Mobile Food Pantry at Tompkins Cortland

mobile food pantryMobile Food Pantry

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Office of Student Life will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry on the Tompkins Cortland campus in Dryden on Monday, March 6th, 2017 in the BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House, 12pm to 1pm

They are still looking for approximately 25 volunteers – if you are interested please contact Barbara Thayer as soon as possible (nelsonb@tompkinscortland.edu)!!!!  Volunteers need to be able to work from 11am – 1pm.  There is a lot of set up and prep time that goes into this before we are able to hand the food out at Noon.

This is free food for anyone who needs it.

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Develop a Farm Business Plan Workshops

Develop a Farm Business Plan for Your Farm This Year With a Workshop Series from Broome County Cooperative Extension

Let’s Write Your Agricultural Business Plan
Tuesday evenings, March 7th through April 4th, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
840 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905

develop a farm business planDuring this five part series hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County and led by Laura Biasillo, Agricultural Economic Development Specialist, participants will work through the various sections of a business plan for their agricultural venture. This is applicable whether you are considering a food-based business, growing fruits or vegetables, raising livestock or starting an agri-tourism based operation. Using a set of templates created by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture as well as the NYS Small Business Development Center, sample worksheets will lend a practical perspective and illustrate how real farm families set goals, research processing alternatives, determine potential markets, and evaluated financing options. Blank worksheets will help participants to develop a detailed, lender-ready business plan or map out strategies to take advantage of new opportunities.

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Regional Farmer-Buyer Mixer in Troy March 6th

A regional farmer-buyer mixer event will be held in Troy, New York on March 6th, 2017
Farmer-Buyer Mixer
The Mixer Will Be Held at Revolution Hall, Brown’s Brewing in Troy

Farmers who are looking to expand their marketing should consider this opportunity to network with potential buyers in the region. Pre-Registration is required.

The regional Farmer-Buyer Mixer from 3pm – 6pm on March 6th in Troy, NY has a few spots open for both FARMERS and BUYERS. Complementary appetizers sourced from the Troy Farmers Market and a complementary craft beer from Brown’s Brewery will be provided.  A selection of Brown’s beers will also be on tap at a cash bar.
Current registration includes 20 buyers and 50 farmers offering an incredible variety of products.  Buyers, email for a current Directory of farmers attending.
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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program for Aspiring Dairy Farmers in New York State

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship ProgramWanted: aspiring dairy farmers and Dairy Master Graziers to stem the tide of retiring dairy farmers in New York State.

Cornell Small Dairy Support Specialist Fay Benson is recruiting participants for the New York edition of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, the groundbreaking, nationally-recognized apprenticeship program for the agricultural industry.

Modeled after apprenticeship programs such as those for developing a highly skilled level of experience for new plumbers and electricians, the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, or DGA, is recognized by the federal Department of Labor.

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