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Distance Learning for NY Food and Farm Workers Supported By Renovation of Cornell AgriTech

By Sammi Lin / September 9, 2021

Long a central hub for research and innovation related to New York State’s food and beverage industries, Cornell AgriTech is growing to offer even more opportunities to these industries. A recent $3.5 million renovation of Jordan Hall on the Cornell AgriTech campus in Geneva, NY brought great expansions in digital technology tools that can be…

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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

This offering is now closed. Please check out our Farm Ops event page for future training and educational opportunities.

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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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New Mushroom Project Partnership Sails Logs Downstream to NYC

By Steve Gabriel / August 1, 2021

On July 24 our Specialty Mushroom project’s Logs to NYC effort held a kickoff event with The Mushroom Shed at the Hudson River Maritime Museum to teach 25 participants how to grow shiitake mushrooms on logs and oyster mushrooms on cardboard and coffee grounds. Participants also helped load about 275 oak and maple logs onto the Schooner…

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Envisioning the Future of New York State’s Food System with CADE

By Kacey Deamer / July 28, 2021

What does the future of New York State’s food system look like and how can we all work together to ensure our agricultural future? This is an important question for all food system stakeholders, and we are proud to share that the Cornell Small Farms Program has joined the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship…

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