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NYS Maple Producers Conference- Jan 3 & 4

By Rachel Whiteheart / December 19, 2013

The 2014 Maple Conference will be held at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School in Verona, New York on Friday evening January 3rd and all day Saturday, January 4th. The conference kicks off Friday evening with trade show at 5 and sessions at 5:30 PM featuring a presentation by J. R. Sloan of Green Mountain Mainlines of Vermont on Practical…

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Two Great Small Farmer Mentorship Programs

By Rachel Whiteheart / December 16, 2013

2014 NOFA-NH Resident Journeyperson Program Now Accepting Applications! In 2014, Two Mountain Farm in Andover, NH will host a NOFA-NH Journeyperson farmer or farming couple. Applicable farmers for this position fit the description of a Journeyperson, but are looking for farm land. Two Mountain Farm comes complete with basic infrastructure and equipment, and is a…

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Planning for Profit Online Course is Filling Up Fast!

By Rachel Whiteheart / December 12, 2013

Holistic Management has gained traction globally as a powerful tool to help farmers make good financial, ecological, and quality-of-life decisions. Holistic Financial Planningis one planning processes under the Holistic Management umbrella, and farmers use it to proactively plan for profit, while investing strategically in their farms and reducing stress. You can learn and apply this process…

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Scaling Up- A New Farm Planning Program

By Rachel Whiteheart / December 11, 2013

Starting this January, Scaling Up will bring together a group of 6-18 farmers with about 4 -7 years of experience who are seeking to grow their operations and plan for long-term viability. Participants convene for a series of two-day sessions hosted at the Copake Agricultural Center in Copake, NY, in which they will refine business…

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Don't Forget to Stop by the 5th Annual Local Fair!

By Rachel Whiteheart / November 19, 2013

Where: Mann LibraryLobby, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY When: Thursday Nov. 21st, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. There will be a lively open market in the Mann Lobby offering a variety of products from the Finger Lakes region, as well as displays highlighting initiatives contributing to healthy, resilient communities. In collaboration with several campus and…

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Help us make more Small Farm Videos!

By Violet Stone / November 11, 2013

Nearly a million people have watched the videos on our YouTube channel demonstrating how successful small farmers grow food. Now you can help the excellent videographer behind these clips, Peter Carroll Productions, produce more videos by contributing to his Indiegogo campaign  “Small Farm Videos: Learn How Successful Small Farms Produce Good Food.” He has uncut footage of all…

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Upcoming Conference: Harvesting Opportunities in New York

By / November 5, 2013

American Farmland Trust Hosts Harvesting Opportunities Conference November 20, 2013 Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, New York The future for protecting farmland in New York will be a primary focus of the upcoming Harvesting Opportunities in New York conference that will be held on November 20 in Albany. The conference focuses on growing local food economies and protecting farmland.…

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Apply Now for Sustainable Agriculture Funding!

By Rachel Whiteheart / October 30, 2013

Are you a farmer with a new idea you would like to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, or other technique? Are you an educator looking to conduct research with farmers as active cooperators? Are you a community member aiming to connect sustainable farming with community revitalization? If you answered “YES” to any of…

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Celebrate the vibrancy of the Finger Lakes region at the 2013 Local Fair!

By / October 30, 2013

The 2013 Local Fair November 21, 2013 at Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Pre-register deadline October 31: The 2013 Local Fair @ Cornell is sponsored by the Albert R. Mann Library,Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Cornell Small Farms Program and Farmers’ Market at Cornell. The goals of the Fair are to: Celebrate the productivity and ingenuity…

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Lengthen the Life of Your Garden Tools This Winter!

By / October 28, 2013

Clinic on Caring for Garden Hand Tools Before Winter LIBERTY, NY— Gardening season has concluded for the year but before being stored for the winter, hand tools should receive some tender love and care.  A hands-on clinic on garden hand tool end-of-season maintenance will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm with…

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