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The Alfalfa HoneyBees – An Observation

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

In Wyoming County, the drought of the winter, spring, summer, and fall of 2016 was devastating for local honeybee populations. by Debra Welch In Wyoming County, the drought of the spring, summer, and fall of 2016 was devastating for local honeybee populations. Fall nectars and pollens are critical for colony build-up for the winter.  If…

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Do Your Products Meet Your Customer Values?

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

by Brian Moyer Many times when we introduce our products to the marketplace, we don’t always think about how our potential customers will view the product. We may know how special our new product is, but how do we get that information to our customers? An example might be trying to sell freezer beef in…

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A Farmer’s Perspective – Long Term Soil Health and Fertility in a High Tunnel

By Tara Hammonds / October 2, 2017

Maintaining and improving soil health and fertility in a high tunnel is difficult and demands an analytical approach. by Andy Fellenz My first introduction to high tunnels was in 1998 at an organic farming conference, when I was still a wannabe farmer and knew little about farming.  I eagerly absorbed the presenter’s message on high…

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Registration Is Now Open for 2017-2018 Online Small Farm Courses

By Tara Hammonds / August 22, 2017

Registration has been opened for the 2017-2018 season of Small Farm Online Courses, helping to build the technical and business skills of farmers. Expert farmers and extension educators guide students through the latest research-based information to help improve efficiency and increase profit on small farms. Students connect with other farmers, work on farm plans, and gain practical…

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Utilizing Alfalfa Heights as a Predictor for Quality

By Tara Hammonds / May 16, 2017

Did you know that Alfalfa height may be a reliable indicator of neutral detergent fiber (NDF) values for your alfalfa field and alfalfa/grass-mixed fields? The South Central New York (SCNY) team is monitoring alfalfa heights again this Spring to help predict % NDF for first cutting hay crop. Results will be compiled and emailed on a weekly…

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Tune in to our Summer 2017 Webinar Series

By Tara Hammonds / May 14, 2017

Attendees of the November 2016 Beginning Farmer Learning Network (BFLN) meeting made it clear that they wanted ways to remain connected and learning from each other throughout the year. So we invited your ideas for topics you would be willing to share, and the following monthly webinars are the result: a mosaic of ideas representing…

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Seeking Submissions: Small Farm Quarterly

By Tara Hammonds / May 8, 2017

A reminder that if you have research and extension work relevant to small farmers in New York and the Northeast, the Small Farm Quarterly is a great place to get the word out. We reach over 32,000 readers, 75% of which reside in NY. We invite anyone to submit an article relevant to our farming readership…

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White Pine Community Farm

By Tara Hammonds / May 8, 2017

Location: Wingdale, NY Top 3 Products: Medicinal herbs, farm-made pesto, and social justice-activism How has the Profit Team Program helped your farm?: It will help pay our mentor as we begin mushroom production.  

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Nook & Cranny Farm

By Tara Hammonds / May 8, 2017

Location: Brooktondale, NY Products: diversified vegetables Website: http://www.nookandcrannyfarm.com/

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Van Noble Farm

By Tara Hammonds / May 8, 2017

  Location: Enfield, NY Products: pasture raised pork Website: http://vannoblefarm.com/

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