Organic Hemp Focus of Winter Meeting

2017 New York Certified Organic winter meeting: Organic hemp, alternative forage

organic hempMonday, March 13, 2017 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

Jordan Hall, Geneva Experimental Station, 614 W. North Street, Geneva NY

The last of the 2017 New York Certified Organic winter meetings on Monday, March 13 in Geneva, NY, will include an update on organic hemp production trials plus presentations on nutrient balancing, crop production, and alternative forage production for organic farming systems. Presenters include Cornell University and University of Vermont faculty and a New York organic dairy farmer.

The meeting will start promptly at 10 am in Jordan Hall at 630 West North Street at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva. There is no cost or need to register to attend the NYCO meetings; participants are asked to bring a dish for potluck lunch. The Monday date is a break with the traditional Tuesday meetings.

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Tompkins County Ag Summit Wednesday

2017 Tompkins County Ag Summit

2017 Tompkins County Ag SummitWednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

Ramada Ithaca Hotel & Conference Center

2310 N Triphammer Road, Ithaca NY 14850

Please join us for this meeting which covers a range of topics important to farmers and all agricultural landowners.

AGENDA

  • The Proposed Cayuga Lake TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load)
    With staff from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

    Come listen, learn what’s proposed, provide information about water-protecting farming practices already in place in the region, and ask questions.
  • Large-Scale Solar: What Landowners Need to Know to Protect Themselves
    With Chris Denton, Attorney
    Rural landowners throughout the region are being approached by landsmen offering lease for land for potential solar installations. Learn about the dangers and pitfalls of these agreements, and what to consider.
  • Community Scale Solar & Using Sheep to Control Ground Cover Growth
    With staff from the Renovus Solar and sheep farmer Caleb Scott
  • Changes in the CRP to Include Pastureland
    With Erin Madden, Farm Service Agency
    CRP now includes a grassland program. If you are grazing animals and interested in rotational grazing, come learn about this program. If selected to participate, there could be cost share fencing and water systems assistance.

Fee: $10 per person. Includes Lunch.

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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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Agroforestry Trainings for Military Veterans

The Cornell Small Farms Program is offering three two-day Agroforestry Trainings for Military Veterans in 2017. Agroforestry includes farming practices that combine trees and forestry with crop production. Three workshops will convene to focus on the most viable tree-crop enterprises including maple syrup, log-grown shiitake mushrooms, and silvopasture (combining livestock with trees).

Each training includes classroom instruction and site visits to farms in active production.

Content will cover the technical aspects of production as well as the financial and business considerations for each venture.

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Baskets to Pallets Course for Small Farmers

Baskets to PalletsAre you looking to diversify sales beyond the farmers market, CSA and farm stand?    Food hubs, grocery stores, restaurants and cooperatives are looking for your products to meet growing consumer demand for local and sustainably produced food.  Yet, doing successful business with wholesale buyers requires planning and preparation. Ensure your success by joining us for ‘Baskets to Pallets’, a comprehensive two-day introduction to selling wholesale.  
 
The course will take place on Tuesday, January 24th and Tuesday, January 31st from 10:00am – 4:00pm at Templeton Hall in historic Cooperstown, NY.  

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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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