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SFP Program News

By Kacey Deamer / October 7, 2019

The New Online Home of Cornell Small Farms Program As we first announced in the Summer 2019 issue of the Small Farms Quarterly, we have been working on some major updates to our communications efforts, and are excited to finally share the results! In August we launched our new website, designed with our new logo…

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Confidently Hosting a Farm Tour – What’s Your “Why Bother”?

By Katelyn Walley-Stoll / October 7, 2019

Let’s face it. You probably didn’t go into farming to wear 25+ hats every day – ranging from accountant to mechanic, nutritionist to human resources manager, and electrician to professional “Google-er”. It’s likely that “Consumer Relations and Marketing Expert” didn’t even make it into your pile of hats. You might even be rolling your eyes…

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How to Determine Fair Farmland Rental Rates

By Mary Kate Wheeler / October 7, 2019

Three approaches to help you answer the question: what is the right rental rate for farmland? Agricultural renters and landowners alike seem to struggle with the same question: what is the right rental rate for agricultural property? I commonly hear this question from beginning farmers seeking land. Yet, just as frequently, it comes from landowners…

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Fall 2019

By Kelsie Raucher / October 7, 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the arrival of the Fall 2019 edition of the Small Farms Quarterly. In this issue, we feature stories about developing a community of ocean farmers, determining fair farmland rates, and managing woodlands to improve wildlife habitat. You can read articles from the Fall 2019 Quarterly online…

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Managing Woodlands to Improve Wildlife Habitat

By Peter Smallidge / October 7, 2019

Manipulations of the trees can create new and varied habitats for wildlife. Most landowners own their land for a variety of reasons, though at any point in time one objective might be of more interest than other objectives. For many woodland owners, they are interested in seeing more wildlife, whether as birds or game species,…

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SFQ Fall 2019 Seaweed Shellfish Farmer

Developing a community of ocean farmers for healthy seas, healthy food, and healthy economies

By Lee Rinehart / October 7, 2019

Small-scale ocean farming is restorative and provides valuable ecosystem services through nutrient extraction and carbon sequestration. There are opportunities to put skilled, entrepreneurial people to work for a more sustainable, less exploiting use of the sea. I boarded the skiff with my camera strapped to my neck to keep it from plunging into the depths…

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Specialty Mushroom Project Expands to Serve Diverse Urban and Rural Growers

By Steve Gabriel / October 7, 2019

Interest in specialty mushrooms (defined as any non-button variety) from both farmers and consumers is growing rapidly, with demand increasing by 4% annually in the U.S. Given the flexible scale of production systems, mushrooms are well positioned for production by a diverse range of small and mid-sized farmers in urban and rural settings. With funding…

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New software helps plant breeders bring out their best

By Melanie Lefkowitz / October 7, 2019

Broccoli is in the eye of the beholder. A head of broccoli that might appeal to one person – perhaps because of its deep green color – may leave another cold, due to an asymmetrical shape or too-large buds. Cornell researchers participating in the Eastern Broccoli Project, which aims to produce broccoli varieties suited to grow…

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Food for Thought: Farm-to-School Feeds Students, Communities

By Chris Watkins / October 7, 2019

Cornell Cooperative Extension is part of a statewide network working to bring fresh, locally-sourced food to students while supporting local farmers and food producers. In counties across New York, farm-to-school (F2S) programs are connecting K-12 students with much-needed healthy food. Through F2S, students have reliable access to fresh, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables and other farm…

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A Brief History of the Pig in the United States

By Jason Detzel / October 7, 2019

From a few pigs brought over on a ship to the estimated 5 million pigs currently residing in the U.S., we explore the brief and fascinating history of how and why the hog has become an integral part of our agricultural landscape and why there has been a resurgence in demand for pasture raised pork.…

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