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Kelsie is from southwest Missouri and grew up on a 150-acre farm helping her family buy and sell horses and cattle. She credits FFA for finding her passion for agriculture and food issues and desiring a career as an “agvocate.” Since coming to Cornell, she has gained interest in local production, global food issues, and environmental impacts of and on agriculture. She joined the Cornell Small Farms Program in May of 2018 and is excited to gain experience to complement coursework in the Agricultural Sciences major and Communication major.
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Welcome, New Staff!

By Kelsie Raucher / July 25, 2018

Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce the expansion of our team with two new additions, Nicole and Kacey. Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator, Nicole, supports SFP’s dedication to providing guidance and resources to those entering careers in farming and to those in the formative years of a newly started farms in New York State.…

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Lettuce cultivation

Register for Reduced Tillage Field Day!

By Kelsie Raucher / July 21, 2018

Register here https://enych.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=953

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pigs and cows grazing

Interested in Ranching for Profit? Potential Business School Coming to New England.

By Kelsie Raucher / July 17, 2018

Ranch Management Consultants (RMC) are currently gauging interest to hold the business school of ranching in New England. If interested, take this four question survey: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07efe2mlf1jh6nkn0a/a014zjjq5r85v/questions Information on the school: RMC has a long, successful track record of equipping ranchers like you with the tools and insights to transform your ranch into a sustainable business. The Ranching…

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corn feild

Helpful Disease Survey Data for Local Corn & Soybean Farmers

By Kelsie Raucher / July 5, 2018

As Northern New York farmers scout corn and soybean fields for any diseases that may impact crop health and yield, they can use five years’ worth of survey results as a guide to newly-emerging and common crop pathogens in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The corn and soybean disease survey project…

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Youth working a Soul Fire Farm

Summer ’18 Quarterly Resource Spotlight

By Kelsie Raucher / July 2, 2018

A Guide for Farmers Who Want to Supply Low-Income Communities While Maintaining Financial Sustainability  This manual offers strategies and insights to help you run a small farm business that supports the needs of low-income communities. As much as farmers want to support the community, the community needs our solidarity. About 50 million Americans are food insecure, with half…

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safety training being preformed

Tracking Farm Hazards with Farm MAPPER

By Kelsie Raucher / July 2, 2018

By Matthew Alfultis In the event of an emergency, farming operations can be a challenge for first responders due to the size of each operation and the unique risks they pose, which can vary from farm to farm. With the average farm spanning 444 acres, it can be difficult to navigate personnel to an exact location. Imagine trying to guide a response team past…

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Youth working a Soul Fire Farm

Sowing the Seeds of Food Justice

By Kelsie Raucher / June 28, 2018

A Guide for Farmers Who Want to Supply Low-Income Communities While Maintaining Financial Sustainability  This manual offers strategies and insights to help you run a small farm business that supports the needs of low-income communities.    As much as farmers want to support the community, the community needs our solidarity. About 50 million Americans are food insecure, with half…

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Rest is Not a 4-Letter Word

By Kelsie Raucher / June 28, 2018

Timing for Pasture Recovery– Part 1 The biggest mistake people make in grazing management is providing too short a recovery period for plants after grazing. Of course too much rest isn’t good either. In drier environments excluding animals from a pasture long after it has recovered will lead to reduced productivity, dead grass and bare…

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Farmers Market table

Why a decrease in participation in farmers markets? Survey aims to find out.

By Kelsie Raucher / June 25, 2018

Across much of the United States, farmers markets have reported a decrease in consumer participation over the last couple of years, resulting in a decrease in farm sales and income. In an attempt to understand and reverse this slump, a multi-state study is being undertaken by Farmers Market Federation of NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension…

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Juniper Hill Farm

By Kelsie Raucher / June 21, 2018

Juniper Hill Farm is nestled between the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain, on the Boquet River in Wadhams, New York. Established in 2007, they grew on three acres of fertile land; now, for their ninth CSA season, they cultivate over one hundred acres.  They are continuously adding more greenhouses with a goal of bringing to market an…

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