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2016-17 Baskets to Pallets Farmer Trainings

Disenchanted with Direct-Marketing?  Start Selling to Bigger Markets January 21st, 2017. NOFA NY Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY Tired of selling carrots a bunch at a time?  Selling wholesale has advantages, but it requires totally different marketing strategies.  In this intensive workshop, producers of all enterprises will learn how to market product to wholesale buyers, particularly food hubs, groceries, restaurants and … Read More

The Summer 2016 Small Farm Quarterly is Out Now!

The Summer Issue of the Small Farm Quarterly has just been released. The Small Farms Quarterly is a publication produced by the Cornell Small Farms Program that features articles meant to inspire and inform farm families and their supporters. The Summer 2016 Issue has articles on a range of topics including; recommendations for cover cropping, … Read More

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

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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