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Claire is a Senior in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She chose an interdisciplinary major where she could blend her passions for small-scale agriculture and education. Claire comes from a small dairy farm in Pine Plains, NY, where she grew an appreciation for the natural environment, but it was through FFA that she developed a passion for education. She hopes to one day bring agriculture to her classroom and to support community agriculture.

New York Chickpeas to Benefit Farm Diversity and Local Markets

By Claire Norman / July 20, 2021

Evidence suggests that certain varieties of chickpeas could grow successfully on the East Coast. Chickpeas are susceptible to blight, so traditionally they are grown in the drier climates of Africa, India, and the Middle East. Most chickpeas in the United States are grown in California and the Pacific Northeast, then dehydrated and shipped elsewhere.  A…

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Hops Breeding Program to Support Better New York Varieties

By Claire Norman / June 25, 2021

Craft brewing is one of the fastest growing areas of the craft beverage industry in New York. There are more than 440 licensed breweries across New York which contribute 20,000 full-time jobs and produce 1.2 billion barrels of craft beer annually, according to an article in the Cornell Chronicle. However, New York hops growers have…

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In the News: Small Farms Team Advocates for Ag Diversity and Food Security

By Claire Norman / April 21, 2021

Despite there being over 80,000 Hispanic and Latinx employees in New York state’s agricultural sector, only 1% of farm owners identify as such. Hispanic and Latinx farming employees are the working backbone of New York State agriculture. Cornell University and associates recognize this issue and are working to address diversity inequality within the agricultural sector…

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Logan Yarbrough | Farmer Veteran

By Claire Norman / January 16, 2018

Logan Yarbrough joined the United States Army after high school where he was deployed four times to Iraq and Afghanistan. After medically retiring from the military he noticed some weak areas in the food system which prompted him to start farming. He believes farming is a way for him to do his part in bettering…

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Tricia Park | Farmer Veteran

By Claire Norman / January 16, 2018

Tricia Park joined the United States Air Force after high school where she served two tours at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey and was an Aerospace Ground Equipment Mechanic. Joining the Air Force was “one of the best decisions I ever made,” she says in a video tour of her farm by The Farmer Veteran…

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Kevin Miller | Farmer Veteran

By Claire Norman / January 16, 2018

Kevin Miller served in the U.S. Army for 15 years. He was medically retired in 2013 after sustaining injuries in Afghanistan that led to a leg amputation. Since retiring, Kevin has been working at Sheffer’s Grassland Dairy of Hoosick Falls, NY.  Kevin grew up in a suburban area with his grandfather’s chicken farm being his…

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CCE Helps Veteran Farmers Grow Their Dream

By Claire Norman / January 10, 2018

Peter and John both farmed as young boys and decided to get back into it after retiring from the military. With the help of Cornell Cooperative Extension Specialist Nancy Glazier, a member of NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team, brothers Peter and John Lehning were able to start their own farming operation.  They started…

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Elly’s Acres Farmer Veteran Tour

By Claire Norman / December 20, 2017

John Lamondes purposely chose to venture into farming after retiring from 27 years of service in the United States Military. Farming became a life-long goal of his after working on a farm as a young kid. Today, he owns and operates Elly’s Acres, a sheep and maple farm that specializes in pasture raised, grass fed,…

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Centurion Farm Farmer Veteran Tour

By Claire Norman / December 19, 2017

Centurion Farm is owned and operated by Nina and Jeffrey Saeli, veterans of the United States Military. After retiring from many years of service, they moved to New York and decided to start farming. Although farming had been a passion of Jeffrey’s, the push to start farming came after two spinal surgeries for Nina. It…

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