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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.

Editor’s Letter – 2022 Summer Small Farms Quarterly

By Anu Rangarajan / July 4, 2022

Dear farmers and friends, “No one should lose their lives while shopping for food,” as stated in the media advisory we share in this issue, co-created by Food For the Spirit and other Black-led organizations in New York State to call for an end to white supremacy, white nationalism and anti-blackness. The Small Farms Program’s Equity and…

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Editor’s Letter – 2022 Winter Small Farms Quarterly

By Anu Rangarajan / January 10, 2022

Dear farmers and friends,   Central to the mission of the Cornell Small Farms Program is that anyone who wants to operate a small farm in NYS has access to appropriate information, resources and networks to grow their farm and business. In 2006, we launched our beginning farmer training effort with our CCE colleagues. We…

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Editor’s Letter – 2021 Fall Small Farms Quarterly

By Anu Rangarajan / October 4, 2021

Anniversaries, whether for births, commitments or achievements, bring an opportunity to reflect on what we have learned and where we want to go next. August 4, 2021, was just such a milestone for me — 25 years ago that day I started my position at Cornell. It is so hard to believe that much time…

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Happy National Agriculture Day

By Anu Rangarajan / March 23, 2021

Happy National Agriculture Day from all of us at the Cornell Small Farms Program! We extend our gratefulness to all who work hard to feed, fuel, and fiber us, fill our landscapes with beauty, help our farmers with seeds and supplies, and support agriculture as a viable and meaningful vocation. Your combined efforts continue to…

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Recommendations for Agritourism Farms During COVID-19

By Anu Rangarajan / September 3, 2020

Autumn brings about celebrations around the harvest and holidays. It also is an important time for our agritourism farms. These farms host activities that provide customers with a unique outdoor opportunity for farm-based entertainment and food system education, as well the ability to purchase fresh produce grown close to home. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers…

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2020 Summer SFQ – Editor’s Letter

By Anu Rangarajan / July 20, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cornell Small Farms Program has been sending messages and guidance about building resilience to the stresses this virus has created. It has required many of us to learn new skills, adapt and change our marketing approaches quickly, and pivot our own vision of how we farm. These messages have emphasized how we are…

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A Letter from Our Director: Building Resilience through Racial Justice

By Anu Rangarajan / June 3, 2020

Throughout this pandemic, the Cornell Small Farms Program has been sending messages and guidance about building resilience to the stresses this virus has created. It has required many of us to learn new skills, adapt and change our marketing approaches quickly, and pivot our own vision of how we farm. These messages have emphasized how…

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Recommendations for U-Pick Farms During COVID-19

By Anu Rangarajan / April 29, 2020

U-Pick is a critical direct marketing approach for many of our small farms and provides customers with a unique connection to fresh produce grown close to home. The time spent outdoors gathering one’s own produce is a chance to share in our local bounty, support our farmers, and stock up for the future. U-Pick farms…

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COVID-19 Update on Expanded PPP Funding

By Anu Rangarajan / April 27, 2020

CARES Act’s Emergency Resources for Farm Businesses: Paycheck Protection Loan Program Funding Expanded The recent CARES Act provided additional emergency funding through Small Business Administration (SBA) for businesses who are facing losses due to COVID-19. If you are a farm business, the most important program to be aware of right now is the Paycheck Protection Loan…

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Letter from the Editor, Spring 2020

By Anu Rangarajan / April 6, 2020

Never before has our work as farmers and stewards been so important.  In times like these — when uncertainty upsets the daily rhythms of our communities — we agriculturists have the opportunity to tap into timeless rhythms of a new season and deliver on a call to action.   Whether you farm, homestead or garden, you…

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