Posts by Dean Koyanagi

Dean came to the Small Farms Program in 2015 to work with fellow veterans interested in agriculture. He and his wife have been farming in Ithaca for the past 10 years, and he is excited to share the experience of learning to farm with others. Dean continues to support a statewide effort to work with extension, veteran’s organizations, and our veteran farming community to support veterans in achieving their agricultural goals.
A farmer trellises peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, and cucumbers in a greenhouse.

Notes from the Field: Nerding-Out on Farm Tech

By Dean Koyanagi / July 20, 2020

In this series, farmers will share what they are testing and trying.   Our farm here in Ithaca is approximately 40 acres of hilly glacial sediment made up of: 14 acres of woods, 18 for field crops, 2 for orchard, 4 for support and buildings, and 2 of permanent raised beds with wide grass paths…

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2017 NY Veterans in Agriculture Conference

By Dean Koyanagi / October 6, 2017

The Cornell Small Farms Program and New York Farmer Veteran Coalition will be hosting a celebration of our state’s farmer veterans in Syracuse, NY on Nov 29th. The 2017 New York State Veterans in Agriculture Conference will take place from 9 am to 4:30 pm at the Arts & Home Center at the New York State…

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Veteran Trainings in Agroforestry in 2017

By Dean Koyanagi / January 11, 2017

Cornell Small Farms offer Statewide Agroforestry Trainings for Veterans in 2017 The Cornell Small Farms Program, with support from New York State and the USDA, announces three trainings in agroforestry this coming Winter and Spring to support Veterans looking to get into agricultural production. Agroforestry includes farming practices that combine trees and forests with crop…

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2015 BFLN Meeting – NYS Veterans in Agriculture Program

By Dean Koyanagi / September 8, 2015

October 26th, 2015 – The Century House, Latham, NY This meeting brought together over 50 agriculture and military service providers to network and learn from each other about how to best serve military veterans in New York State who are interested in careers in agriculture. The agenda included an overview of the pathways that people…

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2014 Veterans in Ag Summit

By Dean Koyanagi / November 15, 2014

Veterans in NY Agriculture Summit On November 6th, 2014, the Cornell Small Farms Program hosted the NY Veterans in Agriculture Summit at the NYS State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The Summit was attended by veterans in NY agriculture, or organizations interested in, or currently serving farmer veterans. About the Veterans in Ag Summit The Veterans Summit  offered attendees…

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