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April 2, 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
veteran, education, field
The 20 Minute Manager Webinar Series  
Join us for our April lunchtime webinar series featuring the best of the "Good to Great in Ag Labor Management" Program. Each webinar will take about 20 minutes and provide tips and resources to help you get off to a great start with your employees this spring. Pre-registration is required but the program is free.  All programs run from 12:00-12:30 on April 2-6 and 9-11. Registration information can be found hereYou are welcome to attend every webinar, or pick and choose the topics that are most useful to you! Topics include: Being a Great Manager, Hiring and Orienting New Staff, and Assessing Employee Skills and Performance.
2-day Intensive - Vegetable Farmer Training for Veterans: May 26-27
This two-day training will be divided between classroom sessions and on-farm training with hands-on activities. Participants should be  actively farming a vegetable operation, have attended an  Armed to Farm event,  or have significant relevant experience working on a vegetable operation. The intent of this workshop is to support farmer veterans working to improve their efficiency and productivity, enhance farm profitability, and make connections to available educational and research resources for continued success on their farms. Registration will open up in early April. Email  drk5@cornell.edu for more info.
Complete the NY Labor Survey for Farm Owners and Managers 
Do you own or manage a farm in New York? Please take the  Survey of Farm Labor Management Practices. Your feedback will help the Labor Ready Farmer's Project develop educational programs and tools to improve farm labor management skills and decision-making. Participants can enter to win either a $100 gift certificate to Tractor Supply or a free Cornell Small Farms online agricultural course of their choice in the coming year. One winner will be selected for every 50 participants. If you have any questions, please contact Kat McCarthy ( kmm485@cornell.edu607-255-9911). To learn more about the project, please visit the  Labor Ready Farmer website.
NYS Issues Inherent Risk Guidance for Farms

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets recently released guidance that clarifies the responsibilities of agri-tourism and equine business operators and their visitors under the Safety in Agricultural Tourism Act. The guidance, found  here , provides an overview of the Safety in Agricultural Tourism Act and best practices for farmers in evaluating the possible risks of the agricultural tourism activity. This guidance document is the first step to help farms meet their obligation in hopes of reducing liability insurance costs. The guidance establishes enhanced protection for farm owners from liabilities associated with inviting the public onto their farms for agricultural tourism events and activities. This includes farm and winery tours, equine activities, and u-pick operations that are conducted for educational or recreational purposes, and that benefit the farm through the sale, marketing, production, harvesting or use of the farm's products . In addition, the document describes the public's responsibilities when visiting these agri-tourism locations.
Young Farmers Coalition
 Kick-Off Meeting (
Leatherstocking Region)
April 7, 3pm-5pm. 
Origins Cafe, 558 Beaver Meadow Rd, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Join us for the kick-off meeting and potluck for the Leatherstocking Region Young Farmers Coalition. As a farmer-driven collective, the chapter will provide a space for regular communication, skills and resource sharing, and advocacy for the network for young, independent farmers following sustainable practices in the Leatherstocking Region of NY (defined here within a 50 mile radius of Cooperstown). The chapter will create a platform for strengthening the community of sustainable farmers and ranchers within their first 10 years of growing or starting a new farm in this region, but is also open to apprentices and seasoned farmers. For more info and to RSVP, contact Kelly & Greta: leatherstocking.nyfc@gmail.com.  
Good to Great: Navigating the Ag Labor Maze

April 12, 11:30am-5pm. 
Jordan Hall, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, 630 W. North St., Geneva, NY, 14456

Do you hire, or are you considering hiring, migrant or foreign-born labor? Do you want to improve your skills in supervising employees who come from different cultures, especially workers from Mexico and Central America? If yes, this workshop is for you!  Learn how to build better relations between farmers and workers and how to establish meaningful communication across cultures and language barriers. Mary Jo Dudley, Director of the Cornell Farmworker Program, will discuss how to create positive workplaces and reduce miscommunication and culturally-based misunderstandings. Other speakers will address access to health services, opportunities for English language learning, and tips for worker and employer emergency preparedness. Register online here, or contact  Abby Henderson at (518) 746-2553 or  aef225@cornell.edu .
The New York Nut Growers Association and the Pennsylvania Nut Growers Association Joint Spring Meeting

April 21, 9am-3pm. 
Delaware Valley University, 700 E. Butler Avenue, Doylestown, PA 18901

The New York Nut Growers Association (NYNGA) and the Pennsylvania Nut Growers Association will hold a joint spring meeting at Delaware Valley University, 700 E. Butler Avenue, Doylestown, PA 18901, on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 9:00 to 3:00. Anyone zealous about growing nut trees is welcome to come. There will be presentations in the morning session on the commercialization of Eastern hazelnuts, the Gleaning Project of South Central Pennsylvania, the Hundred Fruit Farm Permaculture CSA, the Downingtown nut tree plantings of John W. Hershey, urban orchards and food forests, farm succession, and government resources to help farmers with legal issues. We will have demonstrations of grafting in the greenhouse in the afternoon.  A block of rooms, with two double beds, has been reserved at the Hampton Inn in near-by Warrington, PA, if meeting participants need or want to reserve rooms at the Delaware Valley University corporate rate. For questions, or for possible room sharing and car-pooling, contact Jerry Henkin, NYNGA President,  sproutnut@aol.com , (914) 282-1371. Visit NYNGA's website for further details and to access the registration form.
Farm Tour for Veterans

May 2, 10am-12pm. 
Lake Effect Farms, 17075 Cook Road, Watertown, NY 13601

On May 2nd, 2018 at 10:00am, John and Kirsten Anderson will be giving a tour of their "Lake Effect Farms".  John is a proud veteran who has a herd of milking shorthorn cattle, has traveled to cattle shows throughout the country, and is a talented carpenter and woodshop enthusiast. Following the tour will be discussion and a free lunch featuring local foods. All veterans, active servicemen/women, and family members welcome! Register online. For questions related to this event, contact Alyssa Couse at 315-788-8450 or amc557@cornell.edu .
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
CCE 4H Youth Development Resource Educator - Morrisville, NY

The 4-H Youth Development Resource Educator serves as a team member in developing, planning, implementing and evaluating the 4-H and Youth Development education programming in Madison County. Responsible for identifying and assessing educational program needs, developing program goals and objectives, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs for youth and adults who work with youth, with a subject focus on agriculture, science and technology, healthy lifestyles, life skills and workforce preparation, as well as community service and leadership. Provide volunteer support and management. Work as an Extension Association team member in addressing local, regional, and statewide programming priorities.   Lead, oversee and carry out fund development and fundraising efforts of Madison County Youth Development fundraising.   The 4-H Youth Development Resource Educator embraces the Staff Skills for Success demonstrating health and safety, jobs skills, inclusiveness, adaptability, self-development, communication, teamwork, service-mindedness, stewardship, and innovation. Read the full job description and apply online here .
Goat People Livestock
Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Commission Goatherds

The Martha's Vineyard Land Bank seeks two individuals to assist during the summer season in the ecological goat grazing program. The Land Bank has established a goat grazing program with approximately 170 goats to reclaim old fields and manage invasive and aggressive plant species. The goatherds will work with the Land Bank Ecologist and Staff to implement summer grazing rotations. Your completed application packet should include: 1) land bank employment application; 2) attendant questionnaire; 3) current resume; 4) a cover letter; and 5) the names and contacts for three references. Application for employment with the land bank and attendant questionnaire are located on the land bank website . Send completed application packet to Ian Peach at the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Commission, P.O. Box 2057, Edgartown, MA 02539 or e-mail it to ian.peach@vineyardlandbank.com (subject line - Land Bank Goatherd). Interviews will be conducted in person or by telephone. Please contact Ian Peach via email or by phone (508) 627-7141 if you have questions or require additional information concerning this announcement. Application deadline is April 6, 2018.
Stone Barns Center - Assistant Grazier
Stone Barns Center has an immediate opening for a full-time Assistant Grazier. This position reports to the Grazier (Manager) responsible for the management and operations associated with the health and welfare of all ruminant species in our intensive 100% grass-fed system. The pastures cover approximately 330 acres of grasslands. The Assistant Grazier is responsible for supporting all aspects of production associated with the Center's multispecies grazing program across all grasslands in accordance with a Conservation Action Plan. The Assistant Grazier must have experience with large ruminant animals and equipment operation and have a basic understanding of grassland and pasture ecosystems management. This individual will work within an integrated team of farmers, researchers and other experts to further the development of a resilient agro-ecological system, explore symbiotic relationships between animals, plant-base and soil ecology and contribute to farm innovation and experimentation. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:  jobs@stonebarnscenter.org. Learn more about this opportunity at Stone Barns Center's "opportunities" page.
Vocational Boni-Bel Farm Internship, Brewster, NY (May to November)
A key goal in special education is to prepare students for
adulthood by providing career development and vocational training. Agricultural settings offer a rich opportunity to build such life skills. Boni-Bel Organic Farm & Country Store, just a half-mile from the Brewster campus, offers opportunities for Green Chimneys students to learn and perfect a trade of their interest.  Interns guide therapeutic/recreational activities such as maintaining a flock of organic chickens and preparing fresh eggs for sale, making gift baskets, bee-keeping, harvesting vegetables, maple sugaring, and assisting in special events such as Saturday Farm Markets. Experiential 1:1 vocational sessions guided by interns are designed to help individual students following New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) standards.  Room and board are available, along with a small stipend.  Apply online here .
Applications Available for Armed to Farm in New Hampshire

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is bringing their Armed to Farm training to New Hampshire. Armed to Farm gives military veterans an opportunity to transition to a farming life. Armed to Farm combines engaging classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities. Participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, vegetable production, and more. Participants gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise. In addition, Armed to Farm attendees join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors. Veterans must  complete an application online by  April 27, 2018. The program is available to military veterans in the Northeast who are interested in starting a farm or who have recently begun farming (less than 10 years). Spouses and farming partners are also invited to apply.
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Funding Opportunities
Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program
The Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive (SACC) Grants Program will support the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. The goal of the SACC program is to significantly increase crop production and/or acreage by developing and testing of superior germplasm, improving methods of planting, cultivation, and harvesting, and transferring new knowledge to producers (via Extension) as soon as practicable. Extension, education, and communication activities related to the research areas above must be addressed in the proposal. View the RFA and apply for the grant hereClosing date for applications is April 18, 2018.
Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grant Program 
The goal of the Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grant Program (FBMB) is to strongly support the intellectual talent and collaborative efforts to maintain the national, publicly available farm financial management database needed to meet the challenges facing the nation's agriculture and food systems. Meeting these challenges will require innovative approaches that foster multi-disciplinary projects. This means that farm management producers must be educated and prepared to work effectively across disciplines in order to work to solve agricultural and educational challenges. The FBMB program engages producers in improving the United States farm management knowledge and skills by encompassing the USDA/NIFA's food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. Further grant details, including application eligibility, can be found in the RFA
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on April 20, 2018.
Local Food Promotion Program
Applications are requested for the fiscal year 2018 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). LFPP's purpose is 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 local and regional food businesses (including those that are not direct producer-to-consumer markets) that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products. Eligible applicants include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks, CSA associations, economic development corporations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, producer networks, producer associations, public benefit corporations, regional farmers markets authorities, and Tribal governments. View further details about this grant opportunity here. Applications are due May 7, 2018.
Latest Resources
Ag Apprenticeship Toolkit

Developed by the Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network, the "Ag Apprenticeship Toolkit" is a comprehensive guide to establishing or improving an agricultural apprenticeship on your farm or ranch. This resource includes tools, suggestions, and external links to supplementary resources.
Beekeeping: Considerations for the Ecological Beekeeper 
In this Powerpoint presentation, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Omar Rodriquez will help you understand some of the essential topics and challenges facing today's beekeepers.   This presentation is intended for all people interested in beekeeping, particularily those who live in areas where agrochemicals are typically used. Click Here to access the Powerpoint. Esta presentación también está   disponible en español.
Farmland Access Legal Toolkit
Land access and farm transfer are two of the most important issues farmers face. The goal of the Farmland Access Legal Toolkit  is to provide a helpful resource for farmers who need land in order to farm, and for farmers who want to transition their land to another farmer, as part of their estate planning or for other reasons.  This resource is designed so that farmers can be better prepared to talk to an attorney about their individual situation. An improved understanding of the legal options described in this toolkit can help farmers create realistic farm transfer or acquisition goals before consulting with an attorney. This makes time with an attorney more efficient, less expensive (because lawyers often charge by the hour), and more likely to lead to a positive outcome for farmers.
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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.