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On-Farm Poultry Processing Workshop June 7th

Consumer interest in locally raised pastured poultry is high, and many small-scale farmers are working to meet this demand. One challenge these farmers encounter is that there are no federally-inspected slaughterhouses in NY and state-inspected plants are few and far between. So most small commercial producers take advantage of federal legislation allowing producers raising less than 1,000 chickens/year (or less … Read More

Permanent Beds Research

Permanent beds can help small-scale, diversified growers reduce tillage across many different crops. Compaction is limited when field traffic is restricted outside the planting bed, year after year. Many different tillage practices can be used but how do we evaluate them? In this project we are working to provide growers with more agronomic, ecological and economic … Read More

Permanent Bed Systems

Permanent beds can help vegetable growers improve soil health on the farm-scale. Especially on small, diversified organic vegetable farms, permanent beds can help reduce tillage across a range of crops and within a complex production system. What are Permanent Beds? For a diversified farm, beds are a useful unit of management, providing a system for … Read More

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

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