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June 30th, 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 Farms Program
Small Farms Program Highlights


Summer Webinar Series: Scaling up! How to Determine If, When, How, and How Much?
Do you provide support to beginning farmers? This Summer webinar series is for you! This summer, one Wednesday per month, the Cornell Small Farms Program will facilitate a lunchtime webinar featuring small farm specialists. For the next webinar, p lease join Marilyn Anthony  on July 19th, 12-1pm to learn about about when and how businesses should scale up. Register here More details on the webinar and webinar series can be found  here .
Summer Small Farms Quarterly!
We are pleased to announce arrival of the Summer 2017 Edition of the  Small Farms Quarterly Magazine on July 3rd. SFQ is for farmers and farm families across the Northeast who value the quality of life that smaller farms provide.  Articles in this edition of the quarterly include "A List of Items for a Beginning Sheep Farmer" and "Business Obstacles Successful Farmers Overcome.To read the full issue online or learn more about the Cornell Small Farms Program, visit our  website
 
Announcements
Farmers Market Survey
Do you work with farmers markets or farmers market vendors? The Farmers Market Federation of NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County are preparing a project looking to address the decline of customers at farmers markets as a whole since the summer of 2016. Answer this quick (12 question) survey to help them better understand how you work with farmers markets, and if you might be willing to help in the dissemination of information, if this project is funded.
New Certification for Bee-Friendly Farms
A new certification program enables agricultural producers to let consumers know they are farming in ways that benefit bees. Funded by a grant from the USDA, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation partnered with Oregon Tilth to develop and launch the Bee Better Certified programBee Better Certified is working with conservation-minded farmers to meet a growing interest from consumers to know how their food choices impact bees. The program focuses on integrating flower-rich habitat on farms in order to provide food and nesting sites for native bees, honey bees and other pollinators. It also helps farmers reduce or eliminate use of pesticides known to cause harm to bees. Farmers can learn more about Bee Better here.
USDA's Federal Crop Insurance Program Expands Opportunities for Small Grain Farmers in New York State 
More farmers in additional counties across New York State will now be able to purchase crop insurance for malting barley, expanding opportunities for small grain farmers and supporting New York's thriving craft beverage industry. The United States Department of Agriculture's program will now expand coverage options to growers in 44 counties in New York State starting in 2018. Learn more here.
Events
landscape_forest_tree.jpg Therapeutic Horticulture Clinic: Pesticide-Free Farming in Mendon, NY
The Canandaigua VA Medical Center and EquiCenter in Mendon, NY are partnering to offer a therapeutic horticulture clinic for Veterans. This includes a 10 week pesticide free farming course offered on Wednesdays from  July 5th to August 15th . The course covers soil quality, pest management, planting and harvesting, and more. Each week Veterans will participate in a cooking class utilizing harvested crops and take food home at the end of each session. To be eligible, you must be connected to the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. If interested, please contact Paul Dougherty at  Paul.Dougherty@va.gov.
chickens_on_grass.jpg Getting Started With Chicken Class in Horseheads, NY
Want to learn about getting started with chickens?  Learn the basics of raising chickens for both eggs and meat. Topics covered in this workshop will include zoning restrictions, breeds, chick care, housing, nutrition, pasture management, health, predator control, egg grading, slaughtering requirements, marketing, and more. The class will be held on  July 7, 2017  from  6-8pm  at the Chemung County Fairground in the 4-H Building.  Pre-registration with payment is required by July 5th.  Contact Shona Ort at  607-734-4453 ext. 227  or  sbo6@cornell.edu or visit  here for more information.
NY Bee Wellness Workshop: Honeybee Disease & Management in Morrisville NY
Are you a beginner or advanced beekeeper interested in learning about maintaining the health of bee colonies? Join NY Bee Wellness for sessions covering the various types of diseases and pests that afflict honeybees and bee management. All-day workshop sessions will be held  July 7th-9th, 2017 at Morrisville State College. Register and find more information here.
Growing Organic Garlic For Profit in Camillus, NY
Hear from the experts and gain hands-on experience in this introductory class for those interested in growing organic garlic for profit. Among topics discussed will be the crop's life cycle, field preparation, and post-harvest considerations. There will be time for questions, a discussion period, and a visit to Gillie Brook Farm to help finish a garlic harvest.  The event will take place on  July 8th, 2017 from 9am-3pm  in Camillus, NY.  Priority for spots will be given to veterans in the Southern Tier, but others are welcome to attend as space permits. Click  here  to register.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Ag In The Classroom Educator in Binghamton, NY
Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Broome County is seeking an Ag in the Classroom Educator to work under the leadership and oversight of the Agricultural Resource Educator and provide program implementation and administrative direction, management, and coordination to the Ag in the Classroom Program. By helping teachers, students, and their communities learn about and engage in agriculture, food systems and the environment , this programming will foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of how food and fiber is produced, how people eat, and how people live. Applications are due on July 5, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.
Horticulture Program Coordinator in Rochester, New York
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County has a Program Coordinator position available.  The Horticulture Program Coordinator will provide program coordination and support to the Horticulture program and facilitate the dissemination of horticulture information to the residents of Monroe County utilizing a trained volunteer corp. This individual will also serve as primary contact and coordinator for the Master Gardener Volunteer program. Apply here by July 20th, 2017.
The Research Foundation for The State University of New York is seeking a Plant Manager to coordinate and oversee all production activities within the Dairy Processing Facility at SUNY Cobleskill. The Plant Manager will be responsible for facility supervision and as such will serve as the responsible party for NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets regulatory compliance. Applications are due by July 15, 2017. Find more information or apply here.
Agricultural Stewardship Specialist in Riverhead, New York
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County seeks an Agricultural Stewardship Specialist. The Educator will be responsible for the planning, development, delivery, evaluation, coordination, and management of the Agricultural Stewardship Program in Suffolk County. The focus of the Agricultural Stewardship Program is promoting environmentally sound agriculture practices to minimize the impact of agricultural inputs on surface water and groundwater through research, demonstration, educational materials and programs. For more information and to apply visit here. The position will remain open until qualified pool of candidates is obtained.
Funding Opportunities
The Delaware County Department of Economic Development is pleased to announce a second round of funding under the Agricultural Microenterprise Program. This funding will focus on two primary components of business development: education and financial assistance. The goal of the program is to encourage the development of new, agricultural and agri-tourism micro enterprise businesses within Delaware County. The grant program will make roughly $82,000 of funding available solely to new agricultural and agri-tourism related businesses. For the purposes of this opportunity a new business is one which has been in operation or formally established for six months or less at the time of application. Applications are due  September 15th, 2017. Visit here for more information.
autumn-orange-tree.jpg USDA Grants for Socially Disadvantaged Groups 
Cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers are eligible to apply for grants meant t o provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas.  Examples of technical assistance include:  f easibility studies, b usiness plans, s trategic planning, and l eadership training.  Note that the cooperative or center can be located in any area, but the groups assisted must be located in an eligible rural area. Find more information here.
Latest Resources
Northern NY Bee Health Evaluated in First-Ever Survey
How healthy are the bees in Northern New York? The results of a first-ever survey to identify the presence of key parasites and pathogens in regional bee colonies are now posted The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program provided a small grant for the survey of Northern New York bee colonies to contribute to regional knowledge and educate regional beekeepers on practices to better maintain the health of their bees and their businesses. This project documents for the first time the levels of key parasites and viruses in commercial and hobby bee colonies in Northern New York. Read the results here.
Marketing Tip Sheets
Are you looking to improve your marketing? Want tips for selling at roadside stands, on the internet, through CSAs, co-ops, produce distributors or farmers markets? Check out the National Center for Appropriate Technology's (NCAT) Marketing Tip Sheets, available for free as a PDF download here. The publication contains 13 tip sheets, each of which describes a particular marketing channel and notes some of the considerations associated with that approach to marketing. Each tip sheet also provides additional resources about that marketing channel.
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 resources available in the " Plan Your Farm" section of our 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.