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September 3rd, 2015

The Small Farms update summarizes announcements, information resources, opportunities and upcoming events relevant to small farms.  Please feel free to share this information in newsletters, email lists, etc. If you have announcements or resources you would like to include, please send us an email.  Subscribe here. Thank you again for your interest and support of small farms in New York.
Anu Rangarajan
Director, Cornell Small Farm Program
Featured Resource 
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Fruit Production
Calling all current and aspiring fruit growers! The Cornell Small Farms Program has compiled an extensive list of resources relating to fruit production. These resources range from a Pollinator Toolkit from the Xeres Society to a Fact Sheet on Thinning Asian Pears from SARE. Check out the Production page on the Cornell Small Farms Program website for these and more fruit production resources.
Registration Now Open For Online Courses Hosted by the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project
Late Fall through Winter and early Spring is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the frenetic pace (at least somewhat), and build new skills for the coming growing season. If you sign up for an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project, you don't even need to leave your home to connect with other farmers, work on your farm plans, and gain practical tips. Courses fill up quickly, so visit the Online Courses page on the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project website to register today!
Apply Now for New Farmer Profit Teams
Are you a beginning farmer in New York state who has been farming for at least three years? Is the farm business you manage at a crossroads, needing to improve efficiency, scale up, or make other major changes to achieve long-term viability? Do you need some decision support to improve profitability of the farm business after 3-9 years of running it? You don't need to face these decisions alone. You may be eligible to receive support for a New Farmer Profit Team. This initiative seeks to improve the long-term success of advanced beginning farmers by providing selected farmers with customized, one-on-one guidance from farm professionals (financial, production, legal, marketing, etc) over an 18 month to two year period. For more information and to apply, visit this online formThe application deadline is September 15.
Corn Plot Field Day
September 9, 11am-2pm. My Place Road, Cochecton, NY
A free, educational Corn Plot Field Day for farmers will be offered on September 9 by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC). Justin O'Dea, commercial vegetable and field crop educator of Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County, will teach area farmers how to effectively manage crop fields, including corn plots, with lessons on pesticide use. Topics covered will include scouting weeds, insects, and weed management for field corn. The field day will feature a demonstration plot with a variety of descriptions and field observations of corn to examine for performance. Attendance is free and lunch is included. Space is limited and pre-registration is requested in advance. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180, emailing sullivan@cornell.edu, or visiting the Sullivan CCE event page.
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Small Scale Organic Orchard Workshop
September 10, 4-6:30pm. Hudson Valley Research Laboratory, 3357 US Hwy 9W, Highland, NY
Join speakers Peter Jentsch, Entomologist, Dr. David Rosenberger, Tree Fruit Plant Pathologist Emeritus, and Dr. Gemma Reig Cordoba, Horticulturalist, at this Small Scale Organic Orchard Workshop on September 10! Topics to be discussed include organic tree fruit disease management, slender-spindle orchard establishment, training and pruning, and IPM in organic tree fruit production systems. This event is free. Registration is required by September 8th. Please call (845) 691-7151 to register.
Woodlot Management Workshop
September 12, 9am-12pm. Angus Glen Farms, 3050 Station Road, Watkins Glen, NY 
Enjoy a walk in the woods at Angus Glen Farms to learn about making a family forest better for the next generation! The walk will highlight recent logging to promote tree health and regeneration, invasive plant contro, integrated timber and livestock production (silvopasturing), wildlife habitat enhancements, and strategies for dealing with forest pests. Foresters and loggers will be present to share their insights, as well as Cornell Master Forest Owner Volunteers who can be consulted individually for advice. The woods walk is free, will take place rain or shine, and will require about one mile of hiking. No RSVP is necessary. For additional information please contact Brett Chedzoy at 607-535-7161, or by email at bjc226@cornell.edu.
Exploring the Potential for Nut Crops in Central Western NY
September 19, 9am-3pm. Woodland Property of Victor Ng, 3562 Nunda Byersville Road, Nunda, NY
Chestnuts, hazelnuts, and heartnuts! Come tour Victor Ng's property with the New York Nut Grower's Association and hear about Livingston County forestry and agriculture and opportunities for growing several nut species in this part of the state. To register for this event, send a check or money order for $15.00 made out to NYNGA to John Wertis, 8144 Searsburg Road, Trumansburg, NY, 14886. The registration fee covers lunch, plants, and instructional materials. If you have any questions, call (607)387-4331 or email bwwfarmtoday@aol.com. For more information, visit www.nynga.org.
Harvest Fest 2015
Oct 3, 10am-3pm. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY
Join in this community celebration of the farm at its most fruitful! Festivities for the whole family include hands-on farming and food activities, live music, a seasonal farm and food market with delicious fare, hayrides, a turkey parade and more. This event sells out, so get your tickets today! Visit the event page for more information and to reserve tickets.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Three CCE Part-Time Temporary Positions Open
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County is hiring three part-time temporary positions. The positions include an Urban Forestry Program Educator, a Natural Resources Program Educator, and a large event coordinator. For this last position CCE Onondaga is looking for someone who is highly organized with experience coordinating large events, and can work 10 hours/week to help coordinate a Food Justice conference on October 2 & 3 in Syracuse. More hours are expected the week leading up to the conference. This will likely be a contracted position. Resumes and letters of interest can be sent to Jessi Lyons (jel264@cornell.edu).
Funding Opportunities
Biomass Crop Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini has announced that enrollment has begun for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for energy or biobased products within designated projects areas. The funds are available from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Biomass energy facilities or groups of producers may submit proposals for new BCAP project areas through Nov. 6, 2015. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit FSA's website
Latest Resources
Garden Irrigation Planning Guide
Easy Garden Irrigation has published a guide to garden irrigation planning. If you are just starting your journey in planning and installing a garden irrigation system for your garden, this is the place to start. Everything starts with effective planning, and this guide will help walk you through every step of the process to ensure you get it right first time. Download the PDF of the guide here, or visit Easy Garden Irrigation's website for more information and resources relating to garden irrigation.
A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have released "A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers", a new publication that compiles existing training resources on everything from soil and composting to small farm equipment and whole-farm planning, including information on food safety and seed saving. The 48-page guide is divided into three parts: production practices, post-harvest handling, and business planning and basic farm finances.
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. Our mission is to foster the sustainability of diverse, thriving small farms that contribute to food security, healthy rural communities, and the environment.  The Cornell Small Farm Program is a joint effort of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension.