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Funding to Address Climate Change Impact on US Agriculture

By Claire Cekander / August 5, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $8.4 million in available funding to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. The funding is available through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which…

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Third Annual Finger Lakes Permaculture Tour Weekend

By Claire Cekander / August 3, 2016

August 26, 27, and 28, 2016 Screening of INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective Auburn Public Theater,  Auburn, N.Y.:  Friday 8/19, Saturday 8/20, Wednesday 8/24 (time tba) Art and Mission Theatre,  Binghamton, N.Y.: Monday 8/22 at 7 p.m. Press Bay Alley, 108 State St., Ithaca, N.Y. : Friday 8/26 at 8 p.m. Admission to Press Bay Alley…

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NYS IPM Climate & Weather Conference: August 15

By Claire Cekander / August 1, 2016

With all the talk about climate change you might be wondering how it will affect food production, pests, and even landscapes – and what you can do about it. The 2nd Annual IPM Conference can help!  Climate, Weather, Data: Protecting Our Crops and Landscapes will be held on August 15, starting at 9:00 AM. A wide variety of…

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ProFarmer Program – Informational Open House

By Claire Cekander / July 29, 2016

Saturday, August 6th from 3pm to 6pm Farmers interested in applying to the ProFarmer program are invited to visit the Farm Hub: *   Program Informational Session and Q&A with Farm Hub teaching staff *   Walking tour of the farm *   Conversation with current ProFarmers *   Light refreshments To register please contact Sara Katz:  profarmer@hvfarmhub.org or…

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Hot Topic Grower Meetings – August 3-4

By Claire Cekander / July 27, 2016

Regional horticulture and crops specialists will be meeting with open field, greenhouse and high tunnel growers on August 3rd and 4th. Meeting will be held at the following places: August 3 at 6:30 pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, 2043B Route 68, Canton, NY August 4 at 6:30 pm at the Cornell Willsboro Research…

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Heroic Food Farm Boot Camp

By Claire Cekander / July 20, 2016

Beginning Farmer Training Workshop for Veterans August 12-14, 2016 Day One: Part 1 Sustainable Farming Overview: what you need to know to start and run a farm enterprise or business, Part 2 Farm Squad “deploys” to work on local mentor farms that need your help! Day Two: Part 1 Introduction to Soil Health and Vegetable Production,…

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ProFarmer Program Applications Now Available

By Claire Cekander / July 18, 2016

The ProFarmer Program is a multi-year, residential training program in Hurley, NY, for those with farming experience who aspire to obtain professional farm management positions or own and operate their own farm enterprises in the Hudson Valley. ProFarmer trainees are full-time, year-round employees of the Farm Hub and are offered the option of on-farm housing. We…

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The Summer 2016 Small Farm Quarterly is Out Now!

By Claire Cekander / July 15, 2016

The Summer Issue of the Small Farm Quarterly has just been released. The Small Farms Quarterly is a publication produced by the Cornell Small Farms Program that features articles meant to inspire and inform farm families and their supporters. The Summer 2016 Issue has articles on a range of topics including; recommendations for cover cropping,…

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Seeking Submissions for New Column: “Lessons from the Land”

By Claire Cekander / July 13, 2016

The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming and the Cornell Small Farms Program are teaming up to create a new column called “Lessons from the Land,” which will first appear in the Fall 2016 issue of the Small Farm Quarterly.“Lessons from the Land” will capture and share the stories of and lessons learned from…

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Assistance for Organizations Aiding Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers & Ranchers

By Claire Cekander / July 11, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $8.4 million in competitive grants to support the work of partner organizations that provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, Tribal and Veteran farmers and ranchers. The goal of this program is to assist underserved farmers and ranchers own and operate farms or…

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