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Be Well Farming: A Retreat Experience for Farmers

By Violet Stone / October 8, 2021

How do we feed and care for ourselves while we feed others? What types of practices and connections support us to be our best selves in the challenging work of managing a farm business? Most farms focus on two of the three pillars of sustainability: economic and environmental. What is often overlooked is the third…

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Farm Ops Application: BF 120 Veggie Farming, Part I

By Nina Saeli / October 4, 2021

This application is closed. Please view our Farm Ops Event Series page to see upcoming opportunities for veterans.

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Our Summer of Reduced Tillage Research in Photos

By Ryan Maher / October 4, 2021

The Cornell Small Farms Program continues to document our on-farm trials on tarping practices for organic vegetables. What’s happening under tarps? How are weeds and soils changing? How do they fit in a vegetable rotation with less tillage? And how do we handle and troubleshoot the shortcomings? The current work of the Cornell Small Farms…

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How We’re Building a Strong NYS Agricultural Industry with Current and Future Programs

By Nicole Waters / October 1, 2021

As the Winter season approaches, we would like to share information on existing and upcoming programs currently available to fruit producers. We welcome the opportunity for collaboration and adaptation to NYS’s vegetable producers and service providers. The Cornell Small Farms Program is currently recruiting for the Winter 2022 Futuro Financiero course! The Futuro Financiero course…

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Farm Ops Application: BF101 Starting at Square One

By Nina Saeli / August 20, 2021

This is an application is closed. Please view our Farm Ops Event Series page to see upcoming opportunities for veterans.  

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In the News: Our Logs to NYC Program Sets Sail with Sail Freight Ship Apollonia

By Delia Guilbert / August 13, 2021

Our Specialty Mushroom project’s new Logs to NYC effort, which connects New York City-based mushroom growers with resources from upstate, recently partnered with the Apollonia, a sail freight ship, to transport logs for their mushroom classes into the city. This maiden voyage of Logs to NYC was featured in an article from Civil Eats. The…

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Reconnecting with Purpose Program Welcomes Applicants

By Violet Stone / August 9, 2021

As farm and food system educators or change makers working alongside rural and urban farm communities, we face enormous challenges to our efforts to support improved livelihoods of those we serve. While we may design focused educational programs or convene groups to work towards change, our work can become daunting. Over time, we may find…

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New Mushroom Project Partnership Sails Logs Downstream to NYC

By Steve Gabriel / August 1, 2021

On July 24 our Specialty Mushroom project’s Logs to NYC effort held a kickoff event with The Mushroom Shed at the Hudson River Maritime Museum to teach 25 participants how to grow shiitake mushrooms on logs and oyster mushrooms on cardboard and coffee grounds. Participants also helped load about 275 oak and maple logs onto the Schooner…

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Be Well July Letter: The Role of Listening Communication on the Farm

By Violet Stone / July 9, 2021

Dear farming and earth-tending friends, We are thinking of you during these hot and humid July days.  Hope you are finding some moments for rest, especially in the cool evening breeze. Our theme this month is “Communication on the Farm”.  We offered several workshops on this topic over the winter and spaces filled early, which…

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Shiitake Mushroom Logs Headed to NYC via the Schooner Apollonia Sailboat

By Steve Gabriel / July 6, 2021

For thousands of years, mushrooms have been grown on hardwood logs from sustainably managed forest lands. Their origins trace to parts of China, Korea, and Japan. Shiitake cultivation on logs is one of the oldest known forms of agriculture. Today, log cultivation is increasingly rare, replaced by technology and now many shiitake in the US…

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