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* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

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* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

* NY Nut Growers Summer MeetingNY Nut Growers Summer Meeting

Time: 9:00 am

BWW Farm, Trumansburg, NY. In addition to presentations on cultural techniques for chestnuts and other nut trees, attendees will tour a biodynamic organic farm and visit permaculture, homesteading, and home garden settings to see how nut trees and other woody perennials fit in.

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* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

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* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

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* Ag Plastics RecyclingAg Plastics Recycling

Rodman Lott & Son Farms on NY-414, just South of Seneca Falls. Agricultural plastics recycling is taking off, big time! Recyclers working with Cornell University’s Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program (RAPP) are now able to process virtually all types of used farm plastics. Waste plastics previously used on NYS farms—primarily bale wrap, bunker covers, mulch and greenhouse film—are being transformed into sheets of plastic ‘plywood’, plastic sidewalk pavers, household and industrial-size garbage bags, and diesel fuel, as well as into new plastic containers, films and twine that will once again be used on farms. RAPP will showcase an array of these products, as well as supplies and equipment for storing and compacting used plastic, at Empire Farm Days.

* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

* Meteorologist@Empire Farm DaysMeteorologist@Empire Farm Days

Time: 10:30 am

Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. What is the one thing people always talk about? The weather. Farmers may be weather watchers more than any other collective group. To accommodate their interest and provide them with a look at trends and how climate is impacting agriculture, on Tuesday, August 5 at 10:30am at Empire Farm Days, Dr. Chatrchyan will speak on Farming in a More Extreme and Variable Climate. On Wednesday, August 6 at 10:30am, WHEC News10NBC Meteorologist Josh Nichols will present Weather from the Farmers’ Point of View. Admission to Empire Farm Days and the weather presentations is free, parking is $10.

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* Ag Plastics RecyclingAg Plastics Recycling

Rodman Lott & Son Farms on NY-414, just South of Seneca Falls. Agricultural plastics recycling is taking off, big time! Recyclers working with Cornell University’s Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program (RAPP) are now able to process virtually all types of used farm plastics. Waste plastics previously used on NYS farms—primarily bale wrap, bunker covers, mulch and greenhouse film—are being transformed into sheets of plastic ‘plywood’, plastic sidewalk pavers, household and industrial-size garbage bags, and diesel fuel, as well as into new plastic containers, films and twine that will once again be used on farms. RAPP will showcase an array of these products, as well as supplies and equipment for storing and compacting used plastic, at Empire Farm Days.

* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

* Meteorologist@Empire Farm DaysMeteorologist@Empire Farm Days

Time: 10:30 am

Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. What is the one thing people always talk about? The weather. Farmers may be weather watchers more than any other collective group. To accommodate their interest and provide them with a look at trends and how climate is impacting agriculture, on Tuesday, August 5 at 10:30am at Empire Farm Days, Dr. Chatrchyan will speak on Farming in a More Extreme and Variable Climate. On Wednesday, August 6 at 10:30am, WHEC News10NBC Meteorologist Josh Nichols will present Weather from the Farmers’ Point of View. Admission to Empire Farm Days and the weather presentations is free, parking is $10.

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* Ag Plastics RecyclingAg Plastics Recycling

Rodman Lott & Son Farms on NY-414, just South of Seneca Falls. Agricultural plastics recycling is taking off, big time! Recyclers working with Cornell University’s Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program (RAPP) are now able to process virtually all types of used farm plastics. Waste plastics previously used on NYS farms—primarily bale wrap, bunker covers, mulch and greenhouse film—are being transformed into sheets of plastic ‘plywood’, plastic sidewalk pavers, household and industrial-size garbage bags, and diesel fuel, as well as into new plastic containers, films and twine that will once again be used on farms. RAPP will showcase an array of these products, as well as supplies and equipment for storing and compacting used plastic, at Empire Farm Days.

* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

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* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

* NOFA Summer ConferenceNOFA Summer Conference

Time: 12:00 am

Amherst, Mass. The 40th NOFA Summer Conference is less than two months away, with 150+ workshops, live entertainment, dinner meet-ups, conferences for children and teens, farm tours, and much more. Workshop topics include farming, gardening, land care, nutrition and food politics. NOFA is also offering full and half day pre-conferences and 100+ exhibitors. Scholarships, affordable registration, and budget conscious accommodations are available.

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* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

* NOFA Summer ConferenceNOFA Summer Conference

Time: 12:00 am

Amherst, Mass. The 40th NOFA Summer Conference is less than two months away, with 150+ workshops, live entertainment, dinner meet-ups, conferences for children and teens, farm tours, and much more. Workshop topics include farming, gardening, land care, nutrition and food politics. NOFA is also offering full and half day pre-conferences and 100+ exhibitors. Scholarships, affordable registration, and budget conscious accommodations are available.

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* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

* NOFA Summer ConferenceNOFA Summer Conference

Time: 12:00 am

Amherst, Mass. The 40th NOFA Summer Conference is less than two months away, with 150+ workshops, live entertainment, dinner meet-ups, conferences for children and teens, farm tours, and much more. Workshop topics include farming, gardening, land care, nutrition and food politics. NOFA is also offering full and half day pre-conferences and 100+ exhibitors. Scholarships, affordable registration, and budget conscious accommodations are available.

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* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

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* Soil Health Train-the-TrainerSoil Health Train-the-Trainer

Emerson Hall at Cornell University, Ithaca NY. This intensive training workshop will focus on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management. The target audience is professionals working with agricultural soil management issues.

* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

* Bud Grafting WorkshopBud Grafting Workshop

Time: 6:00 pm

Human Services Complex, Montour Falls in room 160 (Silver Spoon Café). John Reynold is the owner of Daring Drake farms, a family-owned orchard with over 125 varieties of large and small fruits. John will discuss summer bud grafting, layering and stool beds. There will be a hands-on demonstration on these propagation techniques. You will make bud grafts and take tow grafted trees home. Fee is $20 per person. Pre-registration required with payment by August 8th. Class size is limited to 15 participants, so register early! For more information and registration please contact CCE Schuyler Count at 607-535-7161.

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* Soil Health Train-the-TrainerSoil Health Train-the-Trainer

Emerson Hall at Cornell University, Ithaca NY. This intensive training workshop will focus on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management. The target audience is professionals working with agricultural soil management issues.

* Cornell Maple CampCornell Maple Camp

Cornell’s Arnot Forest, 611 County Road 13, Van Etten, NY. This four day workshop is designed for anyone who wishes to become a maple producer, and for maple producers who have some experience but want to expand their production, products, marketing and profitability. This focused and hands-on intensive training will helps you produce maple products more efficiently and more profitably.

* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

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* Soil Health Train-the-TrainerSoil Health Train-the-Trainer

Emerson Hall at Cornell University, Ithaca NY. This intensive training workshop will focus on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management. The target audience is professionals working with agricultural soil management issues.

* Cornell Maple CampCornell Maple Camp

Cornell’s Arnot Forest, 611 County Road 13, Van Etten, NY. This four day workshop is designed for anyone who wishes to become a maple producer, and for maple producers who have some experience but want to expand their production, products, marketing and profitability. This focused and hands-on intensive training will helps you produce maple products more efficiently and more profitably.

* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

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* Soil Health Train-the-TrainerSoil Health Train-the-Trainer

Emerson Hall at Cornell University, Ithaca NY. This intensive training workshop will focus on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management. The target audience is professionals working with agricultural soil management issues.

* Cornell Maple CampCornell Maple Camp

Cornell’s Arnot Forest, 611 County Road 13, Van Etten, NY. This four day workshop is designed for anyone who wishes to become a maple producer, and for maple producers who have some experience but want to expand their production, products, marketing and profitability. This focused and hands-on intensive training will helps you produce maple products more efficiently and more profitably.

* Unlocking the Secrets of Soil Unlocking the Secrets of Soil

Time: 1:00 pm

Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center, 3059 Sound Ave. Riverhead, NY 11901. Maintaining on-farm soil health is integral to ensuring productive, profitable, and sustainable agricultural operations while improving water, wildlife, and air quality. Soil health is vital for Long Island as its prime agricultural soils lend to high levels of agricultural production and valuation of this region. Unfortunately, the agronomic practices commonly applied to our sandy loams readily degrade soil health and its functional abilities to support production while buffering against erosion, leaching, disease, pests and weeds. This science-based workshop will introduce soil principles and properties including the concepts and benefits of best management practices that improve soil health, with a focus on the assets and liabilities of Long Island soils. Hands on soil health demonstrations will reveal how varying management practices can improve soil health and productivity. An array of soil health management systems including cover crop and reduced tillage demonstrations will also be highlighted for the specific commodities grown on Long Island.

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* Cornell Maple CampCornell Maple Camp

Cornell’s Arnot Forest, 611 County Road 13, Van Etten, NY. This four day workshop is designed for anyone who wishes to become a maple producer, and for maple producers who have some experience but want to expand their production, products, marketing and profitability. This focused and hands-on intensive training will helps you produce maple products more efficiently and more profitably.

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* 3rd Annual Organic Seed School3rd Annual Organic Seed School

Time: 8:00 am

Cornell Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm at 133 Fall Creek Road, Freeville, NY. Come learn from growers, breeders, and seed companies to better understand organic seed quality topics and how it affects your farm. Up to eight regional seed companies will present their new developments related to the needs of organic producers. These will include new varieties, breeding projects, seed treatments, company-specific innovations, and trialing under organic conditions. There will also be an hour exhibition time and coffee break in which participants can visit table displays for each company and a tour of breeding plots on the farm. In the afternoon, we will have a series of moderated group discussion sessions focusing on the issues surrounding organic seed quality and availability - bring your questions on organic seed and talk directly to the experts! Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is appreciated at http://ow.ly/zjOWR. The $10 registration fee can be paid by cash or check at the door. Contact Michael Glos at mag22@cornell.edu or 607-227-7793 with any questions.

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* Beginning Farmer SymposiumBeginning Farmer Symposium

Sackville, New Brunswick. The symposium, hosted by the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN), will be a busy day of workshops, panel discussions and prime networking opportunities for new, aspiring and experienced growers across the region.

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* Soil Health WorkshopSoil Health Workshop

Donn Branton's Farm, 6536 E Main Rd/Rte 5, Stafford, NY 14143. Five innovative grower speakers, a nationally recognized soil health expert, and local staff will show and describe the benefits of improving the soil health on your farm. There will be equipment and displays to see. 1.5 DEC credits, and CCA credits will be available. Cost is $5 preregistered and $10 for walk-ins, and includes a pulled pork supper. For preregistration, sponsor info, or special needs, contact: Dennis Kirby, Orleans SWCD: dennis.kirby@ny.nacdnet.net or 585-589-5959.

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* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

* Soil Health Field DaySoil Health Field Day

Time: 4:30 pm

Kinderhook Creek Farm, Inc., 5168 South Stephentown Road, Stephentown, NY. Soil is the backbone of every farm and needs to be managed for maximum production. Are you using the most current techniques for the best results? Join us at our Soil Health Field Day where you will enjoy: Dinner on the farm, demonstration cover crop plots, a farmer panel, soil health demonstrations, equipment demonstrations. 1.5 DEC Credits and 4 CCA Credits are available. The meeting is FREE, but please RSVP by August 18th, 2014. For more information or to RSVP please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at (518) 272-4210 or mmp74@cornell.edu.

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* Northeast Buckwheat Field DayNortheast Buckwheat Field Day

Edgewood Farm in Groveland, NY. Learn about how to get the most value out of buckwheat in your rotation, double cropping buckwheat after green peas, and how buckwheat helps with unusual rainfall. The farmer-to-farmer exchange of knowledge on production issues is always popular as well.

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* Hops Learning SeriesHops Learning Series

Time: 12:00 am

Muddy River Hops, 15546 County Highway 23, Unadilla, NY 13849, and Roots Brewery, 175 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) today announced the launch of the Hop Aboard! Learning Series. Over the course of three sessions, farmers will gain real-world knowledge for growing hops or expanding existing yards to commercial production levels, while learning from and with the hops farmers that are currently leading the way in a regional hops renaissance. The fun and informative on-farm and panel formats provide access to networks for on-going technical support. . Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 31, August 7 and August 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to registrants

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Events:

August 21st, 2014. 4:30-8:30PM. Soil Health Field Day. Kinderhook Creek Farm, Inc., 5168 South Stephentown Road, Stephentown, NY. Soil is the backbone of every farm and needs to be managed for maximum production.  Are you using the most current techniques for the best results? Join us at our Soil Health Field Day where you will enjoy: Dinner on the farm, demonstration cover crop plots, a farmer panel, soil health demonstrations, equipment demonstrations. 1.5 DEC Credits and 4 CCA Credits are available. The meeting is FREE, but please RSVP by August 18th, 2014.  For more information or to RSVP please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at (518) 272-4210 or mmp74@cornell.edu.

August 27, 2014. 2014 Northeast Buckwheat Field Day. Edgewood Farm in Groveland, NY. Learn about how to get the most value out of buckwheat in your rotation, double cropping buckwheat after green peas, and how buckwheat helps with unusual rainfall. The farmer-to-farmer exchange of knowledge on production issues is always popular as well. Learn more at http://www.hort.cornell.edu/bjorkman/lab/buck/fieldday14.php.

September 6th 2014. 10am-4pm with a reception at 6:30pm. Finger Lakes Permaculture Site Tour. Finger Lakes, NY. The first annual tour is self-guided will be showcasing the burgeoning practice of permaculture design in our region. Please visit http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?p=2743 for a list of locations, additional details and to RSVP.

September 9, 2014. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Food Preservation Class- Freezing and Drying Foods. 615 Willow Ave Ithaca NY 14850. Learn how to freeze fruits and vegetables to get the best results. All classes are $15 per person. Unless otherwise specified, you must preregister, and pay for classes. To register please call:607-272-2292 or email Carole Fisher at crf11@cornell.edu.

September 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Twilight Pasture Walk at Sweet Grass Meats Farm.  290 Basset Road; Naples, NY.  Join us at Sweet Grass Meats for a tour of their sheep grazing operation and to learn more about how they market grass-fed lamb, beef and pastured pork through an on-farm store and regional buyers club.  Network with other graziers, and join in the discussions on multi-species grass-fed production.  Light refreshments will be served.  The walk will take place rain or shine and expect moderate walking in pasture conditions.  Sponsored by the NY NRCS Grazing Lands Coalition, and organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition.  Questions can be referred to Brett Chedzoy: bjc226@cornell.edu or by phone: 607-742-3657

September 12-14, 2014. Mother Earth News Fair. Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Dr., Seven Springs, PA 15622. The Mother Earth News Fair is a family-friendly sustainable living event that features 200 hands-on workshops and demonstrations from experts on cooking and food preservation, organic gardening, homesteading, renewable energy, green building and remodeling, DIY projects, small-scale livestock, green transportation, natural health, and related topics. Speakers include beyond-organic farmer and author Joel Salatin, organic gardening experts Barbara Damrosch and Rosalind Creasy, renewable energy expert Dan Chiras, and more. If you have questions or want to purchase tickets ($20 for one day or $25 for a three-day pass), visit http://www.MotherEarthNewsFair.com.

September 17, 2014. 9:30am – 3:30pm. Riparian Forest Buffer Establishment Workshop. USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center, Corning, NY. Learn about the rationale for the use of trees and shrubs along streams for water quality purposes. Learn about site preparation prior to planting and how to plant and manage trees and shrubs to obtain the best survival and growth. Information on government conservation programs to assist landowners will be provided. Learn more at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9iqqc5k6d940a99&llr=fzz4ttqab.

September 20-21, 2014. 9am – 3pm. 2014 Groundswell Draft Animal Practicum: Introduction to Draft Animal Power. Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY. Join us for an amazing two-day, hands-on experience with a draft animal guru. Donn Hewes is an experienced teamster and a passionate educator, and loves teaching others how to think like a horse. This is your chance to learn the basics of working with draft horses and mules. Our trainees absolutely LOVE this class! Sliding Scale Registration $125 to $290 for two days. To register send an email to info@groundswellcenter.org

Sept 20-21, 2014. Sign up now as a vendor at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival! Hemlock, NY.  This popular 2-day festival incorporates a Farm Market and all local produce is welcome. Fresh vegetables, flowers, pumpkins, potatoes, gourds, cheese, jam, honey………if you grow it or process it we’d love to have you attend! One day or both days – whatever suits your schedule. The festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary and crowds should be large! Go to http://www.gvhg.org/fiber-fest/vendors/ and click the “Food & Farmers Market Vendors” link near the bottom of the page.

September 25 – October 30, 2014. Online Course about Writing a Business Plan. Many new farmers are intimidated by the process of writing a business plan. The online course BF 202: Planning to Stay in Business demystifies the process and provides students with feedback on their plans each week. This course, taught by an experienced farmer and a Cornell Cooperative Extension educator, is 6 weeks long and consists of weekly webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions in an online setting. BF 202 part of the line-up of 12 online courses offered this fall, winter and spring by the Cornell Small Farms Program. Learn more at http://nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/.

October 3-4, 2014. 2014 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium. The hands-on activities Friday will start with a tour of the Cornell Sheep Farm in Harford, NY, and explanation of ongoing research and management. The Saturday sessions will be in Morrison Hall on the Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY. Dr. Dave Thomas from the University of Wisconsin, Madison will give the opening talk on sheep dairying in North America. He will also give a later talk on dairy sheep research at the University of Wisconsin. More information at http://sheep.cornell.edu/calendar/sgsymposium/announcement.html.

November 14th, 2014. 9:15am – 3:30pm. Big Flats Cover Crop Workshop and Tour. USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center, Corning, NY. We will tour the cover crop plots staged to observe the differences in fall growth due to timing and species. There will be cover crop mixes to observe compatibility between species. The no-till 3 way interseeder has been used to seed demonstration plots and will be observed. A demonstration of seeding red clover at time of corn planting using herbicides to stunt the cover crops while controlling the weeds will be observed. There will be talks from presenters from Cornell, Penn State, Seed Suppliers, and Consultants. We hope to have a demonstration of a zone builder, a presentation about how to tune corn planters for use in no-till situations and a farmer panel discussion. Go to http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9ixnnn9a7d33a5c&llr=fzz4ttqab for more information or to register.