health officials have detected a new and deadly strain of bird flu among poultry flocks. The disease has not been found in the northeast yet, but animal health officials are concerned as birds continue to migrate back to the U.S. as spring approaches. Even if … Read More

Welcome Matt Weiss!

We are pleased to announce that we have hired Matthew Weiss to fill the role of Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator. Matt is an Ithaca, New York native who has returned to the Finger Lakes region after spending seven years living in Philadelphia, PA. Matt has a B.S. in Communications from Cornell University and an … Read More

10th Annual Camp Mushroom teaches basics of forest mushroom cultivation

ITHACA, NY — Camp Mushroom is Cornell University’s annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms. This year marks the 10th year of the course, as forest mushroom cultivation blossoms in the northeast as a new small farm industry. Research … Read More

Soil Health & Nutrient Density Farming Workshop

Nutrient Density Farming is a holistic approach to maximizing soil health and the quality of crops, achieved by an optimized balance of nutrients in the soil.  The Cornell Soil Health Assessment tool is a new test developed to research and attend to the balance of soils’ physical, chemical, and biological contents, determining and influencing overall … Read More

Apply now for New Farmer Profit Teams

Are you a beginning farmer in New York state who has been farming for at least three years? Is the farm business you manage at a crossroads, needing to improve efficiency, scale up, or make other major changes to achieve long-term viability? Do you need some decision support to improve profitability of the farm business after … Read More

Upcoming Dairy Discussion Series- Various Sites in NYS

The New York Organic Dairy Initiative, in collaboration with the New York Farm Viability Institute and host farmers across New York State, will hold discussion meetings for dairy farmers titled “Lunch with Jerry” to honor the late Jerry Brunetti, worldwide lecturer on biological farming systems. Cornell Cooperative Extension organic dairy extension educator Fay Benson will … Read More

Platform Connects Local Farms with Wholesale Buyers

FarmersWeb is an online platform connecting wholesale buyers with local farms and producers. Visit the website at and use the code 13B55B94 to sign up for one month free! *The Cornell Small Farms Program does not favor any particular business, etc. We are just sharing this as a resource for people to explore and evaluate … Read More

Free Farm Training Program for Vets

Heroic Food Farm in Hudson, NY offers a tuition-free training program open to all military veterans! Trainees gain hands-on experience through apprenticeships with local mentor farmers, craftspeople and food entrepreneurs and benefit from workshops, short-courses and individualized support for life and career transitions. Learn more at

Going with the Grain: The Renaissance of NYS Grain Production

March 10th, 2015. 12pm to 2:20pm. Javits Center, NYC. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Empire State Development are co-hosting the annual Farm to City Expo 2015 at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York. This discussion is a two panel forum featuring speakers from many ends of the … Read More

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