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August 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

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Agroforestry In Practice: 3-Day Training for Service Providers
The Small Farms Program is partnering with CCE Schuyler to host a three-day course from October 17-19 designed for service providers including extension educators, farm non-profit organizations, public and private foresters, and consultants who routinely work with landowners and farmers to implement best agroforestry practices. The training will include both classroom time as well as many outings to established agroforestry farms to see these systems in practice first hand. See the agenda and view registration and lodging details here.
Baskets or Pallets: Vegetable Grading and Packaging
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is offering a hands-on, on-farm experience on August 24 to aide in understanding how to determine quality and grade of agricultural products. This session is designed to prepare farms in NY, both beginning and experienced, to enter new markets. Learn how to grade vegetables and package for different markets. There will be hands-on training with peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. This workshop will take place at Catskill Cattle Co. (located in Deposit, NY). Read more information on our website.  
sheep, livestock Farm Tour for Veterans
Are you interested in growing your own meat, fruits, and veggies? Take a tour of Cross Island Farm, a local diversified farm, where you will network with other veterans, get your questions answered, and enjoy a picnic. All veterans, active servicemen/women, and family members are welcome to this event on Wednesday, August 23 from 10am-12pm! The tour is free of charge, but please RSVP to 315-788-8450. Visit the website for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County for more information.
New & Beginning Farmer Listening Tour
Please join the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets for their upcoming listening tour, where they will be joined by great partners from across the state to share resources and host a dialogue to discuss the challenges faced by new and beginning farmers in New York State. There will be five more meetings spanning from August to the end of September; one each in Batavia, New York City, Riverhead, Watertown, and Cobleskill. View the full listing of dates and events here.
Endorsement of National Soil Health Measurements
The concept of soil health is gaining widespread attention because it promotes agricultural practices that are not only good for the farmer, but also good for the environment. To help implement widely-applicable, consistent measures of soil health, the Soil Health Institute announces its endorsement of 19 national soil health measurements, including organic carbon, pH, and water-stable aggregation. The purpose of these measurements is to establish consistency in order to better assess the state of the nation's soils. Read about all 19 measurements on the Soil Health institute website.
Compost with Confidence: Indoor Composting
August 26, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm. Ithaca Community Gardens, Carpenter Circle at 3rd Street near Ithaca Farmers' Market, Ithaca NY 14950.
This class is the third in a series of five courses in which local composting experts provide information and give hands-on demonstrations to help you set up and manage a compost system in any setting. The class will cover composting basics, and then will delve into maintaining an indoor bin using a double bin ("stealth") system. To sign up in advance for this free class, email Adam Michaelides at acm1@cornell.edu or call (607) 272-2292. More information can be found here. Keep an eye out for the two final courses in this series on September 23 and October 21.
Third Annual Finger Lakes Permaculture Tour Weekend
August 26-28, 2017. Various locations in Central NY.
The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute will be hosting a weekend of tours of permaculture farms, gardens, parks, and homes; a plant sale; networking; music; and screenings of INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective. Registration is free of charge, but donations are requested to support the ongoing work of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and Permaculture Tour Weekend. For more information and registration, visit the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute website.
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Building an Organic Dairy from the Ground Up
August 31, 2017, 1:00-4:00pm. 955 Parker St., Marathon, NY 13803.
In this free field day, participants will learn about assessing soil health, developing a farm design, and building their own dairy. Jim and Anne Phillips of  Triple 3 Livestock will share their farm story and provide a tour of their new facilities. Mark Kopecky,  Organic Valley Agronomist, will discuss soil health as it pertains to crop production and pasture management. Fay Benson,  Cornell University SCNY Regional Team, will bring the Soil Health Trailer to demonstrate variations in soil types and management systems. Fay will also share his knowledge of crop insurance options available in New York State. This event is produced by NOFA-NY with support from  Organic Valley Cropp Cooperative and the  USDA-Risk Management Agency. Register here.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
NOFA-NY Seeks Food Safety Outreach Consultant
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY)  is seeking a Food Safety Outreach Consultant to provide support to NOFA-NY's Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP) project, "Expanding Food Safety Outreach and Education to Small and Mid-sized Farms in New York and Vermont". The candidate must have a strong desire to promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing, and to support NOFA-NY in its mission to bring consumer and farmer closer together to make high quality food available to all people. Apply here.
Hawthorne Valley Farm Dairy/Livestock Manager
Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY is looking for a Dairy Herd/Livestock Manager to manage and grow this dynamic enterprise, central to the success of the 900-acre biodynamic farm. This position is part of a five-member management team of Hawthorne Valley Farm. The candidate will be a team player, an active learner, a good interpersonal communicator and self-starter, be practiced at professional farm record keeping (including organic and biodynamic certification), enjoy collaboration with and mentoring of several farm apprentices. This is a full-time position with full Hawthorne Valley Association employee benefits and on farm housing. Please direct all inquiries and applications to Steffen Schneider at steffen@hawthornevalleyfarm.org.
HFVH  Administrative Assistant, Education Program
The Hudson Valley Farm Hub (HVFH) is seeking an Administrative Assistant, Education Program to support the ProFarmer Training Program. The Administrative Assistant will perform administrative and office support activities as part of a tightly-knit team that supports the mission and goals of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. The position is based in the Hurley, NY office and reports to the Associate Director for Farmer Training. To apply, please submit your application by email to profarmer@hvfarmhub.org. Inquiries about the position may be made to Sara Katz at (845) 331-1187 x107.
Funding Opportunities
Industrial Hemp Processing Grant Fund
New York State has also allocated up to $5 million for grants for machinery and equipment required to process industrial hemp for commercialization in New York. Grants may provide a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum of $500,000 for up to 50% of total project costs supporting capital investments. To be eligible, the facility must be located wholly in New York State which processes industrial hemp for commercialization. Read the grant guidelines and find the application here.
Chicken chick livestock poultry FACT Funding for Livestock and Poultry Trainings
As funding allows, FACT (Food Animal Concern Trust) will award scholarships of up to $100 to livestock and poultry farmers to cover the cost of farm tours, field days, workshops, conferences, or any other training related to humane farming techniques. Any workshop, field day, conference, or training in the continental United States that covers humane animal husbandry practices is eligible. FACT will reimburse up to $100 for expenses associated with workshop registration fees. For eligibility, guidelines, and the application form, click  here. Applications will be reviewed as long as funds last.
Latest Resources

Updated Cornell Fruit Resource Website Grape Fruit Wine

The Cornell Fruit Resources web pages have been updated to provide more extensive and up-to-date information for commercial growers. The site features food safety guidelines, marketing and value-added resources, business and labor regulations, as well as a number of other resources. Check out the new site here!

Agricultural Industry Snapshots - 2nd Quarter 2017
Farm Credit East, ACA has shared a new section of their website containing snapshots for nine Northeast agriculture, forest products and commercial fishing industries. These snapshots will be updated on a quarterly basis and contain links to other resources.  The most recent update reports that overall, U.S. agriculture, as well as that of the Northeast, continues to face some challenging market conditions, but there are also a number of bright spots and some improvements are in the forecast. Click here for more details about each of the nine industries.
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.