Team Updates - January 2022
Happy New Year!

In 2022, our team at CCE Tompkins looks forward to meeting many of you in person again after such a long time apart. Haven't met our newer team members yet? Check out our staff listing here and drop us a line to introduce yourself.

We often send information to farmers we know about specific topics like field crops, fiber, CSA, eggs, etc. This newsletter, on the other hand, will be used for items that have a broad appeal to many farmers in our region and will only come a few times each year. If you would like to get more information about the enterprises that you are working on or considering on your farm, please send us an email with a list of the specific topics you would like receive emails about.

We look forward to bringing back farmer 2 farmer coffee hours this winter. Those will also be announced through this newsletter. Please complete this brief interest survey to help us plan Farmer 2 Farmer gatherings.

Got other ideas? Let us know!

~ The Ag and Food Systems Team at CCE Tompkins
Farm to School Spring 2022 Bid Posted here January 26 - due February 3
Bid on root vegetables, onions, potatoes, greens, eggs, maple syrup and more! Selling your food to schools is a great way to nourish local kids, build another customer base, and expand your farms' publicity. Email Baz at to ask questions or receive a paper copy in the mail.
Tompkins Food Future’s Food Production Assessment Released early February
The Food Policy Council launched Tompkins Food Future in 2020 as a way to create a Food System Plan for Tompkins. Hundreds of food system stakeholders have added their voice to the process and staff have compiled assessments of our food production, security & access, infrastructure, food environment, consumption, and food waste.
Reach out to Katie Hallas to help support the plan's adoption by the County legislature this summer!
Farmer Grant for Small Farms and Sustainability Projects
Letters of Intent due January 31, 2022. Visit their website for more information.
Upcoming Events
Land Valuation & Creating a Land Lease Zoom
TONIGHT - Monday January 24th 
6:30-8:30pm on Zoom 
Ag Assessment, or when working with a farmer, often necessitates a lease. There are very important considerations including how improvements can and will be made to the property, and who is liable for injury on the property. 
Presenters include Nicole Tommell, Team Leader for the Central NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, and Laura Biasillo, Agricultural Economic Development Specialist with CCE Broome County, and a Regional Navigator.
Cost is $10 per person and includes a zoom connection, resources and the recording to be sent afterwards. Veterans who reside in NY or NJ may attend for free due to outside support. This program is made possible through the Farmland for a New Generation initiative with American Farmland Trust-NY. 
For more information on the program, and FREE land listing/land linking, click here
Click here to register. Any questions can be directed to Laura Biasillo, 
Annie’s Project: Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options 
Tuesdays January 25 – February 22 on Zoom 
Annie’s Project Know Your Numbers and Know your Options (KYNKYO) is a workshop series designed to deliver basic farm financial literacy that will empower farm women to better understand how financial statements assist in making rational decisions. KYNKYO helps farm women effectively communicate with their families, business partners, and lenders. 
This five-part workshop series is comprised of five-two hour zoom meetings and work at home. The cost to participate is $100. Veterans can receive reimbursement of the registration fee if they successfully complete the workshop. For those experiencing financial hardship, please contact Katelyn to discuss scholarship opportunities. FSA Borrower Training Credits have been applied for. 
For more information, contact Katelyn Walley-Stoll at 716.640.0522 or by email at Registration is limited to 30 farms, so sign up early. 
CCE Flock Talk - Producing, Processing, and Packing Eggs for Sale
Wednesday, January 26th from 7pm – 8pm on Zoom
Join the Cornell Livestock Program Work Team to hear information on food safety, product quality, and regulations surrounding the production of table eggs from flocks of under 3,000 hens. Topics will include: Food Safety in the Coop; Collection, Refrigeration, and Washing; Sorting Eggs for Quality; Candling Demonstration; Regulations for Packing and Labeling; Maintaining Food Safety Through Sale.
This free class will be held over Zoom on Wednesday, January 26th from 7pm – 8pm. A call-in option will be available. Interested? You can register here or by contacting Amy Barkley at (716) 640-0844 or A copy of the recording and notes will be sent to all registrants following the class. 
This class is part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Flock Talk Series, which recurs on the 4th Wednesday of every second month. Interested in getting on our mailing list to hear about upcoming Flock Talks? Sign up here!
2022 Winter Greenhouse Grower School
Join a team of Cornell Cooperative Extension educators from across NYS for a virtual Greenhouse Grower School taking place on Tuesday February 9th. Topics include pest control, retaining employees, update on the hemp industry, and greenhouse energy audits. Fee $50.
Any questions can be directed to Laura Biasillo, 

New York Farm Show
Syracuse Fairgrounds
February 24-26
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 at Fee $75.

Any questions can be directed to Laura Biasillo, 
In the News
Governor Signs Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act
Legislation authored by Senator Hinchey and Assemblymember Lupardo elevates farmers as key to state’s climate change mitigation strategy.
Farmer Resources 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