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March 16th, 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 Farm Program
Small Farms Program Highlights
Two-Day Intensive Tractor Operation and Management Clinics
The Cornell Small Farms Program will be hosting 2 regional  two-day, intensive workshops led by Shane LaBrake, who provides an unusual and holistic approach to tractor operation, safety and  routine maintenance. The classes are designed to de-mystify tractors and equipment, empower and inspire, and inform "scale-appropriate" equipment choices and purchase decisions. Attend the workshop in either Belmont (WNY) on April 23rd and 24th OR Canton (NNY) on April 27th and 28th.  
Your Perspective Needed at the NYS  Livestock   Summit
Cornell University's Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension are partnering to host the NYS Livestock Summit   on March 30, 2017 from 1-4 pm at 8 locations throughout the state Our aim is to prioritize needs to grow the livestock sector in NY. The target audience for the Summit is the experienced producer and supporting agencies/industries. Your perspective and feedback is essential to shape the future of livestock industry support in NY! Register here.
Shared-Kitchen Survey
Are you a shared-kitchen manager or owner? Have you ever had to explain to a lender, funder or decision-maker about what your kitchen does and how many people have a stake in your business or entity? Do other local businesses depend on you keeping your doors open? If you answered 'yes' to one or more of the questions above, please click here to take our survey.  Purdue Extension is reaching out to shared-use kitchen owners and managers across the U.S. who are interested in learning more about the impact of their kitchens on the local economy. Our research aims to quantify that information by conducting an online survey so that shared-use commercial kitchen managers will have the tools you need to communicate effectively with decision makers about what you do. Our results will be shared widely with the shared-kitchen community.
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H7 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Tennessee
Biosecurity is of utmost importance now that wild bird migration is underway and HPAI has been detected in Tennessee. All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian (in New York:  518-457-3502 ) or through USDA's toll-free number at  1-866-536-7593 . Additional information on biosecurity for can be found here.
Webinar Series: Farmers Markets First!
March 22 & 29, 12-1:30pm. Online.
Today, farmers markets across New York face more competition than ever before. Customers seeking local food are being courted by grocery stores attempting to mimic the market, meal delivery kit services, community supported agriculture (CSAs), and even other farmer markets. What can you do as a farmer or producer, or as a farmers market manager? The secret is building a bond with the customer - and building value that can only be found at the farmers market. This webinar series will provide tips for making farmers markets tops in the consumer's mind with actionable, low-cost, highly efficient strategies you can put into play for the 2017 season. Register for  Strengthen the Bonds to Boost Sales on March 22nd and  See and Be Scene: How to Create Community Around Local Food on March 29th. 
Grafting Workshop
March 28, 6-8pm. CCE-Schuyler County, Schuyler County Human Services Complex, 323 Owego Street, Unit #5, Montour Falls, NY 14865
Learn the history of grafting in this workshop provided by  CCE-Schuyler County.  See a hands-on grafting demonstration, l earn how to make your own grafts, and t ake home two grafted trees! There will be many varieties to choose from, or you can choose to bring your own scion wood.  The guest speaker will be  John Reynolds of  Daring Drake Farm. Register here. Contact Roger Ort at rlo28@cornell.edu or 607-535-7161 with questions or for more information.
Getting Started in Agritourism
March 30, 8:30am-3pm. Wegman Lodge, 2222 St Paul St., Rochester, NY 14621
Cornell Extensions of Monroe and Tompkins County proudly invites farmers, food entrepreneurs, horse-farm owners, and other Agribusiness operators to attend the Agritourism workshop. The workshop is the first of the series designed to help farmers build necessary skills and partnerships, scale their business and create sales by expanding from purely agricultural operations to creating an experience-based 'destination' farm for public. This session, the first of the series, will cover the key aspects of starting and running an Agritourism business, including event selection, planning and attracting visitors, strategic marketing and use of social media as well as the industry's new dimensions and finally the insurance matters. Registration fee includes lunch, a book signing session and prize raffle! The participants are encouraged to bring their business cards; only those will be entered into the raffle basket! For details and to register, visit monroe.cce.cornell.edu/agritour.
Land Conservation Opportunities Workshop
March 31, 12:30pm-3pm. Skaneateles United Methodist Church, 26 Jordan St., Skaneateles, NY 13152
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County will be hosting a workshop on land conservation opportunities at the Skaneateles United Methodist Church. The workshop is aimed towards farm and forest landowners interested in land conservation and open space programs to help maintain the long-term goal to keep land open and working into the future.
Speakers from the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County and a resident involved in conservation planning will discuss conservation easements and purchase of development rights. Experts will discuss the differences in these programs and your intentions for conservation to decide what is right for you, your family and your land. There is no fee, but registration is required by contacting CCE Onondaga at 315-424-9485 or by email at rlw294@cornell.edu. Light refreshments will be served. Visit CCE Onondaga's website for more information.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Job Opportunity: Farm Manager, Long Island, NY
Not-for-profit, organic farm located in Western Suffolk County on Long Island needs a farm manager to actively assist them in overall plan and design of small farm (3 acres), including crop selection, selection and purchase of plant material and other necessary agricultural products, selection and purchase of irrigation materials, small farm equipment and/or machinery, oversight of volunteer staff, crop harvesting and bringing the produce to various farmers markets. This is a part-time position (20+ hours per week) and the pay is $20 per hour. Flexible scheduling. If you are experienced in the above areas, please call Laurie Murdock at the Mosaic Organic Farm at 516-351-1233.
Ithaca Beer Company Farm Manager Position
Ithaca Beer Company is seeking a farmer to take the lead on our growing production farm.  Last year our Taproom (restaurant) sourced roughly 25% of the produce it utilized on the year from our on-site greenhouse and gardens.  We are looking for someone who can take on the existing project and continue producing for the Taproom while also possessing the skills and passion to expand what we are doing. Some potential projects include but are not limited to poultry and pig farming, orchard development and an employee CSA. While we are not Certified Organic we are interested in adhering to Organic principles, successful candidates will have a similar philosophy.  This position has the potential for full time, year-round work in a salaried position but will start out hourly for the first season. For more information and to apply, click here.
Full Time Field Technician in Belfast, ME
Our environmental consulting company is looking for a full-time field technician to join our busy nutrient management team. The ideal candidate for this position is as comfortable working long days outside in the field as they are in front of a computer using Excel, Word, and ArcMap. We are looking for a creative problem-solver with project management skills, who can anticipate road-blocks and complete plans on time. An interest in sustainable agriculture, background knowledge of livestock-based agriculture and/or farming experience is a plus. Course work in soil science and chemistry is also preferred.  For more information, and a complete job description contact Andrew Carpenter at Northern Tilth: andrew@northerntilth.com, (207)-338-5500, www.northerntilth.com.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project  (based in Lowell, MA) is looking to fill a key position in our Farmer Training team that will work primarily with our incubator farm. 
The position could be filled in one of two ways: 1)  Farm Business Training & Incubator Farm Site Manager, or 2) Seasonal Incubator Farm Site CoordinatorOur mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious and culturally appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity or socio-economic status. In doing this work, New Entry provides critical training, career development and economic opportunity to new farmers. New Entry is a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England. For more information about the above positions, visit nesfp.org or email janel.wright@tufts.edu.
Balmville, NY: Farm Apprentice Positions, 2017
We have an opportunity for aspiring farmers with some experience to help run our expanding CSA and organic cut flower operation at Stonegate Farm Stonegate is an 1850s Carpenter Gothic estate farm in New York's Hudson River Valley, one hour North of New York City. We run a CSA and market farm that includes heirloom vegetables, historic orchard fruit, cut flowers, eggs and honey. The farm is creating a farm supper and event program to run concurrently with the CSA, as well as evolving as an wedding venue.  The farm is small, sustainable, bio-intensive and integrated into a non-farm district; a model of local, small-scale community farming that is central to the farm's philosophy.  We're looking for motivated individuals with passion and ambition, interested in learning how to run and manage a seasonal organic farm operation.  Independent on-farm housing, board and stipend commensurate with experience.  Position begins in April 2017, interviews at the farm or via Skype from Mid-March on.  Email for details: info@stonegatefarmNY.org
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Unadilla Community Farm Seeking Organic Farm Manager and Volunteers
Unadilla Community Farm is seeking an organic farm manager and volunteers for the 2017 season. Our 12-acre organic farm includes fruit and nut trees, berries, vegetable guilds, raised beds, row crops, and layer hens. We are situated in upstate New York in the heart of Amish country. The farm manager and volunteer positions run from May to August; room & board is provided, plus a stipend for the manager. In addition to organic gardening, volunteers can assist with natural building projects, including the barn and irrigation system. Please apply via email (unadillacommunityfarm@gmail.com) or call 607-760-6204. Visit unadillacommunityfarm.blogspot.com for more information.
Seed Internship Program 
The Seed Internship Program combines online and classroom learning, farm-based independent study, and real-world experience through a diverse network of family farms. Hosted by Organic Seed Alliance and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), the Seed Internship Program matches individuals who want to learn about seed production with experienced growers. Learn how to apply to become an intern or a host here.
Funding Opportunities
Crop Protection and Pest Management Program
The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program is to address high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will ensure food security and respond effectively to other major societal pest management challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies needed to maintain agricultural productivity and healthy communities. Eligible colleges and universities are encouraged to submit applications for the CPPM program on or before May 9, 2017.
Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program
This U.S. Department of Agriculture program provides funds to state agencies to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system. State departments of agriculture, state agricultural experiment stations, and other appropriate state agencies from the 50 States and U.S. Territories are eligible to apply.  Check out the RFP for more information.  The application is due at 11:59pm ET on March 27, 2017.
Latest Resources
Herbicide Injury Database
The University of Arkansas CCE has produced a collection of images meant to represent expected plant responses to mostly lower than labeled rates of herbicides on various crops and other plants. Plant response to herbicides can vary due to environmental conditions, plant size, herbicide rate and other factors, so symptoms can vary from application to application. The database, searchable by herbicide group, herbicide, plant, or plant and herbicide together, can be found here.
Ultra-Niche Crops for the Progressive New Farmer
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station's Ultra-Niche Crops for the Progressive New Farmer project is providing information on high-value crops that can be grown on 10 acres or less. The project goal is to teach new and beginning farmers about the cultivation, marketing, and business management of 10 ultra-niche crops. To date, resources are available for cut flowers, winter high-tunnel lettuce, and strawberries. Find a variety of resources for each crop at  njaes.rutgers.edu/ultra-niche-crops/.
Market News Reports Available
Thanks to a grant from New York State Department of Agriculture and markets, prices from several auction markets are now available here . The prices are reported using USDA Agriculture Market standards. This third party reporting lists prices on a consistent basis across markets. Weekly sales as well as special feeder calf and dairy sales are being reported. Appreciation is expressed to the auction markets for their participation. For more information, contact Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Extension Specialist, at mjb28@cornell.edu or 607-227-6320.
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 directory of beginning farmer service providers across the Northeast in the "Who Can Help?" section of our Northeast Beginning Farmers Project 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.