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May 16, 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
Reduced Tillage Project Enters New Season
Are you looking to manage weeds with less soil disturbance? Our Reduced Tillage Project is gearing up for another year of field research. Reduced tillage means less intensity, shallower depth, and less area disturbed, either in the bed, field or across the farm. Practices take many forms. To learn more about techniques we are testing and project results, visit the project website or contact Ryan Maher at ryan.maher@cornell.edu.
How-to Farm Videos: Seeding and Transplanting
Our collection of "How-to-Farm" Videos features farm footage illustrating a variety of approaches to seeding and transplanting vegetables. Watch how Muddy Fingers Farm in Hector, NY manages soil prep and compost application or click the picture above to see how Sweet Land Farm in Trumansburg, NY uses a vacuum seeder and a water wheel transplanter. Our collection of videos is available at the Cornell Small Farms Youtube page.
Dept. of Ag & Markets Doubles Products Approved to be Sold From a Home Kitchen

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball has announced that the Department of Agriculture and Markets has expanded its list of food products that are approved to be made and sold from a home kitchen. Additionally, the Department is now allowing home processors to sell their products online within New York State in addition to selling direct from home or at a farmers' market. As of this month, the Department has nearly doubled the number of food items that home processors are permitted to sell to consumers, adding 19 products, such as repackaging of dried soup mixes, dehydrated/dried fruits and vegetables, trail mix, toffee/caramel apples, plus many more, to its original list. Click here to learn more and to see the updated list of approved foods.
Apply to Become New York State Grown & Certified

The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets invites your business to participate in the New York State Grown & Certified program, a strategic initiative to promote agricultural products from our state. This new program evolved from the Pride of New York Program, but unlike Pride, this program focuses solely on agricultural products and strives to connect consumers to growers, emphasizing the importance of farm products to the NY economy. Now in its second year, the program represents 1,524 farms covering 51,500 acres and has partnered with 10 major retailers. The New York State Grown & Certified program goes beyond other State marketing programs, by addressing consumer concerns about food safety and environmentally stewardship. This marketing advantage is backed up by the requirement that nurseries and greenhouses participate in NYS Soil and Water's Agricultural Environmental Management Program. There is no cost to participate. More information is available online here.   Apply to become New York State Grown & Certified here.
NYS Ag Society Seeks 2019 Award Nominations

At 186 years old, the NYS Agricultural Society has a long history of sharing stories about individuals and businesses who have lifted the state's ag and food industry to new heights in terms of environmental stewardship, animal husbandry, cropping efficiency, farm safety and the production of quality, safe foodstuffs. The major platform to honor these leaders and share their success stories is the Society's Annual Meeting & Forum conducted in January, where award winners in eight categories are announced. Categories include farm safety, agricultural promotion, journalism, next generation farmers, business of the year, distinguished service, and century and bicentennial farms. Through this unique type of recognition and sharing, the NYS Ag Society strives to build better understanding and positive working relationships with audiences living off the farm including neighbors, consumers, and government leaders. Until September 1, 2018, the NYS Ag Society will be collecting 2019 award applications on their website under the "Recognition Programs" tab. Additional information about each of the recognition programs is also available online.
Biosecurity for Pastured and Organic Poultry Webinar

May 17, 12-1pm. Online.
Recent outbreaks of the avian flu have emphasized the need for biosecurity on farms to ensure the health of poultry flocks around the country. In this webinar, National Center for Appropriate Technology Poultry Specialist Kevin Ellis will let you know proactive steps you can take to increase biosecurity on your farm by planning ahead of your chicks' arrival and through day-to-day management. Topics to be covered in this webinar include biosecurity, setting goals, flock sourcing, equipment, housing designs, and poultry health. There will be time during the webinar for participants to pose questions to Kevin, and the webinar will be recorded and posted on the NCAT Southwest Regional Facebook page and the ATTRA website. The webinar is free, and you can register by clicking  here.
Small Ruminant School
May 24, 10am-4:30pm. 
362 Glynwood Road, Cold Spring, NY 10516

The small ruminant school will introduce participants to small ruminant care, including nutritional needs, general health guidelines, lambing and kidding practices, and managing pastures for small ruminants. Optional breakout sessions at 3:30 pm will feature hands-on 'five-point check'/body condition scoring, hay evaluation and how to read a hay analysis, lambing/kidding stations including dealing with dystocia (malpresentations) and hypothermia, and how to tube and give an intraperitoneal (IP) injection if necessary. We will also have some temporary portable electric fencing for any of you who have never set up fencing to practice on!  Meet in the Glynwood workshop, by the Main House. Lunch provided. Registration is $30/person. Click here to register online. For questions, or if you need to register by phone, contact Glynwood at 845-265-3338.
Greenhouse Design Course
May 31, 10am-3:45pm. Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591
Join Stone Barns Farm Director Jack Algiere and Nexus Vice President of Sales and Northeast lead Jeff Warshchauer as they dive into soil-based greenhouse design during this full-day immersion course. It will begin by understanding your management goals and practices as farmers to optimize your costs during the greenhouse design phase. We will then discuss how to work with greenhouse designers, like Nexus, and what is involved during the greenhouse construction process so you can design efficient environmental controls that program ventilation equipment, water, and heating systems. What techniques are used during the construction and operating phases to maximize soil health and productivity? What are examples of companies and vendors that help with greenhouse design? Lastly, what per square foot capital cost can you expect and how do you optimize your management practices to payback this investment? All of these questions and more will be discussed during the course as we introduce the value of permanent, soil-based greenhouse designs to the community of beginning farmers.
Food Hub Discussion & Potluck
June 16, 3-5pm. Pierstown Grange, 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Road, Cooperstown, NY
Join the Leatherstocking Young Farmers Coalition for a presentation and discussion of starting a food hub in this region. Ben Wiessmann of the Catskill Food Hub will explain how the Hub works, followed by a Q&A and discussion. We will also be joined by representatives of a new food co-op in Richfield Springs. The meeting is intended for beginning farmers in the Leatherstocking Region (50 mile radius of Cooperstown), and is open to apprentices and seasoned farmers. Come half an hour early for a tour of the grange. For more info, and to RSVP, email leatherstocking.nyfc@gmail.com.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Community Horticulture Resource Educator - Orange County

The Community Horticulture Resource Educator develops and delivers an education program focused on  community horticulture, recycling/composting, school garden network, and invasive species management.  Also includes the planning, management, and operations of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, which  involves volunteer recruitment, training and oversight. The Community Horticulture Resource Educator  will analyze and identify educational needs and provide development, delivery, evaluation, direction,  management and coordination of educational efforts. The Community Horticulture Resource Educator will  oversee the Horticulture Diagnostic Lab and volunteers. All candidates must apply online here. Deadline for applying is May 21, 2018 or until the position is filled. Starting salary is $57,416.00 annually.
Shelter Farm Assistant - Watkins Glen, NY (Temporary)

Farm Sanctuary's Farm Assistants are part of their Facilities Team and are tasked with ensuring clean, healthy and secure housing and enclosures for all our sanctuary residents. 
Responsibilities include cleaning large animal and small animal shelter housing barns. Barn cleaners are assigned daily cleaning responsibilities for a full, 8 hour daily work shift day. 
Full time temporary position available for one month, with possibility for extension based on organizational project needs. For questions or to request a copy of the employment application by mail, please contact humanresources@farmsanctuary.org.
Livestock Farmer - Maple Avenue Farms
Family owned and operated CNY livestock farm that direct markets in NYC seeks a motivated, hard working person with the skills and experience to make hay and care for cattle and pigs. Duties include operating farm equipment, feeding, animal health, pasture rotation, and maintaining barns, fences and machinery.  Opportunity for: additional responsibilities managing herd health, breeding records, meat supply chain and future livestock ownership. Minimum requirement: Work experience, HS diploma, capable of physical activity for long periods without getting tired or out of breath and able to lift 75 pounds. Ideal candidate will have two years farm experience, 2 or 4 year ag related degree, with spreadsheet and word processing competency. Competitive salary, housing and benefits BOE. Read the full job description and apply here.
Seasonal Farm Hand - Kingbird Farm
Part-time farm position available on a well-established, diverse, certified organic livestock and crop farm 30 minutes from Ithaca. Help needed with manual farm labor two days/per week throughout the growing season.  Tasks include screening compost, hand weeding and hoeing, loading and stacking hay, and other farm tasks as needed. $10-15/hour depending on skills and experience. Contact Michael or Karma Glos at (607) 657-2860 or kingbirdfarm@gmail.com  for more information. Read the full job description hereApply by sending a letter of interest and a resume (or other documentation of your experience) to kingbirdfarm@gmail.com.
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Funding Opportunities
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Applications to the FY 2018 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Agricultural Systems must focus on approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system within the next 25 years. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach, and that will significantly improve the supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food, while providing sustainable opportunities for expansion of the bioeconomy through novel animal, crop, and forest products and supporting technologies. These approaches must demonstrate current and future social, behavioral, economic, health, and environmental impacts. Additionally, the outcomes of the work being proposed must result in societal benefits, including promotion of rural prosperity and enhancement of quality of life for those involved in food and agricultural value chains from production to utilization and consumption. See the Request for Applications for further details and eligibility requirements. Apply for the grant here. Letters of intent are due June 27, and closing date for applications is October 10.
Food Safety Outreach Program
The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups. View the RFA and apply for the grant here  by June 7.
Acer Access and Development Program (Acer)
$3 million in competitive grant funding is available through the  Acer Access and Development Program (Acer). This program supports the work of states, tribal governments and research institutions to promote American maple syrup products through market development and promotion projects and improve knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the maple syrup industry. Applications from eligible applicants must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 8, 2018. The Funding Opportunity Number is USDA-AMS-TM-ACER-G-18-0006.
Latest Resources
Now Available: 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health Presentations

Videos and presentations from the  2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health sessions are now available. Held December 7-8, 2017 in Indianapolis, the conference highlighted insights from some of the nation's most innovative producers, conservation leaders and scientists on using cover crops to improve soil health. Click here for a complete list of video recordings.
Delivering Community Benefit: Healthy Food Playbook

The " Delivering community benefit: Healthy food playbook" is a suite of resources to support hospital community benefit professionals and community partners in developing community health interventions that promote healthy food access and healthier food environments. If a facility has identified obesity, food access, or diet-related health conditions among the priority health needs in its community health needs assessment (CHNA), then initiatives to promote healthy food access and increased consumption of fruits and vegetables can be important components of an implementation strategy to address these needs. The playbook has several sections with resources to support different stages of the community benefit or community health planning process. Each resource provides examples and links to learn more. These resources will inspire and strengthen your efforts to promote healthy and vibrant communities with healthy, sustainable, and equitable community food systems.
New Our Farms, Our Future Podcast Series: Voices in Sustainable Agriculture

From coast to coast, a diverse community of farmers, ranchers, scientists and educators is working to shape a sustainable future for our food system. Listen to the new Our Farms, Our Future podcast series and join this community for intimate conversations about the state of agriculture, how we got here and where we're headed. Episode 1 features Missouri farmers and neighbors Emily Wright and Dan Kuebler. They talk about what motivates them to be farmers and to build resilient farming systems, how local food systems can foster community, and the ways that beginning farmers can succeed. Listen to Episodes 1 and 2 now.
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.