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Editor’s Letter, Spring 2023

By Anu Rangarajan / April 3, 2023

  Dear farmers and friends,    Over the last few years, the Cornell Small Farms Program has been growing in both staff and program areas.  With this growth comes an…

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Red clover has the added benefit of being relatively drought resistant. Ulf Kintzel / White Clover Sheep Farm

Pasture Mix for Sheep

By Ulf Kintzel  / April 3, 2023

What grass and legume species are liked by sheep and are easily established?  A recurring question I receive is the one of what grass and legume species to choose when…

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A Path to Farm Community

By Violet Stone / April 3, 2023

The Cornell Small Farms Program’s “Reconnecting with Purpose – A Renewal Experience for NY Farm and Food System Educators and Change Makers” fosters a welcoming and trustworthy space for participants…

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Ancient Farming Strategy Holds Promise for Climate Resilience

By Susan Kelley / April 3, 2023

“Duragna” is a mix of wheat and barley, and sometimes other grains too, planted together rather than one type of grain sown in orderly rows.  Morgan Ruelle, M.S. ’10, Ph.D.…

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Smart Marketing for Specialty Mushrooms

By Steve Gabriel / April 3, 2023

Results from a 2021 survey of specialty mushroom growers around the USA offer an interesting glimpse into this growing industry. By Kristen Park and Steve Gabriel  In January 2021, the…

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Stress Management Through… a Decision-Making Framework?

By Erica Frenay / April 3, 2023

Farmers are particularly susceptible to both chronic and acute stress, and one underappreciated strategy for reducing this stress load is our mindset and approach to decision-making.   What causes you to…

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Cornell, CCE Responding to Farming Mental Health Crisis

By Melissa Jo Hill / April 3, 2023

As the nature of farming can lead to feelings of social isolation, it is important that farmers feel like they have people to talk to about their issues.  Nicole Tommell…

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Outreach Supports Black Rural Landowners in Northeast

By James Dean / April 3, 2023

Black land owners account for just ~1% of private Northeast forestland.  For Sydney Antonio, a love of forests took root during childhood summers visiting upstate New York, where she and…

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News from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Spring 2023

By Kacey Deamer / April 3, 2023

Welcoming a New Team Members to the Small Farms Program   The Cornell Small Farms Program team continues to grow, and we recently welcomed our newest team members, Sarah Bassman and Tim W.…

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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…

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