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2. Mycology 101

By Anna Birn / April 22, 2020

2. Mycology 101 : Mushroom Life Cycle   In North America, button, crimini, and portobello (Agaricus bisporus) are the most commonly cultivated mushrooms, making up 92% of mushroom production. (USDA-NASS, 2018) All other species of “edible” mushrooms are considered specialty mushrooms. Of the thousands of species in this category, a very small amount are cultivated,…

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Specialty Mushroom Cultivation

By Anna Birn / April 20, 2020

Specialty Mushroom Cultivation in the Northeast United States Download the Specialty Mushroom Cultivation PDF Table of Contents   Introduction  Mycology 101: Mushroom life cycle Defining the Specialty Mushroom Industry I. The Past II. The Now III. The Future Three Sectors of the Specialty Mushroom Industry Using Mushrooms to Solve Community Challenges Visit www.FungiAlly.com and www.CornellMushrooms.org for…

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Using Online Marketing to Build Resilience

By Kacey Deamer / April 16, 2020

Offering guidance on how to sell online to help build your farm’s resilience through this pandemic. Many of you have already geared up to be doing sales differently this year. Whether you are running your farmers market booth with new physical distancing practices, or have joined with other farmers to sell your products via direct…

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Share Your Experiences in Online Marketing

By Kacey Deamer / April 16, 2020

Please share your experience using an online marketing platform for your farm, we would love to hear your review. We will collate your stories and comments to share in a few weeks. Your experiences will help others think through which platform might best work for their situation.

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Financial Resources, Grants and Other Support to Build Resilience

By Kacey Deamer / April 9, 2020

Sharing grants, loans or legal support to help farmers build their own resilience through this pandemic. Over the last few weeks, you have been asked to consider many new practices and strategies to build resilience of your farm in the face of COVID-19. You have probably had to learn some new skills, like setting up…

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Building Resilience With Labor and Workforce Planning

By Kacey Deamer / April 2, 2020

Offering a curated list of resources on labor and workforce issues for farmers and employees to navigate COVID-19. Whether you hire labor or rely on your family to support a farm’s operations, or you work on a farm, you need to be prepared for the possibility that you or others working beside you may fall…

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Active Learning Calendar for Virtual Opportunities and Webinars

By Kacey Deamer / March 31, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program team has created this new calendar dedicated to the various webinars and other virtual learning opportunities being offered during this time of physical distancing. If you have an event to add, email us a brief description with the event details. We have also added to our farm resilience resource page,…

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Active Learning to Build Resilience During COVID-19

By Kacey Deamer / March 31, 2020

Offering you news, resources and opportunities to develop farm skills during this time of physical distancing. Like farming, learning is, at its core, an optimistic act.  When we set out to learn something new, we are making a pact with the future. We may have many different goals for our active learning, such as improving…

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How to Build Market Resilience

By Kacey Deamer / March 20, 2020

Update 3/31/20: The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmers’ Markets. News, resources and opportunities to help you access markets and reach customers to ensure local food security. New York State issued a statement that farms growing food, farmers’ markets and farm stands (CSAs included) are essential businesses,…

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Building Farm Resilience During COVID-19

By Kacey Deamer / March 19, 2020

Here we are offering ideas on how we can take care of ourselves, our farms, and our local communities. These resources offer support on the various aspects of farming during a crisis, with a focus on the current COVID-19 pandemic. This content was curated in partnership with educators, researchers and others. It will be consistently…

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