June 2, 2013. NOFA-NY Field Day: Seeding Equipment Skills-Building. 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Blue Star Farm, 3223 County Route 21, Kinderhook, NY. Get ahead of the curve using low-tech vegetable seeding equipment. Attendees will watch the equipment in action, and then will get to practice on a variety of seeder equipment (bring your own walk-behind seeder equipment, if you wish!), coached by area CCE agents. To pre-register contact Stephanie: 585-271-1979 ext. 509; firstname.lastname@example.org
June 5, 2013. Pasture Grazing for Profit. 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. USDA Service Center, Ghent and Grazin’ Angus Acres (Columbia County). Mick Bessire, CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties, will be discussing “Costs and Potential Returns of Grazing on Pasture”, followed by Karen Hoffman, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on “Nutritional Attributes of Well-Managed Pastures”. Participants will travel to Grazin’ Angus Acres to visit a “premier” grass-based livestock operation in Columbia County, featuring a purebred Angus cow-calf breeding herd, along with the production and marketing of grass-finished beef, pastured chicken and eggs, and meadow-raised pork. To register, please contact Eileen at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, 518-622-9820. If you plan to stay for lunch, the cost is $10/person. Please bring payment the day of the workshop.
June 10, 2013. Workshop with Ian Mitchell-Innes: High Density, Ultra-High Density Grazing and Planned Grazing. 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Larson Farm, 69 South St., Wells, VT. Dairy and beef farmers Rich and Cynthia Larson from Larson Farm, Wells, VT will host 30 farmers and presenter Ian Mitchell-Innes, who is internationally known for his ideas and practical application on how planned grazing systems make more profit and heal the land. Contact: Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture at email@example.com or 802-656-0858. Register online at: http://vtianmobgrazing.eventbrite.com
June 11, 2013. June Rolling Hills Meeting. 5:00 PM- 7:30 PM. Honeyhill Farm, 6241 Price Road, Livonia, NY 14487. The June Rolling Hills meeting will feature a workshop on farm food safety as it pertains to wash water sanitation. Robert Hadad (CVP), Craig Kahlke (Lake Ontario Fruit Program), and Gretchen Wall (Produce Safety Alliance) will explain the regulations and guidelines related to wash stations and demonstrate a wash station system. The meeting will include a brief potluck, so please bring a dish to pass. The meeting hosts, Fred & Sue Forsburg of Honeyhill Farms, will be hosting a summer celebration bonfire following the meeting. The Rolling Hills Discussion Group is for new and beginning farmers in the Upper Finger Lakes and is free to join. For additional details or questions, please contact Elizabeth Buck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 12, 2013. Workshop with Ian Mitchell-Innes: High Density, Ultra-High Density Grazing and Planned Grazing. 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Brothers Ridge Farm, 1446 Howard Hill Rd., Newark Valley, NY 13811. Drew Lewis from Brothers Ridge Farm who finishes 60 yearlings for grass fed beef annually and maintains a flock of 400 ewes for lamb production using rotational and mob grazing techniques will host Ian and 30 farmers. Please RSVP to Brian Reaser at 607-687-3553 or email@example.com.
June 12 and June 19, 2013. Groundswell Center Soil Workshops I and II. 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. EcoVillage, 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850. Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming offers hands-on, farm-based training in organic farming fundamentals. Classes meet at the EcoVillage Common House, and include activities and demonstrations at the Groundswell Incubator Farm and West Haven Farm. Cost: $90 for both sessions. Tuition assistance available. Contact: Millie Gustafson, 607-319-5095, firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 22, 2013. NOFA-NY Field Day: Producing Heirloom Wheat for the Personal Homestead. 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Edge Brook Acres, 27 Hopeful Lane, Wilton, NY 12831. The field day will provide the opportunity to experience “Home Grown” wheat production on a personal scale. Leave your tractor home and discover self- sufficiency, harm hack ingenuity, and the on farm research that reflects food production systems for the future. The cost of this workshop is $10 per person or $15 for two or more people per farm. To pre-register contact Stephanie: 585-271-1979 ext. 509; email@example.com. Pre-register and pay by June 19.
June 29, 2013. NOFA-NY Field Day: Making Loose Hay the Amish Way. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. 3833 Freetown Cross Road, Marathon, NY. This special field day and fundraiser supports the Amish community of Marathon, NY and features demonstrations, tours, and a picnic lunch. Pre-registration deadline: June 25, 2013. To pre-register contact Stephanie: 585-271-1979 ext. 509; firstname.lastname@example.org
July 8, 2013. NOFA-NY Hog Butchering Workshop. 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Grayrock Farm, 6100 East Lake Road, Cazenovia, NY. The field day will begin with a demonstration of breaking down a side into primal cuts, followed by further splitting the primals down into portion cuts. This section will also include a discussion of proper cooking techniques for each primal. To pre-register contact Stephanie: 585-271-1979 ext. 509; email@example.com
July 9, 2013. Scaling Up the Beginning Farm with Innovation and Appropriate Technology. 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Juniper Hill Farm, 82 Loukes Lane, Wadhams (Westport), NY 12993. A tour of Juniper Hill Farm will show how farmer Adam has been able to rapidly expand the amount of acreage in production through this combination of on-farm improvements, incentive programs and dynamic CSA marketing ideas. Hear farmer Adam’s perspective on why he chose these methods to improve the farm’s output, and get your ideas going about your own farm’s potential. To pre-register contact Stephanie: 585-271-1979 ext. 509; firstname.lastname@example.org
July 11, 2013. Regional Integrated Pest Management Meeting. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Sheffer’s Grassland Dairy, 74 Sheffer Rd., Hoosick Falls, NY 12090. There is no cost for the meeting but R.S.V.P. is appreciated. For more information or to register, please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at email@example.com or 518-272-4210.