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Through her role as the Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator at the Cornell Small Farms, Kat McCarthy supported the Labor Ready Farmer project from August 2017 through May 2018. 
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Focusing on What’s Important at North Country Creamery

By Kat McCarthy / July 2, 2018

Ashlee Kleinhammer became involved with Clover Mead Farm in 2012, when she approached its then owner, Sam Hendren, about buying the business. In 2013, a third-party foundation purchased the farm from Sam and established a 5-year lease-purchase agreement for Kleinhammer, who recently closed on the property. In reflection, Ashlee points out that Sam set-up both…

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Learning from the Best

By Kat McCarthy / July 2, 2018

What do Wegmans, a regional grocery store chain, and Salesforce, a software company, have in common? These two organizations both have held places on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, and have stories to share that can help you on your farm. Does your farm resemble either of these enterprises? Perhaps you are already focused on learning from others who excel at what they do. Or maybe…

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Focusing on What’s Important at North Country Creamery

By Kat McCarthy / June 28, 2018

Ashlee Kleinhammer became involved with Clover Mead Farm in 2012, when she approached its then owner, Sam Hendren, about buying the business. In 2013, a third-party foundation purchased the farm from Sam and established a 5-year lease-purchase agreement for Kleinhammer, who recently closed on the property. In reflection, Ashlee points out that Sam set-up both…

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Learning from the Best

By Kat McCarthy / June 28, 2018

What do Wegmans, a regional grocery store chain, and Salesforce, a software company, have in common? These two organizations both have held places on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, and have stories to share that can help you on your farm. Does your farm resemble either of these enterprises? Perhaps you are already focused on learning from others who excel at what they do. Or maybe…

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Blue Spade Farm

By Kat McCarthy / February 2, 2018

Blue Spade Farm was started at the end of 2015 with the goal of raising animals is a more environmentally sustainable system. Blue Spade Farm raises Spanish Boer Goats on a pasture system that limits inputs and mimics the natural ecosystem to the best of its ability.  This system creates a healthy atmosphere for the…

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Centurion Farm, LLC

By Kat McCarthy / June 27, 2017

Jeffrey and Nina Saeli founded Centurion Farm, LLC in 2017. The farm comprises a 58-acre mix of pastures, hardwood forests, riparian forests, and wetlands.  Currently farm operations are focused on the establishment of a small scale market garden. Jeffrey grew up on a farm in western NY, and began learning how to cook and preserve…

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Accepting Applications for Armed to Farm

By Kat McCarthy / June 2, 2017

The Cornell Small Farms Program in partnership with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training back to New York State. ATF gives veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career. ATF combines engaging classroom sessions with farm…

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Bright Raven Farm and Apiary

By Kat McCarthy / June 1, 2017

Location: Jacksonville, NY Website: brightravenfarm.com  

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Wild Hill Farm

By Kat McCarthy / June 1, 2017

Wild Hill Farm is a vegetable CSA farm located on 50 acres in Bloomfield, NY. A CSA with 150 weekly shares is the heart of the farm, with 4-5 acres in vegetables. U-Pick blueberries are an additional crop on the farm, as well as hay and straw. All land is managed using organic practices. Wild…

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