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Where to Get Educational Experience

By Carli Fraccarolli / August 24, 2015

Accredited Agriculture Institutions Map Are you looking to pursue further education in agriculture or ag-related fields? The map below can help simplify your search. This map lists accredited institutions that offer programs from animal science to viticulture. These accredited institutions have all been evaluated and have met the general standards set by the peer review accreditation boards. Colleges,…

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Registration Now Open for Online Classes Through the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project!

By Carli Fraccarolli / August 20, 2015

Late Fall through Winter and early Spring is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the frenetic pace (at least somewhat), and build new skills for the coming growing season. If you sign up for an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project, you don’t even need to leave your home to…

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Eastern NY Soil Health Field Day

By Carli Fraccarolli / August 5, 2015

Cornell Cooperative Extension in partnership with USDA NRCS, the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, The Watershed Agricultural Council, and Schoharie Valley Farms will be hosting a Soil Health Field Day – Building Better Soils With Cover Crops, September 3, 2015 in farm fields at Fox Creek Park 495 N Main Street (State…

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Farmers Market Managers Professional Certification Course

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 29, 2015

The Farmers Market Federation of NY, in partnership with SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, is pleased to announce the first ever Farmers Market Managers Professional Certification Course to kickoff November 10th to 12th on the SUNY Cobleskill Campus: FMM PRO.  This program will create New York State’s first Market Manager Certification…

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RNA insecticide could target specific pests

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 21, 2015

Could RNA be a new method for controlling insect pests on crops? In a Cornell study, researchers confirmed that foliar application of Colorado potato beetle dsRNA actin (an RNA insecticide) is highly effective for control. Check out the press release or read the full study online for more information!

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Video Resources

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 17, 2015

The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project website has a video resource library of on-farm production techniques. These videos provide some great examples of high-quality production practices used on successful farms for raising vegetables, berries, pigs, sheep, poultry, and more. Check out the Vegetable Production Video Playlist and others on the Cornell Small Farms YouTube channel. Here…

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Healthy soil is underground insurance in extreme weather events, according to study

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 13, 2015

“By improving soil quality via sustainable agriculture, American farmers can protect us from impacts of drought and flood” A new report by the National Wildlife Federation titled, Can Soil Save Us? Making the Case for Cover Crops as Extreme Weather Risk, was recently released in June. In this report, researchers have found that in the face of climate change, healthy soil…

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Permaculture HORT 3330

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 13, 2015

HORT 3330 – Permaculture Design Certification Lecture: TUESDAY, 8:40am – 9:55am Lab: TUESDAY, 1:25pm – 4:25pm Fall. 3 credits. Letter grades only. Prerequisite: None Professor Jane Mt. Pleasant with Extension Agroforestry Specialist Steve Gabriel (Cornell Small Farms Program) Permaculture is an approach to land use that meets human needs, increases ecosystem health, and addresses local…

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The Small Farm Quarterly Summer 2015 Issue is Out!

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 9, 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of Small Farm Quarterly has recently been released! Check out 16 informative articles discussing topics ranging from livestock and poultry to urban agriculture. Download the PDF version or read online here! Want more? Check out our SFQ archived issues.

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Small Farm in the Big City

By Carli Fraccarolli / July 6, 2015

Closing the bad-food gap in urban communities. by Regina A. Bernard-Carreno My grandfather was an “urban farmer,” in the city of Georgetown, Guyana. He farmed to eat, to feed others, and to supplement his income as a worker in the Guyanese sugar estates.  He grew things out of necessity and scarcity. Whether he found pleasure…

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