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Attention Educators & Service Providers: Let’s Talk Mushrooms

Did you know that the Cornell Small Farms Program has been offering specialty mushroom resources and extension education for 10 years? This has occurred through our website, online courses, and in-person workshops. Now we need your help to continue this important work. To all extension/university or non-profit educators, government agency employees, and private consultants — please complete … Read More

Beef Quality Assurance Month is Here

New York beef farmers, have you considered becoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified? This certification is free through the NYS Beef Checkoff Program and is valid for three years. So far, the program has over 1,000 certified producers, educators, and students throughout the state. The training for this free certification provides access to the most … Read More

Register Now for Block 2 Online Courses

Grow Your Business by Growing New Products If you’re not already registered, be sure to check out the next round of online courses. These courses are filling up fast and will close October 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m EST.  Veggie Farming Part 1 – From Planning to Planting This course helps new and aspiring vegetable … Read More

Farmer Funding: SARE Opens Applications for $15,000 Grant

A lot can be done with $15,000. Take it from Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm. She and her team were able to use a previous $15,000 SARE Farmer Grant to explore barriers facing the ability for farmers to sell to low-income consumers without sacrificing profit and create the new resource: Sowing the Seeds of … Read More

Meet the Everest Grape: A New Concord Varietal

Attention grape growers, a new varietal from Cornell Agritech could bring you new business. The Concord grape is native to the northeast, but is typically only used for jams and juice. A new variety of Concord, called Everest Seedless, was bred to be a table grape instead of a processing grape. Flavorful and juicy, this new … Read More

Sip Your Way Into Fall with Cider Week

Originally to connect producers with retailers and restaurants, Cider Week has expanded to become a public attraction in various regions throughout New York State. This week marks the beginning of Cider Week- Finger Lakes, which includes a multitude of events from September 28 – October 8, 2018.  Over the ten-day period, events range from a … Read More

Call for Survey Responses on Solar Grazing

Are you a part of the solar farming community? Help inform researchers by taking this survey on vegetation maintenance practices for solar arrays. In collaboration between the Cornell University Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and the American Solar Grazing Association (ASGA), a team of farmers and researchers are working toward a roadmap for viable collaborations among solar … Read More

Farm Tour Brings Veteran Families to Wind Swept Meadows

For veterans and military families interested in learning about a variety of farming techniques and farm business management, tours of working farms can offer important insight and inspiration. On September 19, 2018, a farm tour was held at Wind Swept Meadows Farm in Watertown, NY. The tour was hosted by the Small Farms Program (SFP) … Read More

Farming: Cool Work That’s Cooling the Planet

Did you know that agriculture is the only sector that can actually pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in the soil? Known as “carbon farming,” the sequestration of carbon in soil is not only good for our planet, it can also improve the fertility and water holding capacity of your land. Carbon … Read More

Recommended Reading: Week of August 27

Welcome to our new installment of Small Farms’ Recommended Reading! Here you’ll find a variety of articles handpicked each week by the Small Farms team. These include resources, educational articles, and tips — all in one location for a quick browse of news in addition to our bimonthly newsletter. This week we’re reading about the … Read More

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