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New Platform for Our Online Courses — Register Now!

By Nina Sannes / August 20, 2019

The Small Farms Program is excited to announce that our suite of online courses has moved to a new, more user-friendly platform. Now registrants have permanent, year-round access to their course content and the tiered pricing makes access to the courses more equitable. Registration is now open! Our program offers more than 20 online courses…

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Learn to Grow Mushrooms at September Workshop in NYC

By Claire Morrow / August 19, 2019

Interest in specialty mushroom production, or production of any mushroom other than the typical button, crimini, portabella, has grown enormously in recent years, as social and cultural influences have caused many consumers to become interested in paying for high quality mushrooms and mushroom products. With amounts of protein comparable to livestock and animal products, as…

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CCE Specialists Talk Crops and Climate Change Mitigation in New Podcast

By Nina Sannes / August 7, 2019

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s podcast “Extension Out Loud” released a new episode last week titled How’s it growing? New York State summer crop outlook.  Eight extension specialists from across the state joined the podcast to give updates on berry and vegetable crops, viticulture, tree fruit, and field crop production so far in the 2019 season.  Common…

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Join Us for a Soil Health Conversation at Empire Farm Days

By Nina Sannes / August 5, 2019

Join us at Empire Farm Days from Aug. 6-8 in Seneca Falls, New York for educational events and conversations focused around soil health in the Northeast.  Building soil health is imperative for a farm’s resilience in the face of drought and extreme weather events, erosion, water, and fertility management, as well as ecological and economic…

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In The News: Specialty Mushroom Cultivation Featured in Civil Eats

By Claire Morrow / July 31, 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program’s specialty mushroom project provides educational programming and resources to those interested in cultivating specialty mushrooms. From handbooks and supplier lists, and online classes and hands-on workshops, the mushroom project works to support those already growing mushrooms, teach beginners how to get started, and even eventually train other educators to help…

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August Mushroom Webinar to Cover Low-Impact Outdoor Growing

By Kacey Deamer / July 29, 2019

The next installment of the Cornell Small Farms Program’s specialty mushroom project’s ongoing monthly webinar series is coming up on August 7 and will be held at 6 p.m. EST. Click here to sign up for the free webinars. During our August webinar, learn about the ways mushroom can help solve complex social and environmental…

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In the News: Rep. Delgado Praises the Farm Ops Program

By Kacey Deamer / July 26, 2019

The Farm Ops project of the Cornell Small Farms Program provides expertise and community for veterans interested in agriculture across New York State. Connecting veterans with the Armed to Farm conference is often a first step in providing agricultural training and farm tours. If veterans want to make the transition into farming, the Cornell Small…

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Lake Ontario’s New Generation of Hispanic Employees, Future Leaders, and Innovators

By Nicole Waters / July 24, 2019

It was a sunny and gorgeous Saturday afternoon on July 13 for the 5th annual CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program’s Hispanic Summer Fruit Tour successfully conducted in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program.  The beautiful weather added to the high turnout, but in truth, Mario Miranda Sazo is the reason more than one hundred…

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Join Us at Upcoming Field Day to Talk Tarping and Reduced Tillage

By Kacey Deamer / July 23, 2019

As part of the Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series, the Cornell Small Farms Program will be sharing our work on tarping and reduced tillage in small-scale organic vegetable production. This free field day event, “Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production,” will be held on Wednesday, July 31, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Homer…

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Can Ladybugs Control Your Cabbage Pests?

By Nina Sannes / July 19, 2019

The cabbage industry in New York State is worth about $60 million annually, a statistic that is threatened by the cabbage looper: a pest capable of creating massive yield loss. Farmers are looking for sustainable alternatives to chemical insecticides, which have the potential to build up resistance, impact non-target organisms, and incur a heavy bill…

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