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This conference provides farm families and their advisers critical information for helping the next generation find success on the farm and identifies effective management transfer strategies to implement. The conference key note speaker is Dr. Klinefelter, a Professor and Extension Economist with Texas AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M University and founder and former director of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP). In addition, Dr. Klinefelter is co-director of the Texas A&M Family and Owner-Managed Business Program and serves as executive secretary for the Association of Agricultural Production Executives (AAPEX). Register at

When? January 13-14, 2015

Where?  DoubleTree Hotel in East Syracuse

Forest mushroom cultivation is an emerging niche crop with potential to improve farmer stewardship of forests while offering a unique and highly desired product. Learn the background, techniques and economics of small outdoor (forest grown) commercial mushroom production in an online course starting February 24th.  BF 150: Woodland Mushroom Cultivation is a 6-week online course that consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting. This class is part of the line-up of 12 online courses offered this Fall, Winter and Spring by the Cornell Small Farms Program. Click here to learn which courses would be best for you, read about our team of experienced instructors, see answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and view the calendar of course offerings for 2014-2015.

According to an announcement by Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, and Collins, the USDA has issued a Secretarial Disaster Area for 7 Counties in Western New York that were devastated by the November snow storm: Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming. The programs available with a USDA disaster declaration include Farm Service Agency emergency loans, the Disaster Set Aside Program, Tree Assistance Program, Livestock Indemnity Program, and more.

View the press release here:

1-FVC-Resource-GuideFarmer Veteran Coalition has released Veteran Careers in Agriculture: A Resource Guide. The 40-page PDF publication introduces the Farmer Veteran Coalition and its work, profiles veteran farmers, discusses opportunities for veterans to find employment in agriculture, and offers resources for business planning. It also serves as a directory of agricultural organizations and educational opportunities for farmer veterans.

With another foot of snow expected in the next few days in some parts of New York, it’s time to read up on some tips for dealing with severe winter weather on farms.

To Minimize Wind Damage to Greenhouses:

  • Remove loose objects from the area (including weak tree limbs)
  • Close all openings to the greenhouse
  • Open the blower’s intake valve on air inflated greenhouses to increase the inflation pressure
  • Consider planting windbreaks.

Click here for more info about preventing greenhouse damage.

If Your Greenhouse Has Minimal Damage:

  • Prop up greenhouse frame to prevent further collapse
  • Add additional bracing (diagonal at corners)
  • Check and tighten frame connections
  • Repair glazing
  • Close doors and vents
  • Open drain pipes
  • Provide temporary heat to keep plants from freezing
  • Check and repair heating/electrical/water systems.

If your greenhouse sustains major structural damage:

  • Support frame members for safe entry
  • Cut poly if necessary to reduce load on structure
  • Clear aisles
  • Remove plants to temporary structures or alternate location
  • Drain water system
  • Cover heating/cooling and materials handling equipment with tarps

With any greenhouse damage, start by shutting off power, gas, and water supplies and take lots of pictures.

With new Local Food Promotion Program funding, the Lucky Dog Food Hub will scale-up their offerings to encourage agricultural entrepreneurship and help local farmers expand into high-quality, high-value markets through personalized buyer and producer activities. During this workshop, producers will learn more about the activities made possible through LFPP and how be become part of the Hub’s producer line-up for 2015. For more information, contact Sonia Janiszewski at 914-720-1020 or .

When: December 16th, 2014. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Lucky Dog Farm Store & Café on Main Street in Hamden

Applications due December 15, 2014 

RICHMOND, VERMONT – The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is currently accepting applications for their 2015 Journey Farmer Program. The Journey Farmer Program is a two-year program for beginning farmers who are in the first few years of running their own farming enterprise in Vermont. The program is largely shaped by the farming interests and goals of the Journey Farmers, and enables aspiring new farmers to advance their farming skills and experiences, along with being a part of a learning community of other aspiring farmers and farmer mentors.

NOFA-VT’s Journey Farmer program began in 2011, and to date 23 Journey Farmers have participated. Three to five new Journey Farmers will be added to the program for 2015.

The Journey Farmer program was developed to help farmers successfully bridge the gap from education and apprenticeships to viable commercial enterprises. The program provides several offerings to help reach these goals, including farmer-to-farmer mentoring, free admission into NOFA-VT’s Summer Workshop Series and Winter Conference, business planning support, access to technical assistance, and an educational stipend.

Journey Farmers also become part of a supportive network made up of other beginning farmers and farmer mentors by participating in special gatherings, educational offerings and events. “My mentorship with another farmer has helped my farm become more sustainable financially, and has helped guide me through my farming years,” said past participant Nate Lewis of Moonlight Farm.

Applications and resumes are due by December 15, 2014. Couples and/or business partners should submit one joint application. If you have any questions regarding the program, criteria for selection, or the application please contact Rachel Fussell, Education Coordinator, at .

Vegetables are a popular enterprise choice for new farmers or for established farmers looking to diversify. Learn the ins and outs of starting a vegetable production in the Northeast, from seeding and transplants to site selection and the financial aspects of growing veggies, in an online course starting January 7th.
BF 120: Vegetable Farming, Part 1 is a 6-week online course that will help you determine whether you want to grow vegetables and give you the skills and knowledge to do so. The course consists of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting.
**New this year: students who successfully complete the course requirements are eligible to be considered for a 0% interest crowdfunded loan of up to $10,000 through Kiva Zip.**The course runs Wed Jan 7 – Feb. 11, 2015–skipping Wed. Jan. 21–with webinars Wed. evenings from 7-8:30 pm EST. The cost is $200, but multiple people from the same farm may participate without paying extra. See the course description page for more on the course learning objectives, instructors, and outline.

BF 120: Vegetable Farming Part 1 is part of the line-up of 12 online courses offered this Fall, Winter and Spring by the Cornell Small Farms Program. Learn which courses would be best for you, read about our team of experienced instructors, see answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and view the calendar of course offerings for 2014-2015.Courses often fill very quickly, so don’t miss your chance to sign up today!

Are you or someone you know someone interested in using learner-centered education to work with communities, especially in urban farms and gardens? Complete this brief application by Friday, 11/28 (if you did not apply to Farm School NYC this fall) to receive a link to register for one of only 25 spots.  We won’t offer this class again until next December!

Course Description

This 5-session, 21-hour course explores popular education methods, emphasizing the concepts of learner-centered teaching and hands-on, participatory learning. Students will explore various styles of learning, and practice planning, designing and leading an effective workshop in a farm, garden or other growing-related community setting.Training of Trainers is one of Farm School NYC’s foundational courses, the basis of all of our subsequent coursework. This course will be held twice weekly, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings/afternoons, and co-taught by Greg Anderson and Owen Taylor.  Read our instructors’ bios.



Class Schedule

  • Wednesday, December 3, 6-9pm
  • Saturday, December 6, 10am-2pm
  • Wednesday, December 10, 6-9pm
  • Saturday, December 13, 10am-6pm
  • Wednesday, December 17, 6-9pm
Greg Anderson
Greg Anderson
Owen Taylor

The 12/3, 12/13 and 12/17 classes are required in order to complete the course.


Farm School NYC offers classes on a sliding scale depending on household income. Our 5-session Training of Trainers course tuition ranges from $110 – $330. Check theregistration page to determine what level of payment you qualify for. Please be as generous as possible to help support Farm School at this transitional time.


Scholarships cover registration fees, which include breakfast and lunch (transportation, travel, and dinners are not included). Each scholarship recipient will be assigned a work shift to be completed leading up to or during their time at the Winter Conference.

All applications must be received by 11:59pm on December 1st, 2014, via the online form here:

More information about the NOFA-NY Winter Conference is available at

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