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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Agroforestry Apprenticeship Training Program in Ithaca

Wellspring Forest FarmWellspring Forest Farm’s Summer Agroforestry Apprenticeship Training Program

http://apprenticeship.wellspringforestfarm.com/

Our agroforestry apprenticeship training program is designed to train participants in the art and science of forest ecology, and equip them with practical real-world skills and experience in forestry and forest farming. We focus on taking the time to support individual learning and skill building in this five-month experiential educational program.

“This program is a completely immersive experience into the world of agroforestry. Time spent cultivating mushrooms, learning proper chainsaw use, rotationally grazing sheep, and learning forestry principles left a profound impact on my life. I learned and grew more than I ever could have hoped.”  — Wyatt, 2016 Participant

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Farm to Plate Conference in Ithaca

Farm to Plate ConferenceGroundswell Center for Local Food & Farming
Announces Farm to Plate Conference – 
May 11-13, 2017

Call for workshop and presentation ideas!

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is pleased to announce “The Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable Local Food System” which will take place on May 11-13, 2017 in Ithaca, NY and the surrounding areas.

The conference is a collaborative effort by Groundswell Center, Food, Agroecology, Justice and Well-being Collective at Cornell, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Crooked Carrot, Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, Roots Rising Farm, the Tompkins County Food Policy Council and the Youth Farm Project.

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Maple Syrup Production Course Online

Join the Cornell Small Farms Program for this exciting online course in January: 

  INTRO TO MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION
(BF 152)

January 17 – February 21, 2017 – with webinars each Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 7:30pm EST.

Maple syrup production is rapidly growing around the Northeast and offers a sound financial opportunity to utilize woodlots sustainably.

This six-week online course explores the range possibilities of maple sugaring on your land – be it for supplemental income or for your livelihood.

Also discussed are “alternative” trees for production, including Birch and Black Walnut. The content presented assumes the student has little past knowledge of sugaring, but a background in agriculture or forestry will be very helpful.

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Fall Market Garden Workshop for Veterans

After Action Farmers

Fall Market Garden Workshop for Veterans

A Free Workshop for Veterans interested in homesteading and market gardening…

A Capstone Project for the TC3 Sustainable Farming and Food Systems

This veteran-focused workshop will cover everything you need to know about the preparation and planting of a fall vegetable garden. Whether growing food for the family or preparing to sell for a Fall Market or farmstand, home gardens are a great way to provide for you and your family. The workshop will guide beginning homesteaders and gardeners through the process of choosing the best crops for fall production, preparing the garden, and proper growing techniques. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about: site assessment and bed preparation, direct seeding and transplanting, organic pest and weed control, mulching, and more. The workshop includes a free lunch at the Legion. Come join your fellow veterans to learn about growing, share ideas, and help grow a strong network of Veteran Growers.

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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
Click here to register: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/vetsraisingpoultry_203

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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