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Grow Your Farming Skills with Our Production-Focused Block Two Courses

By Kacey Deamer / September 23, 2021

This week marked the official launch of our online course season, as block one courses began live instruction. There’s still time to join in those courses, or you can starting planning ahead for our upcoming block two courses. With webinars starting at the beginning of November, our second block of courses focuses on production strategies…

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In the News: Our Agroforestry Educator Featured in “Sweet Talk” Podcast

By Stephen Stresow / September 20, 2021

In the latest episode of “Sweet Talk: All Things Maple,” a podcast by the Cornell Maple Program, the Cornell Small Farms Program’s specialty mushroom and agroforestry extension specialist, Steve Gabriel, shared his expertise on diversifying maple production through forest farming.  This was the eighth episode of the podcast, which focuses on the latest research, news,…

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Don’t Miss the Start of Our Online Course Season, Live Webinars for the First Block Start Next Week

By Kacey Deamer / September 15, 2021

The first block of our online courses begin live webinars next week, and we can’t wait to get started! Our suite of online courses is offered on a user-friendly platform, which grants registrants permanent access to their course content. Also, courses have tiered pricing based on household size and income to make access to the…

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Fighting Feces with Fire: Research Shows How to Transform Manure into Dry Fertilizer

By Stephen Stresow / September 6, 2021

Managing cow manure has historically been a hassle for farmers, but new research shows how it can be transformed into valuable dry fertilizer.  By using a process called pyrolysis, which “burns” organic matter at temperatures of 700 to 1,200 degrees F without oxygen, researchers from Cornell and Bio365 found that the nutrients from manure can…

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Registration Is Open for Our Upcoming Online Course Season, Including New Courses

By Kacey Deamer / August 30, 2021

Are you looking to improve your technical or business skills to benefit your farming operation? Consider joining one of our more than two dozen online courses during live instruction this upcoming online course season. The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce that our online courses will begin live webinars this fall, and will…

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Farm Ops Offering No Cost Enrollment into BF 101: Starting at Square One

By Nina Saeli / August 23, 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped farmers from farming, nor has it stopped the work of our Farm Ops project to support veterans interested in agriculture.       For veterans interested in starting their own farm businesses, Farm Ops will be providing the opportunity for 20 military veterans, residing in NY or NJ, to apply for free…

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In the News: Our Logs to NYC Program Sets Sail with Sail Freight Ship Apollonia

By Delia Guilbert / August 13, 2021

Our Specialty Mushroom project’s new Logs to NYC effort, which connects New York City-based mushroom growers with resources from upstate, recently partnered with the Apollonia, a sail freight ship, to transport logs for their mushroom classes into the city. This maiden voyage of Logs to NYC was featured in an article from Civil Eats. The…

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Reconnecting with Purpose Program Welcomes Applicants

By Violet Stone / August 9, 2021

As farm and food system educators or change makers working alongside rural and urban farm communities, we face enormous challenges to our efforts to support improved livelihoods of those we serve. While we may design focused educational programs or convene groups to work towards change, our work can become daunting. Over time, we may find…

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Join Our Team: Now Hiring Bilingual Program Coordinator

By Nicole Waters / August 6, 2021

The Cornell Small Farms Program is hiring! We are excited to share the application for our newest team member, Bilingual Program Coordinator. Through the efforts of the Labor Ready Project and the successful Master Class Program, our farmer audience has grown to include many Spanish-first farmers. We aim to welcome new farmers and expand our Spanish…

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Labor Research: What’s Happening on Your Farm?

By Richard Stup / August 3, 2021

An important research project is gearing up in the next few weeks to understand what is happening with New York farm labor during this time of great change in markets, regulations and technology. It’s an opportunity for the voices of actual farm employers and employees to be heard through research! Strong participation from farm employers…

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