Futuro en Ag in Action in 2023

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 Futuro en Ag Graduates

This January to March at the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Futuro en Ag project, we conducted 3 Leadership Development and Farm Business Management courses. Two were held on Long Island – one in Spanish and the other in English – and the third in Western New York. A total of 46 New York ag sector leaders completed the course with the support of their workplaces. In addition, in February, 25 new and aspiring Latino/a/x farmers completed the six-week online course in Spanish, “Cómo Iniciar su Negocio Agrícola” (Starting Your Farm Business).

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Futuro Management Skills Development Course, Spanish, Western New York, March 23.
Janet Van Zoeren / Cornell Small Farms Program.


Peer Learning Circles, Juntos Aprendemos 2023

From May to August 2023, we’ll be starting a new cycle of “Juntos Aprendemos” (Together We Learn) peer learning circles. Together We Learn meets online once a month to learn from our community of experienced practitioners about topics such as entrepreneurship, personnel management, and farm business development. If you’re interested in taking part, please contact Tim Shenk or Mildred Alvarado as soon as possible for more information. 


Learning in Community – Farm Field Days and Skill Sharing

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Futuro Farm Management Skills Development Course, Suffolk County, January 17. Nicole Waters / Cornell Small Farms Program

Over the summer we’ll be organizing Farm Field Days around New York State to learn from Latino farm families, successful farm employees and graduates of Futuro en Ag courses. We’ll learn about production, marketing, personnel management, and other important parts of running successful businesses and strengthening communities. If you’re interested in hosting a field day on your farm, please contact Tim Shenk or Mildred Alvarado as soon as possible.

Many thanks to all of our partners, producers, volunteers, farm owners, facilitators and co-facilitators for making possible all of the activities we’ve described above!

Click here to access more Spanish-first resources for farmers at our online Centro de Recursos para Agricultores.

Tim W. Shenk

Tim joined the Cornell Small Farms Program in 2023 as the Bilingual Communications Specialist. He brings expertise in Spanish language communication, journalism, research, popular education, and classroom pedagogy. Tim is responsible for the multifaceted communications strategy for the Futuro en Ag project, and supports Spanish language online and in-person education.