Horse-Powered Hay Making Demonstration

Curious about Draft Animal Power on a farm? Here’s a great workshop happening in August on our good friends farm, Northland Sheep Dairy. This is a two day event. Day one is a hands on mowing workshop, limited to 6 participants and costs $65. Day two is free and open to the public and will … Read more

Getting Started Raising Chickens

Getting Started Raising Chickens – Student Post by Kevin

Chickens are becoming more expensive to keep with higher grain and building material costs, but still pay off in terms of  benefits to the land and adjoining systems of vegetable production or human food waste disposal. This is to say that chickens fill many niches in at least these two steps in the food supply chain, and with city ordinances in many places being modified to permit small flocks, even city dwellers can find a chicken situation to fits their needs. While these ordinances might limit flock size to a half dozen, prohibit roosters, and outlaw home slaughter, there is still room within them for production at a scale that far surpasses the needs of an individual family. Joel Salatin, a well known farmer and founder of Polyface Farm has said that chickens are even great role models for our kids – they get up early and always stay busy.

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A Frame Chicken Coop and Chicken Run 

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Raising Chickens Workshop for Veterans

Raising Chickens Workshop for Veterans in the Southern Tier: Calling at Veterans located in the Southern Tier (NYS):

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County will be hosting a workshop on learning the fundamentals of raising chickens in your backyard. This workshop will be a fast paced all-inclusive presentation on raising chickens. Topics that will be covered include: purchasing chicks, brooding birds, comparison of various production models, nutrition, management, processing and marketing. We also will look briefly at egg production, broiler production and turkey production. and then will host an on-farm hands-on component at a local farm to see some techniques in action.

raising chickensDate: Saturday August 6th
Time: 9am-2pm
Location: Wild Rose Farm (Owego, NY)
Cost: $15 per person, includes lunch and all materials
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Priority for spots will be given to veterans in the Southern Tier, but others are welcome to attend as space permits.

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Farming Events in New York State

Plant ID and Soil Health Pasture Walk – Farming Events in New York

May 4, 10am to 3pm. Jerry Schlabach and John Troyer Family dairy farms, 5537 Nelson Rd., Canastota, NY

plant ID and soil healthJoin us as we welcome the University of Vermont Extension Agronomator and Assistant Professor, Daniel Hudson, who will lead us on a journey into the exciting aspects of plant identification, building soil and pasture management.  As an added bonus, NY Organic Dairy Initiative Coordinator, Fay Benson, will feature soil monitoring tools from the mobile National Grazing Lands Coalition Soil Health Trailer. This rolling laboratory available to New York through a five-state Conservation Innovation Grant funded by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is equipped to measure and demonstrate vital physical, chemical, and biological components of soil health in comparing pasture management plots from the 2 host farms: the Schlabach farm and the Troyer farm. A donation lunch featuring Troyer’s grass-fed beef and delectable homemade fare will be available. To reserve your place, please contact, Troy Bishopp at Madison Co. SWCD at (315) 824-9849 ext. 110 or

Beekeeping Workshop – Farming Events in New York

May 14-15, 2016. Heroic Food Farm, 28 Fish and Game Rd. Hudson, NY 12534

Learn how to get started with bees, design and assemble a bee box, and introduce bees to your farm. Also, you will have the opportunity to take field trips to local beekeeping farms! This workshop is open to veterans, veteran spouses and farm partners. Register here for one day or for the whole weekend. Registration fee is $20 per person per day, or $30 per couple – meals included.

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Groundswell Community Events and Programs

Groundswell’s Incubator Farm Volunteer Party / Work Day 
Saturday, April 16, 10am – 2pm
Groundswell’s Incubator Farm • 115 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850

It’s time to get out to the farm and get some projects done! We are calling on all of our friends, fans and fellow farmers to come on out and pitch in, learn a new skill, get a little dirty and have some fun! Help us build a hoop house and install fencing! Snacks and drinks will be provided. Sign up in advance (and attend) and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Gift Certificate from Home Green Home and a Groundswell T-Shirt! Due to the nature of the work, we ask that volunteers be age 16+MORE INFORMATION • RSVP HERE • FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE


Groundswell’s Spring Mixer & Plant Swap

Sunday, May 22, 2pm – 6pm
Groundswell’s Office  • 225 South Fulton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

 Let’s celebrate Spring and the coming growing season! Join us at our office (225 South Fulton Street) for fun, food by Iron Owl Kitchen, drinks, and great music. We will even have a plant and seed swap to help get your gardens going. This is also the first meeting of our Homestead Farmer and Gardner Network.  MORE INFORMATION • RSVP HERE • FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
Grazing & Pasture Management
SESSION 1 (of 8): It’s All About the Grass
Monday, April 18, 5pm – 8pm
Tuition: $45 (or $280 for all 8 Sessions)
Understanding how soil, grass, and grazing interact to grow better animals. Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenberg, NY.  MORE INFORMATION • REGISTER
Groundswell Teamster TrainingDraft Animal Practicum
Sunday, April 24, 9am – 4pm
Don’s Teamster Training School, Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY
Tuition: $175
This popular one-day workshop includes hands-on practice with experienced draft animals under the supervision of knowledgeable teamsters. This class is appropriate for anyone considering getting started with draft animals, as well as those with a few years of teamster experience. No prior horse experience is necessary.  MORE INFORMATION • REGISTER
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Goat and Sheep Workshop in Morrisville NY

Daylong Goat and Sheep Workshop 

Milking GoatCornell Cooperative Extension of Madison and Oneida County are pleased to offer, in conjunction with local and state partners, a day long program for sheep and goat producers in Central New York. Join us on Saturday, April 23rd 2016 from 9:00am-5:00pm at Morrisville State College’s Livestock Facility located on Eaton Street in Morrisville. Registration will begin at 8:30am. The program is $20.00 per person and includes all materials and lunch. Registration is available online at

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