Small Farms Update is a monthly newsletter distributed by Cornell's Small Farms Program and is intended for farmers and
agricultural service providers in New York and the Northeast.
Microloan Webinar: Up to $35,000 Now Available for Farmers!
Free Webinar April 10, 7-8pm EST
Join the Cornell Small Farms Program and FSA Senior Loan Specialist Carrie Novak for this One-Time Opportunity. Small
farmers spoke up and the Farm Services Agency (FSA) listened! In
January 2013 the FSA launched a new Microloan Program that offers very
low-interest loans of up to $35,000, with an abbreviated application
process. On Wed. April 10 from 7-8pm EST, come learn about the details
of the program, including loan terms and application process, and have
the opportunity to type questions to the FSA's Senior Loan Specialist,
Carrie Novak via chat pod. Carrie will also present basic FSA loan
eligibility criteria and review the application form.Register here | More Info
Groundswell Announces New Sustainable Farming Programs
Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming based in Ithaca, NY, is
now taking applications for its 2013 Sustainable Farming Certificate
Program, as well as several shorter courses. These programs provide
hands-on training in small-scale, commercial organic farming systems and
are geared for beginning and aspiring farmers. Program details and an
online application form can be found at www.groundswellcenter.org. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-319-5095.
NOFA-NY Seeking Workshop Proposals for Annual Winter Conference
conference will take place January 24th-26th, 2014 in Saratoga Springs,
NY. They are interested in proposals for a wide-range of conference
workshop tracks including: Dairy and Grazing, Livestock, Fruits and
Herbs, Vegetables, Beginning Farming, Urban Farming, Value-Added
Processing and Marketing, Grains and Field Crops, Gardening and
Homesteading, and People and Policy. General conference workshops are
75 minutes long. A limited number of longer (intensive) workshops that
are ½ day (3 hours) to full-day (6 hours) will be offered on the first
full day of the conference. Submit a workshop. Send questions to email@example.com
4th National Women in Sustainable Ag Conference Seeking Presenters
conference will be held November 6-8, 2013 in Des Moines, IA, hosted by
the Women, Food & Agriculture Network. Presentations are invited
in the following tracks: production-related topics; management, human
relations and farm transfer topics; and leadership, network development
and policy topics. Women engaged developing healthy, locally based food
systems are the target audience. Deadline for submissions is April 30,
2013. Submit a proposal | More info.
April 4th, 2013. CSAs in the Workplace. 10:00am. Saratoga County CCE in Ballston Spa. An
introduction to CSAs, the benefits to farmer and consumer, the shared
risks, and the history of success will be presented. Educational
materials developed as part of the Cornell Small Farms Grant Program
will be available, ideas exchanged, concerns voiced and connections
made. Farmers, worksite representatives and interested individuals are
welcome. More Info Contact Teresa Whalen, Adirondack Harvest Southern Chapter Representative, at 466-5497 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
April 8, 22, & May 6, 2013. Starting a Livestock Farm on a Shoestring Workshop Series.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Multi-purpose Room, Riga Town Hall, 6460 Buffalo
Road, Churchville, NY 14428. Cornell University Cooperative Extension's
Small Farms Specialist, Nancy Glazier is offering a beginning farmer
educational series intended for beginning farmers. Topics covered will
be the bare necessities to get started: Ag lingo, business planning,
bare bones bookkeeping, budgeting, soils basics, feeding and shelter for
livestock. Fee: $35.00 per person/farm for the series. Pre-registration
is required by April 5, 2013 by calling Team Administrative Assistant,
Cathy Wallace in CCE of Genesee County office at (585) 343-3040 x138 or e-mail with your full contact information to email@example.com@cornell.edu>. For workshop questions please call Nancy Glazier at(585) 315-7746.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, 100 Eaton Street, Morrisville, NY. Free! Please register here by Monday, April 12 or by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County at (315) 684-3001 x 100. More Info
April 25, 2013. Farming Transplants: The Basics of Greenhouse Production for Sales and Farm Use. 4:30 PM-7:00 PM. Blue
Heron Farm, 1641 Shaw Rd, Lodi, NY. Robin Ostfeld of Blue Heron Farm
will teach participants how to anticipate one's market and plan
accordingly. Learn how to determine how much to plant, how to time
plantings, how to market transplants and the best strategies for finding
a balance between risk and reliability with the plant varieties you
choose. Pre-Registration Deadline: by noon on April 22. To register,
click here or call 585-271-1979 x511. Registration Fee: $5/person, $10/two or more people.
Looking for a farm job, internship or apprenticeship?
you looking for a farm internship, apprenticeship or job? Looking for
venues to post an opportunity? The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project
has compiled an extensive national list for you! Visit here to start your search!
Good Food Collective Distribution Crew Members, Rochester, NY - Due May 1st
The Good Food Collective
is a multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project offering
membership programs that connect people to local, sustainable foods and
some of the best farmers in the Rochester area. The Collective seeks
two distribution crew members to assist in the receiving, sorting,
and storage of daily deliveries from partner farms. For a full job
description and qualifications, email
Schoharie County Agriculture Assistance Grant Program
the assistance of the N.Y.S. Department of Agriculture & Markets,
matching grants will be offered to aid Schoharie County farms in
purchasing up-to-date technology, equipment and inventory as well as
provide working capital. The Agriculture Assistance Grant program will
fund up to 50% of the total costs associated with the purchase of
eligible items, and will have a cap of $50,000 per farm. To be eligible
for these grants, a representative from the farm must attend a Farm
Disaster Preparation Certificate Training, have an up-to-date business
plan which includes the purchase of the items included in the grant, and
show how the remainder of the project will be funded. For more
information regarding this grant opportunity, please contact Sarah Blood
at Schoharie County Planning and Development at 518-295-8770.
Organic Farming Research Foundation Research Grants - Due May 15th
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) offers funding for organic seed quality or crops breeding projects. Proposals
must involve farmers or ranchers in project design and implementation
and must take place on certified organic land, ideally on working farms
or ranches. Applicants should articulate how the proposed research
project will foster the improvement or adoption of organic farming
systems. OFRF requests proposals
which have objectives that are realistically achievable with a modest
level of funding. OFRF will not fund a project for more than $15,000 per
year. Matching funds from other sources and in-kind contributions from
applicants and cooperators are encouraged but not required. More Info
Sustainable Ag Grad Students Grants - Due May 21st The
goal of this grant program is to support graduate students who are
doing research on topics specific to sustainable agriculture under the
supervision of a faculty advisor. Graduate Student proposals should
address issues of current or potential importance to Northeast farmers
and farm service professionals such as NRCS staff, Cooperative
Extension, and researchers. Because universities typically do not allow
students to manage institutional grants, the applicant's faculty advisor
will be named the principal investigator if a grant is awarded. Grants
are capped at $15,000.Learn more at http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants - Due May 22
purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work
by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and
multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and
agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching,
renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture,
rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety,
physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology,
biotechnology, and conventional breeding. More Info
Help Available for Small Dairy Processors
Dairy Foods Extension Team has begun to work substantially with smaller
farms who have value-added processing capabilities. This team
currently offers a short-course certificate program in fermented
products, fluid milk, and cheese products. The
program covers food safety and processing of dairy products and is
valuable for small farmers who want to develop a "value-added"
processing line. Additionally, the Cornell Dairy Foods Extension Team offers consultation services for small dairy processors. More Info
The New Horse-Powered Farm is Now Available from Chelsea Green Publishing
The New Horse-Powered Farm: Tools and Systems for the Small-Scale, Sustainable Market Grower,
written by Stephen Leslie, is a comprehensive guide for anyone
interested in horse-powered farming, and clearly shows how to get
started, from the selection and care of the different horse breeds,
training the horse and the teamster, soil fertility, plowing, tillage,
seeding, and harvesting, to managing pastures and making hay. [More info]
With the holiday shopping season upon us, consider supporting small farms and independent artisans this year. At www.betterfarm.org/shop, you can check out our undyed, organic alpaca yarns, scoop up some sweet reads, sponsor a rescued farm animal, pick up “Better” swag, or plan a visit for you or a loved one to Better Farm.
Initial solar consultation with @apexsolarpower is complete. Technical site visit next, followed by a finalized contract to get @betterfarm 100% solar-powered by 2018.
Introducing the magnificent Seaborn Beck Weathers, who made his grand entrance at Better Farm last Friday on a 17-degree day. Since then, Seaborn’s tolerated emergency care to raise his temperature, days spent bundled up with Mum in the betterArts gallery, and more thermometers and scales than anyone should have to. Yesterday he and Augusta got to go outside for the first time since Friday afternoon, and weathered the overnight temps just fine. This little survivor has earned his namesake! Welcome to the world, Seaborn!
Living wall installation, phase one.
Oh honey honey! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ordering info while supplies last! 🐝
Vegan tamales featuring Better Farm-to-table ingredients fresh out of the garden. 👩🏻🌾👨🏻🌾
Camelids in the midst.
Better brewers at work 🍻
I got your back.
There is nothing finer than enjoying a freshly picked apple on a gorgeous, crisp autumn day.
Killer first garden harvest for sustainability student Adam Brooks!
Better Bees! The hive is healthy, happy — and prolific! Around 30,000 strong and counting, with a robust supply of honey to get them through the winter. #betterbee
Every year, Better Farm plants at least 100 trees on the property in order to improve soil and air quality, grow fruit, provide shade and nesting grounds for animals, control runoff and to replenish forests. Due to extreme winters, ice storms and other variables, we have a steady stock of standing-dead trees we can cut for heating the main farmhouse. Planting new trees ensures a steady supply of firewood in the future and expands our efforts in regenerative agriculture.
Here today, gone tomato.
Pigs have complex personalities with intellect levels similar to dogs and chimpanzees. They possess specific personality traits, are capable of following direction, and can suss out a person’s emotional state based on body language. Oh—and as you can see here, pigs are excellent at recognizing (and remembering!) their friends.