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Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture

Putting Your Gardens to Bed
October 17, 2018, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Preparing your flower garden, vegetable garden and lawns for winter can be overwhelming.In this hour long presentation, Chemung County Master Gardener, Peg Weidemann, will help you think through a checklist of items that should be focused on to best prepare for winter weather and for next year’s gardens.Speaker: Peg Weidemann, Chemung County Master Gardener. Place:Steele Memorial Library (IT room), 101 E Church Street, Elmira, NY. Please register with CCE Chemung at 607-734-4453, or Free, but a $3 suggested donation helps support our Horticulture Program. Jingjing Yin Community Horticulture Educator 607-734-4453 xt 208
Maple Syrup Production Skills:Layout, Installation, and Maintenance of Tubing Systems
Saturday October 20, 2018, 9am to 12 pm. Hill Top Maple Farm (433 Parrott Rd, Cayuta, NY 14824)
In this hands-on workshop, Jeff Benjamin of Hill Top Maple Farm will lead individuals in learning how to layout, install and maintain a tubing system within a sugar bush. This workshop is a follow up to the Beginning Maple Syrup Production workshop held this spring. Cost is free to attend, but a $5 donation per person is suggested to help cover refreshments.Pre-registration is required by Friday October 19, 2018 for accommodating supplies, parking, and refreshments. For more information and to register, please contact Shona Ort of CCE Chemung at 607-734-4453 ext. 227 or
Interested in selling to schools? Want to learn more about Farm to School?
Monday, October 29, 9am-11am. At the new Steuben County Office Building, 20 E. Morris Street in Bath (second floor conference room). Please park in the main County parking lot across the street from the building. Not able to attend in person? Online video conference available, RSVP for details! CCE and GST BOCES in Steuben, Schuyler, & Chemung Counties are partnering on a NYS Farm to School grant to offer more training to farmers and help schools purchase more from local farms!
This information session will cover:
  • What is farm to school?
  • What & how much do schools want to buy?
  • What do you need to do to sell to schools?
  • Activities & trainings through the NYS Grant
    Please register by calling CCE Steuben at 607-664-2300, RSVPing to your local ag educator, or by email at
Forest Habitat Management Workshop
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. New York’s Finger Lakes Region provides an incredible mix of habitats essential to the survival of at-risk bird species such as American Woodcock, Brown Thrasher, and many others. Individual and family forest owners are encouraged to attend to learn about the habitat needs of forest birds, improving habitat for songbirds and game species, as well as federal conservation incentives and other resources available to help you protect and manage your forest sustainably. Presentations by Audubon, Quality Deer Management Association, and Finger Lakes Land Trust.The workshop is free. Registration is required: please RSVP by October 19 by contacting Suzanne Treyger, Forest Program Manager, Audubon New York: (607) 254-2122 or
Fall Propagation of Fruit and Nut Trees
October 25, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Start planning your edible food forest this fall! Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres will demonstrate techniques for propagating edible tree species, such as stratifying seeds of a variety of fruit and nut trees and striking cuttings from fruit bushes. Participants will be able to take home seeds and cuttings as well.Sean Dembrosky owns Edible Acres, a local plant nursery specializing in edible and perennial food crops. Sean is passionate about permaculture and sustainable gardening practices and is always experimenting with new techniques to share with others! REGISTER ONLINE or call 272-2292 to register by phone.$7-$10/person self-determined sliding scale. Learn More
Annual Cover Crop and Soil Health Workshop and Tour
October 30, 2018 for our with registration starting at 9:30am @ The BIG FLATS COMMUNITY BUILDING-TOWN OF BIG FLATS MUNICIPAL CAMPUS (476 Maple Street Big Flats, NY 14814). For details and registration information please visit
Game of Logging- Level 1
Nov 2 and 3rd held at Arnot Forest, in Van Etten. How to Register: or call 607-547-6023 and ask for Game of Logging. For more info

Upcoming online courses-start the week of Nov 5: taught by Jason Detzel (pig course), and Michelle Proscia (Lipari) and Rachel Moody (poultry course). These 6-week courses also offer tiered pricing from $195-295 based on household income, and we provide 50% discounts to military veterans.
Poultry Production
Many new farmers get started with poultry because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick revenue turnaround. The margins can be slim though, and farmers need to develop the necessary skillset to produce a product that is both safe and profitable. This course will help you get started in building a successful poultry enterprise.

Getting Started with Pastured Pigs **NEW COURSE**
Pigs can be a profitable standalone enterprise or integrate into an existing farm structure. They provide a variety of products and are also ideal for turning agricultural wastes into a valuable product. Pigs make use of marginal lands that would otherwise go unused, and they can improve that land.

Nut Bonanza & Fall Plant Sale-
November 10 from 10am-5pm. Held at Twisted Tree Farm, 279 Washburn Road Spencer, NY. This family event is a celebration of the nut harvest. We'll be outdoors, roasting and cracking nuts all day, enjoying a bonfire, talking about trees and tasting things like acorns, american persimmons, chestnuts, hickory nuts, butternuts, hazelnuts and black walnuts. Suggested donation $5-$20 or bring a local food to share. Please visit for details or call 607.589.7937.
Basic Legal Agreements for Farm Business Management
November 27, 2018- 1:00 – 3:00pm on Tuesday at the Hubbard Auditorium Tioga CCE 56 Main St, Owego NY 13827. Workshop is FREE. To learn more visit:
The South Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Team and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County are excited to host Anna Richards from Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY program to present a workshop on Basic Legal Agreements for Farm Business Management. This free event will take place from 1:00 – 3:00pm on Tuesday, November 27 in Hubbard Auditorium, located in the Tioga County office building at 56 Main Street, Owego NY.This program is designed for farmers who want to learn how legal agreements can strengthen their businesses. The workshop will introduce various legal tools that are commonly used in farm business management, with an emphasis on operating agreements for Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs). Attendees will learn how legal agreements can help a farm business to plan ahead, minimize risk, and respond to adverse events. This event will be especially useful to farmers interested in forming an LLC.
Register online at, by phone at 607-687-4020 x 309, or by email to Mary Kate Wheeler at

Abundant Propagation
Anytime- Online-Abundant propagation is a hands on, online course. Participants will receive packages of seeds, cuttings, scionwood, and rootstocks. Detailed information through email and video follows each package of plant material. Propagator and owner of Twisted Tree Farm, Akiva Silver is leading this course and is available to answer any questions throughout the growing process. The list of seeds includes, but is not limited to mulberry, juneberry, siberian pea shrub, aronia, persimmon, pawpaw, hybrid chestnut, hybrid hazelnut, black locust, honey locust, several species of apple, and pear. Cuttings and scionwood include elderberry, currant, willow (many varieties), and apple. Costs vary from $300- $600 depending on how much plant material you'd like to receive. It is expected that each participant will end up with several hundred plants through Abundant Propagation. For more details and to register, visit Contact Akiva at or (607)589-7937 with any questions.

For Your Information

The following is the price list and tentative release dates for titles in the 2019 Cornell Guidelines series.
Guideline Tentative Release Pricing
Print Online Bundle
(print + online)
Berry Crops Mid-December 2018
Field Crops Mid-December 2018
Grapes Late February 2019
Greenhouse Crops and Herbaceous Ornamentals Mid-January 2019
Hops Early March 2019
Tree Fruit Mid-January 2019
Tree and Shrub Mid-January 2019
Vegetable Crops Mid-December 2018
Pesticide Guidelines for Managing Pests Around the Home1 Available now
1 Last updated in 2014.

Small Farms Quarterly:

Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST. Cost is FREE. All are invited to participate. 2018 Webinars Series To Register Visit:

NOFA Summer Conference 2018-

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 Landowner sfor 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 July 26, 2019