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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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Building Resilience With Labor and Workforce Planning

By Kacey Deamer / April 2, 2020

Offering a curated list of resources on labor and workforce issues for farmers and employees to navigate COVID-19. Whether you hire labor or rely on your family to support a farm’s operations, or you work on a farm, you need to be prepared for the possibility that you or others working beside you may fall…

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COVID-19 Update for Farmers’ Markets Operators and Vendors

By Kacey Deamer / March 31, 2020

Interim Guidance for Horticulture and Seafood from NYS Ag & Markets The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released the following Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmers’ Markets on March 31, 2020. This guidance is provided for farmers’ market operators and vendors in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Background: In…

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Active Learning Calendar for Virtual Opportunities and Webinars

By Kacey Deamer / March 31, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program team has created this new calendar dedicated to the various webinars and other virtual learning opportunities being offered during this time of physical distancing. If you have an event to add, email us a brief description with the event details. We have also added to our farm resilience resource page,…

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Active Learning to Build Resilience During COVID-19

By Kacey Deamer / March 31, 2020

Offering you news, resources and opportunities to develop farm skills during this time of physical distancing. Like farming, learning is, at its core, an optimistic act.  When we set out to learn something new, we are making a pact with the future. We may have many different goals for our active learning, such as improving…

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How to Build Market Resilience

By Kacey Deamer / March 20, 2020

Update 3/31/20: The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmers’ Markets. News, resources and opportunities to help you access markets and reach customers to ensure local food security. New York State issued a statement that farms growing food, farmers’ markets and farm stands (CSAs included) are essential businesses,…

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