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Violet is the coordinator of the Baskets to Pallets project, which seeks to prepare small and mid-sized farmers to enter intermediated market channels such as food hubs, groceries, schools and cooperatives.  She also serves as the NY SARE Coordinator and can help farmers and educators navigate NESARE grant opportunities.

Register now for “One-Stop Shopping Approach for Beginning Farmer Training” webinar

By Violet Stone / June 20, 2012

The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project presents a webinar opportunity for ag. professionals in the Northeast who serve beginning farmers, or for new and aspiring farmers in MA or NY seeking to learn about programs that could benefit them. Next Mon, June 25, you can learn from two amazing organizations here in the Northeast, both offering…

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Staying Small Through a Century of Dairy Farming

By Violet Stone / June 15, 2012

The Cornell Small Farms Program and Tompkins County Cooperative Extension will host a small dairy field day titled “Staying Small Through a Century of Dairy Farming” on Wednesday, June 20th, from 1 – 3pm in Brooktondale, NY, Tompkins County.   The farm has been in the Snow family for three generations.  A year and a half…

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Be counted! Sign up to Participate in the Census of Agriculture

By Violet Stone / June 15, 2012

Earlier this month, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), released the latest count of farms in the United States. The nation has nearly 2.2 million farms, a number that has held pretty steady for the past decade. While this number is important, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Agriculture is undergoing major changes. Not only…

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May Small Farms Update

By Violet Stone / May 16, 2012

The Small Farms Update includes small farm announcements, events, job and internship opportunities, grant and loan opportunities, and latest handbooks,  tools and 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…

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Cornell Small Dairy Team Produces New Resources

By Violet Stone / April 25, 2012

The Cornell Small Dairy Team has released a series of 6 new resources to help small dairy farms. The team, whose members include farmers and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators, received a grant from the Cornell Small Farms Program in 2011 to provide new educational resources and tools to small dairy producers. “Small dairies have…

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Announcing 2012 Small Dairy Field Days!

By Violet Stone / April 24, 2012

A series to highlight creative strategies on family dairies to take place between May 9th– July 11th, 2012 Are you interested in how small dairy farms across New York are improving profitability, sustainability, and quality of life?  Whether you are a farmer, educator, homesteader, or just curious, the Cornell Small Farms Program has teamed up…

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Cross Island Farm

By Violet Stone / April 20, 2012

Address: 44301 Cross Island Rd. Wellesley Island, NY 13640. Website: www.crossislandfarms.com Description: Dani Baker and David Belding are the owners of this highly diversified organic farm, with retail sales of vegetables, eggs, beef, chicken, goat and pork. Dani and David will lead us on a tour of their recently completed sustainable energy project, including a 10KW…

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Achieving Low Costs of Producing a Cwt. of Milk

By Violet Stone / April 19, 2012

by John J. Hanchar INTRODUCTION Economic efficiency is the ability to realize a favorable relationship between input use and output based upon economic measures such as the value of production, costs of inputs, and others. Production is economically efficient when goods are produced at minimum cost. Various costs of producing a hundredweight (Cwt.) of milk…

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Custom Hay Harvest for the Small Dairy

By Violet Stone / April 19, 2012

by Mariane Kiraly This Farm decided that the upfront cost was less than the return of high quality forages and lower labor needed to complete the harvest. Streamview Dairy has been in business around 30 years.  The last five years have brought about some thoughtful changes to the operation to reduce labor, lower feed costs…

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Dairy Farm Profit Benchmarks

By Violet Stone / April 19, 2012

Dairy Farm Profit Benchmarks A Farm Business Educator once used the analogy of barrel staves as a way to describe portions of the dairy farm business. If the whole farm was a barrel, then the staves would be represented by: Milk production, Animal Husbandry, Crop Production, Business efficiency, etc. He said that a farm could…

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