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March 15th, 2016

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 submit, 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
Featured Resource 
Cornell Institute for Climate Change & Agriculture: Adaptation & Agriculture

Cornell Institute for Climate Change & Agriculture has produced multiple videos on "Climate Smart Farming". In this 'Adaptation and Agriculture' video, various New York farmers and Cornell University researchers discuss observed changes in extreme weather and climate variability on their farms and what can be done to adapt. Visit https://youtu.be/B6FMbB6Vh1c.  For more information on becoming resilient to extreme weather and climate variability, visit the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) http://climateinstitute.cals.cornell.edu/ 

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Educators: Register Now for 'Baskets to Pallets' Statewide Training
Are you an agricultural educator or service provider in New York State interested in supporting farmers seeking to enter food hubs, groceries, restaurants or cooperatives? The Cornell Small Farms Program and Northeast SARE are pleased to announce a new statewide professional development opportunity. 'Baskets to Pallets: Preparing Small and Mid-sized Farmers to Enter Food Hubs, Groceries, Restaurants and Cooperatives', will be offered on April 18th-19th, at the Cornell Plantations Visitor Center in Ithaca, NY. In this two day Training, the authors of the brand new "Baskets to Pallets" Curriculum will introduce a series of lectures, discussions, activities, videos and other teaching resources designed to prepare small and mid-sized farmers in NY to enter new wholesale markets. To learn more, click here.  
New Farmer Profit Team: Deadline Extended to March 31st
Beginning Farmers Project BF Logo 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? Farmers at this stage are often faced with critical decisions that determine the long-term viability of their operation.  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-mo to 2-year period.  If this sounds like it could be helpful, please read more about the program and apply by clicking here
Women in Sustainable Ag: Call for Workshop Proposals
The 5th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture will bring together farmers, educators, technical assistance providers and activists engaged in healthy food and farming to share educational and organization strategies, build technical and business skills, and address policy issues aimed at expanding the success of women farmers and ranchers. In order to build a rich program for our participants, the program committee is soliciting workshop proposal ideas. To be considered, all proposals must be submitted electronically at wagn.wufoo.com/forms/2016-wisa-conference-call-for-workshops by 11:59 p.m. March 31, 2016. Submission of a proposal is not a guarantee of acceptance. Proposal review will be complete by early June. For more information that will help you develop your workshop proposal ideas, visit blog.uvm.edu/mpeabody/2016/01/28/call-for-workshop-proposals.
Learn about Farming 101
March 19, 2016, 9am-3pm. TC3 Farm, 100 Cortland Road, DrydenNY

Learn the basics of operating a farm! This program is designed for anyone who is exploring the possibility of farming, including landowners and those without land of their own. We will cover some business basics but the main focus will be on soils, land prep, and production of livestock or horticultural crops. The program will involve extension educators and farmers as presenters. Register with Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County by visiting http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=613calling 607-272-2292 or emailing mr55@cornell.edu.
Maple Weekend at Wellspring Forest Farm 
March 19 & 20, 2016, 10am-4pm. 
6164 Deer Run Ln, Trumansburg NY

As part of New York's statewide Maple Weekend, come visit our forest farm and taste saps from maple, walnut, and sycamore trees. Take a self-guided tour and see a demonstration of mushroom log inoculation. Enjoy fresh, local wood-fired pizzas from The Rusty Oven both Sat and Sun. Saturday there will also be live music and a farm and craft market from 11am-3pm. Sunday will feature a "how-to make maple syrup" workshop at 11am and a "how to grow mushrooms on logs" workshop at 1pm. ($5 fee for each) To keep updated on participating farms and other news visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/234672330198156/ and www.wellspringforestfarm.com.
Schoharie County Farm Bureau Farm Safety Day
March 23, 2016, 10am-3pm. SUNY Cobleskill Curtis Mott Lounge, 176 Schoharie Pkwy N, Cobleskill, NY
Schoharie County Farm Bureau and SUNY Cobleskill are co-sponsoring a free, daylong Farm Safety Day. Workshops will focus on chainsaw safety, entrapment, livestock handling in enclosed spaces, and ROPS and PTO safety. NYCAMH, the Northeast Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, Cooperstown, NY will conduct the program. Workshops will last approximately 45 minutes, and opportunities for question and answer will be available. Lunch will be provided, and RSVP is appreciated to Linda Cross at 868-9303 or crosslk@midtel.net.
Rare Fruit Workshops - Persimmons & Pawpaws
March 30, 2016 10am-1:30pm. Bath Civil Defense Building 3 Pulteney Sq East, Bath, NY OR March 30, 6pm-9pm. Vince's Park, Intersection of Route 318 and 5/20, Seneca Falls, NY
Hobbyist, Homeowner, and Commercial Grower Workshop. Interested in unusual fruits? Come learn all about growing pawpaws and persimmons! Topics include site selection, insects and disease management, pollination and sourcing plants. World renowned speaker and expert Jerry Lehman will be sharing knowledge based on his 25 years' experience. For more in formation contact Roger Ort at 607-535-7161, or email rlo28@cornell.eduTo register for the Seneca Falls workshop, visit here
For the Bath workshop, visit here.  
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Summer Farm Internship - Sky High Farm, Pine Plains NY
Sky High Farm is a mission-driven non-profit organization that is committed to addressing food security and nutrition by improving access to nutritious food for New Yorkers living in underserved communities. The farm sustainably grows organic fruits and vegetables and raises livestock exclusively for the purpose of donation. We are a small, diverse operation entering our fourth season. Internship Starts: May 30, 2016 Internship Ends: October 14, 2016 Number of Interns: 4 Application Deadline: April 08, 2016 Minimum Length of Stay: Entire Season Preferred. For more information visit www.skyhighfarm.org. For application materials write sam@skyhighfarm.org
Cayuta Sun Farm is seeking individuals for a part-time program (24 hours per week) of farm work, design, and study from May through September. Apprentices receive weekly instruction through a permaculture design practicum based on continuing assessment and analysis of the farm's systems. Opportunities to visit and learn at other innovative farms are also scheduled. Apprentices are provided with all their food and live at the farm. This apprenticeship is ideal for Permaculture Design Certificate graduates and others interested in forest farming, small-farm design, mushroom cultivation, pastured animal and perennial agriculture. For the full job posting and to learn how to apply, visit http://cayutasunfarm.com/2016/03/07/permaculture-apprenticeship/#content-wrapper.
Champlain Valley NY Vegetable Production Job Opportunity for 2016 Season
Heirloom Vegetable ProductionYou will be involved in all facets of mostly-heirloom vegetable production from seed to storage for a wide variety of heirloom vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs and flowers as well as hops, grains and vinifera grapes.  Interest in organic/sustainable practices a must. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Limited group housing may be available. Ideal candidates are reliable, self-motivated and enjoy working in a team environment. Must be able to lift 50-75 lbs. and enjoy working outdoors. Rolling Hills Farm is a highly diversified farm in Westport, New York with a focus on producing clean and natural food using organic and sustainable practices. Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@rollinghillsfarmny.com.
2016 NACAA SARE Fellows Program
This program is designed to provide hands-on experience and materials for selected NACAA members to study and become familiar with the basics of sustainable agriculture and alternative farm systems as currently practiced within the four regions of the US Department of Agriculture. This program provides the opportunity to forge new connections with colleagues from other parts of the nation, evaluate agriculture within a social, economic and environmental framework, visit innovative producers that are striving to sustain agriculture for future generations through the use of sustainable practices, and to improve agriculture programs. For more information about the program and to apply, visit www.nacaa.com/awards/.
Funding Opportunities
Farmers and ranchers are important managers of our shared air, water, and soil resources, and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) recognizes and rewards this critical role. CSP is an innovative program for working farms, built on the belief that we must enhance natural resource and environmental protection as we simultaneously produce profitable food, fiber, and energy. By providing comprehensive conservation assistance to whole farms, CSP offers farmers the opportunity to earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, rotational grazing, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and the transition to organic farming - even while they work their lands for production. Farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling in CSP this year have until March 31 to submit their initial applications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). USDA will enroll 10 million acres of farm and ranch land in the program this year, with payments to farmers and ranchers of over three-quarters of a billion dollars over the next five years. To learn more about the program, view eligibility requirements, and to apply, visit http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/csp-2016-signup/.
New Conservation Option for Organic Farms
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition reports that USDA will offer Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) payments for field border buffers on organic farms. Starting in March, organic farmers will be eligible to enroll windbreaks, filter strips, pollinator strips, and field borders planted to native grasses, shrubs, and trees in the program. CCRP contracts include an annual rental payment, certain incentive payments, and cost-share payments to install practices. To learn more about CCRP, visit the USDA's website or visit http://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/grassrootsguide/conservation-environment/conservation-reserve-program/.
Environmental Education (EE) Grants
Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 EE Grants Program and are due by April 8, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants. 
Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making approximately $1 million in grant funding available to support research projects addressing challenges and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. agricultural products domestically and internationally. The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP), administered by AMS, provides nearly $1 million in matching funds to state departments of agriculture, state colleges and universities, and other appropriate state agencies. Grant applications must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov. Applicants should start the grants.gov registration process as soon as possible to ensure that they meet the deadline. Applications for FSMIP are due by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 12, 2016For more information about this grant program, including program background, visit the FSMIP website: www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/fsmip
Latest Resources
Economic Issues in the Coexistence of Organic, Genetically Engineered (GE), and Non-GE Crops
Two decades after genetically engineered seeds became available, GE varieties are common in U.S. corn, soybean, cotton, canola, and sugarbeet production. Markets for food containing non-GE ingredients also exist. This USDA Economic Research Service report examines organic and conventional product markets, common coexistence practices, and the economic impacts when GE material is detected in non-GE products. You can find both the report summary and the full report at http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/eib-economic-information-bulletin/eib-149.aspx.
Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities
This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster innovative enterprises in agriculture and forestry in the United States. Specifically, the guide addresses program resources in community development; sustainable land management; and value-added and diversified agriculture and forestry. Thus, it can help farmers, entrepreneurs, community developers, conservationists, and many other individuals, as well as private and public organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit. Visit ATTRA's website to download the PDF for free.
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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.

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