Posts by Carli Fraccarolli

Broome & Cortland County Schools seeking local producers for school meals

By Carli Fraccarolli / February 29, 2016

The Food and Health Network of SCNY (FaHN) is seeking local producers to participate in an exciting farm to school initiative that will help farmers expand their business and encourage students to eat healthy, local food. Broome and Cortland County schools are looking for fresh and value-added products to use in school lunches. The program is supported…

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Cornell Institute for Climate Change & Agriculture: Cornell Maple

By Carli Fraccarolli / February 25, 2016

Cornell Institute for Climate Change & Agriculture has produced multiple videos on “Climate Smart Farming”. In this Cornell Maple video, Steve Childs, the NYS Maple Specialist at Cornell Maple located in Ithaca, NY discusses extreme weather, climate variability, and adaptations taken to overcome weather challenges. Click the For more Climate Smart Farming resources and videos, visit…

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2016 NY Vegetable Growers Survey

By Carli Fraccarolli / February 20, 2016

The New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI) is a nonprofit grant making organization. The Institute runs competitive grant programs, seeking to fund research, education and business development projects that can improve the economic viability of New York’s Farmers. Their funding is primarily from New York State. In order to fund the projects that are most…

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Heroic Food Sustainable Farmer Training: Full Year Immersion Program

By Carli Fraccarolli / February 16, 2016

Apply now for Heroic Food’s 2016 Full Year Immersion (FYI) program, a comprehensive sustainable beginning farmer training program located in Columbia County, New York. This training is suitable for post-9/11 veterans; other Heroic Food trainings are suitable for all veterans. Extensive hands-on training and supplemental instruction. Peer housing on the Heroic Food Farm. Spouses are welcome. Program includes: 8…

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Biodiversity Critical to Maintaining Healthy Ecosystems

By Carli Fraccarolli / February 12, 2016

Researchers have found clear evidence that biological communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species. Using new scientific techniques, U.S. Geological Survey research ecologist Jim Grace and a group of international scientists have resolved a long-standing debate about   whether species diversity is necessary for a healthy ecosystem. Scientists…

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Co-Managing Farm Stewardship with Food Safety GAPs and Conservation Practices: A Grower’s and Conservationists’ Handbook

By Carli Fraccarolli / February 8, 2016

Food safety has become a prominent issue for growers, and conservationists who assist them, in planning and installing stewardship practices. With FDA’s Produce Rule published in November 2015, many growers are taking steps to make changes to their management plans so they come into compliance, while others are upgrading what they have already put into…

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USDA Expands Microloans to Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and Improve Property

By Carli Fraccarolli / February 4, 2016

On January 19, 2016, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and…

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Interactive Video Guide to Organic Certification

By Carli Fraccarolli / January 27, 2016

The Road to Organic Certification is a user-friendly, interactive movie that leads farmers through a specific set of objectives with the end goal of becoming certified organic. Topics include choosing a certifier, starting the application process, record keeping, and more! Visit to watch the videos and begin your journey towards organic cerfitication.

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7th Annual Agroforestry Symposium

By Carli Fraccarolli / January 22, 2016

The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri presents: The Future of Pollinators: Why Agroforestry Matters January 28, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Bond Life Sciences Building – University of Missouri Unable to attend in person? Join us through live streaming: Symposium Schedule 8:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration 8:30 a.m. Introduction Dr.…

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2015 Archive Small Farms Bi-Monthly Update

By Carli Fraccarolli / January 1, 2016

Our Small Farms Bi-Monthly Update brings you small farm announcements, events, job and internship opportunities, grant and loan opportunities, other small farm resources. It is intended for farmers and agricultural service providers in New York and the Northeast. 2015 Small Farm Updates Looking for a grant opportunity or resource that appeared a few issues back?…

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