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Educators: Register Now for ‘Baskets to Pallets’ Statewide Training

Are you an agricultural educator or service provider in New York State interested in supporting farmers seeking to enter food hubs, groceries, restaurants or cooperatives? The Cornell Small Farms Program and Northeast SARE are pleased to announce a new statewide professional development opportunity. ‘Baskets to Pallets: Preparing Small and Mid-sized Farmers to Enter Food Hubs, … Read More

Learn better grazing methods for health and profit

Grazing Management (BF 231) Improve Your Triple Bottom Line Through Better Grazing an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Thurs. March 17 – April 21, 2016, with webinars each Thurs evening from 6:30-8pm http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/grazing-management-bf-231 Grazing means more than simply turning livestock out onto a green area and hoping for the best. With planning and … Read More

Apply Now for Small Farms Program Summer Internship

Applications Due February 7th The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce a job opening for a full time Summer Intern. This position is for a Cornell undergraduate, continuing student and is based in 15A Plant Science Building on the Cornell University Campus with 1 day/week of field work at McDaniel’s Nut Grove.   Stipend ranges from $10 – $12/hour depending on experience. … Read More

Learn to Use High Tunnels to Extend Your Growing Season

Season Extension with High Tunnels (BF 220) Know Before You Grow an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Tues. March 22 – April 19, 2016, with webinars every Tuesday evening from 7:00-8:30pm. http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/season-extension-with-high-tunnels-bf-220/ Adding weeks to either end of your growing season can mean attaining a premium for having products available well before … Read More

Develop Skills to Assess and Manage On-Farm Risk and Business Structure

Taking Care of Business (BF 103) Understanding the Business, Tax, and Regulatory Implications of Your Farm an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Mon. March 7 – April 11, 2016, with webinars every Monday evening from 7:00-8:30pm. http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-103-business-side-of-farming/ This course is designed to help aspiring or beginning farmers better assess and manage a … Read More

Build a Business Plan for Your Farm

Planning to Stay in Business (BF 202) Writing Your Business Plan an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Thurs. February 4 – March 10, 2016, with webinars every Thursday evening from 6:00-7:30pm. http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-202-planning-for-sustainability/ Whether you intend to borrow money or not, heading into a farm venture without a business plan is like setting … Read More

Agritourism: The Authentic Farm Experience

A Vermont farm stay promotes economic viability at Liberty Hill Farm and agricultural literacy from the community to abroad. by Rachel Carter Tucked delightfully in the foothills of the Green Mountains along scenic Rte. 100 in Rochester, Vermont, sits Liberty Hill Farm—a working dairy farm defined by the 1890’s red barn with cupola—one of the … Read More

Learn about Farm Scale Commercials Mushroom Production

Farm Scale Mushroom Cultivation (BF 150) Growing Shiitake and Other Mushrooms for Fun and Profit an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Tues. February 23 – March 29, 2016, with webinars held each Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00pm. http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/woodland-mushroom-cultivation-bf-150/ Mushrooms are an emerging niche crop with many benefits, including improving farmer stewardship of forested … Read More

Pursue your Passion for Vegetables with Veggie Farming, Part 2

Veggie Farming, Part 2 (BF 121) From Season-Long Care to Harvest an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Wed. February 24 – March 23, 2016, with webinars every Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30pm. http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-121-veggie-farming-part-2/ This course will take you from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility; integrated pest management including pest ID … Read More

Complete a Marketing Plan to Guide Business Decisions

Effective Marketing for the Busy Farmer (BF 201) Sell Smarter, Not Harder an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Mon. January 11 – February 21, 2016, with webinars every Monday evening from 6:30-8:00pm http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-201-making-money/ Most of us go into farming with the thought of making some – or all – of our livelihood through … Read More

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