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A Letter from Our Director: Building Resilience through Racial Justice

By Anu Rangarajan / June 3, 2020

Throughout this pandemic, the Cornell Small Farms Program has been sending messages and guidance about building resilience to the stresses this virus has created. It has required many of us to learn new skills, adapt and change our marketing approaches quickly, and pivot our own vision of how we farm. These messages have emphasized how…

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Building Resilience through Farm Employee Training Resources

By Kacey Deamer / May 28, 2020

Sharing training videos, labor resources and standard operating procedures to help your farm business. As we start to gear up for this new season, many of us may face some uncertainty with our farm labor. While we are implementing best management practices to protect our employees during this pandemic, it is likely that we may find…

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COVID-19 Update on Safety Plans Required for All NYS Businesses

By Kacey Deamer / May 20, 2020

COVID-19 Safety Plans Required for All Businesses in “New York Forward” Re-Opening Plan Agricultural workforce specialist Richard Stup prepared the following overview of how all businesses need to have a written safety plan that details how they will prevent and manage COVID-19. This post appeared first in The Ag Workforce Journal. New York State’s plan to…

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Building Resilience through COVID-19 Health and Safety

By Kacey Deamer / May 14, 2020

Sharing information on how to take care of ourselves, our employees and our customers. As we move toward reopening our businesses and lives, we need to make sure we are prepared for doing things differently. Taking care of ourselves, our employees and our customers will require planning ahead to make sure we have COVID-19 safety…

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Building Resilience for Livestock and Dairy Producers

By Kacey Deamer / May 7, 2020

Offering information on how to navigate market changes due to this pandemic. The most common refrain we are hearing from livestock producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is the need to change how they market their products. Some have never tried direct marketing meat; others suddenly need to switch their marketing from in-person to online.…

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Building Resilience to Stress During COVID-19

By Kacey Deamer / May 4, 2020

Offering strategies to manage stress and anxiety to help build your resilience through this pandemic. While our efforts to shelter in place help protect us and our communities from COVID-19, this sequestering can be challenging. All of us have felt anxiety and worry as this disease has traveled while we sit still. Whether you are…

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Recommendations for U-Pick Farms During COVID-19

By Anu Rangarajan / April 29, 2020

U-Pick is a critical direct marketing approach for many of our small farms and provides customers with a unique connection to fresh produce grown close to home. The time spent outdoors gathering one’s own produce is a chance to share in our local bounty, support our farmers, and stock up for the future. U-Pick farms…

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Using Online Marketing to Build Resilience

By Kacey Deamer / April 16, 2020

Offering guidance on how to sell online to help build your farm’s resilience through this pandemic. Many of you have already geared up to be doing sales differently this year. Whether you are running your farmers market booth with new physical distancing practices, or have joined with other farmers to sell your products via direct…

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Financial Resources, Grants and Other Support to Build Resilience

By Kacey Deamer / April 9, 2020

Sharing grants, loans or legal support to help farmers build their own resilience through this pandemic. Over the last few weeks, you have been asked to consider many new practices and strategies to build resilience of your farm in the face of COVID-19. You have probably had to learn some new skills, like setting up…

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COVID-19 Update on Emergency Resources for Farm Businesses

By Elizabeth (Liz) Higgins / April 6, 2020

Update  4/20/20: It was widely reported on April 15 that the funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) had been fully obligated. As of April 16, SBA closed the loans to new applicants. So, if you were planning to apply, but haven’t yet what does this mean for you? CCE educators offer advice in a new…

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