An Introduction to High Tunnels workshop
February 9, 2015. 1-4 PM. Good Life Farm in Interlaken, NY.
This stand-alone workshop will be co-taught by Judson Reid, Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist and growers Melissa Madden of Good Life Farm and Evangeline Sarat of Sweet Land Farm.  Come early at noon for soup and informal conversation with other growers. In addition, Patrick Barry from USDA NRCS will talk about funding for tunnels. To register for this workshop call Cooperative Extension, 607-272-2292 or email There is a $5 charge for this class.

NY Certified Organic Programs
February 10th and March 10th, 2015. 10am. NYS Agricultural Experiment Station Jordan Hall, 614 W. North Street, Geneva.
New York Certified Organic (NYCO), a group of organic grain and dairy farmers, which has been meeting together since 1994 to increase their practical knowledge and expertise with the organic production of crops and milk.  Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch. The Topics for this year’s meetings will be: Unlocking the Fertility of Your Soil on Jan. 13th, Quality Forage Comes From Planning, Not By Luck on Feb. 10th, and Producing, Protecting, and Marketing of Organic Grain on March 10. For more information, contact Benson at 607-753-5213,

Basic Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop 
February 18-20, 2015. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
This workshop is designed to help participants understand the basic principles of dairy science and safety, as well as understanding the needs of their dairy processing establishment with regard to dairy sanitation to help ensure that proper sanitation programs are conducted in their establishment. This workshop is tailored to dairy processing personnel and the tuition is $500 for in-state registrants — $600 for out of state registrants. Enrollment is limited to the first 30 participants, so register early and return with your payment to: Louise Felker, Cornell University, Dept. of Food Science, Stocking Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Farmers Market Manager Training Conference
February 19-21, 2014. Ramada Inn in Liverpool.
The conference will focus on farmers markets and building programs and services that maintain connections with the market farmers, consumers, and host communities. Our keynote speakers, Gretchen Wall of the Produce Safety Alliance and John Luker, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, will discuss food safety, specifically the Food Safety Modernization Act and current food safety regulations. An evening banquet features Chris Fowler of Syracuse First, talking about building and supporting a local food scene. Each session of the conference builds on the overall theme of maintaining community connections and is designed to help market managers improve their ability to manage their market, advance their market’s potential for long-term sustainability, and promote a marketplace that achieves a mission of supporting local farmers. Get more information at

The Peter Levatich Winter Seminar for Rural Landowners
February 21st from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Spencer Van-Etten High School, Spencer, NY.  
This year’s theme is: “Our Constantly Changing Woods: What We Can Do to Make a Bad Situation Better.” Mark Whitmore and David Weinstein from Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources will share their insights on some major challenges and solutions to the health and sustainable productivity of private woodlands.  Attendance is free and the public is welcome – no rsvp’s are required.  Questions can be directed to Brett Chedzoy by email:, or by phone: 607-742-3657 (cell).

Winter Webinars on Agricultural Law.
Various dates this winter. Online.
This winter, Farm Commons is hosting an incredible lineup of 14 webinars on farm law. Farmers new to legal education should check the 8 webinars in their “Farm Law Basics” series. Those who are already familiar with how the law affects their farm operation can dig into the details through the “Advanced Farm Law” series. Each webinar will provide lots of time for questions, input from farmers themselves, and true stories about folks who have been there. Go to to view the lineup and to register.

Berry Pest Workshop 
March 4, 2015. Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Rd., Batavia, NY. 
Growers of fall raspberries, mid-late season blueberries, and day-neutral strawberries can learn how to manage Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) at this upcoming workshop offered by the NYS Berry Growers Association. Registration is $25/person for NYSBGA members and $50/person for non-members. Register by February 25th at

Year-Round High Tunnels Course.
March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, September 13, October 11, November 8.  Various locations around Ithaca, NY.
Sessions will be held on the second Sunday of each month, March through November, with a break in August. Each session will be held at a different farm, highlighting diverse production systems.  Host farmers and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will address the full range of production and management issues including: soil fertility, pest and disease management, varieties, economics, marketing, and crop-specific practices for tomatoes, greens and fruit. To accommodate changes in daylight hours, our March and April classes will run from 1-4 PM; then from May through November, classes will run from 4-7 PM. Class size is limited so please register early! Full tuition for the Year-Round High Tunnels Course is $435. Tuition assistance is available for those with financial limitations. To register and to apply for tuition assistance contact Find more information at

Workshop: Introduction to QuickBooks for Farmers
March 16th, 17th, 19th 2015. Columbia Greene Community College in Hudson, NY. 
This workshop series is designed and targeted to those that have little or no knowledge of using QuickBooks. During this three session workshop, you will learn how to successfully prepare a chart of accounts, better keep track of customers and vendors, automate the entry of routine income and expenses and generate reports meaningful for you. The cost is $50 per farm for up to two people. Register online here ( or contact Sara LaFountain at 518-765-3500 or

Northeast Contract Grazing Summit
March 28th, 2015. 9am to 5pm. The Weaver Family Farm  4933 Peterboro Road  Morrisville, NY  13408. 
This day-long learning led by current contract graziers, grazing clients, local grass-fed meat and dairy companies, land aggregators and Ag business professionals will help you explore the decisions and considerations to running a contract grazing business. Topics include: what does a client want, pricing strategies, leasing land, grazing management, land/animal people logistics, liability, and simple contracts to name a few. For information and to register, please call Troy Bishopp at the Madison Co SWCD at (315) 824-9849 Ext. 110, email him at, or send in your registration to Madison Co. Soil and Water Conservation District  6503 Wes Rd.  Hamilton, N.Y.  13346. Admission is $70 per person.

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