Experienced Farmer Projects

Are you an experienced farmer looking to engage with our projects? The following projects address needs and support for farmers looking to diversify or expand their farm business.


This project addresses a range of practices that integrate trees, forests, and agricultural production. Crops include mushrooms, ramps, nut trees, and more. We've created tools and resources to help woodlot owners farm their forests.

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Baskets to Pallets

Are you seeing decline in your farmers market or CSA sales?  Join our project to learn about opportunities with food hubs, groceries, schools and cooperatives.

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Labor Ready

This project offers a team-based approach to building skills of new farmers and Latino agricultural employees wanting to climb the ladder from labor to management.

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Online Courses

The Cornell Small Farms Program offers a suite of more than 20 online courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills.

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Reduced Tillage

Reduced tillage practices are important for building soil health. Successful strategies can take many forms. This project works to help growers at diverse scales reduce tillage while managing vegetable production systems that build better soils.

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Specialty Mushrooms

Demand for specialty mushrooms is rapidly rising, as consumers look to purchase foods that are healthy, nutritious, and medicinal. This project offers training both in person and online, cultivation and marketing factsheets, videos, and guidebooks.

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Small Farm Summits

The Small Farm Summits are opportunities for farmers, educators and small farm advocates to gather across NY and prioritize emerging issues and opportunities that will strengthen the small farm sector.

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Past Projects

In the last couple years, we've hosted various projects that produced useful resources. Although the projects below aren't currently being offered, we wanted to make sure they remained accessible

Sustainable Farm Energy

Education on energy efficiency and renewable energy is an important part of farm sustainability, as often simple and inexpensive measures can save farmers money while reducing the environmental footprint of the farm. NE SARE offered sustainable farm energy programs from ’14 to ’17. The excellent resources from this project are still available.

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Telling Better Stories

In 2013, the Cornell Small Farms Program hosted a training for farmers and ag educators seeking to become better story tellers, providing professional journalism instruction on how to develop engaging narratives.  Access resources from the workshop and visit the Story Share page for articles and photos submitted by attendees.

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