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Cornell-Inspired NY Soil Law Buoys Climate-Change Resilience

By Blaine Friedlander / April 4, 2022

New laws, supported by Cornell Research, will help New York farmers adapt to the effects of climate change by implementing sustainable management practices on their farms. They will also expand current programs aimed at training farmers in these practices. When winter melts into the upcoming agricultural planting season, New York growers will get a boost…

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Farm Ops Expanding to Reach Military Veterans

By Nina Saeli / April 4, 2022

The Cornell Small Farms Program’s veterans in agriculture project is working with local Cornell Cooperative Extensions to in-person workshops. For the first time since March 2020, when the COVID pandemic swept across NYS, the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Farm Ops project brought military veterans together for three in-person workshops beginning in October 2021. Although still…

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Virtual Reality Farm Tour Expands Access to Urban Agriculture

By Krishna Ramanujan / April 4, 2022

The pandemic has hindered farm visits and peer-to-peer learning between farmers, which were already difficult to arrange. A new Virtual Reality urban farm tour aims to change that. One way farmers learn best practices is through their peers, but the pandemic has limited in-person meetings. And when it comes to urban farming, a growing practice…

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News from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Spring 2022

By Kacey Deamer / April 4, 2022

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce the expansion of our team with three new additions! In our growing efforts to serve the Spanish-speaking farmer community, we have Mildred Alvarado and Hannah Rae Warren joining our LatinX farmer project. Mildred grew up on a small subsistence farm in western Honduras and has followed…

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From Bats to Bears, Program Protects NYS Wildlife from Disease

By Melanie Greaver Cordova / April 4, 2022

Incidents of insect-borne diseases in wild animals, like deer, are becoming increasingly common, which can then lead to outbreaks in domestic animals. The Wildlife Health Program is tasked with tracking these outbreaks and translating them into policy, which benefits everyone. The storm in fall 2020 brought more than just torrents of wind and rain. Biting…

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New Findings Further the Study of Dynamic Accumulators

By Ben Tyler / April 4, 2022

A new on-farm study in Central New York sheds light on the potential applications for dynamic accumulator plants for Northeast farmers and growers. By Ben Tyler and Greta Zarro As permaculture principles gain popularity, there is growing interest in “dynamic accumulator” plants and their potential as nutrient catch crops, “chop and drop” mulches, and fodder…

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For the Love of the Wild: Livestock Pastures as Wildlife Habitat

By Lee Rinehart / April 4, 2022

Our agricultural landscapes are habitat for wildlife, and we have a large toolbox of practices that can help us be better stewards of our land and all its inhabitants. One of these tools is adaptive grazing. Farmers, ranchers, and researchers have come to understand the functionality of ecosystems on farms is largely dependent on plant…

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Editor’s Letter – 2022 Spring Small Farms Quarterly

By Kacey Deamer / April 4, 2022

Do you have a story to share? We are looking for new contributors to our magazine, which is for farmers and farm families across the Northeast (and beyond) who value the quality of life that smaller farms provide. We want to hear from you, whether it’s new techniques you are trialing in the field, how…

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Editor’s Letter – 2022 Winter Small Farms Quarterly

By Anu Rangarajan / January 10, 2022

Dear farmers and friends,   Central to the mission of the Cornell Small Farms Program is that anyone who wants to operate a small farm in NYS has access to appropriate information, resources and networks to grow their farm and business. In 2006, we launched our beginning farmer training effort with our CCE colleagues. We…

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Electric Sheep: Grazing in Arrays Supports Economy, Climate

By Krisy Gashler / January 10, 2022

Sunlight is a precious resource in Central New York and a new collaboration between farmers and Cornell is looking at ways to harness it using technology that truly puts the soft in software: sheep. As industrial-sized solar installations pop up throughout New York state, residents fear the loss of agricultural land. Lexie Hain ’99 has…

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