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November 16, 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

Registration Open for "Healthy People, Healthy Planet"
The intersection of health and agriculture is the focus of the upcoming Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York's Winter Conference in Saratoga Springs. Through its 12 themed tracks featuring more than 80 workshops and presenters, conference attendees have the opportunity to recharge and re-invigorate before the next growing season. The conference is widely-known for networking, mentoring, and learning from wide-ranging experts in workshop tracks including permaculture, homesteading, specialty crops, marketing, and livestock.  To register and for complete information, click here call  (585) 271-1979 , or email  registration@nofany.org .
Improving Agriculture Labor Management
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is offering four workshops on Ag Labor Management Resources this winter that will help you better manage your  farm's employees. Check out the Ag Labor Management Resources flier for more information, dates and times of workshops, and registration, or contact Mary Jo Dudley at Farmworkers@cornell.edu or (607) 254-5194. The Cornell Small Farms Program has funding to provide scholarships
for NYS Veterans to attend this program.
To learn more about this opportunity, and
determine if you are eligible for a
scholarship, please contact Kat McCarthy at
kmm485@cornell.edu or  (607) 255-9911.
Apply for the New Farmer Grant Fund
New York State announced $1 million for the  4th round of the New Farmers Grant Fund.  The grants will help beginning farmers improve  profitability through one or both of the following  program goals: e xpanding agricultural production, diversifying  agricultural production and/or extending the  agricultural season, and a dvancing innovative agricultural techniques  that increase sustainable practice. Check out the program guidelines and application, or view the program overview hereApplications must be postmarked by January 26, 2018. It is anticipated grant awards will be announced in late Spring/early Summer 2018.
2017 Census of Agriculture
In December, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online via the improved web questionnaire. The online questionnaire has been revised extensively to make it more convenient for producers. Conducted once every five years, the census of agriculture is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every state and county in the country. Farmers and ranchers, trade associations, government, extension educators, researchers, and many others rely on census of agriculture data when making decisions that shape American agriculture - from creating and funding farm programs to boosting services for communities and the industry. The census of agriculture is a producer's voice, future, and opportunity. For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, click here, or call  (800) 727-9540.
Help Influence Crop Insurance Policies
Calling all commercial farmers and ranchers! NCAT is offering $20 for spending 20 minutes taking a survey of needs and attitudes about crop insurance. You can take the confidential survey at  www.ncat.org/cropinsurance using any computer, smart phone, or other mobile device.  You'll be helping NCAT make recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) about crop insurance for diversified, organic, and specialty crop producers. But we need to hear from all   kinds of farmers and ranchers in all  parts of the country. The deadline for taking the survey has been extended to November 22, 2017.  For more information, click  here  or e-mail  cropinsurance@ncat.org .
Insect Basics and Estimating Machinery Costs for Better Decision-Making

November 20, 12-2pm.
CCE Columbia/Greene Office, 479 Rte. 66, Hudson, NY

This farmer discussion group meeting will start with lunch. Afterward, Aaron Gabriel will discuss basic insect biology and identification, using a hand lens to look at insects and how to send photos using a phone. Afterward, Sandy Buxton will lead a discussion about how to estimate farm machinery costs to make better decisions about repairing/renting/purchasing machinery.  Questions? Contact Aaron Gabriel (518-380-1496/ adg12@cornell.edu ) or Sandy Buxton (518-380-1798/ sab22@cornell.edu ).
Building Online Connections between Farmers and Consumers: FreshFoodNY

November 27, 12-1:30pm.

The Farmers Market Federation of NY is announcing a partnership with Crave Foods to offer an exciting new opportunity to bring consumers and farmers together through an online platform. The goal is to bring new customers to our farmers markets and boost sales for our farmers. This workshop will be an introduction to the online market and how markets and farmers can participate in this exciting opportunity. Register for the webinar here.
Winter Storage Vegetable Crops
November 30, 9:30am-3:30pm. 
Gideon Putnam Hotel, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Keeping storage crops all winter requires healthy crops to start and storage conditions tailored to the needs of each vegetable. Come to join us to learn about the key crop considerations that affect long term storage, vegetable storage conditions specifics, cooler construction, and controls & thermostats.  Tickets are $40 for ENYCHP enrolled members, and $20 for additional guests from the same (enrolled) farm. $45/$25 for non-enrolled farms.  Lunch included! To register, click here or call Abby Henderson at 518-746-2553. 
We will have 2 CoolBot units valued at $329 each as door prizes, but you must be present to win.
Navigating the Ag Labor Maze

December 7, 11:30am-4pm. 
Jordan Hall, 614 W North St, Geneva, NY 14456

This workshop will provide tips and tools for employers of foreign born agricultural workers. Learn how to build better relations between farmers and workers and how to establish meaningful communications across cultures. Presenters will address how to create positive workplaces, access to health services, opportunities for English language learning, and tips for worker and employer emergency preparedness.  The cost to attend is $20 per person which can be paid by cash or check made payable to Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County. Light refreshments will be served. Click here to register.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Farm Manager Wanted
SustainAbility Farm, located in Accord, NY, is looking for a farm manager to help us grow our farm operation, currently a CSA, with some restaurant sales. We also offer the opportunity for our farm manager to lease some acres at minimal cost to start your own independent farm operation. Our farm is dedicated to offering people with developmental disabilities the chance to make agriculture their life's work. In this way, they join their adult communities, not only as consumers, but also as producers. Anyone considering this job would have to be comfortable working with different people. We can offer an apartment in our beautiful farmhouse overlooking the Mohonk Ridge in the Hudson Valley, and some opportunity for outside income to the right farmer or farm couple. Interested? Please email resume and/or letter of introduction to Wendy Kaplan at wsksustain@gmail.com. Thank you.
Whole Farm Planning in the Northeast
This Whole Farm Planning training guides farmers through specific processes to improve on-farm decision making, increase farm efficiency, develop communication skills, enhance profitability, and ensure environmental conditions on farms.  The 3 year program will involve 3 in person sessions, each lasting 2.5 days. And 2, once-a-week webinars for 4 weeks. The first in person sessions will be held in December 2017, the second session in December 2018 and the third session in December 2019.  The first 4-week webinar series will be in Feb-March 2018, the second in Feb-March 2019. All expenses for the training will be paid through a Northeast SARE Professional Development Grant.  Covered expenses include travel, room and board, and supplies and materials. Additionally, a program mentor will support participants through communication on monthly conference calls and via email.  For more information about the program, contact Sarah Williford at  (845) 264-2401 or   sarahmwilliford@gmail.com. Applications due to Sarah Williford by November 20th 2017.
Four Bedroom Farm House with 103 Acres of Land Available
Available for rent or long term lease, north of Horseheads. Four bedroom farm house with 103 acres of land. The farm house, over 100 years old, with love could become a solid family home. The barn, built in 1954, needs some repairs. Ample fertile land for gardens and crops, a stream and a pond and lots of trees make this a great place to live. We are ideally looking for a family who would love and look after this family farm and be interested in a long term lease. There is also a wood stove and a furnace. We would like $200 a week. Write to  bobbygreg@gmail.com if interested in more information. 
Groundswell Center Job Opening: Business Development Program Coordinator 

This position primarily supports aspiring, beginning and existing farmers from diverse backgrounds in their business development and goals including overseeing Groundswell's farm business courses and services for English speakers and English as a New Language Learners.  This is a full-time 30-hour/week position. The position is grant funded until December 2018, with the possibility to renew based on funding and performance. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2017, and the position start date is January 3, 2018. Click here for the full position description. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume as one attachment to Elizabeth@GroundswellCenter.org with "Last Name_BizCoord" in the subject line. We prefer emailed submissions, however you may also drop off or mail your application to 225 S Fulton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Take Root Program
Are you a military veteran interested in learning the trade of farming? Look no further! Take Root is a program that connects veterans to paid employment and training on established farms in southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and the Chicagoland area.  The application period is until December 1, 2017. Applicants should demonstrate a strong motivation to learn the business of sustainable farming. Learn more about the program here, and submit an applicationFor more information email farmertraining@learngrowconnect.org  or call the Farmer Training department at 815-389-8455. 
Sweet Land Farm 2018 Crew
We are now hiring for the 2018 season. We hire a small 4 person crew to work April through the middle of November 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. We farm 20 acres of fruits and vegetables and market to a 300 member Summer CSA and a 100 member Winter CSA. We offer competitive wages starting at $12/hour (or more depending on experience) and employment includes a CSA share and a weeks vacation in September. Our CSA market allows us to spend most of our time focused on production. You will be involved in all aspects of the farm from greenhouse seeding, planting, cultivating, irrigating, pest management, and harvest. We are looking for dedicated people willing to work hard and work well with a small crew of people. If you are interested in becoming part of our team please send an email and resume to Paul Martin at  sweetlandfarmcsa@gmail.com.
Five Seats Open on Food Policy Council
On behalf of the Food Policy Council of Buffalo and Erie County (FPC), we are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for 5 open seats on the Council. The Council currently meets 6 times per year, typically after standard working hours. All members are expected to attend meetings, barring an unavoidable conflict. In addition, council members are required to serve on a working group of their choosing, which typically meet outside of standard council meetings, at the discretion of the working group. If you're interested in affecting positive change in the Buffalo and Erie County food system, and feel that you can add value and perspective to the Council, please consider applying. Applications are currently being accepted until November 30, 2017. Please send a copy of your resume to  FPC@erie.gov and fill out and submit the form found here. We are excited to begin 2018 with every seat filled! In the event that you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kelly Fletcher, at  FPC@erie.gov or call 716.858.4752.
Green City Growers: Director of Horticulture
Green City Growers (GCG) is New England's premier urban farming company. We transform unused spaces into thriving urban farms, providing schools, homeowners, restaurants, businesses and communities with immediate access to nutritious food, while revitalizing city landscapes and inspiring self-sufficiency.  The Director of Horticulture oversees the planting and maintenance of GCG's ~125 urban farm sites throughout the greater Boston area. They will manage the farm staff and delegate tasks in-house and on-site to ensure our gardens and services meet or exceed client expectations. The Director of Horticulture will collaborate and work to support GCG'sother departments (i.e., education, sales, administrative, and operations), ensuring efficiency and smoothness of work. Strong people skills and the ability to direct others respectfully and effectively are requirements. The Director of Horticulture must also keep a constant eye toward improving products and systems as GCG continues to grow. To apply, please attach a resume and cover letter to jobs@greencitygrowers.com outlining your experience and desire to be part of our team. Please, no calls or emails other than to this address. For the full description, click here.
Livestock Farmer Leasing Opportunity at Meadowland Farm
Historic Meadowland Farm in Clinton Corners, NY (Dutchess County) is looking to lease land to an entrepreneurial farmer eager to build a livestock business. Our family owned farm is ideal for raising livestock as the 135-acre property has been completely re-fenced with page wire and includes several 10-20 acre segregated fenced/gated pastures. We have a large 8,000-10,000 square foot barn complex (and silo) that has been used in the past for animals as well as for hay/grain storage. The barnyard also has two moderately sized machine storage sheds. In the fields, we have several run-in sheds and smaller catch-pens/paddocks. There are two streams and a small pond supplying water. The pastures are high quality, having been continuously grazed/hayed for decades. Equipment is available for use and includes: tractors, haying equipment, cone seeder, cultivation implements, and a mobile chicken house. Candidates who bring a seriousness of purpose, a thoughtful business plan, and a congenial personality will find that Meadowland Farm can offer low cost land access and a highly supportive environment in return. Those wishing to apply should send a resume and cover letter to Judah@Meadowlandfarmny.com.
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Funding Opportunities
Farmer Grants for Sustainable Agriculture in the Northeast (NESARE) 
NESARE Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices.  To apply, you must be a commercial farmer in the Northeast SARE region. You need not be farming full time, but your operation should have an established crop or animal product that you sell on a regular basis. For more info, click  hereDue December 5th, 2017.
New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund
New York State has allocated $250,000 in the state budget for the New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund. Its purpose is to provide grants to support veterans across the state grow their agricultural businesses.  The grant fund helps improve the profitability of a farm owned by a veteran  through one or both of the following  program goals: e xpanding agricultural production, diversifying  agricultural production and/or extending the  agricultural season, and a dvancing innovative agricultural techniques  that increase sustainable practices. Check out the program guidelines and application, or view the program overview hereApplications must be postmarked by January 26, 2018. It is anticipated grant awards will be announced in late Spring/early Summer 2018.
New York State Young Farmers Loan Forgiveness Incentive Program Now Taking Applications
Applications are now being accepted for the  New York State Young Farmers Loan Forgiveness Incentive Program. This program provides loan forgiveness awards to individuals who obtain an undergraduate degree from an approved New York State college or university and agree to operate a farm in New York State, on a full-time basis, for five years.  The deadline for submission is December 1, 2017.
New Farmers Grant Fund Program
New York State announced $1 million for the  4th round of the New Farmers Grant Fund.  The grants will help beginning farmers improve  profitability through one or both of the following  program goals: e xpanding agricultural production, diversifying  agricultural production and/or extending the  agricultural season, and a dvancing innovative agricultural techniques  that increase sustainable practice. Check out the program guidelines and application, or view the program overview hereApplications must be postmarked by January 26, 2018. It is anticipated grant awards will be announced in late Spring/early Summer 2018.
Scholarships Available for 
Veterans to Attend SSAWG Conference

Limited scholarships are available for military veterans who would like to attend Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's (SAWG) annual  Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference. Southern SAWG will host the 2018 conference January 17 through January 20 in Chattanooga, TN. This popular event focuses on practical tools and solutions to build the necessary bridges between farmers, marketers, agriculture professionals, and local-food system advocates. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is December 8, 2017. The application is available  here. Selection priority will be given to veterans in the Southeast who have been farming less than 10 years, but all veterans are welcome to apply. For more information on the scholarships,   contact Margo Hale at  margoh@ncat.org . To learn more about the conference,  visit the website  here .
Latest Resources
ATTRA Voices From the Field: Farming the Ocean
Ocean farming is the new frontier for sustainable and restorative food production. More than that, it holds promise for job creation, coastal community development, and ecosystem restoration. In this podcast Lee Rinehart, a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, is joined by Bren Smith, executive director of Greenwave, a non-profit focused on expanding opportunities for fisherman and farmers to start sustainable shellfish and aquatic plant farming enterprises. Bren, a former commercial fisherman turned ocean farmer and advocate, explains the multitrophic 3-D Ocean Farming concept, and invites listeners to share in a new vision for seafood production.  You can find this episode of "ATTRA: Voices from the Field" and others on a wide-range of sustainable-agriculture topics here.
Farm-Based Approaches to Food Safety
If you are a farmer whose market channels are requesting a GAP audit or are confused about whether or not your farm needs to comply with the new national food safety standards, the video series "Farm-Based Approaches to Food Safety: The Internal GAP Audit" is a good place to start. To see the video series click here.
New York State Berry Growers Association November Newsletter
The growing season may be coming to a close, but a season full of workshops and education is just heating up. This month's newsletter from the NYS Berry Growers Association is full of news from around the industry over the past couple of months, when most of us were still knee-deep in farm work. It's also got a comprehensive listing of conferences, expos, meetings, and workshops from now through February 2018. 
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