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 / Veteran Scholarship Application for 2022-23 Cornell Small Farms Online Courses

By Nina Saeli / August 9, 2022

Application to receive no fee enrollment into one of the Cornell Small Farms’ online courses through the Farm Ops project are no longer being accepted. Keep an eye out for 2023-24 online course scholarship offers on our Farm Ops Scholarship Page.  You can also see our veteran training calendar on the Farm Ops Upcoming Events…

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Farm Ops Offering Veteran Scholarships to Attend the 2022 Silvopasture Showcase Tour

By Nina Saeli / August 1, 2022

“Within the practice of agroforestry, or mixing trees with agricultural production, the concept of silvopasture has some of the broadest appeal. Many farms already work with livestock, and making good use of forested land for multiple yields is highly beneficial to the farmer.”  Steve Gabriel. The USDA defines Silvopasture as the deliberate integration of trees and grazing…

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2022 Silvopasture Showcase Tour – Farm Ops Scholarship

By Nina Saeli / July 28, 2022

Fill out this form once you have registered to attend the tour. Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations. You must be a veteran that resides in the states of NY.

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2022 Soil Health & Climate Resiliency Field Days – Farm Ops Scholarship

By Nina Saeli / June 7, 2022

Fill out this form once you have registered to attend one of the 2022 Soil Health & Climate Resiliency Field Day events and intend to submit paperwork for the Farm Ops scholarship. You must be a veteran that resides in the states of NY or NJ.

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Farm Ops Offering Veteran Scholarships for Soil Health & Climate Resiliency Field Days

By Nina Saeli / June 6, 2022

Field day events will be occurring across NYS throughout July and August! Soil health, crop rotation, cover crops, weed management, reduced tillage … what more could a farmer want to talk about? No matter if you are growing vegetables and field crops, grains, or fruit, somewhere in NYS there is a field day for you.…

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Veteran Virtual “Growing and Using Herbs” Workshop

By Nina Saeli / April 19, 2022

Veteran Registration for the Free Virtual Workshop “Growing and Using Herbs”: Please register to gain access to the workshop materials and to be invited to participate in the instructor led virtual classes. Whether you are a beginning or experienced herb grower, there is something for everyone to learn. Participants who attend all six sessions will…

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Farm Ops Expanding to Reach Military Veterans

By Nina Saeli / April 4, 2022

The Cornell Small Farms Program’s veterans in agriculture project is working with local Cornell Cooperative Extensions to in-person workshops. For the first time since March 2020, when the COVID pandemic swept across NYS, the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Farm Ops project brought military veterans together for three in-person workshops beginning in October 2021. Although still…

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Farm Ops Application: BF 153 Indoor Specialty Mushroom Production

By Nina Saeli / January 18, 2022

Farm Ops will be providing the opportunity for 20 military veterans, residing in NY or NJ, to apply for free enrollment into the Cornell Small Farms online course, Indoor Specialty Mushroom Production . This course runs from Tuesday February 22 to March 29, 2022. Cornell Small Farms Online Course Free Enrollment: This will provide access…

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Farm Ops Application: BF 138 Getting Started with Pastured Pigs

By Nina Saeli / October 28, 2021

Farm Ops will be providing the opportunity for 20 military veterans, residing in NY or NJ, to apply for free enrollment into the Cornell Small Farms online course, Getting Started with Pastured Pigs. This course runs from Monday January 10, 2022 to Monday February 14, 2022. Cornell Small Farms Online Course Free Enrollment: This will…

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Farm Ops Application: BF 120 Veggie Farming, Part I

By Nina Saeli / October 4, 2021

Farm Ops will be providing the opportunity for 20 military veterans, residing in NY or NJ, to apply for free enrollment into the Cornell Small Farms online course, “Veggie Farming, Part 1”. Cornell Small Farms Online Course Free Enrollment: This will provide access to the course materials and enable you to participate in the instructor…

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