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Assessing Woodlands for Silvopasture

By Brett Chedzoy / July 4, 2022

Silvopasture is a land-management system that simultaneously focuses on the sustainable and integrated production of trees, forage and livestock. By Brett Chedzoy and Peter Smallidge There are examples in New York and the Northeast for the use of almost all types of livestock including poultry, small ruminants such as sheep or goats, and larger ruminants…

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Editor’s Letter – 2022 Summer Small Farms Quarterly

By Anu Rangarajan / July 4, 2022

Dear farmers and friends, “No one should lose their lives while shopping for food,” as stated in the media advisory we share in this issue, co-created by Food For the Spirit and other Black-led organizations in New York State to call for an end to white supremacy, white nationalism and anti-blackness. The Small Farms Program’s Equity and…

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Farm Ops’ Cohort Learning Sessions Bring Veterans Together to Talk Ag

By Nina Saeli / July 4, 2022

During the Small Farm Program’s online course season, Farm Ops, our military veteran project, provided veterans with free enrollment into select on-line courses and conducted veteran learning cohort sessions to supplement the course material. It is commonly known that military veterans are drawn towards opportunities to learn and train together, but in early 2020 when…

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Some Fencing and Grazing Considerations for Beef Cattle

By Rich Taber / July 4, 2022

In part nine of our “What’s Your Beef?” series on raising cattle on small farms, we share grazing experiences that has been learned about and adapted over the years. In this installment I am going to highlight some of the grazing experiences that I have learned about and adapted over the years. In the grazing…

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Cornell Garden-Based Learning Sets Sights on Food Forests

By Hannah Rae Warren / July 4, 2022

New Food Forest Trial Garden Project will support the development of edible perennial landscapes for new audiences. Food Forests, also known as Edible Forests, sees community growers cultivating edible perennial plants, such as fruit and nut trees, berries, roots and flowers etc. in an arrangement that is functional, productive, and often aesthetically pleasing. This is…

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Futuro en Ag (Español)

By Mildred Alvarado / July 4, 2022

Apoyamos la Educación y el Acceso a la Información en Español Gabino Bautista, un agricultor principiante de la región del Valle del Hudson, asiste a clases mensuales como parte del proyecto Futuro en Ag, recibiendo lecciones semanales y motivación de sus compañeros de clase mientras aprende a establecer un sistema de registro financiero de su…

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Program Donates Vegetable Starts to Underserved Families

By Craig Cramer / July 4, 2022

More than 250 underserved (and often food-insecure) Ithaca-area families have the opportunity to grow some of their own food with help from a Cornell University horticulture research program. It’s that time of year, when New York gardeners are bringing home tomato starts and other vegetables to transplant into their gardens. This season, more than 250…

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New York Soil Health and Partners Announce 2022 Field Day Series

By New York State Soil Health Initiative / July 4, 2022

NY Soil Health Working Group, NY Soil Health Initiative announce 2022 Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Field Day Series. Mark your calendars for ten field days across the state that will focus on principles and practices related to building soil health and climate resiliency on farms. “Soil health field days bring together farmers, agricultural professionals, and researchers…

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Buying a Ram for Breeding Purposes

By Ulf Kintzel  / July 4, 2022

Discover what traits to look for in a ram. A German proverb states: “The ram is half the flock.” Since a ram can breed dozens of ewes during a breeding season, his quality is more important than the quality of any individual ewe in that same flock. Yet, the purchase of a ram is for…

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Solar Grazing Project Combines Renewable Energy and Agriculture

By Daniella Garcia Almeida / July 4, 2022

Solar energy developers and farmers need land to operate, and a Cornell research project aims to demonstrate how co-locating solar arrays on farmland can be an environmentally friendly way to benefit both the renewable energy and agriculture industries. In 2019 the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act set a goal to reach 70% renewable energy in New…

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