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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.

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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hands holding fresh strawberries

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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Building Farm Resilience in this Crisis

By Anu Rangarajan / March 13, 2020

Update 3/24/20: We have launched a curated resource page to support the farming community through this challenging time. Offering ideas on how we can take care of ourselves, our farms, and our local communities. Never before has our work as farmers and stewards been so important. In times like these — when uncertainty upsets the…

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