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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.

News from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Spring 2020

By Kacey Deamer / April 6, 2020

Farm Ops Project to Continue Event Series for Veterans in Agriculture  We are pleased to announce that our Farm Ops project will be continuing its series of training workshops for veterans interested in agriculture throughout 2020. These single-day focused trainings will be covering a variety of topics relevant to small-scale agricultural endeavors, and each workshop consists of hands-on…

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Building Resilience With Labor and Workforce Planning

By Kacey Deamer / April 2, 2020

Offering a curated list of resources on labor and workforce issues for farmers and employees to navigate COVID-19. Whether you hire labor or rely on your family to support a farm’s operations, or you work on a farm, you need to be prepared for the possibility that you or others working beside you may fall…

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COVID-19 Update for Farmers’ Markets Operators and Vendors

By Kacey Deamer / March 31, 2020

Interim Guidance for Horticulture and Seafood from NYS Ag & Markets The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released the following Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmers’ Markets on March 31, 2020. This guidance is provided for farmers’ market operators and vendors in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Background: In…

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Active Learning Calendar for Virtual Opportunities and Webinars

By Kacey Deamer / March 31, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program team has created this new calendar dedicated to the various webinars and other virtual learning opportunities being offered during this time of physical distancing. If you have an event to add, email us a brief description with the event details. We have also added to our farm resilience resource page,…

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Active Learning to Build Resilience During COVID-19

By Kacey Deamer / March 31, 2020

Offering you news, resources and opportunities to develop farm skills during this time of physical distancing. Like farming, learning is, at its core, an optimistic act.  When we set out to learn something new, we are making a pact with the future. We may have many different goals for our active learning, such as improving…

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COVID-19 Update for Nursery Operations and Seafood Processors

By Kacey Deamer / March 24, 2020

Update 4/2/20: At this time, horticulture is designated as a non-essential business (with the exception of nurseries/greenhouses selling food producing plants). Please note that landscaping for maintenance and pest control purposes has been designated as essential. Please consult the Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESD) guidance for further information on essential businesses. The guidance below, issued on…

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COVID-19 Update for Livestock Farms

By Kacey Deamer / March 23, 2020

Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations from NYS Ag & Markets The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released the following Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations on March 22, 2020. This guidance is provided for animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials and supplies,…

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How to Build Market Resilience

By Kacey Deamer / March 20, 2020

Update 3/31/20: The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmers’ Markets. News, resources and opportunities to help you access markets and reach customers to ensure local food security. New York State issued a statement that farms growing food, farmers’ markets and farm stands (CSAs included) are essential businesses,…

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Offering You Free Online Course Access Until March 27

By Kacey Deamer / March 19, 2020

Update: This offer has now closed. We have had an overwhelming response to our solidarity offer for free access to our online courses. We are so glad that many of you have been able to sign-up for some active learning before the season starts. Many shared our offer through their networks, which was terrific! Unfortunately,…

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Farm Ops Project to Continue Event Series for Veterans in Agriculture

By Kacey Deamer / February 17, 2020

We are pleased to announce that our Farm Ops project will be continuing its series of training workshops for veterans interested in agriculture throughout 2020. Opportunities include twelve single-day focused trainings, as well as connecting participating veterans to additional regional training opportunities, print material, and online resources tailored to each individual’s interests. These events are…

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