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CCE Connects Producers to New Markets

By Anna Birn / November 7, 2019

Connecting growers to new markets is a key part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) mission to bring economic vitality and social well being to New York State.  One of these markets is the Taste New York program, which features locally grown and made products including everything from maple syrup and fresh apples to local…

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Ploughing a Different Ground: Helping Farmers Unearth Wisdom through the Act of Listening

By Violet Stone / November 1, 2019

In the minutes before a Baskets to Pallets farmer training begins, I stand at the front of the room, scanning tables of chattering people and taking in the many different faces. These trainings are geared toward farmers and producers who are experienced in direct-marketing, but who are considering expanding into wholesale markets. And yet, we…

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In the News: Our Director Talks Crowdfunding for Small Farms

By Kelsie Raucher / October 23, 2019

You’ve heard of crowdfunding, but have you heard of crowdfarming?  The sheer amount of capital needed to purchase and operate a farm can be a limiting factor for farmers of all sizes. Small farms are especially at a disadvantage for funding as they are usually unable to access the subsidized loans provided by the U.S.…

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Low-Tech Tools to Evaluate Tree Health

By Paul Hetzler / October 16, 2019

It makes sense that dying trees have terminal bud scars. Sounds like an awful condition – my condolences. But the healthiest trees have them, too (terminal scars, not condolences). It’s a good thing, since terminal bud (aka bud-scale) scars provide an excellent way to leaf through a tree’s health records going back 5 to 10…

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Study Measures Maple Syrup Production in a Changing Climate

By Anna Birn / October 8, 2019

A changing climate is expected to change the seasonality of crops, largely affecting farmers’ production patterns and yearly cycles. This impact on crops also includes maple syrup production, according to a new study from Dartmouth College. Maple syrup production is especially dependent on temperature, and even in the best conditions has a very short seasonal…

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Join Our Tarping for Reduced Tillage Workshop Series

By Ryan Maher / October 2, 2019

Are you a vegetable farmer already using tarps? Or are you wondering if and how tarps could work best on your farm? The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce a series of workshops on tarping in small-scale vegetable systems, to be held in Maine and New York this fall. Tarping has emerged as…

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Grow Your Farm Business by Learning to Grow New Products with Our Online Courses

By Kacey Deamer / September 30, 2019

Our new season of online courses is underway, and now’s the time to register for upcoming block two courses. Did you know that the we moved our suite of online courses to a new, more user-friendly platform? Now registrants have permanent, year-round access to their course content. Courses are offered with tiered pricing from $199…

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Mushroom Expert Offers Series of Educational Events

By Steve Gabriel / September 23, 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program is welcoming mushroom expert Tradd Cotter to Ithaca, NY, for a number of events that will share how mushrooms can integrate into agriculture, medicine, sustainability and more. Join us the second week of October to learn from Cotter, a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener from South Carolina.  Cotter and…

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New York is Ripe for Apple Harvest

By Kelsie Raucher / September 18, 2019

Apples will be bigger and better this harvest season, according to Cornell University experts. Largely in part to the weather working in favor for farmers this year, apple color, quality, and size should all be superlative this fall.  “2019 should be an excellent year for apple quality,” Cornell University professor Susan Brown, an apple breeder…

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How to Celebrate National Farm Safety and Health Week 2019

By Kelsie Raucher / September 16, 2019

  Working in agriculture poses more risks than your average job, but many precautions can — and should — be taken to reduce risk. The week of September 15 through September 21, 2019 is National Farm Health and Safety Week, which has been declared by the sitting president annually since 1944. Organized by the National…

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