Spring 2021


The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the arrival of the Spring 2021 edition of the Small Farms Quarterly.

In this issue, we feature an exploration of pasture weeds from Ulf Kintzel, an instructional how-to about soil blocking from Petra Page-Mann of Fruition Seeds, and the fourth installment of our small-scale beef production series, which focuses on calving.

You can read articles from the Spring 2021 Quarterly online now. Or if you’d rather flip through the articles in a magazine format, take a look at our online reader to peruse this issue or feel free to download the PDF version of the Quarterly.

Online Reader: https://www.leepub.com/published/SFQ/SFQ-210405/

PDF Version: https://www.leepub.com/published/SFQ/SFQ-210405/docs/SFQ-210405.pdf


Cornell Small Farms Program Update

News from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Spring 2021


Letter from the Editor

Editor’s Letter – Spring 2021


Featured Articles 

When Is a Weed a Weed? by Ulf Kintzel

Soil Blocking in Five Easy Steps by Petra Page-Mann

Small-Scale Beef Part 4: Some Considerations for Beef Cattle Calving by Rich Taber


CCE News

Dean Houlton: Leading Through Extension with Humility and Responsibility by Katie Baildon

Older Cows Are More Profitable by David R. Balbian

Antibiotic Usage & Pathways by Christine Georgakakos & Betsy Hicks

It’s Always the Nutritionist’s Fault by Casey Havekes, Betsy Hicks, and Margaret Quaassdorff



NYS Farm Outlook for 2021 by James Dean

New Cherry Ember Tomato Reveals Stripey Charm, Bright Flavor by Erin Rodger

2021 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management Now Available


Additional Articles

Clearing a Woodland Understory by Peter Smallidge

Harvest of Generosity: Alliance for Science ‘Farmer of the Year’ by Chris Knight

Why Farmers and Gardeners Need Fear by Paul Hetzler

What it Means to Join a Smart Farming Team by Nicole Waters & Jamie Johnson