Small Livestock Farm Reaches Big Market

Lucki 7 Farms in Rodman, NY By Rachel Whiteheart With its rich loamy soil, plentiful water, and flat basin land, it’s unsurprising that Stephen Winkler and his family settled down in Jefferson County, New York. The Winklers purchased the original 100 acres, house, and barn of what would soon become Lucki 7 Farms in 1997, … Read More

Greasing the Farm Wheels: Tips From a Former First-Year Farmer

The day-to-days of farm life are decorated with strings of lessons, just waiting to be pulled to see the mystery that lies on the other end. By Alicia Anderson To me, farming is about leaving the security of the 9-5 structure, the comfort of specialized tasks, completed over and over again, to push limits, to … Read More

Fishing for a New Way to Farm

Aquaponics — a combination of hydroponics and aquaculture – is becoming a world-wide phenomenon. By Edward DuQuette About 8 years ago, my wife, daughter and I made the 2500 mile trek across the United States from our East coast home that’s been in our family for almost 100 years, to the great State of Utah. Our new … Read More

Cornell Small Farms Program Update

Message from the Editor It happens every year, and always surprises me.  Last summer, just after the first long, soaking rain of summer, I walked out to the garden to see a carpet of slugs feasting on a tattered array of succulent green stems that were once peppers, basil and hearty greens.  I went straight … Read More

2 Upcoming Hops Events

There are two hops field days coming up in New York, one in Geneva and one in Oneonta. Hops Field Day at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York: Saturday, July 12, 2014. Hop growers, brewers, consultants, and industry personnel are invited to tour the hopyard and learn about the latest research … Read More

2012 Small Farm Summit

2012 Recommendations for Strategic Investments in New York’s Small Farms The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the release of “2012 Recommendations for Strategic Investments in New York’s Small Farms”. This colorful report details the current top priorities for enhancing the viability of small farms in New York. We thank the 500 farmers, … Read More

FINAL Farm Energy Field Day this Friday!

The final Farm Energy Field Day is this Friday, October 11. If you’re interested in finding out how you can use solar energy on your farm, this field day is for you! This is your opportunity to get “How to” information, view customized equipment on the farm, and network with other energy enthusiasts. This field day … Read More

Who’s Eating all the Chickens?

by Joan Kark-Wren We left the house early on a beautiful spring morning. Allie, our black lab, excited to be going for a ride, jumped in the car with us. Ling the cat stretched out in the sunlight, knowing he’d have the house to himself. Outside, the 12 chicks — now 8 weeks old — … Read More

Salutations Anyone?

By Troy Bishopp I took a journalism training course for farmer writers at Cornell University recently. For me, there is always some mystique about visiting the “Big Red” campus and walking down a similar path as my grandfather did back in the 1930s. It would have been fun to see the parking arrangement back then … Read More

Reconnecting Refugee Farmers to Their Agricultural Roots

Cultivating Community helps immigrant farmers in Maine overcome obstacles to access new markets. It’s a crisp Saturday in mid-February at the largest indoor farmers’ market in the whitest state in America, housed in a grand old textile mill on the banks of the Androscoggin River in Brunswick, Maine. A rainbow of root vegetables and cultivated … Read More

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