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February 16th, 2017

The Small Farms update summarizes announcements, resources, opportunities and upcoming events relevant to small farms.  Please feel free to share this information in newsletters, email lists, etc. If you would like to submit an item for an upcoming issue,  please visit our new online form. Subscribe here.  Thank you again for your interest and support of small farms in New York.   

Anu Rangarajan,  Director, Cornell Small Farm Program
Small Farms Program Highlights
Last Chance! Maple Syrup Production Intensive
We have a few spots left for the upcoming veteran training in Maple Sugaring. Join us in beautiful Lake Placid, New York at Uihlein Field Station, home of Cornell's Maple Program.  The training will include 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. Learn more and register.
Season Extension with High Tunnels!
Adding weeks to either end of your growing season can mean attaining a premium for having products available well before (or long after) other local growers. Season Extension with High Tunnels (BF 220) is an online class to be held from March 1 to April 5, 2017 that will help growers be able to c
omplete a basic site assessment, confidently make decisions to improve or maintain their soil health and fertility in the tunnel, and more. Learn more and register.
Announcements
Join the Cornell Small Farms Program Team! We are looking for a passionate, dedicated coordinator for the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project.
The Cornell Small Farm Program (SFP) engages in research and extension projects and collaborations that support and enhance the viability of small farms in New York. This Coordinator will support the  Northeast  Beginning Farmers (NEBF) Project, a major SFP effort focused on beginning farmer training, their support networks, and informational resources.  This Project Coordinator will oversee current projects focused on improving long-term viability of "advanced" beginning farmers (defined as farmers operating 3-10 years) and helping military veterans entering into farming as a career.  In addition, this person will help facilitate our regional professional development network for beginning farmer service providers.  The Project Coordinator will serve as the key contact within the program for our BF activities. This person will facilitate the development and implementation of project work plans by collaborators, coordinate timelines, manage relationships, convene advisors, do project outreach, and assess project impacts. For more information and to apply for the position, please click hereQuestions? Contact Anu Rangarajan, Director, Cornell Small Farm Program at 607-255-1780 or ar47@cornell.edu.
2017 National Young Farmer Survey
Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. Take the survey today and share it broadly.  It is crucial that the survey results represent all young farmers and aspiring farmers, no matter where they live or what they grow. Survey answers are completely confidential. Take the survey at youngfarmers.org/survey.
Nationwide Study of Intermediated Marketing Channels for Regional Food Systems
Please take a few minutes today to complete an  online survey  about your experiences making decisions about and managing farm labor. The survey is part of a multi-state research and extension project working to help farmers better anticipate the amount and type of labor they need to reach their business and quality of life goals.  Farmers will benefit! The information you share will directly shape educational programs and decision tools the research team is developing to help farmers improve farm labor decision-making and management. For most people, the survey will take between 10 and 20 minutes. Your responses will be anonymous. Questions? Please contact Project Director  Mary Peabody This survey is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2014-68006-21873.
Events
Modernizing Your Farm Sales: The Power of Point of Sale
February 27, 12:00pm EST. Online.
In today's competitive farmers market space, producers are increasingly turning to new technologies to help create business efficiencies and manage day-to-day operations. Digital Point of Sale (POS) systems allow farmers to collect critical farm management data, manage customers and employees, and connect with back-end farm inventory systems. Join FARMroots, GrowNYC and Cornell Cooperative Extension for a webinar covering the potential that POS has for your farm business. We'll explore the pros and cons of five (5) individual POS systems available to farmers, including Square, Revel, NCR, Shopkeep and MarketLink/Mobile Market Register. A guest farmer will share his experience with implementing digital POS at New York City's Greenmarket program.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register now!
"Women in Agriculture" Series 
February 28, March 14, March 28, 6:30-9pm. Waverly Village Hall, 32 Ithaca St, Waverly, NY.
The business aspects of farming are an increasing challenge... whether you're just starting out or you've been farming for years. Spend some time this winter improving your business skills! Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga and Chemung Counties will host a "Women in Agriculture" Discussion Series in February and March. Come meet other farming women in a supportive environment and hear from three great speakers!  The three-part series will be held on Tuesday evenings -- February 28, March 14, and March 28, 2017 -- at the Waverly Village Hall, 32 Ithaca St, Waverly, NY. Each session will start with refreshments at 6:30 pm, followed by the educational portion from 7:00-9:00 pm.  Cost of each session is $5 at the door.  Topics of discussion will be Business Plans on February 28, Understanding Financial Documents on March 14, and Handling Stress and Conflict on the Farm on March 28. Join us for one or all three sessions. Each session will include a presentation and plenty of time to address your individual questions and concerns.  Class size is limited so please pre-register early by calling 607-687-4020 (CCE Tioga) or 607-734-4453 (CCE Chemung). We hope to see you there!
ANNIE'S PROJECT: Risk Management for Farm Women
Wednesdays, starting March 1, 10am-2pm. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, 840 Upper Front St #2, Binghamton, NY 13905.
Annie's Project is a six-week course designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participant's questions, and hands on training.  Annie's Project is designed for farm women who have been in farming or part of farming for three to five years, and want to develop their understanding, interpretation, and opportunities in sustainable agriculture. The series is still applicable for those looking to get into farming, or with only a few years experience. Annie's Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations.  Annie's Project provides education in production, price or market, financial, institutional and legal, and human and personal risk.  The cost is $75 for the series and includes dinner each night, a workbook, access to financial and legal advice, and support from a variety of community partners. This session we are giving special preference for spots to sign up for women veterans interested in getting into agriculture. Register online hereQuestions can be directed to Laura Biasillo at (607) 584-5007 or lw257@cornell.edu.
Aspiring Farmers Academy
March 4, 2017, 9am-3pm. CCE, 121 Second Street, Oriskany, NY 13424.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) will be offering a one-day workshop on how to start a farm operation. Join us on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for a day of resource sharing and guidance on moving your Farm Dream forward.
In this WORKSHOP you will:
  • Inventory your assets
  • Learn how to set goals and objectives
  • Understand different business structures
  • Learn about available marketing tools
  • Leave with an action plan to get started
This workshop will take place at CCE, 121 Second Street, Oriskany, NY 13424. It will run from 9 am until 3 pm. A light lunch will be provided. Cost to attend is $15 per person or $25 per couple.  Registration begins at 8:30 am. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure enough handouts and food. For more information and to register contact Bonnie Collins at 315-736- 3394 ext. 104 or bsc33@cornell.edu. The p re-registration link can be found here.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Join the Cornell Small Farms Program Team! We are looking for a passionate, dedicated coordinator for the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project.
The Cornell Small Farm Program (SFP) engages in research and extension projects and collaborations that support and enhance the viability of small farms in New York. This Coordinator will support the  Northeast  Beginning Farmers (NEBF) Project, a major SFP effort focused on beginning farmer training, their support networks, and informational resources.  This Project Coordinator will oversee current projects focused on improving long-term viability of "advanced" beginning farmers (defined as farmers operating 3-10 years) and helping military veterans entering into farming as a career.  In addition, this person will help facilitate our regional professional development network for beginning farmer service providers.  The Project Coordinator will serve as the key contact within the program for our BF activities. This person will facilitate the development and implementation of project work plans by collaborators, coordinate timelines, manage relationships, convene advisors, do project outreach, and assess project impacts. For more information and to apply for the position, please click hereQuestions? Contact Anu Rangarajan, Director, Cornell Small Farm Program at 607-255-1780 or ar47@cornell.edu.
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program - 
Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator
The New York State IPM Program is searching for a  Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator . An M.S. or Ph.D. (preferred) is required in entomology, plant pathology, weed science, agronomy, animal science, general agriculture or a closely related field; and the candidate must have experience in extension. The position is 80% extension and 20% research, and will be housed on Cornell's main campus in Ithaca NY. Alternatively , the position could be housed on the Geneva NY campus if desired by the candidate.  Please note that this position requires a wide range of knowledge and skills across field crops and livestock IPM. However, we realize that potential candidates may not have experience in all aspects of the position, but they must be willing to learn and grow into those areas.  For further details and to apply, click here Applications are due March 6, 2017.
UC Davis Student Farm seeking new director
The Student Farm at UC Davis (SF) is seeking a new director to lead the continued development of the SF as a learning community where students from many disciplines work to create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems on a 20+ acre farm. A key component of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), the SF has served UC Davis students and faculty and the public with educational, research, and outreach opportunities focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems for 40 years. Each year over 400 students engage in staff- and faculty-mentored experiential learning through which they come to understand sustainability through the soils, crops, climate, and community in which they work and within programs ranging from backyard garden scale to mechanized crop and compost production.  The SF Director provides intellectual, academic, and community leadership to the SF and has primary responsibility for overall vision and administration as well as the programs' educational, research and public service functions. The Director collaborates with staff and students to ensure the SF learning community collectively develops and achieves it short-term and long-term goals focused on just and sustainable agriculture and food systems, experiential learning, and student leadership and empowerment. See a full job description and apply for the position here. Apply by Feb. 21 for full consideration.
Bodhitree Farm seeking field crew
Bodhitree Farm, located in Central South New Jersey, is a family-owned boutique farm. We are passionate about growing spirited vegetables in non conventional ways. We specialize in ethnic and heirloom vegetables and cater to NYC farm-to-table restaurants and Greenmarket shoppers. Must be full-time. 4-5 field crew from March-November. Fast paced and organized individuals who can are physically able, open-minded, and have good heart. Email at bodhitreezest@gmail.com for more information.
Farming in Oregon - positions still open for 2017
Rogue Farm Corps  is the only organization in Oregon that offers structured, entry-level and advanced farmer education and training programs rooted in real-world farm businesses. We work with more than 20 host farms located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon and offer experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, and more. For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications, visit http://roguefarmcorps.org.
Funding Opportunities
USDA is accepting applications for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets, by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs (CSA), agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Eligible applicants include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, CSA networks, CSA associations, economic development corporations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, producer networks, producer associations, public benefit corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and Tribal governments.The minimum FY 2017 FMPP award per grant is $50,000, and the maximum is $500,000.  Applications are due by March 27, 2017.
Paul and Maria Morra Scholarship Trust 
The application is now available for the Paul and Maria Morra Scholarship Trust which is administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties. The purpose of this scholarship trust is to honor the lives of Paul and Maria Morra (trust benefactors) and their commitment to preserving the natural resources of our region. Applicants must be pursuing further education in the field of horticulture, agriculture, forestry or natural resources.  Complete application packet must be received by April 1, 2017. Eligible individuals are those pursuing immediate post-high school education as well as older individuals looking to increase their knowledge. For more information and to apply, visit ccecolumbiagreene.org.
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Potential conservation partners, including private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts, and universities are invited to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability. Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds. For information on how to apply, click herePre-proposal applications are due on April 21, 2017 before 5pm.
Latest Resources
Aquaponics - How To Do It Yourself!
The National Aquaculture Association, North Central Regional Aquaculture Center and United States Aquaculture Society are offering a webinar to help those exploring the world of aquaponics to design and manage a system that will produce food for the home or can be scaled up as a commercial operation. Participants will better understand aquaponic production methods, systems, operational management and products. Additionally, realities of economic viability and food safety and  environmental sustainability will be discussed. Aquaponics provides producers and environmentally conscious way to produce and sell more U.S. farm-raised seafood. This is an opportunity to learn more about U.S. aquaculture and how it meets your need to provide safe, sustainable, local seafood for your customers. 
Finding the Right Farmer Grant for You
Recorded in Feb. 2017 at Broome County CCE, presentation by Liz Higgins
Free money? Watch this recorded presentation to learn how to f ind grants, cost-share programs and low-interest loan programs that are the right fit for your farm business. Eastern NY Horticulture Team Agriculture Business Management Educator Liz Higgins presented on a variety of topics, including:
1) What makes a good grant project-how to assess if a grant program is a good fit for your farm business
2) Understanding common grant program terminology and requirements-knowing what will be required before your apply!
3) What programs are available now, and where do you look for programs in the future?       

Some of the programs to be covered include:
  • NYS Beginner Farmer Grant 
  • NRCS REAP Energy Efficiency
  • USDA Value Added Producer Grant 
  • NYS & USDA loans for farmworker housing
  • NYS Consolidated Funding Application
  • USDA SBIR
  • NRCS EQIP Cost Share Program
4) Where can you get help?

For more farm finance webinars, visit the Cornell Small Farm Program's Webinars for Farmers page.
Get Connected!
Need personal help?
Sometimes local questions are best answered by your neighborhood Cornell Cooperative Extension agent. Check out our county-by-county listing of small farm agents here. You can also get to know our Cornell Small Farms Program  staff, or contact us. Just starting to farm? We have an extensive directory of beginning farmer service providers across the Northeast in the "Who Can Help?" section of our Northeast Beginning Farmers Project website.
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The Small Farms Update is intended as a resource for farmers and agricultural service providers in New York and the Northeast, and is provided to you by Cornell Small Farms Program. We envision a future where diverse and vibrant urban and rural farms build human capacity, revitalize communities, supply regional food systems, and foster ecological resilience in a changing world. The Cornell Small Farm Program is a joint effort of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension.