Cornell Small Farms Program Update
Message from the Managing Editor
Happy Spring! As I write this message, it’s still cold enough outside to put the large pot of leftover stew that won’t fit in the fridge on the porch overnight. While some might complain about the lingering cold weather, most of the farmers I know are grateful for the time of rest, reflection, book-keeping and planning for the growing season ahead. As many of you head to the greenhouse to start sowing seeds, be sure to check out our inaugural ‘Seed Stories’ column in this issue. The column draws attention to seed origin, diversity and tenacity, and provides thoughtful insights into the seeds we buy and plant.
I am also pleased to feature a long-distance story in the Spring Edition, an account of farming in Alaska from Ruby Peck-Hollembaek. Several years ago Ruby wrote to tell me she enjoyed getting the Quarterly in her mailbox at her 2000 acre bison and elk ranch near Delta Junction. I had the pleasure of meeting her last Fall when she made the trip east to tour small farms and take photos and stories back to her community. Local food production and food security is an important concern in Alaska communities and while we have a much longer and warmer growing season in the Northeast, we share many of the same logistical challenges to expanding the small farm movement with our friends in northern climates. Furthermore, we have a lot to learn from Alaskans about creative recipes for rhubarb!
By the way, if you have a creative recipe you’d like to share, a farm photograph, blog entry, reflection, how-to advice, question, or success story, be sure to drop us a line. Meanwhile, best wishes for a gentle transition to Spring!
New! Guide to URBAN Farming in NYS
Are you interested in or currently farming in a city? Do you wonder how to access land, how to reclaim a contaminated site, how to maximize use of a small growing space, or how to most successfully target your urban market? This new 105 pg guide published by the Cornell Small Farms Program answers these and many other common questions about farming in urban environments. Read the Guide online at http://nebeginningfarmers.org/publications/urban-farming/.
New! Need Help with Livestock Processing?
Are you trying to find the nearest slaughter house to your farm? Interested in the rules for on-farm processing or interested in mobile slaughter units? Have questions about licensing and regulations? You’re not alone! The Cornell Small Farms Program has put together a new resource page dedicated to helping you find answers. Please visit https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/livestock/. If you see a resource missing from these pages, please send us an email at email@example.com.