The New York Organic Dairy Initiative, in collaboration with the New York Farm Viability Institute and host farmers across New York State, will hold discussion meetings for dairy farmers titled “Lunch with Jerry” to honor the late Jerry Brunetti, worldwide lecturer on biological farming systems.
Cornell Cooperative Extension organic dairy extension educator Fay Benson will show video trainings produced by Jerry Brunetti for the NY Organic Dairy Initiative.
The discussions are an opportunity for farmers to share what they have tried and learned in the past year, and to make plans and identify goals for 2015. Farmers who are currently certified as well as those thinking of transitioning to organic production are welcome.
Benson notes that these meetings are an excellent place for farmers who are considering whether organic production is a good fit for their farm to ask questions.
The free, 11am to 2pm meetings, include lunch, and are scheduled at local farm sites between March 19 and April 1 as follows:
March 19, 2015; Alfred State College Farm, 1315 New York 244, Alfred, NY 14803
Host: Virginia Chamberlain—Alfred State Farm Manager
March 20, 2015, Dave Hardy Farm Shop, 718 Aney Hill Rd, Mohawk, NY 13407
Host: Dave Hardy
March 26, 2015, Hooper Farm, 7197 River Road, Memphis, NY 13112
Hosts: Mike and Karen Hooper
Special focus: Transitioning farmer with robotic milkers
March 31, 2015, Hammond Village Hall, 24 S. Main St. Hammond, NY 13646
Host: Farmers Liz Bawden
April 1, 2015, Malone Courthouse, 355 West Main Street #456 Malone, NY 12953
Host: Farmers Fred and Gwen Tuttle.
To register for any site, please contact Ellen Fagan at or 607-753-5078 or visit http://scnydfc.cce.cornell.edu online. Lunch will be provided.
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