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1 Veterans in Agriculture
The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce that we have been awarded a 3-year grant from the USDA’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP) that will enable us to provide new support services for military veterans seeking to farm.  Read more….
2 Wholesale Marketing
Are you interested in exploring food hubs, restaurants, and grocery stores? This project, titled “Sparking a Wholesale Revolution: Preparing Small and Mid-Size Farmers to Enter Larger Markets” will provide trainings to equip educators and farmers with the skills and resources to successfully market to larger venues. Read more…
3 NY Small Farm Summits
The Small Farm Summits are opportunities for farmers, educators and small farm advocates to gather across NY and prioritize emerging issues and opportunities that will strengthen the small farm sector.  The next Summit is scheduled for 2016. Read more….
4 Northeast Beginning Farmers Project
This project offers 12 online courses, a “Plan Your Farm” hub with self guided tutorials, production videos, a service provider directory, and much more!  Head over to the “Northeast Beginning Farmer Project” website to explore.

Other Resources

The above projects are in addition to the Small Farm Quarterly magazine that we publish in cooperation with Country Folks. We issue a bimonthly electronic newsletter called the “Small Farms Update” which summarizes Small Farm news, events, resources and grants. Check our Events page for upcoming classes, workshops and trainings, and look for our Guides and Publications in our Resources section.

Past Projects

In the last couple years, we’ve hosted various projects that produced useful resources.  Although the two projects below aren’t currently being offered, we wanted to make sure they remained accessible!

Telling Better Stories: Journalism Training for Small Farm Educators
On April 11th, 2013, the Cornell Small Farms Program hosted a training for agriculture educators, service providers, and farmers seeking to become better story tellers.  The training provided professional journalism instruction on how to fine-tune interview skills, use style appropriately, find reliable facts and sources efficiently, develop engaging narratives, take better photographs and create podcasts. Access videos, handouts, and PowerPoints from the workshop here. Visit the Story Share page for articles and photos submitted by attendees.

Small Farm Grants Program
In 2012, the Cornell Small Farms Program awarded $3-5,000 grants to organizations in New York that presented compelling projects serving and supporting small farms. Four proposals were selected. An additional project to support a small dairy field day series summer, 2012 was also funded. Learn more about the Small Farm Grants Program and previously funded projects here.