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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.

Podcast by Cornell Cooperative Extension Explores 2018 Harvests and NYS Impacts

By Kacey Deamer / December 13, 2018

New York farmers experienced a wet, then dry, then wet 2018 growing season that brought a number of challenges. How did those conditions affect the quantity, look and taste of apples, grapes, vegetables and other locally sourced products on grocery shelves and dinner tables? Answering that and other questions is the focus of the “Extension…

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Maple and Birch Tapping Research Responds to Variable Climate

By Kacey Deamer / December 12, 2018

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted a research update with data to help maple and birch syrup producers respond to variable climate conditions. “Maple, and now birch, syrup producers are on the front lines of dealing with the effects of climate change and the variations that have increased the unpredictability of when…

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The Latest from the Cornell Local Foods Movement

By Kacey Deamer / December 4, 2018

Cornell Cooperative Extension hosted its annual Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Systems In-service Conference on Nov. 13-15. The conference scheduled included four sessions in the Agricultural Community and Economic Development track organized by the Cornell Local & Regional Food Systems (LRFS) Initiative. Over the course of the four sessions, presenters: highlighted farm to school initiatives in…

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New Report Focuses on the Future of the NY Livestock Industry

By Kacey Deamer / November 15, 2018

Although most livestock in New York is raised on small farms, this industry contributes $893 million in sales to the rural New York economy. Demand far outstrips supply for NY meat and livestock, so there is room for growth, but there are a number of hurdles to livestock farmers’ success. In March 2017, the Cornell…

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Video Series Shows How Farmers Can Profit From Forests

By Kacey Deamer / November 5, 2018

New York farmers are completing business plans for their woodlots, with the assistance of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County and a grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute. Woodlot owners can use forest enterprises and products to supplement their income, and thanks to this grant CCE Chenango has been able to reach more…

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Seeking Farm Writers and Storytellers for the Small Farm Quarterly

By Kacey Deamer / October 17, 2018

Attention farmers, extension educators, and service providers: The Cornell Small Farms Program encourages you to submit articles and photos to our magazine.   The Small Farm Quarterly is a print publication of our program, published four times a year and reaching an audience of more than 31,000 in New York and the Northeast US. The Quarterly…

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Today We Celebrate National Farmers Day and #ThankaFarmer

By Kacey Deamer / October 12, 2018

Today, October 12th, is National Farmers Day. While we think every day should be National Farmers Day, the day is meant to raise awareness about the farmers behind our nation’s food. Here at the Small Farms Program, we would like to thank all of the farmers we work with. We recognize the great service you…

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Handbook Offers How-To and Tools for Reduced Tillage

By Kacey Deamer / October 11, 2018

If you’re interested in improving your farm’s soil health, reduced tillage may be the answer. Reduced tillage practices can minimize soil disturbance by using less intensity, going shallower, and restricting the width or tilled-area. They can be applied to a bed, within a field or across the whole farm. The practices can take many forms,…

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Interested in Raising Deer on Your Farm?

By Kacey Deamer / October 10, 2018

Cervids, such as deer, elk, and moose, are a $3 billion industry in the United States. There are many opportunities for farms to raise deer, but proper care and health management is critical. Recently the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) hosted Dr. Douglas Wagner of Newport Labs to discuss the topic…

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Learn About Ecological Design in Online Permaculture Course

By Kacey Deamer / October 4, 2018

Are you ready to build your knowledge about permaculture and ecological design? Permaculture gardens, farms, and backyards balance the provision of human needs with improvement of local ecosystem health. The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University has opened registration to the online course Permaculture: Fundamentals of Ecological Design, from Nov. 5 to Dec.…

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