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Grazing Our Way to Health

A Farmer’s Journey to Raising Grass-Fed Beef. By Marvin Moyer “How do you raise your beef? Do you use growth hormones? Do you feed your animals GMO grain and what about antibiotics and herbicides?” These are questions I hear again and again. Consumers are showing an interest in how their food is produced. Ever since the … Read More

Mushrooms Turning a Profit for Forest Farmers in the Northeast

Research Shows Woodland-Cultivated Shiitake Mushrooms to be a Leader in Profitable Agroforestry Crops. By Steve Gabriel One long held assumption about many agroforestry practices is that while they promote positive land stewardship, the economics just aren’t there. Often farmers only adopt practices if there are financial incentives (NRCS programs, for example) or if the practices … Read More

Online Mushroom Production Course Offered Feb. 2015

Forest mushroom cultivation is an emerging niche crop with potential to improve farmer stewardship of forests while offering a unique and highly desired product. Learn the background, techniques and economics of small outdoor (forest grown) commercial mushroom production in an online course starting February 24th.  BF 150: Woodland Mushroom Cultivation is a 6-week online course that … Read More

SFQ Editors/Writers Meeting on November 18th, 2014

Meeting Presentation Download the Meeting Presentation (PDF) Meeting Notes Download the Notes (WORD) Agenda 10:00am Welcome and Introductions 10:05am What is Working?  What Isn’t?  What could improve SFQ? Editors’ and Writers’ critical review of: submission process support from Cornell Small Farms Program office magazine’s visibility, content and success 10:20am Editors & Writers Roundtable.   How do you find writers or topics?  How … Read More

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

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