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May 15th, 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
Apply to join a cohort of growers and build your  log-grown shiitake business
This opportunity is open to anyone in New York who plans to sell log-grown shiitake mushrooms as a farm product, at any scale. Members of the 'Shiitake Business Development Network' will participate in a range of learning opportunities. Participants are expected to commit 2 -3 hours per week  and complete and share each milestone  assignment,  due every two weeks. For more information and to apply, visit www.cornell.edu/mushrooms/viability/ 
Serve Beginning Farmers? Announcing Summer Webinar Series
Do you provide support to beginning farmers? This Summer webinar series is for you! This summer, one Wednesday per month, the Cornell Small Farms Program will facilitate a lunchtime webinar featuring small farm specialists presenting on a wide range of topics. Each topic will be specifically targeted to people who provide support to beginning farmers. All webinars are from 12pm-1pm. More information on the series can be found here.
USDA is asking the public to comment on the possible actions USDA should take in regards to the disposition of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule (FR). The FR amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements in the USDA organic regulations by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions. The FR was originally set to take effect on March 20, 2017, and is now being extended to November 14, 2017. Learn more and submit comments here.
Speak Up: Cover Crop Survey Seeks Farmer Participation
Cover crops can improve soil health, conserve resources and improve farm profitability. Now, your experience with what works and doesn't work can help shape the future of cover crop initiatives nationwide. Farmers who plant cover crops, used to plant cover crops, or have never tried cover crops are all encouraged to take this short survey, now in its fifth year. Data from these surveys are used to help guide policy, research, and education on cover crops nationwide.
Get Counted! 2016 Count of Certified Organic Operations 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new data indicating the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with 24,650 certified organic operations in the United States, and 37,032 around the world.  The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13 percent increase between the end of 2015 and 2016, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector . Read the press release to learn more. 
apple, produce
Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY Apple Growers Survey
Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY team is  asking for all apple growers in New York State to complete the survey even if you are not growing hard cider varieties . The survey takes about 10 minutes, and your responses will allow CCE to pinpoint production and marketing challenges, tailor educational programs and support important policies to increase your business's financial opportunities. The survey will remain open until May 31 st , 2017. The link to the online survey can be found here.
Camp Mushroom
May 21, 10am-2pm. Cornell University's MacDaniels Nut Grove.
An annual event for farmers, woodlot owners, and anyone who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, nameko and stropharia mushrooms. Learn techniques for these and inoculate several species hands-on at the historic McDaniels Nut Grove at Cornell University. The workshop is a unique beginner/intermediate level workshop for those interested in small-scale forest mushroom cultivation. COST: $65 includes lunch and a log to take home! Register here.
Pasture Walk
May 25, 5-7pm. Pincroft Farm, 7353 Sanger Hill Road, Waterville, New York 13480
All grazing enthusiasts are encouraged to attend a pasture walk at Pincroft Farm. Pincroft Farm owner and operator, Ben Wood, recently participated in an organic Birdsfoot trefoil study conducted by Cornell University's Dr. tatiana Stanton. The preliminary findings from the study will be presented by tatiana Stanton. Birdsfoot trefoil is a forage legume that has shown anti-parasite effects in sheep and goats. Additional topics on the agenda include Ben's strategy for pasture management, cover crop uses, seeding and soil management. Marketing opportunities using MeatSuite will also be highlighted. There is no fee to attend, but reservations are required.  Please call 315-736-3394 ext. 132 by Tuesday May 25th.
Introduction to Cultivated Mushroom Workshop
June 10, 12-3pm. Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County, 121 Second Street, Oriskany, NY
Would you like to learn more about growing your own mushrooms?  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County and Link Maple Farm of Taberg, NY are partnering to offer an Introduction to Cultivated Mushroom Workshop on Saturday, June 10th from 12-3pm.  The cost of the workshop is $25 per person, which includes handouts, materials and an inoculated log.  Join Ken Mudge a retired Associate Professor emeritus from the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University and co-author " Farming the Woods", for an afternoon presentation on successful cultivation of shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms for home or small-farm scale production. Learn the proper tree species and techniques for cultivation, along with the basic economics and mattering of gourmet specialty mushrooms.  Students will get to inoculate their own log to take home! "Farming the Woods" will be available for sale.  Register online here For additional information, contact Bonnie Collins, 315-736-3394 ext. 104, or bsc33@cornell.edu.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Land Access for Shepherd
Hop Shepherd LLC operates a hop yard on 23 acres in Westtown, NY and is looking for a sheep grazer in need of grazing land access. The property currently has 13 acres in pasture surrounding a 1.5 acre hop yard. We're would like to run sheep through the hop yard during specific periods of the growing season for vegetation control and would offer pasture access throughout the year in exchange for this timed grazing. The land has a stream, pond and 10 acre wood lot that can be utilized by the shepherd as well. No fencing or shelter currently on site. If interested in discussing, contact Joe at hopshepherd@gmail.com or 914-391-6395.
Harley School Food & Farm Coordinator
The Harley School, a Nursery through 12th Grade independent school in Rochester, NY with approximately 500 students, seeks a full-time Food & Farm Coordinator staff position beginning in Summer 2017. Harley is expanding its edible education program with backing from the U.S.D.A. and Wegmans through grant awards. The program capitalizes on existing Harle y facilities, including our Micro-Farm, High Tunnel, and Commons (our zero-net-emissions, 21st century barn, greenhouse, green roof, and science facility). The position involves coordinating our edible education program, which includes both teaching courses and supporting relevant activities and projects in PreK-12 courses. Managing the multiple growing spaces (planning layout, ordering seeds and supplies), taking care of the spaces, harvesting, food preparation and cooking, and working with student crews are all essential components of the role.  Please email jobs@harleyschool.org with your resume, letter of interest, and reference names and contact information. Position begins Summer 2017.
Wakeman Town Farm Director
Seeking year round farm Director to live and work at the newly renovated Wakeman Town Farm (WTF), an educational farm and sustainability center in Westport. As the public face of the Town farm, this is a key role for a visionary with a passion for organic farming, sustainability, public education and community. The Director maintains the 2.5 acre grounds including the general upkeep of the farmhouse and doing daily farm and animal chores. Will develop and implement farm based educational programs including hiring and overseeing part time teachers and seasonal counselors. Develop and teach seasonal workshops and oversee at least two farm events a year (with help from the WTF Committee). Responsible for the spring High School internship program and the spring and fall Junior Apprentice Program. Coordinate with the Committee and Westport's Public School to run Farm tours. Must keep up with agricultural trends and share new techniques with students and residents. Apply through: Personnel/HR Department, dferrante@westportct.gov, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue Room 208, Westport, CT 06880. Application deadline is May 22.
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger Farm Manager Position
The Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger is looking to fill two Farm Manager positions for the two farms they operate in Brooklyn. Managers run and maintain daily operations of a ½ acre vegetable production farm in Far Rockaway, Queens and work closely with youth, volunteer groups, and community members. The Farm Manager position will begin in April 2017 and end in December 2017. BSCAH works to fight food insecurity in New York City through a variety of nutrition, education, and direct service programs and operates the largest food pantry in Brooklyn. For more information, please email  tdawson@bedstuyagainsthunger.org
To apply, qualified candidates should email a resume and cover letter to tdawson@bedstuyagainsthunger.org Please put "Farm Manager Application" in the subject line of the email.
NOFA-NY Food Safety Outreach Consultant
N OFA-NY is   seeking a Food Safety Outreach Consultant. This is a limited contract position, renewable annually for up to 2 years. This individual will 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 Consultant will report to the NOFA-NY FSOP Project Director. It is expected that the Consultant will work remotely. Preference to the Hudson Valley. Position open until filled. Include writing sample or publications list with cover letter and resume. Remit to HR@nofany.orgClick here to view a PDF version of the job description.
Funding Opportunities
Renewable Resources Extension Act-National Focus Fund Projects
The purpose of the grant program is to provide funds for pilot projects that: (1) Address emerging forest and rangeland resource issues, (2) Have national or regional relevancy, or (3) Develop new and innovative projects that can be replicated at other institutions. For more information, view the RFA. Apply here by July 10, 2017.
Scholarships for Grassfed Exchange Available
Know a daughter, son, veteran, or intern interested in cattle management? A Grassfed Exchange conference held Sept 27-29, 2017 in Albany, NY featuring speakers from across the US is offering scholarships for attendees. The conference scholarship program hopes to inspire and educate the next generation of young people to become regenerative grassland farmers and ranchers. For more information on the scholarships and the conference agenda visit  GrassFedExchange.
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program supports grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details). Estimated total program funding exceeds $150,000,000.
Latest Resources
NNYADP Research: Cherry Tomato Trials, Cover Crops vs. Weeds
The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has announced the results of vegetable research providing market growers with  an unexpected insight into the production challenges associated with the increasingly popular cherry-type tomatoes . The project report, which includes data on labor efficiency, weed control, and brown leaf mold susceptibility, is  posted here.
G uide to Farming-Friendly Solar
Solar panels and grazing can go together. This new, free guide from The UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture tells you how to make it work. This document focuses specifically on solar energy generation that's designed to be compatible with continued farming, whereby little or no land is taken out of production.  The authors offer suggestions on how to achieve balance in preserving the most productive farmland and producing energy.
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.