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Register Now: High Tunnel Program for New Growers

By arw225@cornell.edu / November 24, 2014

High Tunnel School: Best Management Practices for New High Tunnel Growers This program is targeted for commercial growers new to high tunnels. NRCS cooperating farms are particularly encouraged to attend. All who are interested in improving their crop yield, quality, and profitability by using high tunnels are welcome. 2 Locations and Dates: Tuesday December 2,…

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Veterans in Ag Summit Registration Open

By arw225@cornell.edu / October 6, 2014

Are you a veteran farming in New York State, or an organization serving farmer veterans? The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce an interactive meeting just for you — the NY Veterans in Agriculture Summit will take place on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 from 9:00am – 3:30pm at the NYS State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. About the Veterans in…

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Your New Farming Partner: Fish

By arw225@cornell.edu / October 6, 2014

By Ed DuQuette In the Summer 2014 issue of Small Farm Quarterly, we discussed the worldwide phenomenon known as Aquaponics. Getting started isn’t as complicated as you might think. It’s simple; you start with a fish tank, some fish and starter plants. Your new farming partner swims, eats, generates a lot of waste and does all…

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Get Out of the Barn and Show Your Stock Off!

By arw225@cornell.edu / October 6, 2014

Why breeders show and what can be gained by showing your well-bred animals By Melody Reynolds Our farm started to be exposed to animal shows as many do, with a youth program. The animals taught my children responsibility and the ability to nurture and love animals. The Rhode Island 4-H program offered many opportunities for the…

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Gastronomic Tourism: Are you Cashing In?

By arw225@cornell.edu / October 6, 2014

Local farmers are cashing in on Gastronomic Tourism in a big way, but with one-third of all tourism spending floating around waiting to be captured, the market hardly seems saturated. By Carla Snyder Food-based tourism is more popular than ever. Exemplified by TV shows like Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and Parts Unknown, celebrity chefs are taking…

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Legal Services Food Hub

By arw225@cornell.edu / October 6, 2014

By Elena Mihaly Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) would like to announce the launch of a new project under our Farm & Food Initiative called the Legal Services Food Hub. The Legal Services Food Hub is a free legal services clearinghouse for farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations. CLF is piloting the Legal Services Food Hub in…

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Beef Cooperative Makes Dollars and Sense

By arw225@cornell.edu / October 6, 2014

By pooling product, the 25 farmer members of Adirondack Grazers have more than doubled their return on grass-fed beef. By Sarah Nechamen New York State loses a farm every three days. For many of these farmers, the economics just didn’t work out: they were spending too much time and money producing, marketing and distributing their products…

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Finding and Keeping Your CSA Members

By arw225@cornell.edu / October 6, 2014

On average, CSA’s have to replace 55% of their shareholders every year, so what can we do to keep them coming back? By Brian F. Moyer One of the attractions of having a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm is it allows you to focus more on farming and spend less time on trying to figure out…

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Cornell Small Farms Program Update

By arw225@cornell.edu / October 6, 2014

Message from the Editor It happens every year, and always surprises me.  Last summer, just after the first long, soaking rain of summer, I walked out to the garden to see a carpet of slugs feasting on a tattered array of succulent green stems that were once peppers, basil and hearty greens.  I went straight…

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Flushing and Pheromones: Managing Breeding in the Dairy Goat Herd

By arw225@cornell.edu / October 6, 2014

It’s fall, and while human children pick out their new notebooks, folders, and backpacks, I pick out my top does and bucks. By Stephanie Fisher The days grow shorter, and the temperature cools each day. Milk production has dipped and will continue to dip until the goats produce next to to nothing come their dry-off…

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