Posts by Violet Stone

Violet is the coordinator of the Reconnecting with Purpose project, which offers farm and food system educators and change makers a retreat space to explore challenges and renew a sense of inspiration and purpose in their work and lives. She is also a collaborator on the Be Well Farming Project. This project creates reflective spaces for farmers and food producers to connect meaningfully and explore strategies that can ameliorate challenges and bolster quality of life. Violet serves as the NY SARE Coordinator and can help farmers and educators navigate NESARE grant opportunities.

Small Farms February Update

By Violet Stone / March 12, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS Small Farms Website Down: Our apologies! Small Farmers: Shape Your Future! NY Small Farms Summit We NEED YOUR HELP: Prioritize Projects to Strengthen Small Farms Spring Online Courses Still Open for Registration Beginning Farmer Needs Survey: Phase 2 UPCOMING EVENTS Small Farms Program Sponsored Events Beginning Farmer Events Grazing Events Other…

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We need your help! Prioritize projects to support small farms!

By Violet Stone / February 21, 2012

Every two years, farmers and agriculture service providers gather at the NY Small Farm Summit to prioritize research and education activities that will promote the viability of small farms in NY. This year, we will host the 4th NY Small Farm Summit on February 29, 2012. Our goal for the Summit is to identify what…

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Small Farmers: Shape Your Future!

By Violet Stone / February 21, 2012

Small Farmers: Shape Your Future! Register Now for the 2012 NY Small Farms Summit Register now for the 2012 NY Small Farms Summit!  The Summit will take place Wednesday, February 29th, from 9:30am – 3:30pm, with lunch provided. What is the NY Small Farm Summit? The Summit is an interactive meeting with an opportunity for all…

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Cornell Small Farms Program Update- Winter 2012

By Violet Stone / January 9, 2012

Message from the Managing Editor This year we are celebrating a decade of bringing you Small Farm Quarterly!  We certainly have seen an explosion of growth in homesteads, micro-enterprises, and small farms over the past ten years here in the Northeast.  From backyard chickens to farm dinners, the revival in small-scale food production is reconnecting…

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Cornell Small Farms Program Update- Fall 2011

By Violet Stone / October 3, 2011

Message from the Managing Editor I am writing this note just days after Hurricane Irene caused disastrous flooding to many areas in our readership.  We at the Cornell Small Farms Program send our deepest sympathy to the hundreds of farmers and homesteaders that lost crops, livestock, buildings, roads and precious topsoil.  As I look back upon the 2011 issues of Small Farm Quarterly, a reoccurring…

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Cornell Small Farms Program Update- Summer 2011

By Violet Stone / July 4, 2011

Message from the Managing Editor Happy Summer!  I hope this season brings you restful lunch breaks under shady trees and afternoon swims in wild ponds.  I also hope you have some quiet evening moments to read through our summer issue of Small Farm Quarterly!  This issue features a wide variety of content, from spinning wool…

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Cornell Small Farms Update- Winter 2011

By Violet Stone / January 9, 2011

Message from the Managing Editor Happy New Year!  As I sit in my toasty office organizing content for this first issue of 2011, snow is softly falling outside the window.  We have some new and exciting columns to introduce that will appear regularly throughout 2011.  The first, ‘Technology on the Farm”, will focus on the…

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Flower Farm Cultivates Community and Imagination through Hands-on Classes

By Violet Stone / July 4, 2010

Over her 20+ years selling flowers at farmers markets in the Saratoga Springs, NY region, Barbara Jefts of Native Farm Flowers has seen many bright eyed customers admiring her wild and earthy arrangements.  “I’d love to learn how to do that!” customers exclaimed as they peered closely at her unique creations.  But although Barbara welcomed…

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Inventive Farmer Brings Kefir Cheese to Market

By Violet Stone / April 4, 2010

Rose Marie Belforti scaled up a home recipe for raw milk kefir cheese to a commercial process Welcome to the Northeast SARE Spotlight! SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) offers grants to farmers, educators, universities and communities that are working to make agriculture more sustainable – economicly, environmentally, and socially. Learn about whether a SARE…

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