Editor’s Letter, Spring 2023


Dear farmers and friends, 


Over the last few years, the Cornell Small Farms Program has been growing in both staff and program areas.  With this growth comes an invitation to also reflect on how we must to plan ahead to meet future needs. What are the emerging opportunities and challenges that our small-scale farmers will face? 


To prepare, we are leaning into a strategic planning process. Just as you make a plan to invest your time and resources to meet your business goals, we too must think carefully about how we invest to best support you.  


Over the next month, we will be hosting several focus groups with different groups of farmers and educators.  We will be asking these folks to tell us about hopes and challenges and to learn possible directions and priorities for the Program.  In April, we will be taking all of this information into a staff retreat, where we will reimagine the program, our vision, and future directions. 


As the plan starts to emerge, I will be inviting you to review and comment on different possible directions.  Your feedback will help us direct our energies in ways to best grow a vibrant small farm sector.  


As always, we are in this together. 


Anu Rangarajan 


 Director of the Cornell Small Farms Program 

Anu Rangarajan

Anu was appointed director the Cornell Small Farms Program in 2004. At the same time, she opened a U-pick strawberry farm in Freeville, NY. The experience of operating a small farm changed her entire approach to research and extension, and deepened her commitment to NY farms and local food systems.