Events

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 mmp74@cornell.edu.

August 27, 2014. 2014 Northeast Buckwheat Field Day. Edgewood Farm in Groveland, NY. Learn about how to get the most value out of buckwheat in your rotation, double cropping buckwheat after green peas, and how buckwheat helps with unusual rainfall. The farmer-to-farmer exchange of knowledge on production issues is always popular as well. Learn more at http://www.hort.cornell.edu/bjorkman/lab/buck/fieldday14.php.

September 6th 2014. 10am-4pm with a reception at 6:30pm. Finger Lakes Permaculture Site Tour. Finger Lakes, NY. The first annual tour is self-guided will be showcasing the burgeoning practice of permaculture design in our region. Please visit http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?p=2743 for a list of locations, additional details and to RSVP.

September 9, 2014. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Food Preservation Class- Freezing and Drying Foods. 615 Willow Ave Ithaca NY 14850. Learn how to freeze fruits and vegetables to get the best results. All classes are $15 per person. Unless otherwise specified, you must preregister, and pay for classes. To register please call:607-272-2292 or email Carole Fisher at crf11@cornell.edu.

September 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Twilight Pasture Walk at Sweet Grass Meats Farm.  290 Basset Road; Naples, NY.  Join us at Sweet Grass Meats for a tour of their sheep grazing operation and to learn more about how they market grass-fed lamb, beef and pastured pork through an on-farm store and regional buyers club.  Network with other graziers, and join in the discussions on multi-species grass-fed production.  Light refreshments will be served.  The walk will take place rain or shine and expect moderate walking in pasture conditions.  Sponsored by the NY NRCS Grazing Lands Coalition, and organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition.  Questions can be referred to Brett Chedzoy: bjc226@cornell.edu or by phone: 607-742-3657

September 12-14, 2014. Mother Earth News Fair. Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Dr., Seven Springs, PA 15622. The Mother Earth News Fair is a family-friendly sustainable living event that features 200 hands-on workshops and demonstrations from experts on cooking and food preservation, organic gardening, homesteading, renewable energy, green building and remodeling, DIY projects, small-scale livestock, green transportation, natural health, and related topics. Speakers include beyond-organic farmer and author Joel Salatin, organic gardening experts Barbara Damrosch and Rosalind Creasy, renewable energy expert Dan Chiras, and more. If you have questions or want to purchase tickets ($20 for one day or $25 for a three-day pass), visit http://www.MotherEarthNewsFair.com.

September 17, 2014. 9:30am – 3:30pm. Riparian Forest Buffer Establishment Workshop. USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center, Corning, NY. Learn about the rationale for the use of trees and shrubs along streams for water quality purposes. Learn about site preparation prior to planting and how to plant and manage trees and shrubs to obtain the best survival and growth. Information on government conservation programs to assist landowners will be provided. Learn more at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9iqqc5k6d940a99&llr=fzz4ttqab.

September 20-21, 2014. 9am – 3pm. 2014 Groundswell Draft Animal Practicum: Introduction to Draft Animal Power. Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY. Join us for an amazing two-day, hands-on experience with a draft animal guru. Donn Hewes is an experienced teamster and a passionate educator, and loves teaching others how to think like a horse. This is your chance to learn the basics of working with draft horses and mules. Our trainees absolutely LOVE this class! Sliding Scale Registration $125 to $290 for two days. To register send an email to info@groundswellcenter.org

Sept 20-21, 2014. Sign up now as a vendor at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival! Hemlock, NY.  This popular 2-day festival incorporates a Farm Market and all local produce is welcome. Fresh vegetables, flowers, pumpkins, potatoes, gourds, cheese, jam, honey………if you grow it or process it we’d love to have you attend! One day or both days – whatever suits your schedule. The festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary and crowds should be large! Go to http://www.gvhg.org/fiber-fest/vendors/ and click the “Food & Farmers Market Vendors” link near the bottom of the page.

September 25 – October 30, 2014. Online Course about Writing a Business Plan. Many new farmers are intimidated by the process of writing a business plan. The online course BF 202: Planning to Stay in Business demystifies the process and provides students with feedback on their plans each week. This course, taught by an experienced farmer and a Cornell Cooperative Extension educator, is 6 weeks long and consists of weekly webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions in an online setting. BF 202 part of the line-up of 12 online courses offered this fall, winter and spring by the Cornell Small Farms Program. Learn more at http://nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/.

October 3-4, 2014. 2014 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium. The hands-on activities Friday will start with a tour of the Cornell Sheep Farm in Harford, NY, and explanation of ongoing research and management. The Saturday sessions will be in Morrison Hall on the Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY. Dr. Dave Thomas from the University of Wisconsin, Madison will give the opening talk on sheep dairying in North America. He will also give a later talk on dairy sheep research at the University of Wisconsin. More information at http://sheep.cornell.edu/calendar/sgsymposium/announcement.html.

November 14th, 2014. 9:15am – 3:30pm. Big Flats Cover Crop Workshop and Tour. USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center, Corning, NY. We will tour the cover crop plots staged to observe the differences in fall growth due to timing and species. There will be cover crop mixes to observe compatibility between species. The no-till 3 way interseeder has been used to seed demonstration plots and will be observed. A demonstration of seeding red clover at time of corn planting using herbicides to stunt the cover crops while controlling the weeds will be observed. There will be talks from presenters from Cornell, Penn State, Seed Suppliers, and Consultants. We hope to have a demonstration of a zone builder, a presentation about how to tune corn planters for use in no-till situations and a farmer panel discussion. Go to http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9ixnnn9a7d33a5c&llr=fzz4ttqab for more information or to register.

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