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Practical Farm Skills and Unity Emphasized at Spanish-Language Farm Field Day

By Tim W. Shenk / September 20, 2023

The Futuro en Ag project of the Cornell Small Farms Program offers agricultural education and training for a Spanish-first audience. [Vea este artículo en Español] Under a shady tree at West Haven Farm in Ithaca, NY, more than 30 people gathered to learn organic farming and farm management practices at a Spanish-language field day on…

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Our Team Is Growing: Now Hiring Agroforestry Specialist

By Erica Frenay / September 18, 2023

The Cornell Small Farms Program team is continuing to grow, and we are hiring! We are excited to share that the application is now open for our newest team member, Agroforestry Extension Support Specialist. Our dynamic team is working to help diverse small farms thrive and to make farming more equitable. For this position, we’re…

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From Business to Beef, Our Block One Online Courses Help Farmers Learn New Skills

By Kacey Deamer / August 22, 2023

You can learn new strategies to improve your farm business with the Cornell Small Farms Program’s online courses. Our first block of courses for the upcoming season will begin live webinars this fall! Our suite of online courses is offered on a user-friendly platform, which grants registrants permanent access to their course content. Also, courses…

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Armed to Farm Returns to NYS, Veterans Can Now Apply

By Kacey Deamer / August 18, 2023

We are excited to announce that Armed to Farm, the week-long training for military veterans interested in agriculture, is returning to New York State this fall. Veterans can apply now to join the intensive learning experience. Hosted by the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Farm Ops project and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), the…

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Upcoming Small Farms Online Course Season Features New Courses

By Kacey Deamer / August 15, 2023

Are you looking to improve your technical or business skills to benefit your farming operation? Consider joining one of our more than 30 online courses during live instruction this upcoming online course season. The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce that our upcoming online course season will begin live webinars this fall, and…

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Tiny Heroes: Hummingbirds Guard Small Farms from Invasive Berry Pests

By Clara Tagliacozzo-Lee / June 22, 2023

In a promising development for small farmers, recent research reveals that the humble hummingbird could play a crucial role in combating invasive pests that threaten berry crops. The presence of hummingbirds can be harnessed as a natural pest control method, offering an environmentally friendly solution for small-scale farmers. Invasive pests have posed a significant challenge…

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Farm Ops to Offer Scholarships for Trainings, Workshops and Conferences

By Bailey Colvin / June 20, 2023

Our project for veterans in agriculture, Farm Ops, wants to support our NYS veterans in their agricultural pursuits and our current NYS farmer veteran’s expansion of their farm businesses. If you are a veteran interested in expanding your knowledge on small fruit production, taking a deep dive into grazing management, or increasing your knowledge on…

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Recent Smoke Not a Problem for New York Vegetables

By Steve Reiners / June 9, 2023

Canadian wildfires have been impacting the air quality in the Northeast for the last week. Smoke filled the sky, and warnings were issued for outdoor activities. This is making many growers and gardeners worried about the potential impact the smoke will have on field-grown vegetables. The good news is the impact will be minimal at…

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Time Is Running Out to Be Counted in USDA Agriculture Census

By Kacey Deamer / May 24, 2023

This is your last chance to complete the 2022 Census of Agriculture, as there is only one week left to return the questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will end data collection for the 2022 Census of Agriculture on May 31. In December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)…

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Seed Catalog Created Specifically for New Yorkers

By Stephen Stresow / April 26, 2023

Wondering what to grow in your garden? Now you can consult Cornell’s Community Science Catalog As they anxiously await the upcoming growing season (and warmer weather), many farmers and gardeners browse through seed catalogs to decide what to plant. A single catalog or garden center seed stand can have hundreds of varieties for growers to…

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