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.

February 17 & 18, 2017
Maple Syrup Production  9:00am – 4:00pm  
Uihlein Sugar Maple Research
& Extension Field Station
157 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid, NY 12946
March 31 & April 1, 2017
Log-Grown Shiitake Mushroom Production
9:00am – 4:00pm  
CCE Chenango County
99 N Broad St, Norwich, NY 13815
May 12 & 13, 2017
Managing Trees and Animals in Silvopasture
9:00am – 4:00pm  
CCE Schuyler County
323 Owego St # 5, Montour Falls, NY 14865
These workshops are exclusively for veterans and active military personnel with an interest in selling commercial farm products (filing a Schedule F) in 2017 or 2018. Participants will be asked to complete a targeted survey at the end of the course as well as 6 months and 18 months from completion, to determine the effect on their operation.
Cost: $30 per training includes lunch and all materials.

Participants who are New York Residents are able to submit up to $100 in travel expenses for reimbursement.

Cornell Small Farms Program gratefully acknowledges funding support provided by the NYS Senate and Assembly Agriculture Committees, Chaired by Senator Patricia Ritchie and Assemblyman William Magee, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Additional support was provided through the USDA NIFA BFRDP Grant 2015-70017-22882.
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