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Fresh News

Wednesday/August 31, 2011


Dear friend,  


As you know, parts of NY state including much of the Hudson Valley, Catskills and Capital region experienced tremendous flooding as a result of Hurricane Irene this past weekend. We are sad to report that many of our farms across this area have been devastated by the storm. NOFA-NY is working to provide assistance to farms who are in need of financial or volunteer support. 


If your farm or a farm that you know of is in need of assistance (financial or labor-wise) please contact us right away with information. We are working with New York Farm Bureau, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Governor's office on attaining federal disaster declarations for the counties that need it. NOFA-NY is also working with Crop Mob Hudson Valley and NYC to organize teams of volunteers to assist farms during this crisis. If farms would benefit from a group of volunteers to assist with clean-up and repairs please let us know.


Click here for more flooding information. 


NOFA-NY Events fielddays


 Let the Sun Shine In: 4 Farms Open Doors to Highlight Renewable Energy   Date: September 12, 2011
Location: Four Winds Farm, 158 Marabac Rd, Gardiner, NY 12525
Time:  10am-12pm   
You've been wondering about that wind mill that went up down the road for a while now. Jay and Polly Armour at Four Winds Farm will describe their professionally installed PV electric system and share other techniques to reduce fossil fuel use. This event is co-sponsored by Cornell Small Farms, SARE, and NOFA-NY. 
Contact Violet Stone at 607-255-9227 or


Cover Crops as a Key Component to Vegetable Crop Rotations    
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2011      
Location: The Poughkeepsie Farm Project: Vassar College Farm (Dutchess Co.)
Time: 2:00pm - 7:00pm (including potluck supper)
An often-overlooked component to Beginning Farmers' farm plans is the incorporation no cover crops into summer vegetable crop rotations.  During a tour of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project's fields, we will look to see if we can detect differences between fields that have recently been cover cropped and areas that have not been cover cropped as recently. 


CSA in Western New York: An Introduction to Membership Farming
Date: September 18, 2011
Location: CCE Cattaraugus County, 28 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville, NY 14731
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
As consumer demand for CSAs continues to grow, so does the need for new CSAs in the region. If you are considering starting a CSA at your farm, you won't want to miss this day-long introduction to running a membership farm. Stew Ritchie (Native Offerings Farm), David Schummer (Canticle Farms), and Dan Oles (Promised Land CSA) will discuss different models of member recruitment, crop planning, share pricing, communications, and a whole host of other topics that will get you started on the road to running a successful CSA.  This day-long workshop includes printed and electronic resources.  
The cost of this field day will be $25 for NOFA-NY members and $40 for all others. Call Katie at (585)271-1979 ext. 512 or visit our Shopping Page.


Transitioning an Organic Farm to Draft Power   Date: September 22, 2011
Location: Roxbury Farm: 2501 State Rte. 9h, Kinderhook, NY 12106 (Columbia Co.)
Time: 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Join NOFA-NY, Jean-Paul Courtens, Jody Bolluyt, and Donn Hewes for a look at what it takes to transition a large successful CSA to horse power.  How is it different from starting a horse powered farm?  We will take a tour of Roxbury Farm where we will attempt to answer the question - What if we were doing it with horses? 

To register for any of NOFA-NY's field days, please call Katie at (585)271-1979 ext. 512, by email at membership@nofany.org or visit the NOFA-NY Shopping Page to regsiter via web.

NOFA-NY News!nofanews 

Blight Update: 8/31/11

Late blight has been confirmed on tomato from a home garden in Otsego Co., NY, north of Unadilla and Sidney and near the eastern border of Chenango County.   


Apply for crop insurance today! 

RMA Apiculture and Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Protection- Sign Up Deadline is September 30th!

The Raleigh Regional Office, USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA), reminds New York beekeepers and Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) producers that the Group Risk Protection (GRP) Rainfall Index program is available in New York. September 30, is the final date for producers to apply for crop insurance.


General Information generalinfo

Soil Management in Berry Crops as a Model for Management Education Project Invites Ag Educators to Participate in a Free Webinar Series

Commercial berry growers in the Northeast have traditionally made standardized fertilizer applications based on crop age. This practice continues today, some 10 years or more after commercial berry crop guidelines for analysis-based fertilization programs became widely available. Adoption of soil health improving practices has also been slow. We invite you to participate in the project by joining us for an educational webinar series on the topic beginning Friday, September 30, 2011 at 2 PM EST (full schedule follows).


Policy and ActionPolicy 

Tell Secretary Vilsack to Regulate Genetically Engineered Crops

This is a pivotal moment in our fight for sustainable, organic and non-GE agriculture. The biotech industry has mounted a full-court press on USDA and Congress to gut the current regulatory system. It is crucial that organic and non-GE supporters send a strong message to USDA now, before it is too late.

PLEASE SIGN ON TO this letter

(see below) which calls for USDA to implement strong and fair regulations and identifies six main points for strengthening the regulations.

Flooding Information Floodinfo

If Your Farm Has Been Impacted:  

Take photographs of damage, contact your county emergency management office for urgent needs and then work with your county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to document and report damage.

Follow the link for detailed information from Farm Bureau and links to additional information on the specific disaster assistance programs here: http://www.nyfb.org/resources/topic_detail.cfm?ID=413.


Guidelines and considerations for operations that have been flooded: 


Flood waters are likely to contain contaminants including bacteria, viruses, and parasites, for these reasons, the FDA considers crops where the edible portion has come in contact with flood waters to be adulterated and should not be sold for human consumption. All crops in which edible portions that have come in contact with flood waters should be destroyed or discarded. Before cleaning up or destroying crops in flooded fields, check with your crop insurance and/or local Farm Services Agency (FSA) representatives regarding exact documentation to certify losses, procedures for initiating claims, possible financial assistance. 


Workers should wear protective clothing when working in fields that were flooded and where plants that may be contaminated. Protective clothing should be discarded or thoroughly cleaned after working in flooded areas.  


Avoid feeding crops that came in contact with flood waters to livestock as plants could have pesticides, pathogens, mycotoxins, or other contaminants that could be harmful to livestock health.

If your well head was submerged, re-test your well water to make sure that only safe, potable water comes into direct contact with produce.
Organic growers: flood waters might contain residues of prohibited substances and you need to contact your certifier to discuss your situation.  

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Localvore Fair!
September 3, 2011

'When Cauliflower Was King' Author Diane Galusha Discussion
September 4, 2011

Cooking with Herbs at the NY Wine and Culinary Center
September 8, 2011    

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