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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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COVID-19 Update for Nursery Operations and Seafood Processors

By Kacey Deamer / March 24, 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 Horticulture on March 24, 2020. The department also released Interim Guidance for Temporary Seafood (Fish and Shellfish) Processing and/or Retail Sale on March 23, 2020. This guidance provided below…

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COVID-19 Update for Livestock Farms

By Kacey Deamer / March 23, 2020

Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations from NYS Ag & Markets The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released the following Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations on March 22, 2020. This guidance is provided for animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials and supplies,…

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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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Offering You Free Online Course Access Until March 27

By Kacey Deamer / March 19, 2020

Update: This offer has now closed. We have had an overwhelming response to our solidarity offer for free access to our online courses. We are so glad that many of you have been able to sign-up for some active learning before the season starts. Many shared our offer through their networks, which was terrific! Unfortunately,…

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New Resources Available for Specialty Mushroom Growers

By Anna Birn / March 16, 2020

We are excited to announce the release of a new Harvest to Market Guide for producers interested in growing specialty mushrooms. This resource is the product of a cooperative effort conducted by the Cornell Small Farms Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, consultant growers, and other supporting organizations.  This guidebook is meant to serve as a companion…

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Building Farm Resilience in this Crisis

By Anu Rangarajan / March 13, 2020

Update 3/24/20: We have launched a curated resource page to support the farming community through this challenging time. Offering ideas on how we can take care of ourselves, our farms, and our local communities. Never before has our work as farmers and stewards been so important. In times like these — when uncertainty upsets the…

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In the News: Deep Dive into Compost

By Kelsie Raucher / March 13, 2020

Reduced tillage practices and weed suppression management are common goals of small-scale organic farmers.   A lesser-known method is deep-composting, which was presented by the Reduced Tillage Project and a team of Cornell University researchers at the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Winter Conference as a solution to weed suppression in a reduced tillage system. …

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