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Edible Weeds from Farm to Market: Farmer Survey Responses Needed

By Kelsie Raucher / December 10, 2018

Edible Weeds from Farm to Market is a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) funded project of CCE Columbia and Greene Counties Agroforestry Research Center. The project is researching the use and marketability of edible weeds as supplemental farm crops. A free resource guide will be developed for farmers on how (and why) to add…

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NY Integrated Pest Management Warns: Don’t Get Ticked

By Kelsie Raucher / December 6, 2018

Ticks have become a “significant public health issue in New York” and the population has recently spiked. A warming climate and changes in land use can increase risk to tick exposure. Ticks are vectors of many diseases for both humans and animals, and a new species of tick, “the longhorned tick,” was spotted over the summer in Westchester…

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Conference Spotlight: SFP Presenting in Early 2019

By Kelsie Raucher / December 3, 2018

The Cornell Small Farms Program will be attending several conferences in early 2019. From presentations of our research to special events, you can connect with the our team and fellow farmers at the conferences listed below. New York State Vegetable Growers Association  2019 Empire State Producer’s Expo Reduced Tillage Project: Ryan Maher, Brian Caldwell, &…

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Register now for Block 3 courses!

By Kelsie Raucher / November 26, 2018

The Cornell Small Farms Program’s 2018-2019 season of online courses is underway, and it’s time to start planning your educational opportunities for the new year! So register now to learn about woodland mushrooms, markets and profits, fruit trees, financial planning, and commercial sheep. Registration closes for block three on Sunday, January 6 at 11:59 p.m. EST.…

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In the News: Farm Ops Featured this Veteran’s Day

By Kelsie Raucher / November 16, 2018

The Farm Ops project of the Cornell Small Farms Program provides expertise and community for veterans interested in agriculture across New York State. Connecting veterans with the Armed to Farm conference is often a first step in providing agricultural training and farm tours. If veterans want to make the transition into farming, the Small Farms Program…

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Ecological Collaboratory Learns from Wellspring Forest Farm and School

By Kelsie Raucher / November 14, 2018

Agroforestry extension specialist, Steve Gabriel, works for the Cornell Small Farms Program in addition to owning and operating Wellspring Forest Farm and School with his wife, Elizabeth. Their farm and school run on ecologically conscious agroforestry principles, where each final product they sell is dependent on another aspect of their farm. Their principles of farming…

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Climate Change on the County Level

By Kelsie Raucher / October 31, 2018

If you haven’t already seen the impact of climate change in your area, you can now. A  new tool allows users to view change in climate by county, thanks to work by the Cornell Center for Climate Smart Farming and Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions . The tool should be particularly useful to educators,…

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Small Farms Staff to Present at “Farmer to Farmer” Conference

By Kelsie Raucher / October 15, 2018

If you head out to the Homer C. Thompson Research Farm in Freeville, NY, you’ll find a field filled with permanent beds in the organic section of the farm. These beds have been under trial for four years using different combinations of tarps, mulches, and tillage depths to discover the ideal system for an organic…

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The Law of Diminishing Returns – How Farms Know When They’ve Reached It

By Kelsie Raucher / October 5, 2018

By Betsy Hicks, South Central New York Dairy & Field Crops Today’s economy has every producer struggling to find ways to increase cash flow. We fill stalls, add a few more cows, keep plentiful heifers in the pipeline, and estimate our projected inventory of first calf heifers due to calve and add it to the…

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Cooperative Extension Brings Chickens to the Classroom

By Kelsie Raucher / October 5, 2018

By Jason Detzel Last year I received a grant from the New York 4-H Development Program to complete a poultry project with 4-H youth in the County.  Naturally I chose to purchase an incubator, fertile eggs, and some supplies to teach a class on hatching chickens and to showcase the process at the Ulster County…

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