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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org@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]
Setting up for betterArts’ Children’s Room at this year’s North Country Goes Green Irish Fest in Watertown March 16-18. Thanks to the volunteers who came out to support our sister organization, which functions to expand access to the arts for all. www.betterarts.org
Snack break on a snowy afternoon.
Our compost initiative is expanding! Many thanks to @clayton_food_co_op for getting on board by donating food scraps to Better Farm to be fed to our sanctuary animals and turned into soil. Food waste accounts for up to 40 percent of “garbage” — so separating scraps out of what we throw away means a massive reduction in landfill waste. Compost contributes to soil regeneration, and fresh food scraps replace or supplement animal feed, reducing carbon emissions associated with food processing and transportation. Composting is a radical act we can all be doing several times every single day.
When archaeologists visit Better Farm.
February 28. Canadian border of New York. Garlic already sprouting. #thesethingsarenotnormal
A little pre-spring dirt worship with the girls.
Get on the bus! Registration for our 2018 sustainability program is now open, with lots of dates to choose from! bit.ly/2oAFFnh
Very excited to announce our new partnership with DiPrinzio’s Kitchen in Clayton! The fine-dining Italian restaurant and catering company is saving all its table scraps to be used as Better Farm’s gardens and fed to the pigs and chickens. Big ups to @mollicathebaker for facilitating this fabulous new project!
Neigh-bors Riddler, Blaze and Red enjoying the breakfast buffet.
Sunday Funday with Buffalo the alpaca.
Nice haul today from a standing dead oak tree. #woodstoveseason
Somebody is SO EXCITED about all this fresh, organic hay! Thanks to everyone near and far who generously made donations to keep the hay supply flush alllllll winter long. Better Farm and all its beautiful beasts love you! 🐓🐖🦒🐴🦆🐥
Future’s so bright 😎
Day One of solar install complete!
Nobody digs a late-January thaw like Better Farm’s ducks. #youquackmeup #justducky
Celebrating #bootleggersday with some #templetonrye and Prohibition-era music all afternoon on Better Radio that would do any flapper, rum-runner, jazz musician or gangster proud.