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CCE Chenango Begins Work on Statewide Value Added Forest Products Initiative

By Tara Hammonds / April 3, 2017

Farmers and woodland owners have opportunities to generate income from their woodlands. by Rich Taber CCE Chenango has received a grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute “Increased Farm Viability and Diversification through Value Added Forest Products”.  The impetus for this project was due to the fact that 66% of New York Farms (23,576)…

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Winter squash on beds

Reduced Tillage on Permanent Beds

By Ryan Maher / March 10, 2017

Permanent bed systems can help small farms improve soils and reduce tillage for a diversity of crops. Learn how farmers are adopting these systems and hear research results on how tillage, mulching and tarping practices can impact your weed control, labor use, and crop productivity. Ryan Maher and Brian Caldwell – Cornell University, Mark Hutton – University…

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Veteran Trainings in Agroforestry in 2017

By Dean Koyanagi / January 11, 2017

Cornell Small Farms offer Statewide Agroforestry Trainings for Veterans in 2017 The Cornell Small Farms Program, with support from New York State and the USDA, announces three trainings in agroforestry this coming Winter and Spring to support Veterans looking to get into agricultural production. Agroforestry includes farming practices that combine trees and forests with crop…

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Are You a Farmer Seeking New Markets? Join us in Cooperstown, NY

By Violet Stone / November 28, 2016

Are You a Farmer Seeking New Markets? Start Selling to Food Hubs, Groceries, Restaurants and Cooperatives Are you looking to diversify sales beyond the farmers market, CSA and farm stand?    Food hubs, grocery stores, restaurants and cooperatives are looking for your products to meet growing consumer demand for local and sustainably-grown food.  Yet, doing successful…

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Small Scale No-Till Vegetables at Seeds of Solidarity Farm

By Claire Cekander / October 3, 2016

by Brian Caldwell and Ryan Maher Mulches and tarps combine to build active soils and suppress weeds. In 1996, Ricky Baruc and Deb Habib moved to 30 acres of forested land in Orange, MA.  Roughly 5 acres of woods over uneven, rocky soil were logged and cleared in preparation for a house, farm and teaching center. …

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2016-17 Baskets to Pallets Farmer Trainings

By Violet Stone / September 29, 2016

Farmer Buyer Mixer, Brown’s Brewing, Troy, NY March 6th, 2017.  3:00pm – 6:00pm Farmers that complete either a Baskets to Pallets trainings or a FINYS training will be invited to meet wholesale buyers at a Farmer-Buyer Mixer at Revolution Hall (Brown’s Brewery) in Troy, NY on March 6th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.  The Mixer will provide…

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A Vegetable Farm Covered in Green

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

by Brian Caldwell Blue Heron Farm uses grass strips and cover crops to improve soils, increase productivity The arrangement of vegetable fields into a bed layout with permanent growing areas and separate wheeltracks (alleys) has several advantages.  In contrast to systems in which beds are re-formed every year, compaction from tractor tires is confined to…

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Now Available: Baskets to Pallets Teaching Manual

By Claire Cekander / June 22, 2016

The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the new Baskets to Pallets Teaching Manual (1st Edition).  The 16 lesson plans in the Manual are intended for an audience of small and mid-scale farmers in New York and the Northeast, who have been primarily direct marketing, but who are seeking to explore wholesale markets — specifically groceries, food…

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Educators: Register Now for 'Baskets to Pallets' Statewide Training

By Violet Stone / March 7, 2016

Are you an agricultural educator or service provider in New York State interested in supporting farmers seeking to enter food hubs, groceries, restaurants or cooperatives? The Cornell Small Farms Program and Northeast SARE are pleased to announce a new statewide professional development opportunity. ‘Baskets to Pallets: Preparing Small and Mid-sized Farmers to Enter Food Hubs,…

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Learn to grow mushrooms at 11th Annual Camp Mushroom

By Steve Gabriel / January 15, 2016

June 3 – 4 Hidden Valley Camp, Watkins Glen NY Friday 5 – 9pm, Saturday 9 am – 4pm Camp Mushroom is Cornell University’s annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms. This year marks the 11th year of the…

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