Team Updates - February 22, 2022
Winter continues here in Tompkins!

Large temperature swings can lead to unique challenges. The local facebook group, Farmer 2 Farmer Discussion Group- Ithaca Area, is a great way to keep in touch with each other to share knowledge and equipment. Please reach out to each other and to us if you need support to keep animals and people safe during this season.

We look forward to bringing back farmer 2 farmer coffee hours. If you have not yet done so, please complete this brief interest survey to help us plan Farmer 2 Farmer gatherings. We look forward to seeing many of you soon.

~ The Ag and Food Systems Team at CCE Tompkins
Reminder: Ag Assessments Due Soon
Tompkins County Agricultural Assessments are due April 1st. Find the form here.

Surrounding counties are often March 1st. Please check with your local county assessment office.

For Tompkins Soil and Water, reach out to Paul Gier. Assessment questions? Email
Support Agroforestry in NY with a Brief Survey
CCE of Columbia and Greene County announces an agroforestry extension program along with tools and resources to help farmers and land stewards combine production and conservation utilizing trees and forests. In an effort to improve research and education efforts, the team has developed a New York State Agroforestry Awareness and Adoption SurveyThis survey is for anyone working with lands in New York State who is interested in agroforestry in any capacity.
Ithaca Famers Market Seeking New ED
IFM is now hiring a new Executive Director and a Food Equity Project Assistant. Please spread the word!
Groundswell Seeking New ED
Groundswell continues to seek applications for its Executive Director position. Please spread the word!
Upcoming Events
Introduction to Tree Fruit Production
Wed, Feb. 23, 6:30-8:30 PM for 6 weeks
Beginner's course on orchard management through the Cornell Small Farms program. This course is intended for folks that are looking to start a small retail orchard, established growers of other crops looking to diversify into tree fruit, or a high level hobbyist.  
The course runs for 6 weeks on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM. It starts on Feb 23 and runs through March 30.  Taught by Mike Basedow and Janet van Zoeren. Cost is $199-299 sliding scale.
Leasing Your Land for Solar Energy Development
February 23rd at 12:00 PM on Zoom 
The webinar, 2nd in a series of 4, will give participants an overview that prepares them to discuss leasing issues with developers and with the attorneys who would preferably advise landowners on specific leasing language before a lease is negotiated or signed. Hosted by Penn State.
Smart Solar Siting on Farmland: Achieving Climate Goals While Strengthening the Future of Farming in New York
Thursday, March 3rd from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom 
In 2019, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) became law, setting ambitious renewable energy mandates for New York State, including 100% emissions free electricity by 2040, to address climate change. In this webinar, Samantha Levy, Mikaela Ruiz-Ramón, and Ethan Winter will share findings from American Farmland Trust’s new report which lays out a smart solar siting framework along with recommendations to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts of solar development on New York’s most productive farmland and farm communities.   
A Land Use training certificate will be offered to interested attendees after the webinar. 
Contact Info: Mikaela Ruiz-Ramón (
Exploring the Small Farm Dream
March 7,14, 21, 28
6:30-9:00pm on Zoom 
If you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start, this 4-session series will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you. Learn more here. Fee $75. Any questions can be directed to Laura Biasillo, 
Farm Food Safety Training
Wednesday, March 23, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM on Zoom
This workshop hosted by the Cornell Vegetable Program, the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County will cover the principles and practices of farm food safety for fresh produce farmers. Whether a buyer is asking for you to have a GAPs audit/certification or you just want to learn about improving food safety practices, this workshop is for you. Topics are broken down into sections covering assessing situations where risk of microbial contamination could and would be a problem. These include land use, appraising adjacent land issues, handling manure/compost, wildlife and domestic animals, water sources/quality, pre-harvest, harvest, and post-harvest operations, wash/pack procedures, facility hygiene and sanitation, and worker training. 
COST AND REGISTRATION: $25 per farm. Register online by Monday, March 21. The workshop Zoom link will be in your registration confirmation email. For more information, email Robert Hadad or call him at 585-739-4065. 
In the News
New NY Nut Growing and Processing Initiative launched by CCE Tompkins
 A new two-year project, “Facilitating the Adoption of Silvopasture and Alley Cropping Production of Nut Crops in New York State,” aims to establish a viable nut growing and processing center in the Finger Lakes.
$21M will be provided for NY farmers
Through the Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program and Ag Non-Point Program. Announced Feb 1st by Ag and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball.
Farmer Resources
Join the Farmer 2 Farmer Discussion Group - Ithaca Area on facebook List your farm so that consumers can find you!

Press Bay Food Hub: Distribute Direct to Consumers in Downtown Ithaca

Cornell Small Farms Program: Find Classes and Support to Build New Ventures

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development (HR and labor laws)

FarmNet: Coaching, Business Planning, Farm Succession Planning, Referrals to Resources and more!
FREE 1-800-547-3276

CCE South Central Dairy and Field Crops Team

Cornell Livestock Team

Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE)

NY Farm Bureau

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA)

NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program FREE

New York Farm Land Finder - Find or Post Farm Land