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Avoiding Summer Risks on Pasture

By Violet Stone / July 1, 2013

Small Dairy Educator Fay Benson and the South Central Dairy Team have scheduled three pasture walks designed to show how New York Farmers are using management practices to to mitigate summer challenges..  Farmers who graze their livestock know that May and June are the best months for grazing in the Northeast. Grazing is still good for…

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From Recipe to Market: Workshop for New Food Entrepreneurs

By Violet Stone / June 18, 2013

A one-day workshop, “From Recipe to Market” for new food entrepreneurs will take place Monday, July 22, 8:30am-4:30pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY.  Presented in collaboration with the New York State Food Venture Center.  Is your recipe ready to go to market? If your goal is to launch a specialty…

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Are you interested in growing grains? Upcoming event: Re-inventing the Hudson Valley Breadbasket

By / June 5, 2013

Join us Monday, June 24, 2013. 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Migliorelli Farm, Red Hook, NY. This special event features: A tour of Cornell’s Hudson Valley regional wheat and barley variety trials Dr. Mark Sorrels will discuss Cornell’s initiative to develop regionally-adapted small grains varieties for local and specialty markets A discussion of small grains…

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Wash Station Grant Available to Orange Cty (NY) Growers

By Violet Stone / June 4, 2013

Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC, is soliciting proposals from fruit and vegetable producers in Orange County, NY for a funding opportunity to build new or improve existing produce washing stations. The aim of this funding program is to improve labor efficiency, enhance food safety and increase profitability through enhanced on-farm infrastructure. Up to $2,500 in…

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Rainy day? Watch Sustainable Farm Energy Webinars Online Anytime!

By Violet Stone / May 13, 2013

Rainy day? Watch Sustainable Farm Energy Webinars Online Anytime! Need a break from Spring planting?  If you missed any of the lunchtime webinars in the “New Generation Energy: Sustainable Power for Your Farm & Homestead” series this past March-April, you can stream them online anytime by visiting  Learn more about passive solar, radiant heat, solar…

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Soil as a Foundation for Health & Resilience

By Violet Stone / April 29, 2013

Happening Tuesday April 30, 2013, 3 – 4:30pm in Mann Library, Room 102.  A panel presentation and discussion exploring soil as a critical foundation for the health and resilience of people, farms, communities, and the planet. The Cornell Soil Health Test will be presented as a holistic assessment tool, demonstrating collaboration and knowledge exchange between researcher, outreach, and practitioner.…

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Media workshop teaches farmers to tell their stories

By Violet Stone / April 19, 2013

Valerie Walthert is more than a farmer; she’s also a manager, marketer and agrarian advocate. “One of our biggest challenges is educating consumers, so now, more than ever, it’s key to communicate well and get the right message out there,” Walthert said. She’s not alone. The role of modern-day farmer has evolved to incorporate much…

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Inclusive Community Development & Sustainable Livelihoods: The Wealth Creation Approach

By Violet Stone / April 15, 2013

The Wealth Creation in Rural Communities framework is a place-based systems approach to rural development that aims to restore, create and maintain wealth in low wealth areas by simultaneously improving economic, environmental and social conditions.  On Wednesday April 17, Cornell alum Shanna Ratner, a leading practitioner, will share its principles and the transformative opportunities it offers for community…

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Milking what it's worth: Supply, demand affect farmers' push for yogurt business

By Violet Stone / April 8, 2013

This article was shared by our small dairy educator Fay Benson…..If local dairy farmers are going to benefit from consumers’ growing love affair with yogurt, something’s got to give. With upstate yogurt facilities owned by Chobani and Fage expanding and a new plant coming online this summer in western New York, it would seem demand…

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Is Wind Energy Right for Your Farm

By Mark Mayhew / March 27, 2013

  If you are a farmer in New York considering wind energy, financial assistance and guidance is available from the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  NYSERDA’s is a public benefit corporation whose aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources,…

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