Farming Workshops in Central New York

Upcoming Farming Workshops in Central New York for March and April 2017

Farming WorkshopsWe hope that all of you have had a chance to dig yourselves out of the snow. Please find below listings of some upcoming farming workshops in Central New York that may be of interest taking place over the next few weeks:

Strengthen the Bond to Boost Sales – Wednesday March 22nd, Noon to 2pm (online)
No pressure, but YOU are the key selling point for your customers! Only at a farmers market can shoppers get “face time” with multiple farmers – and get to know who grows their food. With practical strategies and sales secrets, you can build up that farmer-consumer bond and your bottom line.

Growing Vegetables in a High Tunnel – Saturday March 25th, 9am-2pm (Shared Roots Farm)
Calling all Veterans: Are you interested in learning how to grow vegetables in high tunnels? Join us at this one day intensive workshop at a farm to learn from experts at Cornell Cooperative Extension about successful growing in a high tunnel, marketing and then we’ll hear tour the high tunnels and hear from the farmers about how they operate their CSA and sell at farmers markets. Veterans get priority for spots, civilians can still attend if spots exist. Travel stipends available. Only $25 includes all education, handouts and lunch.

Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference – Tuesday March 28th (Waterloo)
For those interested in making craft beer and/or cider. Workshops, tours, trade show and more!

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Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference

NOFA New York 2017 Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference Featuring Keynote Speaker Jack Lazor, founder of Butterworks Farm!

organic dairy and field crop conferenceMarch 16-17 at the Holiday Inn Syracuse (441 Electronics Pkwy, Liverpool, NY 13088)

NOFA NY is excited to announce its 6th Annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference! New this year, they are expanding to a 2-Day event featuring half day intensive workshops on March 17. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Liverpool/Syracuse, New York, just off the Thruway and Interstate 81.

They welcome veteran farmers, beginning farmers, and farmers interested in transitioning to organic management. This year we will honor Michael & Gayle Thorpe, NOFA-NY’s Farmers of the Year. Additionally, NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC staff will be presenting on Transitioning to Organic Dairy Management and available throughout both the days to answer questions at their trade show booth. Enjoy two days of learning, networking, and information exchange.

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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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Sustainable Animal Agriculture Internship Program

Department of Animal Science Sustainable Animal Agriculture Internship. Applications Due March 3rd, 2017

Sustainable Animal Agriculture InternshipProgram Description

How is animal agriculture helping to meet the demand for healthy food? This eight-week sustainable animal agriculture internship program aims to inspire talented students to become the thought leaders in agricultural sustainability. Participants will engage in agricultural research within the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University with faculty mentors, covering a breadth of topics including: metabolic efficiency of production animals, reducing the environmental impact of animal production and improving farm profitability through enhancing the efficiency of absorbed nutrients, nutrient and manure management and assessment of nutrient cycling to achieving successful outcomes in both production and environmental sustainability, and reproductive biology, physiology, and genomics for both fundamental gains in efficiency and its translation to production.

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Northland Sheep Dairy Visit and Other Farm News

This Week on the TC3 Farm – Student Post by Candice

Sheep DairyThis week at the TC3 Farm we had a wonderful experience of learning the operations of Northland Sheep Dairy, located in Marathon, New York.  Northland Organic Sheep Dairy farm is a sustainable farm that raises on average of 30 100% grass-fed seasonal sheep.  The farm is powered by draft horses and mules, and also the hardworking owners, Donn Hewes and Maryrose Livingston. Maryrose is the shepherd of the sheep and also is the cheesemaker on the farm as well. Donn works the farm with his team of draft horses and mules and also teaches his summer cheese cavestudent how to farm in a sustainable way. Maryrose produces handmade unpasteurized sheep cheese right from her farm, using only her own raw sheep milk from 100% grass fed animals. She produces two different kinds of cheese, one hard and one soft, aged in her own cheese cave which is located right on her farm as well.  During the tour we got to see the cheese house, the cheese cave, got to talk with Donn a lot about working with draft animals, and saw a demonstration of hooking up equipment and raking hay with horses.

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