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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.

4th Annual Cover Crop Tour and Workshop

By Violet Stone / October 23, 2012

The 4th Annual Cover Crop Tour and Workshop, at the USDA NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center will take place on November 15th.  Registration will start at 9:15am, and the field tour begins at 9:45am. Speakers Include: Ray Archuleta– National Technology Center-East; Soil quality, health, biology and cover crops. Reduction of chemical inputs through soil health. Quirine Ketterings– Cornell University…

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Cornell Small Farms Program

Cornell Small Farms Program Update- Fall 2012

By Violet Stone / October 1, 2012

Happy Fall! Is your kitchen getting foggy with steam rising from scalding ripe tomatoes? One of my favorite childhood memories of Fall is spending time in the kitchen with my mother and sisters boiling apples to crank through our hand-operated applesauce maker. The warm, sweet aroma of applesauce permeated the air and the heat rising…

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September Small Farms Update

By Violet Stone / September 17, 2012

The Small Farms Update includes small farm announcements, events, job and internship opportunities, grant and loan opportunities, other small farm resources. It is intended for farmers and agricultural service providers in New York and the Northeast. If have an item to be included in the update, please contact Violet Stone at vws7@cornell.edu. Announcements Light Up…

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Light Up the Farm with Sustainable Energy

By Violet Stone / September 17, 2012

2012 Field Day Series offers “How-to” information on incorporating solar panels, wind turbines, radiant heat, passive solar and ecological stewardship practices into your farm or homestead. Have you been considering transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy on your farm or homestead?  The farmers in the 2012 “Light Up the Farm with Sustainable Energy” field…

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Get Help Writing Your Farm Business Plan this Fall

By Violet Stone / September 5, 2012

It is rare for a farm to be an accidental success; having a written document laying out the farm’s goals, marketing strategies, financial projections, and operation is essential to demonstrate the feasibility of the farmer’s plans. A business plan is also a must-have for anyone seeking loans or grants to help fund their farm’s development.…

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Small Farmers: Register Now for Fall, Winter and Spring Online Courses

By Violet Stone / August 22, 2012

Whether you are a seasoned, new, or aspiring farmer, there’s something for you in the 2012-2013 line-up of online courses presented by the Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension. View all 12 courses at http://nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses. There are courses covering commercial production topics like raising veggies, berries, and poultry, and many more covering management…

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New! Guide to On-Farm Poultry Slaughter

By Violet Stone / July 20, 2012

Do you process less than 1000 poultry/year on your farm? Have you had difficulty getting liability insurance because your birds aren’t processed in an inspected facility? Check out the latest guide published by the Cornell Small Farms Program. Designed to complement a hands-on training in how to properly kill and prepare a poultry carcass for…

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Livestock Drought Concerns

By Violet Stone / July 19, 2012

Thanks to the Delaware Watershed Ag Council and Delaware County Cooperative Extension for putting this fact sheet together! Prepared by Dan Vrendenburgh, Conservation Planner Paul Cerosaletti and Meghan Filbert, Extension Educators During this time of drought, the following are some general ideas on watering livestock: Not only will animals need more water because of the…

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Sign up today! Beginning Farmer Lunchtime Learning Webinars

By Violet Stone / July 16, 2012

The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project is pleased to announce the remaining two webinars in the Summer Lunchtime Learning Series: Alternative Farm Financing and Serving Diverse Beginning Farmer Audiences. The 1 hour webinars are for beginning farmers and service providers. The webinars are free to attend, but please register here. **Please note the date change for…

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NOFA-NY Announces Two Farmer-to-Farmer Mentorship Programs

By Violet Stone / June 28, 2012

The NOFA-NY Mentorship Program will assist (as a free benefit of NOFA-NY membership) beginning or transitioning-to-organic farmers in finding a farmer mentor who will help them develop their career and farming practices. Drawing from a network of farmers who are eager to share lessons learned during their many years of farm experience, new farmers (“mentees”)…

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