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January 16th, 2018

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 Farms Program
Small Farms Program Highlights


Cornell Program Trains New Farm Owners for Business Success
The Cornell Small Farms Program is preparing the next generation of farmers and ranchers to scale up their operations and reach key business milestones, thanks to a new grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The new program provides a crucial skillset beginning farmers need to scale up and achieve the 10-year milestone of remaining in business, by preparing them to hire, manage and retain skilled employees. The project will create a new "Labor Ready Farmer" curriculum to provide emerging farm business owners with the skills they need to run a successful farm operation.  Learn more about the Labor Readiness Project here.
Are You Seeking New Markets? Get Help January 29th and 30th in Lowville, NY
Are you  looking to diversify sales beyond the farmers market, CSA and farm stand? Ensure your success by joining us for 'Baskets to Pallets', a comprehensive two-day introduction to selling wholesale. The course takes place at Tug Hill Vineyards, Lowville, NY on January 29th and 30th.  This course is designed for farmers of all enterprises and will cover building relationships with buyers, customer management and record keeping, pricing, grading and packaging, uniformity and consistency, food safety, and more! The course  View the Training Agenda and Meet the Instructors  here.  Space is limited to 40 participants.
Announcements
Farmer Veteran Videos Now on YouTube

The Farm Ops team is happy to share three new videos showcasing the stories of farmer veterans in New York State. Each video highlights one farm and the story of the veteran(s) behind it. These individuals are all part of the growing network of farmer veterans in New York! The clip shown (left) introduces farmer veteran John Lemondes and Elly's Acres Farm, a sheep farm in Jamesville, NY.  Elly's Acres farm began operating in 2014 and specializes in grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free lamb, fine wool and pelts.
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Cornell Soil Health Survey for NY Farmers
To better understand the costs and benefits of current soil health practices in New York State, the New York State Soil Health Initiative is conducting a survey of farmer perspectives on soil health.  The survey, found online here, focuses on cover crops, reduced tillage, soil amendments and other on-farm practices in an effort to better understand soil health, farm sustainability, and resilience of agriculture to extreme weather events. This study is being conducted by researchers at Cornell University and is associated with a diverse group of engaged stakeholders and practitioners implementing soil health practices and policies across New York State. Feel free to check out the cool NYS Soil Health Initiative website to learn more.  Questions or comments? Contact Cedric Mason ( cwm77@cornell.edu 607-255-8641 ) or David Wolfe ( dww5@cornell.edu 607-255-7888 ).
Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network
Are you a farmer mentor? Do you host apprentices on your farm? If so, this network is for you. Start a new year committed to engaging and growing in community with other mentor farmers through participation in the Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network. The first step to engagement is sharing about your operation: take 25 minutes for the  Annual Survey. The annual survey is an opportunity for us to learn more about your farm or ranch, the products and services you offer, and how you might benefit from the support of a national network of ag apprenticeships. We will use responses to this survey to structure regional and national training, webinars, and resources, all designed to engage farmers & ranchers in strengthening their ability to train the next generation.  Survey Deadline is February 2. Find out more about the learning network here
Digital Green App Seeks Small-Farm Groups for Pilot Project
Are you part of a small-farm group that may be interested in piloting a mobile app that aggregates the transport of produce? Digital Green is trying to find small-farm groups to pilot a mobile app that works similar to Uber Pool. It aggregates the transport of produce. A farmer books a pick-up and drop-off and the driver accepts. The app is successful in India and Digital Green is trying to see how it translates here in the US. Contact Jennifer Cook at jennifer.cook@colostate.edu to see a mock-up of the app and talk more about this opportunity. 
Events
Are You Ready? Seminar
January 18, 1pm-3:30pm. 
The Joseph C. Burke Education and Research Center, 586 Ridge Rd., Chazy, NY 12921
Miner Institute has teamed up with Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County to put together a program that highlights how best to be prepared for unexpected emergencies on your farm.  The workshop is free and open to the public and will feature three speakers: Kelly Donoghue from Clinton County Emergency Management Services, Tiffany Garcia from Northern Insuring, and Joanna Lidback from Yankee Farm Credit. Kelly Donoghue will offer tips for how to be prepared and what have been difference makers when emergencies were well handled. He will also offer suggestions for how to train staff for emergency preparedness. Tiffany Garcia will provide participants with a better understanding of insurance coverage: how it works and what you need. Joanna Lidback will provide expertise on estate planning so that your farm business is ready for whatever the future brings. There will be plenty of time for audience questions.  For more information about the seminar, contact Rachel Dutil at dutil@whminer.com or 518-846-7121, ext. 115 or Sara Bull at slk95@cornell.edu or 518-561-7450.
Baskets to Pallets

January 29 & 30, 10am-4pm. Tug Hill Vineyards, 
4051 Yancey Rd, Lowville, NY 13367

This 'Baskets to Pallets' course is designed for farmers of all enterprises and will cover building relationships with buyers, customer management and record keeping, pricing, grading and packaging, uniformity and consistency, and food safety, among many other topics!  The course includes one break-out session for livestock and produce farmers. Additionally, the training includes an end-of-day session to start crop-planning for selling to the NNY Food Hub, based out of Jefferson county CCE, during the 2018 growing season. The training cost is $35.00, which enables 2 people per farm to attend and includes breakfast refreshments and a delicious locally sourced lunch each day.  View the training agenda, learn about instructors, and register here.
Production of Chinese Medicinal Herbs in NYS

February 10, 1pm-4pm.
840 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905
Some crops take on value to buyers as a group, not singly - particularly Chinese medicinal herbs. The movement toward producing these herbs in the U.S. has slowly gained ground over the past two decades. An effective production and marketing model involves close cooperation between licensed herbal practitioners and groups of farmers. Using a blend of current concepts - cooperatives, food hubs, CSA - the model is being developed here in New York, thanks to startup funding from the New York Farm Viability Institute. Jean Giblette of High Falls Gardens will give a presentation on this emerging market for farmers and growers.
Jean will also train participants in perennial propagation techniques. This is hands-on in the sense of showing equipment (types of flats and pots used), greenhouse conditions for over-wintering pots and flats, discussion of schedules, techniques such as hot-water scarification and soaking of seeds). This will be followed by a demonstration of planting seeds, using equipment and methods we have found to be useful for perennial plants. At the end of the training each family/farm will be able to take home a flat of planted seeds. Due to this popular hands-on component, registration will be limited to 30 farms, so please register early here. Registration officially ends February 8, 2018. Click here to learn more about the workshop.
The Greater WNY Vegetable Farming Collaborative Teach-In

February 15, 10am-3pm. Jordan Hall 2nd floor Lounge, Geneva, NY Experiment Station
For those of you who aren't old enough to remember, a Teach-In was a popular form of sharing information and educating. A historical definition is as follows: A teach-in is similar to a general educational forum on any complicated issue. The main difference between a teach-in and a seminar is  the refusal to limit the discussion to a specific frame of time or a strict academic scope. Teach-ins are meant to be practical, participatory, and oriented toward action. While they include experts lecturing on the area of their expertise, discussion and questions from the audience are expected. In the case of this farming program, audience participation is necessary! To launch this farming Teach-In program, responses from a survey sent out broadly to the regional vegetable community lead to topics chosen. For this session equipment and labor were at the top of the list. So let's use this inaugural Teach-In to get things started and cover what people are looking for in the way of necessary equipment. Following this topic, it would be beneficial to talk about how to come up with a plan for solving our seasonal labor issues. For more information, contact Robert Hadad at rgh26@cornell.edu or (595) 739-4065.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Farm Store/Land/Equipment for Rent or Lease - Stephentown, NY
We have a popular, profitable, well-established farm stand for rent or lease, located in a beautiful location on a major travel route on the New York /Massachusetts /Vermont border.  We are a first generation farming couple wishing to start the transition to retirement so we are offering this excellent opportunity to a knowledgeable farmer who wishes to take over a successful farm store business. We are looking for someone who will work with us as we start downscaling what we grow ourselves. This is a golden opportunity for an early career farmer to get into business without the years it takes to create and build a viable market. There are numerous ways to continue to expand the clientele currently served by the farm store. The store has a large established clientele that knows they can purchase a wide array of quality tree fruit, berries, vegetables and local farm products (baked goods, meat, eggs, cheese, milk, honey, maple syrup, jams, etc.) at the store. Farm store has walk-in and display coolers, potable water source, prep room, electricity and other infrastructure. High quality tillable land with an excellent irrigation source and irrigation equipment is available to share and rent. There may be an opportunity to also share and rent some tractor and tillage equipment. If you are interested in starting a conversation, contact us at  rberriesrgreat@fairpoint.net.
CADE Seeking New Executive Director

The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) in Oneonta, NY, invites applications for its Executive Director position. We seek individuals with knowledge of the current small scale farm and food industry and a desire to further the agenda of sustainable agricultural development in Upstate New York. The Executive Director is responsible for managing all aspects of the organization's operations and overseeing the work of direct reports as well as several outside consultants. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree and significant management experience or related activity in the food and farm sector consisting of program development, grant writing and reporting, and budget and personnel management. Demonstrated success with fundraising and state, federal and foundation grant writing is preferred.  To apply, send cover letter and resume to  search@cadefarms.org . Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and the position will remain open until filled, although preference will be given to applications received by January 24, 2018.
Farm Operations Manager - 
Kretschmann Farm

The Kretschmann Farm in Pittsburgh, PA is transitioning to second generation ownership and management. They are seeking a full-time Farm Operations Manager with minimum of 3 years' experience to manage a highly successful (both financially and operationally) 80 acre, 40-year old organic vegetable and fruit farm. For the right candidate this has the potential for much more than just a job; the right person can earn equity in the operation, have a significant say in its direction and can truly be part of the next generation of this organic farm. If you know someone that's interested, or if you are interested yourself, check out the full job description here. Finally, if you refer the candidate that is ultimately hired, $500 will be donated to the charity of your choice.
Farm Supervisor - Riverhead, NY
The Association Farm Supervisor will be a working supervisor who develops and oversees all aspects of the Dorothy P. Flint 4-H camp farm, including livestock, growing vegetables, fruits and herbs, managing farm workers, seasonal staff and volunteers.  Prepare and maintain operating budgets. Hire, evaluate, and supervise employees. In collaboration with the Camp Specialist and Camp Facilities Manager, evaluate animal enclosures, farm buildings and grounds to ensure they are safe for use according to local and accreditation codes. Develop farm safety and training programs so that staff, volunteers and campers are adequately trained in the handling of chemicals and equipment used. Market produce and other products from farming operation, supervise equipment repair and modification.  Assist Camp Specialist with the development of an overall sustainable farm production plan, including but not limited to crop rotation, composting and pest management recommendations. Perform special projects as assigned. View qualifications and application instructions hereContact Valerie at vs324@cornell.edu with questions.
Holistic Management International's Beginning Farmer Program in New York
Holistic Management International's Beginning Farmer Program in New York is open to new and seasoned farmers/ranchers/land managers who want to learn how to holistically manage their business. Program graduates will walk away with the network, skills and confidence needed to build successful, sustainable agricultural enterprises, as well as a Certificate of successful completion. The Holistic Management curriculum focuses on business planning skills, time management, soil fertility management, and profitable sustainable livestock and crop farming practices. The program will take place from  January 24, 2018 to May 16, 2018 at  Hudson Valley Farm Hub,  1875 Hurley Mountain Rd, Hurley, NY 12443. The cost for this 10 session certificate course is  $700, and for a  second person from the same farm costs only $300.  Money back guarantee, payment plan and scholarships available, FSA Training Credit approved. Register here, or learn more about the program here.
Laughing Earth Internships
Laughing Earth seeks two motivated interns for the 2018 season. Interns work on a highly diversified farm near Troy, NY, participating in raising vegetables for a 100+ member CSA, pastured pork, pastured eggs, pastured chickens, and pastured turkeys, as well as cut flowers. The crew at Laughing Earth participates in the full gamut of farm experiences, from seeding and weeding through CSA distribution and farmers' market sales, from unboxing day-old chicks from the hatchery to selling the finished chickens to our customers.  We are members of the CRAFT network, where interns tour other farms and hear lectures on how other farmers are successful. Visit www.laughingearth.farm for more details. Please submit a resume and cover letter to farmers@laughingearth.farm.
Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) is Hiring
Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) is an accredited, nonprofit land trust working to protect farmland in Washington and Rensselaer counties in upstate New York. We are seeking a full-time Development Manager to provide key support to the Executive Director and Board of Directors to achieve fundraising goals. Applicants m ust have excellent communication, organizational, time management and relationship building skills. Solid experience with donor database software preferred. Bachelor's degree plus minimum three years related experience. Salary range $47,000 - $52,000, plus benefits.  Send resume, cover letter and writing sample of a solicitation letter by January 15 to  teri@agstewardship.org . Full job description and application procedure found here . No calls please.
New Entry is Hiring Two Positions (Lowell, MA)
 
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is hiring!  We are looking to fill two key positions on our Farmer Training Team. Both positions are full-time, year-round and with full benefits. 
The Incubator Farm Site Manager is responsible for providing year-round technical assistance (TA) and farm production and business training to small-scale beginning farmers, both on and off the field, on multiple aspects of farm enterprise development.  Please  click here  for a detailed job description and desired qualifications.  Apply Online Here The Beginning Farmer Education and Curriculum Coordinator will develop new farmer education strategies and build curriculum to provide high-quality training to small-scale, direct market beginning farmers, both on and off the field, on multiple aspects of farm enterprise development. Please  click here  for a detailed job description and desired qualifications.   Apply Online Here .
For any questions about the positions, please reach out to Justin Chase, New Entry Farmer Training Program Manager, at  Justin.chase@tufts.edu.
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Funding Opportunities
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The EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research
T he EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research is a competitive grant program developed from donations received from beekeepers and others interested in funding research on topical problems in honey bees.  Proposals are solicited annually with award amounts to be determined the spring before the EAS annual meeting.   There will be one (or more) awards available in 2018; the total amount available for all awards is $10,000. The award will be announced at the EAS 2018 Conference but available by May 1, 2018. The principle investigator must present their findings at the 2019 EAS Annual Conference, and we will publicize the award to aid in solicitation of additional funds for subsequent years.  Deadline for application is February 1, 2018. Additional submission details can be found at  www.easternapiculture.org/honey-bee-research,  and further inquiries can be directed to  HoneyBeeResearch@easternapiculture.org. View the proposal submission criteria and review process here.
Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation. Through the NRCS CIG program, public and private grantees develop the tools, technologies, and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands and develop market-based solutions to resource challenges.  This year, NRCS is focusing funding on these topics: grazing lands, organic agriculture systems, and soil health Applications will be accepted from eligible entities in any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area, and the Pacific Islands Area. A total of up to $10 million is available for CIG in FY 2018. All United States-based non-Federal entities and individuals are invited to apply. Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2018 is $2 million. Learn more and apply by February 26, 2018, here.
Latest Resources
Building Healthy Pasture Soils
The recent ATTRA publication, " Building Healthy Pasture Soils," introduces properties of soil, discusses evaluation and monitoring of soil quality, and introduces grazing management principles and techniques that promote healthy soil. It's a supplement to the pasture fertility session in ATTRA's Managed Grazing Tutorial, but it's also a helpful stand-alone reference for anyone interested in improving the soil health of a pasture.  You can download the publication for free  here.
Penn State Cheese Tracking System
The Penn State Cheese Tracking System is designed to help small-scale cheesemakers follow and document quality and consistency attributes in order to improve their cheese and troubleshoot problems. Funded by a grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the system consists of customizable documents and spreadsheets to record, track and evaluate data for milk composition and quality, the cheese-making process, processing after the initial cheese-making day, cheese chemical composition, and cheese sensory characteristics. 
Farmland, Farm Employment, and Training Program Locator for Veterans

This national database is a one-stop shop for information related to military veterans in agriculture.  Farmers who want to employ veterans can list jobs, l andowners who want to help veterans get started farming can list farmland available to veterans, o rganizations can list agriculture training programs for veterans, and v eterans who are already farming can list their farms. Learn how to connect farmers, veterans, and organizations with each other here
The database is a free, self-listing service; farmers and organizations can add their own information via a simple online submission form. All submissions are reviewed by NCAT/ATTRA staff.
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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.