Cornell Small Farms Program http://smallfarms.cornell.edu Serving small farmers in NY and the Northeast Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:03:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://blogs.cornell.edu/?v=3.8.1.1 Farmer Landowner Match Program http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/12/farmer-landowner-match-program-2/ http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/12/farmer-landowner-match-program-2/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:30:34 +0000 http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/?p=7497 Read More]]> Are you looking for farmland to start a new operation, or for land to diversify and expand an existing farm? If so, the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) has a program tailored just for you. It is the Farmer Landowner Match Program, an initiative that connects landowners seeking to have their land farmed with farmers seeking land.

Since its inception in 2008, this Match Program has grown its database to more than 200 active participants. And it isn’t just for Columbia County residents. In mid-2013, CLC established a partnership with the Dutchess Land Conservancy to serve farmers and landowners across both counties. Today, CLC can comfortably say that this successful initiative has helped dozens of hard-working farmers get established or diversify their business.

“It is thanks to CLC that I am here,” says David Rowley, owner of Monkshood Nursery in Stuyvesant, NY. “And it is thanks to CLC that you are here,” he turns to the owner of Ardith Mae farm, Shereen Alignaghain who leases the barn from David. Theirs is a Match story and more!

First, David was leasing land to grow his organic vegetables. Then the opportunity came for him to purchase the farm, so he worked with CLC and an organization called Scenic Hudson to conserve the land as farmland, which allowed the sale price to reflect the agricultural value of the property rather than the development value. So David became the owner of Monkshood Nursery. He erected several large greenhouses and he was cultivating the land’s rich soils, but he had no use for the large barn, a remnant of a cow dairy.

That’s when CLC’s Marissa Codey, conservation & agricultural programs manager, approached David about a possible match. Shereen Alignaghain of Pennsylvania was moving to Columbia County with her dairy goats. At first Shereen was hesitant: “It is hard to farm together unless we have a very similar approach, and have similar goals.” Turns out the two farmers’ goals are not only compatible, but they often work and strategize together. “Marissa knew better than me what I needed,” admits Shereen. She incorporates David’s herbs and shoots in her cheeses, David helps with fine-tuning the barn for her animals, and together they plan to expand their farms to add a licensed organic kitchen – with Shereen’s license and David’s vegetables. “This is a great match,” confirms Shereen, whose Ardith Mae Farm now calls the large barn a home.

After seven years in existence, the strength of the Match Program is in becoming well known within the farmer community, so many farmers find out about this great opportunity through word of mouth.

For example, Schuyler and Colby Gail looked for suitable farmland through conventional real estate for six long years without success. They were raising animals on Schuyler’s grandmother’s land in Rensselaer County. Then one of their friends mentioned CLC’s Farmer Landowner Match Program, and what a big help it was for them. Schuyler and Colby got on the phone, and within months CLC matched them with an ideal 20 acre parcel in New Lebanon. This was back in 2012. ”We had 40 requirements that we felt a good property had to have, we really did,” remembers Schuyler, “and the only one it didn’t have was the potential for hydropower.” The match was exactly the jumpstart they were looking for. And Climbing Tree Farm was born.

The Gails now own those rolling 20 acres, and are leasing an adjacent 370-acre forested parcel to run Climbing Tree Farm, an innovative silvo-culture operation. They are proud to keep their kids in touch with the land and livestock. “They know what work is, and they know where food comes from,” says Schuyler. “It is a good life for a kid.” “It is a good life for a grown-up too,” adds Colby.  As much as it is a work in progress, Climbing Tree Farm is also a true success story – it is sustainable financially and environmentally, and affords the Gail family a life all four of them embrace. CLC is proud to have provided the resource that laid the groundwork for the Gails’ success.

Of course, not every match happens as fast as the Gails’. Both the landowners and the farmers can spend significant time, sometimes years, interviewing potential partners before both are comfortable enough to feel their goals will be met. Each case is unique, and CLC works with participants to help them with their individual needs.

Over the course of two years, landowners Joe and Carla Brancato of East Chatham met with several farmers before they felt their property would achieve its potential in the hands of Kim and Tom Kubisek. The land used to be a dairy farm, and Joe wanted to return it to a working landscape. As an architect, he put a lot of work into resuscitating the neglected barn – which is now home to lactating sows and their piglets on the lower level, and provides storage for livestock feed on the main level – then erected a shed / chicken coop for their laying hens, and has been heavily involved in developing the infrastructure of the budding operation called Rolling Creek Farm.

The Kubiseks have been tirelessly growing this farm for the last three years, and this fall they will proudly make their first pork, beef, and poultry contribution to a CSA – displaying brand new ‘Rolling Creek Farm’ labels that Joe and Carla Brancato had designed. What kind of farm did it become? Because the landowner – farmer partners are not afraid to try anything, they now have beef cows, some of them Aberdeeen Angus, several Tanworth cross breeding pigs, meat birds including chickens and turkeys, laying hens, a growing vegetable garden, a pumpkin patch, and even two grateful rescue horses the Kubiseks brought over from their previous farm. Carla Brancato and Kim Kubisek are cooking up plans to add strawberry jam to their CSA deliveries. Oh, yes, and they also planted apple and peach trees a few years back that will bear their first fruit this fall. And who knows, if you stop by, you might find them caring for new livestock we did not get to meet at our visit. “If it wasn’t for CLC, this match wouldn’t have happened” are Joe’s parting words as we leave the farm behind.

Behind the success of CLC’s matches is the Conservancy’s close attention to the needs of every participant in their Farmer Landowner Match Program, and a personal involvement in the introductions of potential farmer-landowner partners. The Conservancy welcomes interest from all farmers and from Columbia or Dutchess County landowners as it grows its Match Program database. To find out more about how this program can help you start or expand your farm, please contact CLC’s Marissa Codey at Marissa@clctrust.org or 518.392.5252, ext 211.

Sara Hart is the communications manager at Columbia Land Conservancy in Chatham, NY. She can be reached at sara@clctrust.org or 518.392.5252, ext. 214.

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Small Farm Grants Program http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/11/small-farm-grants-program/ http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/11/small-farm-grants-program/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:37:21 +0000 http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/?p=7486 Read More]]> 2013 Small Farm Grant Projects

Unfortunately, the Small Farms Program was unable to secure funding to support a 2013 small grants program.  We hope to reinstate this program in 2014.   An extensive library of small farm funding opportunities can be found at http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/funding/


2012 Small Farm Grant Projects

Each year, the Cornell Small Farms Program awards grants of 3-5K to organizations in New York that present compelling projects that will serve and support small farms. In 2012, four proposals were selected. An additional project to support a small dairy field day series summer, 2012 was also  funded.


Chenango Regional Video and Social Media Grazing Outreach Program

This project was led by Ken Smith, CCE of Chenango County. The purpose of the project was to provide grazing farmers with information on grazing best practices, and to create forums where grazing farmers can share questions or successes with other farmers or agricultural educators. 12 short videos of grazing best practices from around the region were developed and shared through websites and social media platforms. In these videos, grazing farmers and educators share best practice examples of grazing topics such as watering systems, laneways, permanent fencing systems, portable fencing systems, pasture growth measurement systems, shade and nutrient management, and other grazing topics.   Read project successes, outcomes and lessons learned in this short report.  To view the videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/cornellsmallfarms and scroll down to “Featured Playlists”.


Assessing Local Foods Distribution Systems: Farmer Experiences and Models for Building Successful Farmer-Distributor Relationships

This project was led by Monica Roth of CCE Tompkins County and Becca Jablonski a PhD. Candidate in City & Regional Planning. The project was a continuation of a study funded by the Cornell Small Farms program where NY Distribution Companies were interviewed to assess their experiences with purchasing from NY Farmers. A total of 19 companies were interviewed and profiles developed.  This second part of the project consisted of interviews with farmers that sell to these distribution companies to assess their experiences selling to NY distribution companies. The goal was to identify what farmers need to do to comply with distributor purchasing requirements, how it impacts marketing practices, cost of marketing, risk management, product pricing, and overall farm viability. The aim was to be able to better inform small farmers about how to successfully conduct wholesale sales and gather some benchmark data about impacts of wholesale sales on small farms.  Read project successes, outcomes and lessons learned in this short report.  In addition, you can download the survey used to poll farmers and a compilation of the survey results.


Promoting Workplace CSA in the Southern Adirondacks

This project was led by Laura McDermott, CCE CDVSFP Regional Agriculture Educator and Teresa Whalen, Adirondack Harvest Southern Chapter Coordinator. This project sought to help businesses and community centers within the greater Glens Falls region investigate the feasibility of sponsoring a CSA. The southern Adirondack region (the counties of Warren, Washington and Saratoga) has many fruit and vegetable farms and successful Farmers’ markets. Expanding non‐traditional markets, such as the business CSA, is one method to assist local growers in finding new marketing outlets. A series of promotional events, surveys, farmer/business/and consumer meeting trialed the best approach to developing this model.  Read project successes, outcomes and lessons learned in this short report.  Download the “CSA in the Workplace” supplemental materials generated by the project to adapt for your region!

| BrochurePowerpoint Presentation | Factsheet |


Bringing the sheep goat marketing website back home

This project focused on modernizing and updating the popular marketing directory located at http://www.sheepgoatmarketing.info. Project leaders Michael Thonney and tatiana Stanton, from the Cornell Animal Science Department, reinstated an interactive producer listing useful to direct marketers, market pools, buyers and distributers. The site has additional educational resources on marketing and processing. Renovating the website has helped identify new markets and will facilitate communication between producers and buyers.  Read project successes, outcomes and lessons learned in this short report.


Dairy Innovation Field Days

Six individual field days were held between June 1st and September 20th in regions across the state on dairy farms milking under 100 head. Field days highlighted innovative production or marketing strategies that represent new opportunities to enhance small dairy viability in NY. To view the schedule, visit http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2012/04/24/announcing-2012-small-dairy-field-days/

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Story Share http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/11/story-share/ http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/11/story-share/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:24:33 +0000 http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/?p=7481 Read More]]> Welcome to our Story Share page!  Attendees in the Telling Better Stories Workshop have submitted articles and photos to show off their new journalism and multi-media skills.  Thanks to everyone for your submissions!

Article Submissions

Anaerobic Digesters, by Elizabeth Newbold
Willow: A New Old Cropby Marilee Williams
Telling Better Stories Workshop, by Amy Halloran
New York Farm Viability Institute Continues to Help Organic Dairies Achieve Their Goalsby Tessa Buratto

Any Help at All Would Have Been Better Than the Help I Have Got, by Jan Andrews
Salutations Anyone?  by Troy Bishopp
Who’s Eating all the Chickens?  by Joan Kark-Wren
Internships are Rewarding for Students and Farms, by Nancy Glazier
Growers Credit NY Berry Project for Successful Start-Up, by Kara Lynn Dunn

Photo Submissions

Sunflowers, by Terri Dinitto

Tame Horses, by John Suscovich

A carpet of moss, by Troy Bishopp

Morning dew on clover, by Troy Bishopp

Dancing dewdrops, by Troy Bishopp

Fawnwood Farm corn planting, by Valerie Walthert

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Telling Better Stories http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/11/telling-better-stories/ http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/11/telling-better-stories/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:19:28 +0000 http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/?p=7479 Read More]]> Journalism Training for Small Farm Educators

Videos, handouts, and PowerPoints from the workshop are provided below.   Photos and articles submitted by attendees featuring their new writing and photography skills are posted on our Story Share page here.

Workshop 1a: Focus on Fact-Finding (Nuts & Bolts Track)
Learn how to gather facts to make your stories informative and interesting. Bring your topics to the table and we’ll brainstorm together on public factual resources at your fingertips. Evaluating the information you gather is the most important part of any reporter’s search strategy. We’ll explore techniques for validity checks. Facts are what fill the stories about small farms and excite readers (and listeners). The specifics, the details, the nitty gritty. From using more first personal observational methods to satellite images from Google Maps, you will gain new ideas for fact finding and new skills in  using internet search tools such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  Workshop leader:  Jill D. Swenson  Workshop Handout | Instructor Bio 

Workshop 1b: Can you Picture It?  (Multi-media Track)
Photos: the Most Valuable Tool in Your Communications Arsenal
A picture is worth a thousand words, so make sure the photographs you are taking or using tell a good story. In this work shop we will go over basic photography techniques, free editing and organizational tools, and how to use them effectively. Workshop leader and professional photographer, John Suscovich, will share examples of photographs he has taken while working on the farm, looking at techniques such as framing, perspective, and lighting.  We’ll also talk about how to use photographs to enhance written narrative. As an interactive group activity we will view and discuss several photographs, taken on farm, to pick out the strengths and weaknesses. Attendees are invited to bring 1-2 photographs of their own for group discussion.  Workshop leader:  John Suscovich  Video of Session | Link to Instructor’s Web Pages | Workshop Handout | Powerpoint Instructor Bio

Workshop 2a: Show AND Tell (Nuts & Bolts Track)
How to Make a Story Both Compelling AND Informative
Mud. Tractors. Escaped Cows. Hailstorms. Amber waves of grain. Readers love learning about farming, and the work that farmers do to make sure the rest of us are well fed. But making that story compelling and interesting means getting off the phone or e-mail and going to the farm. Drawing on his background in local newspaper reporting on agricultural issues and also as a vegetable farmer, Aaron will give a sense of how to not only how to interview and glean interesting information from busy farmers, but also how to conduct interviews when they may be too busy to sit down. In addition, he’ll discuss finding the most interesting parts of a story and using that to create a lead to a story or article. Finally, he’ll discuss how to show readers what the farmer is doing instead of telling readers about it, using techniques like dialogue, description, and action.  Workshop leader:  Aaron Munzer Workshop Handout | Instructor Bio 

Workshop 2b: Do You Hear What I Hear?  (Multi-media Track)
Basics of Podcast and Audio Clip Production
Some stories are better received out loud.  A study performed by “eMarketer” projects that by the end of 2013 there will be 37.6 million people who download podcasts monthly, more than double the 2008 figure of 17.4 million. In this intro session to audio communications, you’ll learn about basic equipment and editing software needed to produce audio clips and podcasts.  We’ll listen to a few farmer-themed podcast examples and talk about the components needed to prepare, record, edit and produce an engaging audio clip.   Learn how to conduct an interview or create a script, add music or other sound layers, convert to accessible sound formats and get your audio stories out to the public!  Workshop leader:  John Suscovich
Video of Session | Workshop Handout | Powerpoint |  Instructor Bio 

Workshop 3a: Interviews, Quotes, and Writing Dialogue Style (Nuts & Bolts Track)
Learn who to interview to make your story interesting to readers, how to prepare questions in advance to get the best leads, and how to write up your interview when you return from the field.  Who you interview depends on the questions you’ve got to ask. Who provides you with answers also depends upon who they are and what motives they may have in going “on the record” for a magazine article. Eyewitnesses, participants, first-hand experts in the farm practices, and farmers made for good interview sources. There may also be institutional sources  in business, government or the non-profit sector who can answer your questions. Asking the right person the right question is the role of the writer. Planning your interview in advance is a technique you’ll learn more about in this practical workshop. The mechanics of journalism writing style for quotations and attribution will be covered; including grammar and punctuation. Finding the right characters and voices to include in your research and reporting will lead you to the heart of the story. And help you identify the most powerful quotes from your interview. This hands-on workshop involves using examples of actual interviews, quotes, and attribution of sources.  Workshop leader:  Jill D. Swenson Workshop Handout 1 Handout 2 | Instructor Bio 

Workshop 3b:  Reincarnation: Adapting Your Story for  Multiple Audiences (Multi-media Track)
 The stories you tell as a writer have immeasurable value and can often be adapted to many different audiences. Learn how to find a story, craft it to fit an audience from a specific venue, and then keep it alive by reshaping it for other outlets. In this session, you’ll also learn to find different stories within a single interview, and then to take these on the road to different writing outlets. Finally, you’ll discover how to find magazines and other venues to pitch your work to, and then to use this knowledge to extend the reach of your writing.  Workshop leader: Kara Cusolito  Worksheet |  Instructor Bio

Workshop 4. Big ideas. Small words. Short sentences.
What Online Readers Want, and How to Write for Them
Today’s readers don’t read – they scan.  To reach them, you need the content they want and you need to present it in a style that they can easily digest.  This session will include easy writing and design tips you can put to work immediately to make your websites, social media, newsletters and other publications more user-friendly.  Workshop leader:  Craig Cramer  Video of Session | Instructor Bio 

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NESAWG’s “It Takes a Region Conference” http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/09/nesawgs-it-takes-a-region-conference/ http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/09/nesawgs-it-takes-a-region-conference/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:03:57 +0000 http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/?p=7475 What does it take to make our food system strong, resilient and region-sized? What does real collaboration and cooperation look like? Explore these questions at NESAWG’s “It Takes a Region Conference” on November 11-12. The keynote speaker will be national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and New York Times best-selling author Jim Hightower.

Learn more at http://www.nefood.org/page/2014-it-takes-a-region-conference.

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Farmer-Veteran Documentary http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/02/farmer-veteran-documentary/ http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/09/02/farmer-veteran-documentary/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:46:08 +0000 http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/?p=7462 Ground Operations is a documentary film and social action campaign that champions the growing network of combat veterans who are transitioning into careers as sustainable farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers. Visit their website to learn more and watch the documentary’s trailer: http://www.groundoperations.net/

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Three Juneberry Questions Answered by Jim Ochterski http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/08/28/three-juneberry-questions-answered-by-jim-ochterski/ http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/08/28/three-juneberry-questions-answered-by-jim-ochterski/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:34:42 +0000 http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/?p=7453 Read More]]> Q: Commercial juneberries and saskatoons
are exactly the same fruit. Why two different
names?
A: The term “saskatoon berry” or “saskatoon” is a
predominantly Canadian term for this tasty, dark
berry that has spilled over to Michigan and a few
other communities near the US-Canada border.
Elsewhere, including North Dakota, Minnesota, and
the Northeast US, we are using the term “juneberry”
because of the close relationship with our native
juneberry. From a marketing point of view, the name
“juneberry” conjures it’s ripening season, a favorable
early summer-ness, and offers an easy-to-remember
/ easy-to-say word. There has been some mild
cultural tension with Canadian saskatoon growers, so
we often use both terms now. The Saskatoon Berry
Council of Canada now uses the term “juneberry” in
their marketing to the US.
Above: Juneberries approaching Harvest. Photo: Jim
Ochterski.

Q: Can I take juneberries from the woods in
New York and plant them?
A: The wild juneberry (or serviceberry or shadbush)
you would find naturally around woodland edges is a
species known botanically as Amelanchier
canadensis. The species that has been domesticated
for fruit production in Canada and now New York
Amelanchier alnifolia.
For farming, A. alnifolia has a lot of advantages over
A. canadensis. It was cultivated from wild plants on
the Canadian prairies more than 80 years ago, and is
known widely there as the Saskatoon berry. The
variety ‘Smoky’ was selected due to its exceptional
flavor in the 1950s.
Amelanchier canadensis (wild juneberry) is native to
the Eastern United States and has been cultivated
primarily for ornamental and wildlife-attracting uses,
but not necessarily for human food. Some individual
plants may produce full-flavored berries, but currently
yields are often comparatively low, and inconsistent
with flavor compounds.

Q: Now that juneberries are being grown
more commonly in New York, what are the
most common problems most growers are
experiencing?
A: Bird damage. Cedar waxwing, American robin,
and European starling are the main culprit species.
Ripe juneberry plantings require full-force bird
deterrence for a couple weeks: noise makers,
distress calls, scary eye balloons, pop-up figures, and
netting if necessary. Use the same bird deterrence as
any other fruit grown in NY.
In 2014 there was partial crop loss due to cracking
with extra rain in late June. As the damp 2014
summer growing season has lapsed, we are seeing
notable levels of Entomosporium leaf spot (fungal).
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This post was taken from the August issue of NY Berry News. You can find the full issue at http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/files/2014/08/nybn1307-pp8sdj.pdf.

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Share Your Student Loan Story to Help Pass Loan Forgiveness for Farmers http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/08/26/share-your-student-loan-story-to-help-pass-loan-forgiveness-for-farmers/ http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/08/26/share-your-student-loan-story-to-help-pass-loan-forgiveness-for-farmers/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:05:41 +0000 http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/?p=7451 Read More]]> The National Young Farmers Coalition wants loan forgiveness for career farmers, and they need your help to do it. Here’s what they have to say: “Right now, we’re building a campaign to tackle the issue of student debt and we need your help. We are working with Congressional offices to put together legislation that would authorize loan forgiveness for career farmers in the next Higher Education Act and we need stories to illustrate the problem. We have already heard from farmers that have had to defer starting a farm, buying land, or having a family to make student loan payments. But there are still many more stories to tell! If you are struggling with student loan payments while farming, please take this survey and share it widely with your networks. Putting together a bill in Congress is tough and we need your voices.” Here’s the full post: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StudentLoanStories

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UVM Greenhouse Energy Extravaganza http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/08/21/uvm-greenhouse-energy-extravaganza/ http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/08/21/uvm-greenhouse-energy-extravaganza/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:06:43 +0000 http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/?p=7445 Read More]]> Come to the UVM Greenhouse Energy Extravaganza! Greenhouse energy conservation is critical to maximize profits and reduce the energy footprint.

What can YOU, a concerned GROWER do about it? You can minimize production costs by making inexpensive improvements to your existing greenhouses. You also can install special energy conserving devices. Sometimes it seems all too complicated!  That is why the University of Vermont is holding an Energy Extravaganza on Thursday, September 4 at Claussen’s Greenhouses in Colchester, VT.

Regional experts, including John Bartok, Univ. of Connecticut; Chris Callahan, UVM and specialists in energy curtain assembly will share their energy conservation knowledge!  Attendees will learn tips on how to reduce energy use at minimal cost. These can be implemented before the snow flies this winter. The “cool” VT Bubble Greenhouse prototype will also be showcased. This system uses soap bubbles to improve insulation in double-poly greenhouses. USDA will be on hand to describe what supports for energy conservation they can offer you.

This will be an informal event that will give you an opportunity to ask experts your burning questions about energy conservation.

Who should come? Growers with greenhouses and ones that hope to erect one soon, energy conservation specialists, Extension agents.

For additional information and to register, download the attached PDF file or go to http://www.uvm.edu/~entlab/ and click on Energy Extravaganza.  If you have any questions, feel free to call Margaret Skinner, 802-656-5440 or email her at mskinner@uvm.edu

Brought to you by the NE SARE program, UVM Extension and USDA NRCS.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Margaret Skinner at 802-656-5440 by August 25, 2014.

Univ. of VT Extension and U.S. Dept. of Agric. cooperating offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.

Don’t Delay, SIGN UP TODAY!

Register at http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/files/2014/08/ExtravaganzaregistrationformAug18-1j39a4m.pdf 

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Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium Oct 3-4 http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/08/20/cornell-sheep-goat-symposium-oct-3-4/ http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2014/08/20/cornell-sheep-goat-symposium-oct-3-4/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:08:33 +0000 http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/?p=7442 Read More]]> The hands-on activities Friday will start with a tour of the Cornell Sheep Farm in Harford NY and an explanation of ongoing research and management.  Dr. Mary Smith, DVM, will conduct a necropsy demonstration covering goat and sheep anatomy and what to look for to determine an animal’s cause of death.  She’ll demonstrate proper tubing techniques on newborns and the results of improper tubing.

Afterward, there will be two hands-on sessions to give goat and sheep owners an opportunity to brush up on their herd management skills. We’ll primarily work with sheep but will have a few goats available to practice on as well. Experienced farmers can opt to spend the first session participating in a hands-on field necropsy workshop with Dr. Mary Smith. Participation in the field necropsy workshop is limited to one member per farm. Advance sign up is required and space is limited.

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 Univ. of Wisconsin.  Much of their research on the effects of day length, different types of supplementation, and increasing percentages of legumes versus grasses on milk production in pastured ewes also has implications for dairy goat and meat goat/sheep production.

More information is available at http://sheep.cornell.edu/calendar/sgsymposium/announcement.html.

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