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Summer 2020 Quarterly Cover, featuring an image of a flower with a honeybee

Summer 2020

By Talia Isaacson / July 20, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the arrival of the Summer 2020 edition of the Small Farms Quarterly. In this issue, we feature an introduction to solar grazing, the first installment of a series on raising beef cattle on a small farm, and reflections on a few positive effects of the COVID-19…

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A handful of garlic with flowers in the background

Secrets of Storing Garlic

By Petra Page-Mann / July 20, 2020

The storage life of your garlic is a complex equation. I love eating garlic all season long. I’ve let untold bulbs of garlic sprout, shrivel and mold over the years. My hope for this article is to save you time, money and heartache, so here is how to store garlic well, for seasons to come.…

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Andri Goncarovs, left, co-founder of Finger Lakes Harvest (FLH), talks with Catharine Young, executive director of the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture.

Cornell AgriTech Center Helps Business Adapt to COVID-19

By Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty / July 20, 2020

While many businesses in the New York state food industry have been physically closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for their products has not stopped. Cornell AgriTech’s Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture (COE) has been helping food and ag businesses adapt to the COVID-19 economy with new marketing strategies and by…

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Calves and their mothers in a pasture

What’s Your Beef?

By Rich Taber / July 20, 2020

So you think that you would like to raise some beef cattle on your small farm? This is the first installment of a multi-part series of articles on raising beef cattle on the small farm. In this series of articles in the Small Farms Quarterly, I will outline many of the topic areas that you…

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2020 Summer SFQ – Editor’s Letter

By Anu Rangarajan / July 20, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cornell Small Farms Program has been sending messages and guidance about building resilience to the stresses this virus has created. It has required many of us to learn new skills, adapt and change our marketing approaches quickly, and pivot our own vision of how we farm. These messages have emphasized how we are…

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A Community Wide Call to Veterans

By Nina Saeli / July 20, 2020

As you reflect on your community and your role in that community, think of how you can best serve during this time of pandemic crisis.   Army veterans are considered ‘Soldiers for Life’, and we have been charged with the mission to ‘Tell the Army Story’. No matter your branch of service, Army, Navy, Air…

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Guardian Dogs for Sheep

By Ulf Kintzel  / July 20, 2020

Guarding means that the dog views the livestock as members of its own pack.   In 2011, I wrote an article for the Small Farms Quarterly about “Livestock Guardian Dogs.” In the past nine years I gained many additional insights and had new experiences, which I want to share in this new article. A heavy…

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A volunteer shows off one of his handsewn masks.

Cornell Farmworker Program Mobilizes Protections for NY Farmworkers

By Kelly Merchan / July 20, 2020

Supporting NY farmworkers with masks, COVID-19 information and Q&A with Mary Jo Dudley.   More than 55,000 farmworkers across New York play critical roles sustaining the local and global food supply. Many of these essential workers – who often live in close quarters and work side by side – have continued to work without face…

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A canopy of cherry trees, subcanopy of raspberries, and groundcover of dandelion and chives in Unadilla Community Farm’s food forest.

Breaking Ground with Dynamic Accumulators

By Greta Zarro / July 20, 2020

New research helps to support the popular permaculture practice.   Since the term was first introduced in the 1980s, the use of dynamic accumulators on the permaculture homestead has become a common practice. Across all climates and regions of the world, permaculture practitioners have been sharing their successes using a wide range of plants to…

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Graham Savio, CCE Tompkins Ag Team Leader, speaks to volunteers before unloading a truck of hand sanitizer and masks destined for Tompkins County farms.

Identifying Risk is the First Step to Managing It

By Mary Kate Wheeler / July 20, 2020

Not only is risk unavoidable in agriculture, but managing it well is an essential function of any farm operation.   Most of us live in a culture that values comfort and control. Modern technologies give us the ability to meet our basic needs and modify our environments from the convenience of our living rooms. We…

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