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No Till, Permanent Beds for Organic Vegetables

By Tara Hammonds / January 11, 2016

by Brian Caldwell & Ryan Maher Four Winds Farm mulches with compost to suppress weeds and improve their soil. Jay and Polly Armour bought a rundown farm in 1988, with the idea of growing organic vegetables for sale.  Their first production garden was an old horse paddock, which had been trodden down for many years. …

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Learn about Farm Scale Commercials Mushroom Production

By Tara Hammonds / January 7, 2016

Farm Scale Mushroom Cultivation (BF 150) Growing Shiitake and Other Mushrooms for Fun and Profit an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Tues. February 23 – March 29, 2016, with webinars held each Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00pm. http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/woodland-mushroom-cultivation-bf-150/ Mushrooms are an emerging niche crop with many benefits, including improving farmer stewardship of forested…

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Getting Started Right for Successful Ginseng Production

By Bob Beyfuss / October 5, 2015

Commercial ginseng production has a long history and affiliation with Cornell University. I have a collection of Cornell publications dating from as early as 1904 on topics as specific as “Phytopthora Root Rot of Ginseng” and as general as “Diseases of Ginseng”. At one time, circa 1910, there were as many as 5,000 ginseng farms…

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2015 BFLN Meeting – NYS Veterans in Agriculture Program

By Dean Koyanagi / September 8, 2015

October 26th, 2015 – The Century House, Latham, NY This meeting brought together over 50 agriculture and military service providers to network and learn from each other about how to best serve military veterans in New York State who are interested in careers in agriculture. The agenda included an overview of the pathways that people…

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Lion's Mane: A new candidate for profitable forest mushroom cultivation

By Tara Hammonds / April 6, 2015

by Ken Mudge Forest cultivation of shiitake mushrooms has become one of the most important non- timber forest crops in the Northeast. Well-established methods of cultivation, along with strong market demand for log cultivated shiitake, have made it a fairly reliable crop for experienced as well as beginning forest farmers. Yet, Shiitake is only one…

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Small Farms, New Markets: Webinar Series Illuminates how Farmers and Buyers Connect

By Violet Stone / March 30, 2015

Webinar Series Illuminates how Farmers and Buyers Connect In recent years, a variety of new wholesale opportunities have opened to small and mid-sized farmers.  Whether its a brick and mortar venue such as a food hub, distributor or grocery store, or a virtual venue such as an online marketplace, these new avenues provide countless new…

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2014 Veterans in Ag Summit

By Dean Koyanagi / November 15, 2014

Veterans in NY Agriculture Summit On November 6th, 2014, the Cornell Small Farms Program hosted the NY Veterans in Agriculture Summit at the NYS State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The Summit was attended by veterans in NY agriculture, or organizations interested in, or currently serving farmer veterans. About the Veterans in Ag Summit The Veterans Summit  offered attendees…

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2014 Small Farm Summit

By Kacey Deamer / March 24, 2014

About the 2014 NY Small Farms Summit On March 24th,  the Cornell Small Farms Program hosted the 4th NY Small Farms Summit.  The full day program, Beyond Direct Marketing: Exploring New Ways to Sell, featured small farmers’ perspectives on the pros and cons of selling wholesale. Morning presentations included vegetable farmer Darren Maum of Salvere Farm,…

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Small Farmers: Is it Time to Add a Bigger Market?

By Violet Stone / March 18, 2014

Statewide meeting March 24th features farmers’ perspectives on food hubs, grocery stores, restaurants & more…. The practice of direct-marketing — selling products face-to-face via farmers markets, CSA’s or farm stands — has traditionally been attractive to small farmers because it cuts out the ‘middle man’, leaving all the revenue in the farmers’ pocket.  It can…

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Growing Mushrooms for Fun and Profit

By Rebecca Hargrave / April 4, 2010

  In the Fall 2009 issue of Small Farms Quarterly, Mike Farrell wrote an introductory article on some agroforestry topics, including maple syrup production and nuts. There are dozens of other crops that can be farmed in the understory of a forest including ginseng, floral and ornamental crops, specialty wood products, fruits, and mushrooms. Most…

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