Posts by Nina Saeli

Nina retired from active duty in 2009. She and her husband, Jeffrey, own and operate Centurion Farm in Locke, NY. Nina also now works with the Cornell Small Farms Program as coordinator of our Farm Ops project supporting veterans in agriculture.

Farm Ops Supports Veteran Attendance to the WNY Orchard Soil Health and Beneficial Fungi Event

By Nina Saeli / June 6, 2024

The soils that we grow our trees in play a critical role in the success of our orchard’s productivity. Mycorrhizal fungi provide many benefits to the soils, though it is…

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Farm Ops Supports Veteran Attendance to the NYS Honeyberry Conference

By Nina Saeli / June 6, 2024

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County (CCE Oswego County) and Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY (CCE Harvest NY) will be hosting a state-wide conference on a new emerging fruit called…

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Farm Ops Supports Veteran Attendance to the NYS IPM Conference

By Nina Saeli / May 30, 2024

The NYS Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Conference with the theme of “Fruit IPM for the Home Garden and Landscapes” will be held on June 27, 2024 at the Extension Office…

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Farm Ops Supports Veteran Attendance to the NYS Fiber Conference

By Nina Saeli / May 23, 2024

Fiber producers of all experience levels will gain valuable hands-on skills and knowledge at the 2024 NYS Fiber Conference. Fiber producers will learn about fiber types and qualities, marketing channels,…

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Survey for New York Farmer Veterans

By Nina Saeli / May 20, 2024

New York veterans who farm, we want to hear from you. The Cornell Small Farms Program project for veterans in agriculture, Farm Ops, is working with the NY Center for…

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Exchanging the Challenges of Military Service for the Challenges of Learning about Horticulture

By Nina Saeli / April 3, 2024

Tyler Evans explored what it meant to be part of the U.S. Marine Corps, and he lived with a mindset to defeat the challenges that hinder progress. After completing his…

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Farm Ops: High Tunnel Construction Workshop for Veterans

By Nina Saeli / April 1, 2024

This event is perfect for veterans who want to learn about high tunnels and their benefits, such as season extension, plant protection from extreme weather, and disease and insect prevention.…

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Farm Ops: Building a Flower Farm Strategy Event for Veterans

By Nina Saeli / February 20, 2024

Susan Orellana-Clark founded Bristol Hills Lavender and Flower Farm in 2016. While grieving the loss of her veteran husband, Susan found comfort and hope in working with soil and growing…

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Farm Op Offers Tree Fruit Production Field Day for Veteran Cohort

By Nina Saeli / February 12, 2024

Tree Fruit Production cohort members will be afforded the opportunity to fill the slots for this in person event. Read the details on the event below. Everyone must RSVP to let us…

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Agricultural Basic Training for Farmers

By Nina Saeli / January 8, 2024

Armed to Farm returns to New York State to again assist veterans explore careers in agriculture. “I’m a veteran, and I want to be a farmer!” This statement comes in…

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