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March 1st, 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

Labor Management Roundtables in Spanish - Coming This Month!   
Sessions will take place in the Hudson Valley and in western New York to gather feedback from Latino agricultural employees. The roundtables will offer an opportunity to discuss the role of a farm manager and identify skills that are important to successfully climb the ladder from laborer to management. See the "Events" section below for locations, dates, and times of the roundtables.
Winter 2018 Small Farm Quarterly
Are you looking for ways to farm profitably without getting bigger? Do you like to read about families who are living a good life on a small farm? Are you looking for new ideas, tips and resources to help you reach your farm and family goals? If so, you'll enjoy Small Farm Quarterly.  If you missed our Winter 2018 issue, check it out here ! Articles in this issue cover a broad range of topics, from livestock & poultry to local food & markets. 
Improving Agriculture Labor Management Workshops in March
Cornell Cooperative Extension will be hosting a series of four workshops across New York related to hiring, training, retaining, and working with employees within a farm business. Coming up on March 6, "Keeping Good Staff When Money is Tight" will cover research on rewards and incentives in the workplace to learn tools to attract and retain staff and reduce staff turn-over. Click here to register online for this or other events in the series, or if you would prefer to have a paper registration form sent to you, contact Liz Higgins at  emh56@cornell.edu  or (518) 949-3722. The Cornell Small Farms Program has funding from NYS 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. Check out the  Ag Labor Management flyer  for more detailed information.
New Farm Meadery License in FY 2019 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the FY 2019 Budget includes a proposal to create a license for farm meaderies, a new license similar to those already available to farm wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries.  As with other New York farm licenses, farm meaderies will have the privilege of self-distribution, in addition to the ability to market and sell their products through existing wholesalers. Farm meaderies will also be permitted to open restaurants and gift shops, and have the ability to operate up to five no-fee offsite branch stores anywhere in the state. As with New York manufactured hard cider, New York mead will be sold in both grocery stores as well as liquor and wine stores. The annual cost for the new license is $75. Currently, only farm wineries, which must be located on a farm, and commercial wineries, which cost $3,025 in licensing and bond fees, may produce mead.
Farm Credit East 2018 Industry Outlook Report
Farm Credit East, a farmer-owned cooperative, recently released its 2018 industry outlook report. This report, titled  Northeast Agriculture: 2018 Insights and Perspectives.,, addresses market outlooks for multiple industries, including dairy, grain, vegetables, fruit, greenhouse and nursery, commercial fisheries, and forest products. It also provides information on crop insurance, consumer buying behavior for ag retailers and an update on the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Let's Write Your Business Plan

Thursday evenings, March 8th through 29th, 5-7:30pm. 840 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905
The keynote speaker for this event will be Rob Salamida, owner/founder of The Rob Salamida Co, Inc. Rob will talk about his experience in starting his marinade business, working through NYS and local regulations, and lessons he has learned along the way.  The morning will focus on farm to institution & restaurant as an emerging opportunity for fruit, vegetable, and meat producers. Come and learn how you can start selling to schools, what's required and talk with buyers and chefs. The afternoon will focus on starting a successful value-added food business. Come and hear from local and state agencies, Nelson Farms (a co-packer) and a local blueberry farmer who has started making blueberry bbq sauce at a commercial scale. You will also hear from TASTE NY, the Broome County Regional Farmers Market and the Broome County Commercial Kitchen. Learn more and register online here.
Northeast Sheep Shearing School
March 10 and 11, 8am-5pm. 
Shepherds Way Farm LLC, 623 Bird Cemetery Rd., Locke, NY 13092
A two-day sheep shearing school will be held at Shepherds Way LLC Farm in Locke, NY on March 10-11, 2018. Instruction will include the shearing pattern, blade sharpening techniques, physical fitness, hand piece maintenance and more. This school is for both beginners and advanced shearers. This school was previously known as the Cornell Sheep Shearing School. To register for the shearing school send your name, mailing address, phone number, email address and a check or money order in US funds made payable to Doug Rathke and mail to Doug Rathke, 61231 Hwy 7 W, Hutchinson, MN 55350. Call (320) 587-6094 if you have any questions. Email  info@lambshoppe.com to get a registration form. Visit Lamb Shoppe's website to learn more about the event.
Labor Management Roundtables

March 12th, 16th, and 17th, 4-7pm (12th) or 1-4pm (16th & 17th). Multiple locations.
The first roundtable will be held on March 12th in Goshen, NY. C ontact Gabriela Pereyra for  more information  to sign up by  email  or phone (212) 788-7900 x288.
The second roundtable will be held on March 16th in Wayne County. M ore information can be found in the  event announcement  or on the  registration website.
The final roundtable will be held on March 17th in Orleans County. M ore information can be found in the  event announcement  or on the  registration website
Emerging Opportunities for Established Beginning Farmers
March 13, 9:30am-3pm. 
840 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905

The keynote speaker for this event will be Rob Salamida, owner/founder of The Rob Salamida Co, Inc. Rob will talk about his experience in starting his marinade business, working through NYS and local regulations, and lessons he has learned along the way.  The morning will focus on farm to institution & restaurant as an emerging opportunity for fruit, vegetable, and meat producers. Come and learn how you can start selling to schools, what's required and talk with buyers and chefs. The afternoon will focus on starting a successful value-added food business. Come and hear from local and state agencies, Nelson Farms (a co-packer) and a local blueberry farmer who has started making blueberry bbq sauce at a commercial scale. You will also hear from TASTE NY, the Broome County Regional Farmers Market and the Broome County Commercial Kitchen. Learn more and register online here.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
165 Acres For Sale in Heart of CNY

Beautiful agriculturally rich location, minutes from Manlius & Cazenovia, this unique property offers a broad range of potential for someone to build a local food and/or agri-business, i.e. farm-to-table restaurant, farm market, CSA, craft brewery, winery, orchard, grass-fed livestock, maple, hemp, hops, B&B, equine, etc. A steady flow of traffic with high visibility at this location plus several nearby state and county parks, the "Cazenovia Beverage Trail", NYS RT 20 "Equine Alley", ski centers, Cazenovia & DeRuyter Lakes, SUNY Morrisville and Cazenovia Colleges. Property is organic certifiable, has ~ 85 acres open tillable grass land, ~65 acres mature woodlot, a trout stream, 2 ponds, a remodeled historic 3-story house (1200 sq ft commercial + 2400 sq ft residential space), 24'x36' shop, 50'x125' parking lot, and large capacity septic. Inquiries please contact fieldhousefarmllc@gmail.com.
Featherbed Lane Farm - Seeking Farm Assistant
Featherbed Lane Farm, a draft horse powered and full year CSA located near Saratoga Springs, NY, is seeking to hire a Farm Assistant. This is a seasonal full-time position with a 40-hour work week at $12/hour. The position runs from May until November. Housing is not included. The Farm Assistant's primary responsibilities focus on vegetable production. Livestock work is a regular part of day-to-day responsibilities as well. The Farm Assistant will also help with each week's CSA Pickup. Prior farm experience, while valued, is less important than a good work ethic and attitude, and a readiness to learn, work hard, have fun and be a part of the farm team. Please contact Tim at  tim@featherbedlanefarm.com or  (518) 207-7224.
Farm Stand for Rent or Lease
We have a popular, profitable, well-established farm stand for rent or lease, located in a beautiful location on a major travel route on the New York/Massachusetts/Vermont border.  We are a first generation farming couple wishing to start the transition to retirement so we are offering this excellent opportunity to a knowledgeable farmer who wishes to take over a successful farm store business. We are looking for someone who will work with us as we start downscaling what we grow ourselves. This is a golden opportunity for an early career farmer to get into business without the years it takes to create and build a viable market. There are numerous ways to continue to expand the clientele currently served by the farm store. The store has a large established clientele that knows they can purchase a wide array of quality tree fruit, berries, vegetables and local farm products (baked goods, meat, eggs, cheese, milk, honey, maple syrup, jams, etc.) at the store. Farm store has walk-in and display coolers, potable water source, prep room, electricity and other infrastructure. High quality tillable land with an excellent irrigation source and irrigation equipment is available to share and rent. There may be an opportunity to also share and rent some tractor and tillage equipment. If you are interested in starting a conversation, contact us at  rberriesrgreat@fairpoint.net.
Capital Roots Community Garden Organizer
Capital Roots is hiring a Community Garden Organizer! Capital Roots is striving to create a more vibrant and equitable food system in New York's Capital Region, and their Community Gardening program makes community food plots available to hundreds of gardening families across four counties in our 54 community gardens. The Garden Organizer will work directly with participating gardeners throughout the seasons. This position is a full-time position (40 hours per week) paid at an hourly rate of $12.00/hr with comprehensive health care coverage and other benefits. View the full job description and application details here.
McEnroe Organic Farm Education Apprentice
Through McEnroe's  Apprenticeship Program, they train future organic farmers and offer valuable experience on a diverse working farm.  The education apprentice will help build their education program and care for the one-acre Discovery Garden. The Apprentice will have a hands-on role in existing educational initiatives, including: farm tours, programs for visiting school groups, workshops for children and adults, and events for the general public. In addition, the apprentice will help plan, plant, maintain, and harvest our one-acre education Discovery Garden.  Description here.  Apprentices will have the option to stay in a shared 3-bedroom farmhouse with 2 other apprentices. Each apprentice will have his or her own room. The house is located on our farm and is about a 10-minute drive to the towns of Millerton and Amenia. The house has wireless and laundry machines. To apply: please read the position descriptions and email resume, cover letter and list of 3 references to alison@mcenroefarm.com. In the subject line please indicate that you are interested in the education apprenticeship (example: "Education Apprenticeship"). 
Summer Internship Opportunity: 
Supporting Controlled Environment Agriculture in New York City

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) operations are emerging in cities around the world to enable year-round intensive production of vegetables. These decentralized systems reduce food waste, use less water than soil-based production, and create new opportunities for entrepreneurs and workforce development. Three internship positions are available to work with commercial CEA operations in New York City. The interns will support the activities of a CEA business and also conduct a research project to address a specific operations question identified with the owner/operator. As a team, the interns will work together to clarify research and education needs to address production, marketing and policy challenges to CEA growth and integration into local and regional food systems. For more information about responsibilities and qualifications , contact Anu Rangarajan, Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University at  ar47@cornell.edu. A stipend and class credit will be available.   Internship Project Period runs May 23 - August 21, 2018.
Fresh Food Fellows: Urban Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program

Groundwork Buffalo, Field & Fork Network and Grassroots Gardens are pleased to announce the Fresh Food Fellows: Urban Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program, a paid job training opportunity and certification program for Buffalo youth that will prepare the next generation of food and agriculture industry professionals for the workforce.  Over the course of six months, participants will gain employable and transferable job skills by learning how to grow, cultivate and sell produce in an urban environment. They will also accrue firsthand job experience through employment in real markets and receive ongoing support for career development. Interested youth can find more information and learn how to apply for the program by contacting Johnnie Fenderson at  jfenderson@gwbuffalo.org . The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Farm Apprenticeship - Kroka Farm
One remaining Farm Apprentice position available in Marlow, NH at Kroka Expeditions.
At Kroka Farm, apprentices have an unique opportunity to learn about organic and biodynamic farming on an educational farm, work with students in an holistic farm setting with animals, vegetables, fruits and berries and live in a robust intentional community of exceptional young people. Position available mid April - October (Full season) (preferred) or June through August (partial season).  Learn more about the farm.  For more information about the apprenticeship program and how to apply, click here.
Produce Project Seasonal Position
Looking for more from a seasonal farm position? Join us at the Produce Project, a two acre organically managed farm in downtown Troy, NY. Since 2009 we have been using its high tunnels, market garden, flower border, and small orchard to transmit valuable life and job skills to high school youth. Join our committed staff, interns, and youth leaders as we bring our harvest to market, build community, and help chart a new path for 20 students this summer. This seasonal position runs for 30 weeks from April through October, with regular shifts Tuesday through Saturday and a 40 hour week. Pay is $12/hr and includes a weekly produce share as well as snacks and communal meals during the summer session. To apply, send cover letter and resume to Matthew Schueler at edcenter@capitalroots.org.
Manager of Curriculum and Programs & Educator - Sprout Creek Farm
At Sprout Creek Farm we believe that all teachers can be farmers and all farmers can be teachers. We are a non-profit working dairy farm, creamery, and education center. Interested in becoming a member of the Sprout Creek Farm education staff?  We are looking for individuals enthusiastic about agriculture and sustainability, passionate about passing knowledge on to young people, and able to come up with creative ways to engage visitors of all ages with our animals and environment. Sprout Creek is hiring for a Manager of Curriculum and Programs position, and an Educator position. Applications are due no later than March 10th and can be emailed to Katie Williams, Director of Education and Camps at  education@sproutcreekfarm.org .
Volunteer for 2018 Grant Review
The FruitGuys Community Fund 2018  Grant Cycle is underway. They are seeking volunteers to join their annual grant review committee. In 2017, they awarded 10 grants to small independent American farms. Grants vary from $2,500 to $5,000, all supporting sustainable agriculture including soil health, water management, biodiversity, pollinator support and pest management. These small farm grants are used to preserve and enhance innovative, ecologically sustainable farming practices.  Each year they need volunteers to donate 8-10 hours as part of the farm grant application review process. Most, if not all, participation is virtual via conference calls. If you're interested, check out their website and complete their volunteer form.
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Funding Opportunities
New York Job Development Authority Agriculture Loan Fund Program
The New York Job Development Authority (JDA) will launch an Agriculture Loan Fund Program to address and help alleviate the economic barriers faced by many New York State small agribusiness owners. JDA has provided $10 million in funding, which will be distributed as low interest loans by third party lenders.  Approved lenders include:
  • Statewide - New York Business Development Corporation
  • Western New York - Southern Tier Enterprise Development Organization, Inc. 
  • Finger Lakes - Pathstone Enterprise Development Corporation 
  • Southern Tier - Delaware County Local Development Corporation & REDEC Relending Corporation 
  • Mid-Hudson - Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation 
  • Mohawk Valley - Mohawk Valley Rehabilitation Corporation
  • North Country - Development Authority of the North Country 
Applicants should contact lenders directly. To find out more about the JDA Agriculture Loan Program, contact Rafael Salaberrios, Vice President of Economic Revitalization, at  212-803-3219
AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities

The AgrAbility program increases the likelihood that farmers, ranchers, farm workers and farm family members with disabilities will experience success in agricultural production. The program supports projects between State Cooperative Extension System and private, non-profit disability organizations who work in partnership to provide agricultural education and assistance directed at accommodating disability in farm operations for individuals with disabilities, and their families, who engage in farming and farm-related occupations. View the grant opportunity here for application information and eligibility requirements. Applications are due April 30, 2018.  NIFA will host a webinar for interested applicants on March 15th at 1:30pm-3pm EST . The webinar will focus on general guidelines for the program and on the 2018 application process.
Latest Resources
Food Systems Leadership Network Video
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Food Systems Leadership Network
The Food Systems Leadership Network connects individuals and staff of non-profit, community based organizations through its online, interactive platform where members can access a variety of opportunities and services to support professional development and organizational capacity. You can find out more about the FSLN and the different resources available to members by  clicking here or visiting the website  here. Keep reading for more info on upcoming opportunities, like the Community Food Systems Mentorship Program and the Non-Profit Boot Camp series. You are invited to join the network!
NNYADP Annual Report Plus Dairy, Crops, Hort and Maple Project Summaries
The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted its annual report on the NNYADP website . The four-page report notes how recent research is helping regional farmers respond to hot and cold climate extremes impacting dairy calves and cows, field crops, and wine grapes. Additional summary reports focused on dairy and field crops, horticultural, and maple projects are also posted on the website.
Farmers Market Legal Toolkit
Vermont Law School Center for Agriculture & Food Systems has partnered with Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and the Farmers Market Coalition to create The Farmers Market Legal Toolkit. This toolkit is a free, online resource that provides market managers with open-source legal tools. It includes legal resources, best practice recommendations, and case studies on selecting and enhancing business structures, accepting SNAP benefits, and managing common risks.
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