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Farmer Veterans: Starting at Square One

By Nina Saeli / April 3, 2023

Military service generates multiple transitions points for veterans, and these experiences can support a veteran’s transition into agriculture.   The life transition into the military begins the day individuals raise their right hand. On that day, a person becomes one of a small percentage of Americans, who enter military service. Not to sound dramatic but just…

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Give Stocker Beef Cattle a Chance

By Rich Taber / April 3, 2023

In part 12 of our “What’s Your Beef?” series on raising cattle on small farms, we share how stocker cattle can provide a quick, easy way to get into the beef industry without a huge investment.  If you are new to farming, or just want to take a break from the normal paradigm of raising…

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Tarps, Mulch, and Timing: No-Till Tools to Rob the Weed Seedbank

By Stephen Stresow / April 3, 2023

Research shows how the legacy of tarping and mulching can lead to fewer weeds in no–till vegetables. By Stephen Stresow and Ryan Maher The Woes of Weeding  One of the persistent challenges for organic vegetable farmers is managing weeds.  These floral foes emerge each season from the weed seedbank–a collection of all the weed seeds…

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Establishing a Vibrant On-Farm Market 

By Avery MacLean / April 3, 2023

Marketing at Red Wing Farm grew from a farm stand into a community corner-stone.  In the first segment of this three-part series, I wrote about how my partner and I established a small market garden, Red Wing Farm, as college students. In this segment I will detail how we were able to establish a vibrant…

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Growing Latino Leadership in Suffolk County with Futuro en Ag

By Mildred Alvarado / April 3, 2023

Something peculiar was happening at the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Futuro en Ag farm management skills course in Suffolk County in January. The flowers set out in the conference room stayed in pristine condition throughout the course – they didn’t show signs of stress even after several days. We finally discovered why. By Mildred Alvarado,…

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Crece el liderazgo agrícola latino en el condado de Suffolk con Futuro en Ag (Español)

By Mildred Alvarado / April 3, 2023

Ocurría algo peculiar en el curso de desarrollo de liderazgo agrícola de Futuro en Ag de Cornell Small Farms Program, celebrado en enero en el condado de Suffolk. Las flores colocadas en la sala de conferencia se mantuvieron en condiciones impecables durante todo el curso: no mostraron signos de estrés ni siquiera después de varios…

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8 Things to Think About – Farm Diversification and Enterprise Analysis

By Katelyn Walley-Stoll / April 3, 2023

Have you ever had a dream about adding of changing something on your farm, homestead, or business? Here’s what you need to consider.  Have you ever made a decision without making a budget first? Have you ever planted or grown or raised something without knowing who you were going to sell it to? Have you…

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Introduction to Sheep Breeds

By Ulf Kintzel  / January 16, 2023

Where does your sheep breed come from originally? There are many different sheep breeds worldwide. Their many different looks, sizes and production records were shaped by their purpose and by the environment in which they were bred and raised. In this article I attempt an introduction to the history of sheep breeds.   Wool Sheep…

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Farmer Veteran Allison Lavine’s Pathway to Farming

By Bailey Colvin / January 6, 2023

Farmer veteran, Allison Lavine, recounts the path that led her from civilian life, to the military, to her current career as a farmer at ZiegenVine Homestead. Since 2014, Allison Lavine and her husband have owned and operated ZiegenVine Homestead in Savona, NY. The name ‘ZiegenVine’ is derived from their last names. ‘Ziegen’ means goat in…

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News from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Fall 2022

By Kacey Deamer / October 3, 2022

Register Now for Our 2022-2023 Online Course Season, Featuring New Courses Are you looking to improve your technical or business skills to benefit your farming operation? The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce that our upcoming online course season will begin live webinars this fall, and will feature new courses to offer even…

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