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Seeking New Markets? Baskets to Pallets Coming to Rochester March 14-15

Are you looking to diversify sales beyond the farmers market, CSA and farm stand? Food hubs, grocery stores, schools and cooperatives are looking for your products to meet growing consumer demand for locally produced food. Yet, doing successful business with wholesale buyers requires planning and preparation. Ensure your success by joining us for ‘Baskets to … Read More

Recipe for Success: Brew Your Own Biofertilizer

Have you thought about switching to a biofertilizer? Full spectrum biofertilizers like “Super Magro” have simple ingredients and can prevent yield loss. Through plant nutrition, biofertilizers reduce disease, pest, and physiological stress, to maximize your crops’ performance. After brewing the base recipe, Super Magro can be tailored by adding specific mineral salts to fit your … Read More

Improve Apple Production with Natural Habitats and Bee Diversity

New research has found that orchards in natural habitats draw bee diversity which improves apple production. The Cornell University-led study, published recently in the journal Science, shows that apple orchards surrounded by agricultural lands are visited by a less diverse collection of bee species than orchards surrounded by natural habitats. When fewer, more closely-related species of bees … Read More

From Beekeeping to Business Planning: Register Now for Block Four Courses

Register now to learn about business management, soil health, specialty mushrooms, beekeeping, business plans, high tunnels, and grazing. Courses fill up quickly and registration closes for block four in just one month. Block Four Courses Start the Week of February 25 Registration closes for block four on Sunday, February 17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. We … Read More

Save Money, Retain Valuable Staff and Increase On-Farm Efficiency

Time is valuable. Time is money. And time is of the essence at the height of the busy season! We know that the ability to manage people effectively is a critical skill for a successful farm business. An efficient crew can make or break the bottom line during harvest. So why not invest in your … Read More

Briquetting a Better, Burnable Cow Patty: Farmer Turns Livestock Waste into Fuel Source

A farmer recently completed a USDA Northeast SARE funded project to demonstrate a hydraulic press used to make fuel briquettes from manure and bedding. The machine, dubbed the “Biomass Beast” by its creator, Rose Marie Belforti, was built for $5,766 and produced briquettes at a rate of 90 dry pounds per hour for 3 cents … Read More

Cornell Small Farms Program Year in Review

Letter from the Director It has been quite a year for the Cornell Small Farm Program. We have grown to ten amazing, committed staff who actively work to support the viability of small farms through education, outreach and research. Each works closely with many partners, especially Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators, toward our mission of helping farmers … Read More

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

In the News: Our Recommended Crops for First-Time Growers

In December 2018, Hello Homestead, an online resource for beginning farmers and homesteaders, published an article discussing crop options for first-time farmers. Within the article, various experts are quoted giving their advice about what to grow, and how to get started. Among these experts, Small Farms Program’s own Erica Ferney was referenced several times. Erica, … 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

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