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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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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Food Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at Cornell

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm more dates through May 4, 2017

Dilmun Hill Student Farm is excited to present the Food Entrepreneurship speaker series! If you are interested in local food, business, and sustainability, then this series is for you! Join us to hear about the evolution of these enterprises and how they are influencing the local food movement in Ithaca. Each talk will be followed by a Q & A session.

Our presenters include the inspiring, local entrepreneurs behind Wide Awake Bakery, The Piggery, and Hopshire Brewing.

  • March 2: Heather Sandford, founder of The Piggery
  • April 13: Randy Lacey, founder of Hopshire Brewery
  • May 4: Speaker details forthcoming

Time for all events: 4:30-5:30 pm

Location for all events: 102 Mann Library

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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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Dilmun Hill Farm Season Kick-Off Event – Cornell

Dilmun Hill Farm Season Kick-Off – Friday, May 13, 2016 at 5:00pm to 9:00pm Dilmun Hill Student Farm (CUAES) –  The student organic farm at Cornell University. Come celebrate the start of the season and the end of the semester. They will be hosting a potluck and open mic event at Dilmun Hill Student Farm, and any … Read more

Sustainable Growers Trip to Cornell Botanical Garden

TC3 Sustainable Growers Gardening Club – Cornell Plantations Botanical Field Trip – Student Post by Indigo

Cornell Botanical Gardens
Cornell Botanical Gardens Welcome Center

A monk by the name of St. Bernard of Clairvaux once claimed, “You will find more in the woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.”. I couldn’t agree more with this, the idea of nature providing more wisdom and knowledge than any human ever could. If focused in the present and observe what is, one can find an unparalleled education that is objective in the most extreme, provided by mother nature herself. That is exactly why the TC3 Sustainable Growers Gardening Club decided to take a Friday afternoon to go on a private tour at the Cornell Plantations Botanical Garden by Cornell’s Adult Educator & Volunteer Coordinator Kevin Moss.

On April 15th, we all meet up at the Botanical Gardens mid-afternoon. We really lucked out on the weather, while it was rather cold and grey all week, our tour day is nothing but clear blue skies and sunshine! Although it is fair weather, most plants have yet to bloom and pop with colors, but no matter – there is still plenty to be observed.  We meet Kevin in front of the parking lot sidewalk, where a map of the gardens stands. Once acquainted, he begins to tell us about the intentional design of the U-sloped ditch in front of the lot. Various shrubs and plants just short of budding are arranged along the inside of the ditch, which he explains is carefully designed to drain rainwater on a slowly on an angle, in order to prevent erosion and the loss of soil nutrients. Even the parking lot was designed in coordination, so the water can drain from there mindfully as well.

Cornell Botanical Herb Garden
Cornell Plantations Herb Garden

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