Resource Spotlight

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New! Guide to URBAN Farming in NYS

A series of fact sheets to inform farmers producing food in urban centers and on the urban fringe. Topics include site contamination, soil renovation, rooftop farming, urban livestock, farming with neighbors, and much more! Click here to view the Guide.

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Guide to Farming in NY

An essential resource for new and existing farmers alike, the Guide provides answers to questions about taxes, business planning, labors laws, zoning, regulations, marketing, and many other topics that farmers need to know about! Click here to view the Guide.

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Online Courses

Interactive 5 to 7 week courses connect you to the information and people you need to start a successful farm business or diversify your farm. Led by experienced educators and farmers. View the course calendar.

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Direct Marketing Livestock & Poultry

This extensive Guide helps to clarify and explain the complex laws in layman terms, discussing slaughtering and processing at the custom, state, and federal levels and guiding farmers through the logistics of the various market channels. Click here to download!

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‘Farming in Action’ Videos

This video series features farmers of many different sizes, styles and locations around NY. Learn how to castrate pigs, breed sheep or transplant starts. Get advice on marketing, profitability & more from farmers that have found success! Visit the Video Library.

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Upcoming BF Service Provider Webinars

Are you looking to deepen your skills in support of beginning farmers? Don’t miss these two free webinars for service providers offered this April! Pre-registration is required and you need to register for each webinar separately. Valuing time and muscle – Working with beginning farmers in labor record keeping THURSDAY April 17th, 2014 from 12:00 to … Read More

Sustainable Farm Energy: 2014 Virtual Tours

Are you looking to stabilize rising fuel and energy costs on your farm or homestead?  Are you seeking more sustainable sources of energy?  In this upcoming four-part webinar series, you’ll meet an organic vegetable farmer, grape grower & winemaker, sunflower & biodiesel producer, and pastured livestock farmer who will lead you through a virtual tour … Read More

Small Farmers: Is it Time to Add a Bigger Market?

Statewide meeting March 24th features farmers’ perspectives on food hubs, grocery stores, restaurants & more…. The practice of direct-marketing — selling products face-to-face via farmers markets, CSA’s or farm stands — has traditionally been attractive to small farmers because it cuts out the ‘middle man’, leaving all the revenue in the farmers’ pocket.  It can … Read More

Need Small Farms Info?

Visit our sister Small Farms Programsite, the Cornell Small Farms Program