Covering events in Chemung, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins & Schuyler Counties

Covering events in Chemung, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins & Schuyler Counties

Ag News

Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture

Upper Susquehanna Coalition Pasture Management Schools
May 2nd, 2018 in Steuben County at Greg Halich Farm, 6962 CR 2, Addison, NY 14801 and John Burns, 8475 Morgan Creek Road, Lindley, NY 14858. Featuring nationally renowned, pasture consultant, farmer and author, Sarah Flack. Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 in Chenango County at Allen Troyer Family Organic Dairy Farm, 583 County Rt. 36 Guilford, NY 13780. 10:00am to 3pm workshops. (Rain or Shine in the field, please dress appropriately) A donation lunch featuring homemade fare will be available.These hands-on pasture walks will focus on improving marginal pastures, how to plan out your rotations, early season grazing approaches, determining the best time to graze plants, fertility management, animal impact grazing techniques, weather related management strategies and in-field farmer training exercises to hone your grazier’s eye. Pre-registration is required to help plan for lunch and logistics. To reserve your place for this unique early season grazing event please contact: Jonathon Barter, Steuben SWCD at (607) 776-7398 Ext. 3 or Brett Chedzoy, Schuyler CCE at (607) 535-7161 and for Steuben County workshop. Contact Troy Bishopp at (315) 824-9849 Ext. 110 or to register for Chenango County workshop.
Growing Fruit Series #3: Small Fruits.
May 2, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PMSmall fruits, which include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, currants and jostaberries, are well-suited for growing in smaller spaces and generally more tolerant of heavy soils than tree fruits. Learn about site selection, cultivar selection, planting, maintenance and disease and pest control for these fruits.Instructor Chrys Gardener is the Community Horticulture Educator at CCE Tompkins. She is passionate about teaching people to garden, with particular interests in growing edibles and seed saving. Prior to CCE Tompkins, Chrys worked as a landscape gardener in the Ithaca area and has extensive experience with practical garden design. She has been growing small fruits organically for over 20 years.Pre-registration is required. Go to the registration page to register and pay online, or call CCE-Tompkins at 272-2292. Pre-registration is required to hold your place in the class, and also in the event that a class is postponed or cancelled and we need to contact participants.Register & Pay Online here.$7-$10/person self-determined sliding scale; pay what you can afford. Contact Chrys Gardener Commercial / Community Horticulture Educator (607) 272-2292 (Voicemail #241)
Rural Landowner Workshop
May 2nd- 7pm-8:30pm at the NYS Grange Auditorium. Cortland County SWCD is hosting a free workshop for Cortland Coutny rural landowners to celebrate Soil and Water Stewardship Week. Speakers are SWCD and NYSDEC staff. Presentations will be given on the following topics: Invasive species of local concern and mapping tools, understanding your pond, NYS DEC Young Forest Initiative- How DEC Manages Habitats for the Benefit of Wildlife. Open to the public and free. Please RSVP 607-756-5991.
Apple IPM Workshop
May 5, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMLearn about deer protection, rodent control. IPM (Integrated Pest Management), pollination, new tree planting. You will receive a copy of the Apple IPM booklet ($15 value). The workshop is $25 and pre-registration (by May 2nd) is required. The workshop is held at 2750 Apple Lane Reisingers Apple Country in Watkins Glen. Call Roger Ort 607-535-7161 or email with questions. Fee- $25. To register
Grow Your Own Spuds…in a Bucket!!
May 12, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Youth can learn how to grow potatoes in a bucket! You don’t have to have a garden to enjoy growing your own potatoes!This workshop will cover: Potato growing and harvesting tips. The nutritional value of potatoes. We will provide the potatoes, growing media and a bucket*. Suggested donation will be collected at the door:*$2 if you bring your own 5-gallon bucket.$4 if we provide the bucket. Please pre-register by May 8th so we will be sure to have enough materials. Contact Joann at with the names and ages of participating youth and if you will need a bucket. Contact Joanne Gruttadaurio, 4-H Plant & Environmental Sciences Team.
Location4-H Acres 418 Lower Creek Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Organic Pest Management
May 12th Saturday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Join Groundswell Center and Carlos Aguilera of Summertime Farms for a workshop on Organic Pest Management at the Groundswell Incubator Farm! This workshop will cover best practices for managing cucurbit (cucumber family), brassica (kale family), corn, tomato and pepper crop pests. We will also explore pest prevention methods for Southeast Asian crops widely grown at the Incubator Farm such as bitter melon and roselle.Sliding Scale $15-$25, no one turned away for lack of funds. Free to Groundswell Center Incubator Farmers. Language interpretation available – please contact us to arrange at least one week prior to the workshop date. For more information

Spring Plant Swap.
May 12, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AMCome and swap plants and try something new and different in your garden! Bring your houseplants, flowers, vegetables, bulbs, and herbs to trade with other gardeners.The swap will start at 10AM (be there by 9:45AM) and go until all plants are swapped. Bring as many plants as you’d like. For every plant you bring, you’ll be able to swap for another plant.Not already a gardener but would love to have a new plant? Just bring a non-perishable food item for the local pantries and the Master Gardeners will give you a plant in exchange!Master Gardeners will also be available to answer your gardening questions. If you’d just like to donate your plants to the swap, you may bring them to the office May 10th or 11th or to Oak Island the morning of the swap. The event is FREE, but donations to offset costs would be greatly appreciated!Contact Patti Paine Battley Horticulture Program Educator 315-539-9251 Held at: Oak Island Oak Street, Waterloo, New York 13165.

Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale
May 20, 2018, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Held at Ithaca High School1401 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers, an estimated 40 area growers, and other garden groups offer perennials, specialty plants and gardening advice. You will find organically grown vegetable transplants and heirloom varieties, a huge variety of annuals, herbs and many specialty perennials, flowering shrubs, trees, hardy roses and fruit crops. Free soil pH testing is available and educational exhibits and information are offered. Bring baskets, wagons, and other containers for transporting plants. Learn More

Rock Gardening in the Finger Lakes
May 24, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Master Gardener and rock gardener Carol Eichler will show slides of the construction of her rock garden in 2016, as well as the best plants for rock gardening in our region. The class will also include a tour of the rock garden at CCE that is planted and maintained by the Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. Register & Pay Online here. $7-$10/person self-determined sliding scale; pay what you can afford. Chrys Gardener Commercial / Community Horticulture Educator (607) 272-2292 (Voicemail #241)

Old MacDonald's Farm
June 2, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Free, family event where you get to learn all about the Agriculture industry. You will get a chance to meet farm animals and the local farmers from Chemung County! Hosted by the Chemung County Ag Promotion Committee.Free and open to the public! Held at the Chemung County Fairgrounds171 Fairveiw Rd Horseheads, NY 14845
For Your Information
Respirator Fit Testing- By the DEC Region 8, Finger Lakes- For Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates. Held at CCE Ontario County, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY. To make appointments please call 607-547-6023. For more information please visit:
United States Farming Practices Survey- Throughout the United States, farmers are using innovative approaches to sustainably produce crops and improve soil health. However, farmers are also faced with numerous challenges, and they are often not included in decision-making that affects the way they farm.
Cornell University, University of California—Berkeley, and The Nature Conservancy are conducting a nationwide survey for all fruit, vegetable, grain, and field crop producers to identify the biggest challenges that farmers face, as well as the best solutions. Key findings from the survey will be published and communicated to grower organizations and other farmer advocates so that recommendations, actions, and outcomes reflect what growers identify as being most helpful for their operation.
All responses will remain anonymous. If you choose to enter your e-mail address at the end of the survey, you will receive a summary report of the findings and you will be eligible for a chance to win $500. The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete.You can fill out the survey right now by clicking on this link:United States Farming Practices Survey Please also feel free to send to other growers and farmers for any crop!

Composting Educational Materials
  • Don’t forget about the Compost Use for Improved Soil Poster SeriesPlease contact CWMI if you’d like full size posters printed for your use.
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Agricultural Applications
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil General Highway Use
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil General Use
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Reclamation and Remediation
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Roadsides, Street Trees and Medians
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Slope Stabilization, Erosion Control and Stormwater Management
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil: Make it Use it Urban Applications
    • School Composting – Let’s Get Growing A downloadable 16 page guide for student leaders and teachers. As educators, we have an important task ahead. The next generation of decision-makers is being educated in your classroom. How can you help? By starting this generation off with information and habits that emphasize reducing the amount of waste we produce, reusing, recycling and composting whatever we can, and incinerating, landfilling, and finding other technologies to dispose of the rest. This document provides you with: (1) Ideas for incorporating composting into the curriculum. (2) Steps to take to start a school composting/diversion program. (3) Descriptions of successful school composting programs. CWMI has printed copies of this fact sheet. Please contact us if you’d like some mailed to you.

Tax Tips for the Forest Landowners for the 2017 Tax Year

Master Bee Keeper Program

Cornell Small Farm Program- Check here for workshops and events all around New York State-

Log-Grown Shiitake: Economics and Management for a Profitable Crop
Multiple dates and locations through out January and Feb- Please click this link to see dates and places. .. Learn more about cultivation at: Those who attend one of the workshops or the online livestream are eligible to participate in an advanced training group and receive one-on-one support for the 2018 growing season. Details of this opportunity will be provided at the workshop. Also, a LIVE WEBINAR TRAINING: Friday, March 2nd online (access anywhere with a high-speed connection)See a Map of the locations: Workshops run from 9am to 4pm, with a catered lunch included. To Register: visit Cost: $30/person includes lunch and handouts. (online livestream 3/2 is $20 (no person turned away for lack of funds- contact for info.)Funding for this project is provided by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and administered through the New York Farm Viability Institute.Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Extension Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program

The Tax Tips For Forest Landowners
Well managed forests produce timber and other forest products, provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, aquifer and watershed protection, and other amenities. Non-industrial private woodlands comprise approximately 60% of the nation’s total forests. Providing tailored tax information is one way in which the Forest Service is working to increase forest productivity on non-industrial forest lands. For the latest tax information and tips regarding private woodlands, visit:

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Last updated May 16, 2018