• How Do I Castrate a Pig?  New Production Videos Posted!
  • Livestock Marketing Workshops – Webinars Now Available!
  • ‘Value-Added’ Training Opportunities Available

Upcoming Events

  • Beginning Farmer Events
  • Other Featured Events

Career etc. Opportunities

  • Extension Support Specialist, Northeastern IPM Center, Geneva, NY
  • Farmers Wanted, Greyrock Farm, Central NY
  • Grants Manager, NY Farm Viability Institute, Syracuse, NY
  • Vegetable Crop Production Team Leader, Arden Farm, East Aurora, NY

Funding Opportunities

  • Professional Development Grant,  Northeast SARE – Preproposal Due August 1
  • Research and Education Grant, Northeast SARE – Preproposal Due August 1
  • Leopold Center’s 2011 Request for Pre-proposals – Due August 15th
  • Small, Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant Program – Due August 15th
  • Value-Added Producer Grant –Due August 29th


  • Hay Making Guide for NY
  • Summer Blockbuster Movies for Farmers & Farm Groups

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How Do I Castrate a Pig?  New Production Videos Posted!

As a farmer, when it comes to learning new skills like piglet ear notching, chicken processing, or cheese making, it helps a lot to have a visual. That’s why the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project has just posted a new set of farm production videos at

If livestock is your passion,  you can learn how the Glos family at Kingbird Farm raises broiler chickens, laying hens, pork, and beef on their organic farm in Berkshire, NY.  If raising sheep is on the horizon, MaryRose Livingston at Northland Sheep Dairy demonstrates how she and her husband Donn Hewes manage their 100% grass-fed flock year-round to produce lambs for meat, wool, and sheep cheese.  Two vegetable farms – Sweetland Farm CSA and Muddy Fingers Farm – round out the farms featured in the video library.  Sweetland Farm CSA entered a market that was thought to be saturated with CSA’s already, and several years later they have nearly 400 subscribers.  Muddy Fingers Farm is a great model for a 2-person farm with little or no outside labor. They sell at farmers’ market and through a small CSA.  Check out our latest videos today!

Livestock Marketing Workshops – Webinars Now Available!

If you couldn’t make the drive to the first two workshops offered as part of the “Strategic Marketing Workshops for Livestock Producers” series this summer, you can now view portions of the workshop via an online webinar at the Cornell Small Farms Program website.

Session 1: “Introduction to Strategic Marketing: Identifying a Target Market”

Session 2: Communicating with Customers

It’s not too late to register for Session 3, “A Guide to Marketing Channel Selection” which is scheduled for July 20th.  The workshop is offered at locations around NY.  For more details, please see the original press release at or contact Matt LeRoux, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, (607) 272-2292 or by email at

‘Value-Added’ Training Opportunities Available  

If you’re looking for the opportunity to start or expand your business, then the 2011 Value-Added Training Institute is for you! Workshops include “Small Business Profitability Makeover,” “Artisan Bread Baking,” and “Local and Sustainable Marketing.” Since there are so many different workshops, the Training Institute is looking for YOUR input on which classes to offer at which locations. If you’re interested in attending, please contact Alison Clarke at 585-394-0864 or .

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Beginning  Farmer  Events

Please visit the Beginning Farmer Events Calendar at

Other Featured Events

July 19, 2011. High Tunnel Tour and Meeting. 10:00am-2:00pm. Penn Yan, NY. Visit two different high tunnel facilities; learn about the production of various vegetable crops including grafted cucumbers, tomatoes, beans and eggplant using high tunnels. Also, discuss the profitability of high tunnel production and interact with experienced growers. There is no cost to attend and please bring your own lunch. Pre-registration is required. To register and for questions please call Stephanie .

July 19, 2011. Incorporating Technology into Your Organic Dairy.  10:00 am to 1:00 pm – Trinder Farm, 2303 State Route 91, Fabius (Onondaga Co.) – Join NOFA-NY and the management team of Trinder Farm;  Tom Trinder (owner operator), Nancy Wood (herdswoman for last 33 years), and Brian McKallip (night manager) to learn about incorporating technology into your organic dairy.  See how Tom has renovated is dairy barn to integrate a robotic milking system and how their grazing management has been adjusted to accommodate the system.  Tour Tom’s newly installed windmill and hear how wind energy is part of the focus on profitable organic management.  Free to NOFA-NY members – $15 for non-members, and refreshments will be provided.  This event is made possible in part by generous support from Horizon Organic and NYS Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.

July 21, 2011. Diversifying the Family Farm. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Engelbert Farms, Nichols, NY. Join NOFA-NY, PASA, and Kevin and Lisa Engelbert for a look at the first certified organic dairy farm in our country.  When the Engelberts’ sons decided to return to the farm after college, Kevin and Lisa didn’t rapidly expand their dairy herd to support two additional families.  Instead, they decided to diversify their operation and today the farm produces certified organic beef, pork, cheese, grains, and vegetables which the Engelberts market through their farm store, farmers markets, and several local retail outlets.  They will discuss how they got started in organic farming, the steps they took to diversify their farm, and how they manage such a diverse operation today.  Cost is $10 – supported in part by the USDA Risk Management Agency.  For more information contact Katie at NOFA-NY at .

July 22-24, 2011. 7th Annual Northeast Permaculture Convergence. Camp Epworth, High Falls, NY.

Permaculture has much to offer in these challenging times. For active or practicing permaculturists in the region (teachers, designers, organizers, etc.), the full Friday-Sunday convergence offers a unique chance to gather, socialize, and work strategically together.  Special sessions and dedicated areas, such as the Designers’ Lounge and a Regional Panel, will facilitate connection and collaboration. The full weekend is designed for people who have taken a Permaculture Design Certificate course or self-identify as a permaculturist, but anyone who would like to learn about this approach and set of skills and strategies is strongly encouraged to join the one-day Permaculture Festival on Saturday July 23rd from 10:00am until bedtime. Tickets are offered on a very affordable sliding scale and include an array of sessions and activities as well as meals suitable for vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters and camping in several woodland or field campsites. For more information, see To register, visit

July 23, 2011. Seasonal Suppers. Root Down Farm, East Amherst, NY. This supper will feature the summer harvest at Root Down Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture farm. Experience a five course meal prepared by talented Chef Patrick Rhodes from Nektar in Buffalo. Guests will enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail reception at Ken Spoth Farm Market & The Farmer’s Daughter Gift and Antique Shop before heading out to the fields of Root Down Farm. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 716-965-5704.

July 30th, 2011. NY Beef Producers’ Summer Picnic Education Day.  Locust Grove Smokehouse, 4725 State Route 40, Argyle and Brookfield Farms, 65 Gibbs Road, Granville (Washington Co.) – Learn about carcass grading, dressing percentages, yield grades and the smoking techniques used at Locust Grove, then travel to Brookfield Farms for lunch and a presentation on the Master of Beef Advocacy Program.  In the afternoon, there will be a hands-on Beef Quality Assurance Program chute-side training, a presentation on the benefits of using AI breeding, and a discussion of pasture management and grazing plans.  For more information or to register contact Tom Gallagher or Lisa Cox at 518-765-3512.  Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program and the Eastern Region New York Beef Producers’ Association.

August 11, 2011. FFA Tractor Driving Safety Contest. Seneca Falls, NY. FFA students will show off their tractor driving skills as part of the Northeast’s largest agricultural trade show . Pre-registration is appreciated and can be emailed to contest co-coordinator Jon Clayson at Students may also register by walk-up at 9am for the contest that begins at 9:15am. Students must be in good standing and be wearing their FFA t-shirt.

August 13, 2011. New York Nut Growers Association Summer Meeting. 8:45am-3:00pm, Trumansburg, NY. Topics will include finding suitable English walnuts for the Northeast, heartnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, and pawpaws.  Ernie Grimo and John Gordon, well-known plant breeders, authors, and nursery operators, will be the featured speakers.  We will tour a walnut and a chestnut planting.  Registration is $15, which includes a light breakfast and a lunch at the Rongonian Embassy Restaurant.  Make a check payable to “NYNGA” and send it to Rick Monheim, NYNGA Treasurer, 1023 County Road 6, Phelps, NY 14532.  Please indicate your choice for lunch from the following: goat, beef, OR sausage burrito; tilapia taco; vegetarian quesadilla; cheeseburger. For more information and/or directions to the BWW Farm, contact John Wertis, NYNGA President, at or .

August 16, 17, 29, 2011. Field Meetings on Pasture Fly Management. Various times and locations around NY. At these field meetings, you will learn to correctly identify the most important fly pests affecting cattle on pasture in the Northeast. You will also learn techniques to determine if fly populations are at numbers that can cause economic injury. Learn the options available for controlling fly pests affecting animals on pasture including the role of dung beetles, use of effective biting fly catching traps suitable for use on pasture, and what you should know about making insecticide use decisions. For more information and schedule details, see

August 18, 2011. Food Preservation Workshop “How to Can Tomatoes.” 6:00pm-8:00pm, Middletown, NY. CCE-Orange County will be conducting a series of hands-on workshops in their state-of-the-art Nutrition Center. In this workshop, learn how simple it is to can tomatoes! Register early to reserve your place. Cost is $25 per person, per workshop. For more information or to register, call 845-344-1234 or email

August 24, 2011. Northeast Buckwheat Field Day. 1:00pm-3:30pm, USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center, 3266-A State Route 352, Corning, NY. FREE. Buckwheat can be a valuable rotation crop on small farms, and is also well suited to new farms and to part-time farming. The production costs are relatively low, and the management attention it requires comes in a few short, but intense, bursts.  The price paid to growers has tripled in the last few years, which has brought it much more attention. In this presentation, Thomas Björkman of Cornell will review buckwheat grain production methods, both for new and advanced buckwheat producers. Field demonstrations will show how planting methods and plant populations affect weed suppression, branching, flower production, lodging resistance, and yield potential. The discussion will also review how this growing season will affect harvest timing, and how to assess it on your farm. The field day is a chance to meet fellow buckwheat growers and learn from them. Contact to learn more.


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Extension Support Specialist, Northeastern IPM Center, Geneva, NY

The Northeastern IPM Center seeks an Extension Support Specialist knowledgeable about urban integrated pest management to plan and carry out up to 20 on-site trainings for staff, management, and residents in public housing authorities; and two webinars for Housing and Urban Development program and field staff. Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree. More than three but less than five years of relevant experience in education, entomology, IPM, Cooperative Extension, or a closely related field. Apply online by July 21, 2011, at Cornell University’s jobs website (Requisition ID 15356):Extension Supp Spec II. Submit contact information for three references to Carrie Koplinka-Loehr ( by July 21, 2011. For additional information about the project, see or contact , Northeastern IPM Center; 607-255-8879.

Farmers Wanted, Greyrock Farm, Central NY

Greyrock Farm seeks 1 or 2 farmers with experience in livestock and/or vegetable management. Experience with draft horses is advantageous but not necessary. Looking for someone who is strong, smart, and able to work with and efficiently manage others, and who is

capable of handling the wide range of challenges that diversified farming inevitably presents. Greyrock Farm is a diversified, year-round, horse-powered CSA farm located in Central New York. The farm produces grass-fed beef and lamb, pasture-raised pork and chicken, seasonal vegetables and storage crops, eggs and raw milk. If you are interested in becoming part of the team please call Matt Volz at 484-888-6254 or email him at If you’d like to learn more about the farm and CSA please visit

Grants Manager, NY Farm Viability Institute, Syracuse, NY

New York Farm Viability Institute seeks a Grants Manager to coordinate activities of the group’s collaborating institutions, such as Cooperative Extension Associations and Cornell University. The successful candidate will work with NYFVI Managing Director Dave Grusenmeyer to make sure that institute-funded projects are conducted properly with an eye toward generating measurable farm level impacts. Other duties for the grants manager include maintaining the NYFVI website,, and assisting with the development and distribution of requests for proposals for Institute grants. The successful applicant should hold an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural field and have real world experience in agriculture, agribusiness or academia. The full job description and application details are available at Just follow the link for employment.


Vegetable Crop Production Team Leader, Arden Farm, East Aurora, NY

Arden Farm, a small diversified organic farm located in East Aurora, New York, seeks a vegetable crop production team leader. The successful candidate will possess a working knowledge of vegetable production practices including but not limited to: propagation, soil preparation, planting procedures, fertility and pest management, harvesting, and post harvest handling. They will also have the ability to manage staff, the knowledge of GAPs, possess excellent communication skills, have good organizational skills, and knowledge of organic farming principles. A mechanical aptitude is beneficial to the performance of your duties. Having the ability to run and repair equipment and machinery is a bonus. You must have a minimum of one year farming experience and education to be successful at this position. Please send resume, references and salary requirement to .

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Professional Development Grant,  Northeast SARE – Preproposal Due August 1

Northeast SARE Professional Development grants build the knowledge base and educational infrastructure so that Cooperative Extension educators and other agricultural professionals can get and use the knowledge they need to help farmers move toward greater sustainability.  These grants are for organizations to develop and deliver training, specifically agricultural training with sustainable content. In any given year, SARE awards about $500,000 in Professional Development Grants, with awards ranging from $60,000 to $200,000.  These grants are not for individuals who hope to attend training and need money for tuition or travel.  A preproposal is a brief concept document that reviewers use to select proposals with robust outcomes and plans of work. More information is available at  You can also call .

Research and Education Grant, Northeast SARE – Preproposal Due August 1

Northeast SARE seeks proposals for research, education and on-farm demonstration projects, and the emphasis is on projects that lead directly to improved farming practices and an enhanced quality of life for farmers and rural communities.  Projects must involve farmers and other stakeholders in planning, implementing, and evaluating a potential project; we also fund projects where research, Cooperative Extension, and education are closely linked.  A preproposal is a brief concept document that reviewers use to select proposals with robust outcomes and plans of work. More information is available at You can also call .

Leopold Center’s 2011 Request for Pre-proposals – Due August 15th

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is looking for innovative ideas that will help fulfill its mission to identify and reduce negative environmental and socio-economic impacts of agricultural practices and contribute to the development of profitable farming systems that conserve natural resources. The Center will accept pre-proposals from investigators representing any Iowa nonprofit organization/agency and/or educational institution, including soil and water conservation districts, schools and colleges, and regional development groups. The deadline for submitting ideas, in the form of a 2-3 page concept paper, is August 15, 2011.The RFP can be downloaded from the Center’s web site at Hard copies can be obtained from the Center office by calling (515) 294-3711 or emailing . Inquiries should be directed to the appropriate initiative coordinator.

Small, Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant Program – Due August 15th

USDA Rural Development Cooperative Programs requests proposals from eligible cooperatives for almost $3.5 million in competitively awarded grants to fund technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers in rural areas. Application materials may be obtained at the Rural Development website or by contacting the USDA Rural Development State Office. For additional information, see the June 29, 2011, Federal Register.

Value-Added Producer Grant – Due August 29th

USDA is accepting applications for grants to provide economic assistance to independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives and agricultural producer groups through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. Value-Added Producer Grants may be used for feasibility studies or business plans, working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy projects. Eligible applicants include independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and agricultural producer groups. The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $100,000 and the maximum grant amount for a working capital grant is $300,000. Approximately $37 million in competitive grant funds is available for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. For more information, visit

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Hay Production Resources for New York State and Similar Climates

The demand for hay over the past few years has been very good. Both veteran and new farmers are growing this crop as the demand continues and the number of livestock operations keeps growing. However, when you try to find a manual on the many aspects of producing hay, it just does not seem to exist. Veteran farmers need to fine-tune their knowledge, and new farmers have all the questions of a beginner. As a response, “Hay Production Resources” was put together to add to the knowledge of veteran farmers and provide a knowledge base for new farmers. The hay market is growing, but not just for any old hay. The horse, dairy goat, sheep, llama, alpaca, and other livestock operations want and need high-quality forage suited to their specific needs. Producing excellent hay for the specific needs of each type of customer requires a basic knowledge of agronomy, hay production, and livestock nutrition. The bar is being raised in this expanding hay market and “Hay Production Resources” is a start in providing information for those that want to meet the challenge. It is a collection of articles, spreadsheets, and other resources. Most of them were gathered on the internet from University sources. Many are from outside of New York, but are applicable to the New York climate and agriculture industry. Areas with temperate climates like New York may find this information useful. However, all this information should be used with discretion since there are many regional differences and the agriculture industry is changing at an ever accelerating rate. To access the website, visit

Summer Blockbuster Movies for Farmers & Farm Groups

Whew, it’s HOT outside! How about coming inside for a nice movie about FARMING? This past year has seen a large amount of great movies coming out in the Agriculture/Farming genre. The Northeast Beginning Farmers blog lists some of the best summer flicks, including The Greenhorns, Farmageddon, and GROW! For the full list, visit

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