Farm Energy Field Days:
All field days are free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Please register for Field Days by contacting Ryan Maher at email@example.com. For more sustainable farm energy resources, visit http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/farm-energy/.
September 20, 2013. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Milking Energy from the Wind. Larry Doody & Sons LLC, 1626 Barker Street, Tully 13159. Larry Doody & Sons LLC will showcase their 900 acre dairy farm in Onondaga County that is utilizing an Endurance E-3120 Wind Turbine to produce power for their farm. Owners Ed, Kevin and Rich Doody, milk 330 head of Holstein cows twice a day. Since installation in September of 2012, this 140ft wind turbine has produced over 136,000 kW of power and is now powering all farm buildings, as well as the farmhouse. The installers of the system, Cazenovia Equipment Company (CEC Energy), will join us for the event to share their technical expertise. If you have an interest in the production potential of wind energy, this field day is for you!
September 27, 2013. 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Making Farm Fibers with Energy from the Sun. Songwood Meadows, 7375 Song Lake Road, Tully, NY 13159. Ken and Deb Brock of Songwood Meadows in Preble, NY will give us a tour of their 39-acre farm and their recently installed PV solar system. Ken and Deb raise both Angora Goats and Katahdin sheep. Deb uses the fiber from the Angora goats to produce mohair based products, including yarns, roving, various styles of socks and fleeces. They will share how an enlightening energy audit of the operation and educational workshops helped foster their personal commitment to renewable energy. In April 2012, they installed an 8.925 Kw PV solar array to provide cost effective energy to the barn, but it also supplies the home and other aspects of the farm business. It can produce over 9,500 Kwh per year, which equates to about $1,500 per year in electricity. They invested in a new barn to support the roof mounted solar array and to solve their animal housing and equipment storage needs. The Brock’s credit the unique abilities of their contractor for the success of the project. Meet and talk with the contractor! This tour is perfect for small farmers interested in harnessing solar energy for their farms!
October 4, 2013. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Using Residual Biomass to Fuel the Farm. Dedrick Farms, 389 Buck Rd off of Rt. 34, Lansing, NY 14882. Matt Dedrick will give a demonstration of converting non-saleable farm residues from his 400 acre field crop and vegetable farm into fuel for heating and transportation. His major crops are sunflowers, corn, and soybeans, but also smaller amounts of wheat, oats, barley, rye, and alfalfa. Matt uses both a small pelletizer and an oil press. After he separates and cleans his grains, he feeds inferior quality remnants directly into his boiler and pelletizes the stalks and stems. He uses this fuel to heat the farmhouse and provide domestic hot water year round. The next step is to hook up radiant floor heat that he has already installed in the barn. Matt also makes use of broken kernel sunflower seeds too oily for pellets by feeding them into an oil press and blending this oil with filtered waste motor oil and diesel fuel to run his tractors. Matt has been developing these methods over the last 4 years and uses both inventiveness and creativity to make the most out of his farm resources. This tour farm will interest anyone thinking about how farm biomass can become an energy supply!
October 11, 2013. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Sourcing Solar: On-Farm Production to Retail. Schoharie Valley Farms, 5605 State Route 30, Schoharie, NY 12157. Join proprietor/producer Richard Ball for a tour of one of the premier diversified vegetable farms and retail outlets in the region. Located off a high volume state highway (SR 30) a short distance from I-88, Schoharie Valley Farms draws consistently heavy customer traffic seeking locally sourced farm products. Learn how the energy derived from a large solar array installation benefits farm production, processing, cold storage, food service, and retail. Treat yourself to a marvelous lunch and/or baked goods following the tour. More info on Schoharie Valley Farms at http://www.
Those interested in grazing can subscribe to the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) Grazette by sending an email to Karen Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 19, 2013. 5:00 PM. Bennington Beefalo Pasture Walk . 1990 Stedman Rd, Attica, NY. Bob and Kathy Ott run a diverse, grass-based, operation that direct markets Beefalo, poultry, swine, and soap; find out how a mentoring relationship with intern Ryan Kehl is mutually benefiting both parties. Hear neighbor Tom Geitner talk about his pastured egg layers and winter feeding of barley and wheat sprouts. Registration Fee: $15 per person, $30/family; $5 discount to NWNY Team enrollees – Pre-registration Deadline: September 16. Please contact Sharon Wolcott at 585-786 2251 or email@example.com. For more information or to pay online visit www.nwnyteam.org.
September 12- October 24, 2013. Value-Added Product Workshop Series.140 Junction Rd, Hardwick, 05843. The Center for an Agricultural Economy’s Vermont Food Venture Center, with the support of Skillet Design, present this 4-part series of hour long workshops for specialty food producers and farmers who are developing value-added products. Register here. For additional information, email Heidi Krantz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 20, 2013. 8:45 AM. Farm Aid’s 2013 Farm Tours. Various locations. Learn from some of New York’s agricultural trailblazers by joining one of three farm tours hosted by Farm Aid. All tours cost $25 per person, lunch included. Tours depart from & return to Saratoga SPA State Park(Roosevelt Dr, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866). Buses will leave promptly at 9 am. To learn more and to register, click here.
September 20, 2013. 4:00 PM-8:00 PM. Maple Sap Research Workshop. 157 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid, NY 12946. This workshop includes a tour of the sugarbush at Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest and presentation of research results, followed by a maple-themed dinner at Heaven Hill Farm compliments of Chef David Hunt of Generations Restaurant, Lake Placid, and presentation of additional 2013 maple sap research trials. Preregistration is required by September 17 with payment of $20 at the door. Contact Michael Farrell at email@example.com 518-523-9337.
September 21, 2013. 9:00 AM-3:30 PM. American Maple Museum Workshop. 9753 State Route 812, Croghan, NY 13327. This workshop at the American Maple Museum will also feature a sugarbush evaluation seminar by Cornell University Maple Program Director and NYS Extension Forester Peter Smallidge and a field trip to a local sugarbush. Lunch will be served. Preregister by Tuesday, September 17 with Cornell Cooperative Extension Lewis County at 315-376-5270; $8.00 per person payable ahead of time or $10.00 at the door.
September 21, 2013. Cornell Goat and Sheep Health Management Day. Morrison Hall and the Livestock Pavilion, Cornell University Campus in Ithaca, New York. The event starts with an optional Evening Program on September 20th, 2013 where participants can go to either 1) a cheese making workshop, 2) a soap miking demonstration and discussion, 3) Goat/Sheep Bowl led by Jo Ellen Roehrig; or 3) “Basic Health Management for Goats and Sheep” taught by Dr. Michael Thonney. Saturday activities will include tracks geared toward 1) the 12 year-old and under crowd, 2) the teen crowd, and 3) adults. Some highlights of the adult program are a parasite series for FAMACHA certification and a field necropsy class. There will also be a workshop on pack goats for adults and older teens. For more information go to http://www.sheep.cornell.edu/calendar/index.html.
September 23, 2013. 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM. Diverse, Innovative Small Farm Production Practices with Holistic Management. Creekside Meadows Farm, 2242 Reservoir Road, Deruyter, NY (Madison County). This Open-Gate Farm Day, organized by Holistic Management International, is ideal for agricultural producers, land managers, local agency representatives, and anyone interested in sustainability and small farm production practices. At this interactive event, you’ll see how fellow New York land managers are using multi-species grazing and integrated cropping practices to improve pasture health and soil fertility. Register by September 17th through Holistic Management International: https://holisticmanagement.secure.force.com/pmtx/evt__QuickEvent?id=a1aA000000507MR
September 25, 2013. 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Four Season Greenhouse Strategic Planning and Crop Selection. Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY. This hands on workshop will offer soil management techniques, seasonal environmental conditions, limiting factors of production, as well as plant health and selection. In addition, we will discuss tracking and evaluation practices to improve production awareness seasonally. Cost is $10. Learn more and register here.
September 25, 2013. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT. USDA Farm-to-School Webinar. Emily Jackson of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project will share outcomes from a tri-state project that examined the roles of Cooperative Extension in the USDA’s Farm to School Program. She will be joined by Teresa Wiemerslage from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who will share how she is supporting local food procurement, school wellness, and youth engagement in Northeast Iowa. No registration required. To view the webinars via LiveMeeting, click here. To hear the webinars, dial 1-800-988-0278 and use the passcode 91613#. For questions, please contact Matt Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-720-6740.
September 28, 2013. 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM. Say Cheese: Take Home Feta. 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075. Feta is a very simple cheese with a very complex character. Come join Peter Kindel, Hawthorne Valley Farm cheesemaker, in the farm’s Creamery to make your own feta to take home. You will make your own wheel of cheese from scratch and leave with a cheese you will brine, store and eat at home. Space is very limited for this special workshop; please register in advance. $20 deposit required. For more information or to register please email us or phone 518-672-7500 x232 or visithttp://hawthornevalleyfarm.org/event/say-cheese-take-home-feta.
October 1, 2013. 5:00 PM-:00 PM. Sugarbush Tour and Maple Research Workshop. CCE of St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, Canton, NY. This workshop at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm includes a tour of the sugarbush where research trials were performed followed by an inside presentation of research results. A pizza dinner will be provided; pre-registration is required by September 27 with Brett Buchanan,email@example.com, 315-379-9192 and $10 payment at the door.
October 1, 2013. 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM. Pastured Pigs, and More! Ridge Farm; 2735 Van Zandt Hollow Road; Watkins Glen, NY. The Ross Family will demonstrate how they raise cattle, broilers and pigs on pasture. Come meet other graziers and share ideas! Free and open to the public, but RSVP’s are appreciated by calling or emailing Brett Chedzoy: 607-742-3657, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be served. Organized by the Tri-County Graziers, with support from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben and Schuyler Counties, the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, and the NYS NRCS Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.
October 2, 2013. 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM. Local Foods and Economic Growth Presentation. Mann Library, Room 102, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. Advocates of the local foods movement have been promoting it as a tool for rural economic growth and development policy. Unfortunately, there has been very little research to support such a claim. Utilizing census data from the US Department of Agriculture to look at more recent patterns, we explore how local foods influence rural economic growth and development. More information:http://events.cornell.edu/event/local_foods_economic_growth.
October 3, 2013. 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM. Moon Valley Maple Sugarbush Tour and Workshop. Titus Mountain, 215 Johnson Road, Malone, NY 12953.This workshop includes a tour of the new Moon Valley Maple sugarbush and a pizza dinner sponsored by the Franklin County Maple Producers Association. Pre-registration is required by October 1 with Richard Gast, CCE Franklin County, email@example.com, 518-483-7403; free for association members, $20 for non-members.
October 5, 2013. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Parker Family Maple Farm Workshop. 1043 Slosson Rd, West Chazy, NY. This workshop is part of the 1st Annual Parker Family Maple Farm Open House. Michael Farrell will provide a seminar on the 2013 maple research results; Michael Parker will offer guided tours of the sugarbush and sap collection operations. The Parkers will demonstrate their new wood-pellet fired evaporator and hold seminars on maintaining reverse osmosis units and making value-added maple products. Lunch provided compliments of Parker Family Maple Farm. Pre-register by October 3 with Parker Family Maple Farm, 518-493-6761, firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 9, 2013. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT. Farm-to-School Webinar. Julia Govis from University of Illinois Extension and Morgan Taggart from Ohio State University Extension will discuss the many ways they are supporting farm to school through the development of educational resources and curriculum. No registration required. To view the webinars via LiveMeeting, click here. To hear the webinars, dial 1-800-988-0278 and use the passcode 91613#. For questions, please contact Matt Benson at email@example.com or 202-720-6740.
October 17, 2013. 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM. Organic Cover Crop Workshop and Tour. USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center, 3266 RT 352, Big Flats, NY 14814 Presentations during this workshop will focus on nitrogen cycling and soil ecology, small scale reduced tillage implementation, crop rotation practices, and cover crop utilization, among other topics. For registration information, click here.
October 23, 2013. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. The Maturing of Local Food Systems. Cornell University, Mann Library Room 160. This talk led by Stephen Vogel, Economist U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service will focus on the scope and rapid innovation in local/regional food systems. Join the discussion on the economic impact of the local foods movement on farmers and their ability to capture more of consumers’ food dollars. Free and open to the public. More information: http://events.cornell.edu/
October 25, 2013. 12:00 PM- 1:30 Pm. The Maturing of Local Food Systems. Mann Library, Room 102, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. The scope and rapid innovation in local/regional food systems has outpaced the ability of policy researchers to develop the data metrics for assessing its impacts. Many of these changes are related to the development of new marketing channels, supported and driven in part by information technologies and social entrepreneurship. Lacking the ability to make a quantitative assessment, this research develops a conceptual framework to suggest that these activities are reshaping how food is produced and consumed. This is impacting economies of scale previously afforded by energy-intensive production, allowing farmers to capture more of the food dollar while developing the infrastructure and mechanisms to meet the demand of larger institutional buyers. More information: http://events.cornell.edu/event/metrics_local_food.
October 26, 2013. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Winter Composting Workshop. Ithaca Community Gardens, Rt. 13 at Third Street, in Carpenter Park. Local composting experts provide information and give hands-on demonstrations to help you set up and manage a compost system in any setting! This class will cover how extend the composting season well into the cold months and the preparations necessary to ensure successful composting over the winter. This class is FREE. To sign up in advance, email Mila Fournier, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (607) 272-2292. For more information:http://ccetompkins.org/calendar/11/04/15/compost-confidence-getting-started
November 12-13, 2013. Collective Entrepreneurship: New & Emerging Models for Collaborative Marketing. The Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY. An outstanding group of food and agribusiness industry practitioners will discuss and highlight new and emerging agricultural marketing models and the business management and marketing skills required to successfully implement them. For more information, the full conference agenda, and to register go to: http://www.dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/strategic_marketing_conference.php. Early registration due by October 31.
November 20, 2013. Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference. Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St., Albany, NY. Harvesting Opportunities in New York is a conference for people who care about New York agriculture and want to work together to grow local food economies, protect farmland from development and support the next generation of farmers. Conference participants will include: farmers, public officials from all levels of government, land trusts, local foods and public health leaders, hunger relief advocates, institutional food-service managers, agricultural organizations and concerned citizens. The 2013 conference features 12 concurrent workshops as well as a morning and lunchtime program. A Cider Doughnut Continental Breakfast will jump-start the day and a lunch will be Thanksgiving—Locally Grown! For more information:http://newyork.farmland.org/harvestingopportunities2013.