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Learn Ways to Boost Your Farm Business with Online Courses

By Kacey Deamer / January 27, 2020

Our current season of online courses is underway, and the last block of courses will start live content at the end of February. With two business courses, a grazing management course, soil health, and mushroom production, this is a great opportunity to learn before the growing season begins. Did you know that we moved our…

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Free Webinar Series Will Teach Commercial Specialty Mushroom Production

By Steve Gabriel / January 22, 2020

Learn to develop and implement a business plan for growing mushrooms commercially with an upcoming webinar series from our Specialty Mushrooms project and our project partner Fungi Ally. The webinars will cover an introduction to mushrooms farming, including details on grow rooms, methods of cultivation and economics of mushroom growing. Through this webinars, you will…

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Where to Connect with the Small Farms Team this Winter

By Kelsie Raucher / January 14, 2020

Winter is traditionally a season filled with farmer and association conferences, and this year is no different. Our team will be traveling around New York State, and beyond, to share information with farmers and other farming organizations. Check out where our team will be for a chance to learn and connect!  Join Workshops on Soil…

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New Community Mushroom Educator Program Offered in 2020

By Steve Gabriel / January 10, 2020

Join our new network of educators to learn how to grow and sell mushrooms, and teach these skills in the community you serve. With support from USDA-SARE and USDA-AFRI, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Cornell Small Farms Program is partnering with Just Food, Farm School NYC, and Grow NYC to offer a two-year Community Mushroom…

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Winter Ready? CCE Podcast Shares Tips to Weatherize Your Home

By Kelsie Raucher / January 8, 2020

Snowstorms and frigid temperatures make winter preparation in the Northeast a serious undertaking.  Cornell Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) podcast Extension Out Loud hosted a “Winter Readiness Round Table” with extension energy experts across New York State to offer tips on winter preparedness and programs to ease the financial burden of weatherizing your farm or home. …

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Caring for Your Farm’s Greatest Asset

By Violet Stone / December 16, 2019

Our new research project creates spaces for farmers to experience holistic health and renewal. What is your farm’s greatest asset? Deep, fertile soil? A steady, hard-working farm crew? A reliable market that pays good prices? If you have any of these, you are blessed, but a group of agricultural service providers are embarking on a…

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In the News: How We Help NYS Farmers Implement Reduced Tillage Systems

By Anna Birn / December 16, 2019

Sweeping problems under the rug usually leads to larger problems in the future, unless of course, the problem is weeds and the rug is tarps. Tarping fields as a weed management strategy is an integral part of many organic and reduced tillage operations.  Cornell Small Farms Program director, Anu Rangarajan, and Reduced Tillage project coordinator,…

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In the News: Our Comms Specialist Talks Farmer Succession with New York Times

By Kelsie Raucher / December 13, 2019

Farms all over the country are closing their operations having not found a successor for their farm business. New York is not immune to the challenge, nor are multi-generation family farms. With an aging population of farmers, over 1.8 million acres of farmland in New York State are owned by people over the age of…

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Cornell Awarded for Work with Farmworkers

By Anna Birn / December 11, 2019

On November 10th, Cornell University was awarded the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award for its ongoing work with farmworkers in New York State. This award, complete with a $20,000 grant, was delivered at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) annual meeting in San Diego.  President Martha Pollack accepted the award, highlighting the…

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New York’s Craft Beverage Industry Supported by Cornell Institute

By Anna Birn / December 9, 2019

The craft beverage industry is a regionally important economic driver in New York State. The 400 craft brewers in the state had an overall impact of $5.4 billion in 2018, with those numbers expected to continue increasing in the future. To support this growing industry, Cornell University has opened the Cornell Craft Beverage Institute in…

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