Posts by Bailey Colvin

Bailey joined the Small Farms Program in 2022 as a veterans project associate with Farm Ops. She has a fond appreciation for the sacrifices that our veterans, active-duty military members, and their families make for our country as many close to her have served. Her work supports veterans who wish to explore or further their agricultural ventures with educational resources, training, and opportunities to network with other farmer veterans. Her goal is that veterans ultimately find a renewed sense of purpose through agriculture in their communities.
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Agricultural Basic Training for Farmers

By Bailey Colvin / January 8, 2024

Armed to Farm returns to New York State to again assist veterans explore careers in agriculture. “I’m a veteran, and I want to be a farmer!” This statement comes in emails and voicemails to the Cornell Small Farms Program staff on a frequent basis. In different stages of transition out of military service, each veteran…

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Farm Ops Offering Scholarships for NYS Mid-Winter Maple Classic Conference

By Bailey Colvin / October 13, 2023

Farm Ops, the Cornell Small Farms Program’s veteran project, is offering 5 scholarships to attend the Maple Classic Conference. Participants will learn ways to optimize their current operation, understand the impacts of climate change on maple production, expand their value-added offerings, view the latest and greatest technologies in the trade show, and much more. The…

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Farm Ops to Offer Scholarships for Trainings, Workshops and Conferences

By Bailey Colvin / June 20, 2023

Our project for veterans in agriculture, Farm Ops, wants to support our NYS veterans in their agricultural pursuits and our current NYS farmer veteran’s expansion of their farm businesses. If you are a veteran interested in expanding your knowledge on small fruit production, taking a deep dive into grazing management, or increasing your knowledge on…

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Farm Ops Scholarship Application: Training/Event of Your Choice

By Bailey Colvin / June 14, 2023

Scholarship Application for In-person Educational Training, Workshop, or Conferences of Your Choice This scholarship offers funds for NYS veterans to attend agricultural trainings, workshops and/or conferences. Each scholarship has individual parameters so please refer back to the scholarship description. If you find a training that you would like to attend that is not advertised on…

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Farm Ops Scholarship: 2023 Soil Health & Climate Resiliency Field Days

By Bailey Colvin / June 1, 2023

Soil biology, urban soil health, soil amendments, biochar applications, crop rotation, cover crops, pest and weed management, reduced tillage … what more could a farmer want to talk about? No matter if you are growing vegetables and field crops, grains, or fruit, somewhere in NYS there is a field day for you. This event series…

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Veteran Scholarship – NYS Fiber Conference

By Bailey Colvin / May 18, 2023

This one day conference is open to new and beginning animal fiber producers who are looking for additional information to better make educated decisions regarding what species and breed of animal to raise and their efforts to produce, use or market their animal’s fiber. Participants will leave with a better understanding of what they can…

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Farm Ops Scholarship: Learning About Livestock Guardian Dogs

By Bailey Colvin / February 23, 2023

This scholarship is to join veteran spouse, Lori Davis at Empty Pockets Ranch on April 8, 2023 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to learn more about Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD).Lori will guide through deciding whether a LGD is right for you, basic care, potential issues that may arise, training techniques, and the different breeds and…

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Farm Ops Scholarship: Mushroom Farming 101

By Bailey Colvin / February 23, 2023

This scholarship is to join farmer veteran, David DeLaMater and his wife Mary at Dough Haven Farm on either  April 21 or April 22, 2023. David and Mary will share about their farming experiences, basics on cultivating mushrooms, and potential health benefits. Participants will also view how they utilize logs from Timber Stand Improvement (TSI)…

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Farmer Veteran Allison Lavine’s Pathway to Farming

By Bailey Colvin / January 6, 2023

Farmer veteran, Allison Lavine, recounts the path that led her from civilian life, to the military, to her current career as a farmer at ZiegenVine Homestead. Since 2014, Allison Lavine and her husband have owned and operated ZiegenVine Homestead in Savona, NY. The name ‘ZiegenVine’ is derived from their last names. ‘Ziegen’ means goat in…

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Veteran Registration for the Free In-Person Workshop “Exploring Culinary and Medicinal Herbs”

By Bailey Colvin / May 31, 2022

Would you like to expand your use of culinary and medicinal herbs? Join the Farm Ops team, Nina and Bailey, at Centurion Farm, LLC in Locke, NY on August 20, 2022 from 11:00am – 2:00 pm. You are welcome to stay from 2-3 pm to continue exploring the gardens and ask questions. We will walk…

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