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Kacey is the Cornell Small Farms Program’s communications specialist. In this role, she manages all storytelling and outreach across the program’s website, social media, e-newsletter, magazine and more. Kacey has worked in communications and journalism for more than a decade, with a primary focus on science and sustainability.

Register Now for Learning Opportunities in the New Year

By Kacey Deamer / November 23, 2020

The new season of online courses is almost halfway through, and now’s the time to register for our upcoming block three courses which begin in the new year. Our suite of online courses is offered on a user-friendly platform, which grants registrants permanent access to their course content. Also, courses have tiered pricing based on…

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Three New Team Members Join Our Team

By Kacey Deamer / November 19, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce an expansion of our team with three new additions: Jamie, Molly and Nina. Each has been involved in our program’s work in some way over the years, and we are glad to now have them as formal members of our team. Jamie Johnson will be the…

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COVID-19 Update on Horticultural and Agritourism Businesses in Cluster Sites

By Kacey Deamer / November 13, 2020

As we enter the colder months, we must remain vigilant in maintaining health and safety requirements to stop the spread of COVID-19. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) is reminding horticultural and agritourism businesses that they must adhere to the COVID-19 New York Forward guidance.  Nonessential agritourism activities permitted under Phase…

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In the News: Our Team Contributes to Cornell CALS White Paper COVID-19 Impacts on Farming

By Kacey Deamer / October 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted individuals, families, communities, and businesses throughout New York state, and continues to do so. In an effort to detail the impact of COVID-19 on selected agricultural sectors, experts from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University have contributed to a series of nine papers. These papers…

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News from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Fall 2020

By Kacey Deamer / October 20, 2020

Recommendations for Agritourism Farms During COVID-19  Autumn is an important time for agritourism farms, hosting activities that provide customers with a unique outdoor opportunity for farm-based entertainment and food system education, as well the ability to purchase fresh produce grown close to home.   Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers have reported higher numbers at their U-Pick…

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Building Resilience During COVID-19 Requires Diligence

By Kacey Deamer / October 13, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked with farmers to help build resilience for their businesses. In building resilience, we must also remain diligent in maintaining health and safety requirements.  The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Health are reminding agritourism businesses that they must adhere to the COVID-19…

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COVID-19 Update on Exposure Notification App for New York State

By Kacey Deamer / October 5, 2020

New York Joins New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware to Create Regional COVID Alert App Network to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the launch of a COVID-19 exposure notification mobile app that will serve as crucial tools to supplement the effort to trace and contact individuals subject to…

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Learn to Grow Your Farm with Our Block Two Courses, From Berries and Veggies to Pigs and Poultry

By Kacey Deamer / September 29, 2020

Our new season of online courses is underway, and now’s the time to register for our upcoming block two courses, which includes one of our new livestock offerings, “Beef Cattle Management.” Did you know that we moved our suite of online courses to a new, more user-friendly platform last year? Now, registrants will have permanent…

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Register Now for Our Upcoming Online Course Season, Including New Courses

By Kacey Deamer / August 17, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce that our upcoming online course season will begin live webinars this fall, and will feature new courses to offer even more learning opportunities. Our suite of online courses moved to a new, more user-friendly platform last year, which grants registrants permanent access to their course content.…

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COVID-19 Update on CFAP Payments and Expanded Eligibility

By Kacey Deamer / August 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This includes coverage for additional specialty crops, including nursery crops and cut flowers, and a deadline extension for applications to September 11. Additionally, producers with approved applications will receive their final payment. The following additional commodities are now eligible…

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