Small Farmers: Shape Your Future!

Small Farmers: Shape Your Future!
Register Now for the 2012 NY Small Farms Summit
Register now for the 2012 NY Small Farms Summit!  The Summit will take place Wednesday, February 29th, from 9:30am – 3:30pm, with lunch provided.
What is the NY Small Farm Summit?
The Summit is an interactive meeting with an opportunity for all participants to take part in lively discussion, both locally, and across the state.  The goals of the Summit are to increase visibility of small farmers and their needs, encourage local collaboration among regions, and to prioritize emerging opportunities to enhance viabilities of small farms in New York and the Northeast
Who should attend the Summit?
Farmers, educators or agricultural service providers, farm businesses, policy makers, students, and members of the community who are interested and committed to a vibrant small farm sector in NY.
What can I expect?
In the morning, we will hear from two 2011 recipients of Small Farms Program grants to understand how ‘stakeholder’ feedback turns into meaningful projects that have direct benefit in the ‘field’.  Then, we will hear from two farmer speakers about the visions they have for the short-term future of small farms in their regions. We’ll also have a brief visit with Dean Boor, from the College of Agriculture and Life Science, to learn more about how Cornell is supporting the small farm sector.   In the afternoon, we will work in small groups to evaluate emerging opportunities and prioritize investments to enhance the viability of small farms.  We plan to end the day with a list of top priorities that can inform small farm research, education and policy over the next 5 years.
Why should I participate?
The New York Small Farms Summit is the only event in the state that brings together the entire small farm community.  You should attend the Summit if you are interested in voicing your ideas, if you enjoy networking with others, or if you want to learn more about supporting small farms.
How do I register?
The Summit will take place in 5 locations across the state.  Sign up at the site nearest you.  The event is free to attend and lunch will be provided.  After you register, your site host will be in touch regarding directions, parking information and an agenda for the day. See contact information below.
Pre-Summit Survey
Please take the survey, regardless of your attendance at the Summit.  It helps to identify and prioritize issues you care about!
2012 Summit Host Sites:
Eastern NY

Location: Albany County, Cornell Cooperative Extension office
Address:  24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186
To register: Gale Kohler at  
Northern NY

Location: St. Lawrence County, Cornell Cooperative Extension office
Address: Extension Learning Farm Classroom at 2043 SH 68, Canton, NY  13617
To register: Brent Buchanan at or 315-379-9192 Ext 231
Western NY

Location: Wyoming County, Cornell Cooperative Extension Office
Address: 401 North Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569
To register: Joan Petzen‎ at or 585-786-2251
Long Island

Location: Suffolk County, Cornell Cooperative Extension Office
Address:  423 Griffing Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901
To register:  Sandy Menasha at or 631-727-7850
Central NY*
Location: Mann Library, Agriculture Quad, Cornell University Campus
Address: Tower Road, Ithaca, NY 14853
To register: Violet Stone at 607-255-9227 or
*Site full, please select another location, or email to get on a waiting list.

Violet Stone

Violet's work focuses on creating retreats, workshops and programs for the agricultural community centered on themes of connection, wellness, purpose, integrity and courage. She sees this work as contributing to a more inclusive ‘culture’ of agriculture where all voices are warmly welcomed, honored and celebrated, including the voices of our ‘inner teachers’, sometimes referred to as 'spirit' or 'soul'. Violet serves as the NY SARE Coordinator and can help farmers and educators navigate NESARE grant opportunities.
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