July 17-19, 2014. Grasstravaganza. Morrisville State College, Morrisville NY. Last held in 2008, the conference will feature a trade show, soil health stations and presentations by national and local grazing and soil health experts. Among those in the speaker lineup is Ray Archuleta, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) “Soil Guy” from North Carolina, who travels the country promoting soil health. Archuleta has 25 years of experience with the NRCS and is a certified Professional Soil Scientist with Soil Science Society of America. Participants will also have the chance to visit local farms. Register online at

July 18- July 19, 2014. Christmas Tree Farmers Meeting. Cazenovia, NY. The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY presents their 2014 Summer meeting. Meeting hosts Matt and Juanita Critz, will lead a walk-through of their tree farm that includes maple syrup making and a farm winery known for its award-winning hard cider. Sessions will allow attendees to see first hand various insects and some of the diseases that attack Christmas trees; and learn about ways to treat infestations with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques. There will be several DEC-approved one-credit Pesticide Application presentations on the program including an informative session on ticks and Lyme Disease. Various shearing and pruning techniques will be demonstrated. Other workshops will cover everything from site and seed selection to cultural practices. For more information, visit

July 21st, 2014. 1:00-3:30 pm. NOFA-NY Field Day: Organic Dairy High Quality Forage Production. Stine Farm, 45540 Stine Road, Redwood NY. Bill Stine of Stine Farm welcomes you to tour his farm and learn about his forage production system.  Hear how he maintains production with a baleage and hay based ration.  See his pasture system and learn what practices Bill has implemented to be a successful organic dairy farmer.  Stine Farm is a 5th generation farm established in 1874.  Bill currently milks 35 cows and has been certified organic since 2007. More information.

July 22, 2014. 1 to 3 pm. Small Grains: Harvesting, Handling, Drying, and Storing. Gibson Farms, 3861 County Route 21, Schodack Landing. Managing barley, wheat, and other small grains from harvest through storage is a new challenge as growers learn to meet quality standards for the new local markets of brewers and bakers.  Gibson Farms have been growing grains on over 1000 acres for many years, marketing to grain companies and local livestock producers. They will share their expertise and explain the various machines and components to their grain business at this on-farm workshop.  Aaron Gabriel, agronomist for Cornell Cooperative Extension, will discuss the principles involved in managing grain from harvest through storage, including pest management and safety.  Machinery and handling will be discussed for both large-scale and small-scale growers, and quality requirements for small grains to meet the local markets will also be explained.  Please RSVP to Aaron Gabriel at 518-380-1496 or This workshop is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Carey Institute for Global Good.

July 23, 2014. Perennial Biofeedstock Day. Big Flats, NY. The USDA presents the Perennial Biofeedstock Energy Tour and Presentations, which will include a field tour, demonstrations and presentations. The event will take place at the USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center. For more details, visit

July 24th, 2014. 2pm to 4pm. Tour of Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub. Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub, 210 Gerald L. Moses Dr., Groton, NY. What are food hubs and why do they matter for our regional food system? Join the Food and Health Network at the Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub in Groton, NY to find out! During the meeting we will tour the 18,000 square foot facility and learn about their work as a processing center connecting regional farms with distributors and consumers. Please RSVP to or 607-692-7669 by Tuesday, July 22th.

July 30th, 2014. 1:00pm-3:30pm. NOFA-NY Field Day: K-Line Pature Irrigation. Horning Farm, 1700 Stiles Rd., Penn Yan, NY 14527 NY. Join Alvin Horning Jr. of Horning Farm to learn how he manages his pasture for optimum production from his herd.  See his K-Line irrigation system, learn how he rotates his pastures for simplicity in irrigation.  Hear how Alvin is using irrigation to maximize pasture production, mitigate the risk in extreme weather patterns and maintain high quality forage.  This field day is sponsored by NOFA-NY through the USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program and supported by Organic Valley.

July 31st, 2014. 8 pm. Where to Sell: CSA, Farmer’s Markets, or Wholesale? CCE Erie Auditorium at 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County will host the second discussion in a series of new farmer workshops.  If you are a beginning farmer, come join us to learn about marketing options for your new farm business. CCE Erie Farm Business Management Educator, and beginning farmer, Megan Burley, along with Dennis Brawdy, owner of D&J Brawdy Farms, Karyn Agle, owner of Agle’s Farm Market, and a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmer,  will be on hand for a discussion and question and answer session about where and how to sell your farm product. The discussion group is informal and will meet in the CCE Erie Auditorium. For more information go to

July 31st, 2014. Harvest Dinner at Sweet Land Farm to Benefit Healthy Food For All. Sweet Land Farm in Trumansburg, NY. Announcing Healthy Food for All’s first fine dining benefit gala of the 2014 Harvest Dinner Season! The menu will be prepared by Word of Mouth Catering paired with wines from Sheldrake Point Winery and cider from Redbyrd Orchard Cider. A reception featuring seasonal wine, cider and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6:00pm. At 7pm a beautiful array of summer local foods bounty will be served in a gourmet four-course meal featuring the finest from Sweet Land Farm, The Piggery, Wide Awake Bakery and many more of our favorite local producers. Tickets start at $75 (all-inclusive) with proceeds benefiting Healthy Food For All, a partnership between local farms and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County which makes fresh produce accessible to households with limited income. For more info and to make a reservation, please go to or contact / 607-342-8845

August 2nd, 2014. 9am to 3pm. New York Nut Growers Association Summer Meeting. BWW Farm, Trumansburg, NY. In addition to presentations on cultural techniques for chestnuts and other nut trees, attendees will tour a biodynamic organic farm and visit permaculture, homesteading, and home garden settings to see how nut trees and other woody perennials fit in. See for the program and registration information.

August 5th at 10:30am and August 6th at 10:30am. Meteorologist at Empire Farm Days. Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. What is the one thing people always talk about? The weather. Farmers may be weather watchers more than any other collective group. To accommodate their interest and provide them with a look at trends and how climate is impacting agriculture, Empire Farm Days will host presentations by Allison M. Chatrchyan, director of the new Cornell University Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, and WHEC News10NBC Meteorologist Josh Nichols, who also teaches weather and climate at Monroe Community College. On Tuesday, August 5 at 10:30am, Dr. Chatrchyan will speak on Farming in a More Extreme and Variable Climate. On Wednesday, August 6 at 10:30am, Nichols will present Weather from the Farmers’ Point of View. Admission to Empire Farm Days and the weather presentations is free, parking is $10. Learn more at

August 5-7, 2014. Cornell’s RAPP Program Demonstrates Agricultural Plastics Recycling at Empire Farm Days. Rodman Lott & Son Farms on NY-414, South of Seneca Falls. Agricultural plastics recycling is taking off, big time! Recyclers working with Cornell University’s Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program (RAPP) are now able to process virtually all types of used farm plastics.  Much of this old plastic is turned into new products by manufacturers right here in New York State. Waste plastics previously used on NYS farms—primarily bale wrap, bunker covers, mulch and greenhouse film—are being transformed into sheets of plastic ‘plywood’, plastic sidewalk pavers, household and industrial-size garbage bags, and diesel fuel, as well as into new plastic containers, films and twine that will once again be used on farms. RAPP will showcase an array of these products, as well as supplies and equipment for storing and compacting used plastic, at Empire Farm Days.

August 8-10, 2014. NOFA Summer Conference. Amherst, Massachusetts. The 40th NOFA Summer Conference is less than two months away, with 150+ workshops, live entertainment, dinner meet-ups, conferences for children and teens, farm tours, and much more. Workshop topics include farming, gardening, land care, nutrition and food politics. NOFA is also offering full and half day pre-conferences and 100+ exhibitors. Scholarships, affordable registration, and budget conscious accommodations are available. To learn about the conference, see

August 12th-15th, 2014. Cornell Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop. Emerson Hall at Cornell University, Ithaca NY. This intensive training workshop will focus on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management. The target audience is professionals working with agricultural soil management issues.  For more information or to register, please visit

August 17th, 2014. 8am – 4pm. Third Annual Organic Seed School. Cornell University Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm at 133 Fall Creek Road, Freeville, NY. Come learn from growers, breeders, and seed companies to better understand organic seed quality topics and how it affects your farm.  Up to eight regional seed companies will present their new developments related to the needs of organic producers.  These will include new varieties, breeding projects, seed treatments, company-specific innovations, and trialing under organic conditions.  There will also be an hour exhibition time and coffee break in which participants can visit table displays for each company and a tour of breeding plots on the farm.  In the afternoon, we will have a series of moderated group discussion sessions focusing on the issues surrounding organic seed quality and availability – bring your questions on organic seed and talk directly to the experts! Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Pre-registration is appreciated here.  The $10 registration fee can be paid by cash or check at the door.  Contact Michael Glos at or 607-227-7793 with any questions.

August 18, 2014. 2014 Beginner Farmer Symposium. Sackville, New Brunswick. The symposium will be a busy day of workshops, panel discussions and prime networking opportunities for new, aspiring and experienced growers across the region. Get more info at

August 19, 2014. Soil Health Workshop- Improve Crop Production, Soil Health & the Environment. Donn Branton’s Farm, 6536 E Main Rd/Rte 5, Stafford, NY 14143. Five innovative grower speakers, a nationally recognized soil health expert, and local staff will show and describe the benefits of improving the soil health on your farm. There will be equipment and displays to see.  1.5 DEC credits, and CCA credits will be available. Cost is $5 preregistered and $10 for walk-ins, and includes a pulled pork supper. For the complete agenda go to: For preregistration, sponsor info, or special needs, contact: Dennis Kirby, Orleans SWCD: or 585-589-5959.

August 21st, 2014. 4:30-8:30PM. Soil Health Field Day. Kinderhook Creek Farm, Inc., 5168 South Stephentown Road, Stephentown, NY. Soil is the backbone of every farm and needs to be managed for maximum production.  Are you using the most current techniques for the best results? Join us at our Soil Health Field Day where you will enjoy: Dinner on the farm, demonstration cover crop plots, a farmer panel, soil health demonstrations, equipment demonstrations. 1.5 DEC Credits and 4 CCA Credits are available. The meeting is FREE, but please RSVP by August 18th, 2014.  For more information or to RSVP please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at (518) 272-4210 or

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