A Winter Movie Series- Queen of the Sun
March 31st- Bring yourself, bring friends, bring family and bring neighbors to the Silver Spoon Café at 323 Montour Falls NY 14865, from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
All are welcome!! Before the movie starts there will be light
refreshments and time to catch up with friends. Following the movie
there will be a question & answer session lead by a panel of local
experts. This is a fundraising event for the Schuyler CCE Teaching
Garden, so donations at the door of $5 are appreciated! Refreshments and
movie made possible by the Schuyler County Farm Bureau! QUEEN OF THE
SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? Is a profound, alternative look at
the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel.
Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees
and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately
uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt
struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the
world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together
they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture
in balance with nature. For more information: http://cceschuyler.org/events
Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening
Friday, March 31, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
Choose from 2 dates and times: 3/24 or 3/31! This class will help the
beginning vegetable gardener learn how to site the garden, prepare the
soil, start and transplant seeds, and how to choose and use mulch.
We'll also cover gardening in containers, and some easy vegetables to
try first! Please call (607) 272-2292 to pre-register so we can prepare
sufficient handouts! Register online for 3/31 class here. Fee $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale. Contact Patricia Curran Horticulture Program Manager email@example.com (607) 272-2292 ext.146 Held at the CCE-Tompkins Education Center 615 Willow Avenue Ithaca, NY 14850-3555.
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Learn about local agriculture at this FREE fun, family event! There
will be educational exhibits and lots of farm-themed games, crafts and
activities. Don't miss: ice cream with the Dairy Princess and spin the
Wheel O'Dairy. Taste some local foods from Kenton's Cheese, Littletree
Orchards, Shtayburne Farm Creamery, Engelbert Farms, Glenwood Farm,
PoleStar Farm, and Sunset View Creamery. There will be tons of
children’s activities: make a clothespin critter, plant a seed, make a
cow puppet, play in the corn box, pet a bunny and check out baby
chicks, watch some well-trained dogs at work! Everyone can learn what
cows eat and about local foods, and if you are looking, find a farmer or
some land with the LandLink folks! For more information, contact Debbie
Teeter at (607) 272-2292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by Tompkins County Farm Bureau with Cornell Cooperative
Extension of Tompkins County. FREE and held in the Ithaca Commons. Debbie Teeter Agriculture Educator email@example.com (607) 272-2292 ext. 151
Taste a Quarter
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM:Coltivare
& the Finger Lakes Meat Project present: "Taste a Quarter": an
afternoon of chef-prepared samples of locally-raised meat, cooking and
butchering demonstrations, and interacting with local farmers. Learn how
to save money by purchasing this high-quality, sustainable meat in bulk
rather than by the cut, and taste samples prepared from more unfamiliar
pieces of beef, pork, chicken, goat, and lamb.This is an educational
event rather than a farmers market; we invite you to chat with farmers
about what they raise and how, and think about shifting the way you buy
meat to reflect what's most convenient for farms & affordable for
you: bulk purchasing. Local meat shouldn't be intimidating--it should be
fun! Come down Sunday
afternoon and fill your belly with delicious home-cooked goodness while
learning more about the local food community. Fee $2-$10 suggested
donation, sliding scale. Register at link below. Learn More http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1031 Contact Kina Viola Finger Lakes Meat Project Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org (607) 272-2292 Location Coltivare 235 South Cayuga St. Ithaca, NY 14850
Fruit Tree Pruning|
Sunday, April 2, 1:00 - 3:00 PM@
Indian Creek Farm, 1408 Trumansburg Road (Rt. 96), Ithaca, NY 14850. If
you grow fruit trees, it’s important to know how to prune them
correctly to promote yearly fruiting and reduce disease problems. At
this hands-on demonstration at Indian Creek orchard, orchardist Steve
Cummins will demonstrate pruning and training techniques for both young
and mature trees, including dwarf, semi-dwarf and standard trees.
Species covered will include apple, peach and plum trees.The pruning
demonstration will take place in the orchard so please dress for the
weather. Cost: $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale.
Pre-registration is required. Call Cornell Cooperative Extension of
Tompkins County at (607) 272-2292 to register by phone or go to our registration page at http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=626&reset=1
to register online. NOTE: Hands-on grafting will NOT be offered at the
pruning workshop this year. Anyone interested in grafting can contact
Greg at Cummins Nursery to schedule a custom grafting workshop: email@example.com
NYS Department of Ag and Markets Purchase of Development Right (PDR) Program Information Session
April 4, 2017 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.
Human Services Complex, Room 120 323 Owego Street Montour Falls, NY
14865. The Finger Lakes Land Trust will present an overview of the PDR
Program, explain the steps and timeline in the process (before, during
and after the anticipated 2018 Farmland Protection Implementation Grant
program/PDR request for proposals), and describe the roles of project
partners. There will be an opportunity for landowners to ask questions
about the program. Questions should be directed to Kristin VanHorn,
Schuyler County Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 535-8211
Spring Holiday Market: "Ham & Lamb"
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM.
The Finger Lakes Meat Project, Groundswell Center for Food and Farming,
and Press Bay Alley are excited to present a Spring Holiday farmers
market. On Thursday, April 6 from 4:30-7:30 PM,
join us “in the alley” for a fun evening of shopping supporting local
farms while shopping for your groceries.Expect fresh local produce and
locally-raised meats such as hams and brisket perfect for holiday dinner
tables at Easter or Passover, alongside local honey, cider, baked
goods, and more! The shops at Press Bay Alley will also be open late for
the market, selling coffee and tea, gifts, handmade herbs and
tinctures, and more.Learn More https://www.facebook.com/events/186975248457456/ Contact Matthew LeRoux SCNY Regional Ag Team, Ag Marketing Specialist, CCE-Tompkins email@example.com (607) 272-2292 ext. 159. Location Press Bay Alley 116-118 West Green Street Ithaca, New York 14850
|Commercial Production of Chinese Medicinal Herbs
Monday, April 10, 6:00-8:00pm
@ Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca NY.
Learn about the domestic production of Chinese medicinal herbs. Jean
Giblette of High Falls Gardens will give a presentation on this exciting
emerging market for farmers and growers. High Falls Foundation has
received funding from the New York State Farm Viability Institute to
form a farmers' cooperative in NYS to begin production of Chinese
medicinal herbs on a commercial scale. There is increasing demand for
domestically grown Chinese medicinal herbs, and a cooperative in
Virginia formed several years ago and is now selling their products to
U.S. practitioners. This presentation will provide information to
farmers and growers that may want to explore this opportunity further.
Cost: $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale. Call Cornell
Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County at (607) 272-2292 to register by phone, or register online here.
Tomatoes and Whatever
Monday, April 10, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM.
Want to learn how to get the earliest tomato in your neighborhood?
Have an interest in veggie gardening? You won't want to miss this
presentation by Master Gardener Barry Davis. Barry has been gardening
for decades and has lots of gardening knowledge he enjoys sharing with
all gardeners. Fee. $5 per person. Contact Barb Neal Association Community Educator - Horticulture firstname.lastname@example.org 607-687-4020 ext 304 Location CCE Tioga Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building 56 Main Street Owego, NY 13827.
Handling Stress and Conflict on the Farm|
April 11th from 5:30-7:30PM
2017. Erica Leubner, MSW and Maureen Kiely, LCSW–R NY FarmNet Farm
Family Consultants. Farmers will go away with many stress management
techniques and conflict resolution strategies they can use to prevent
stress and get back on track in their relationships and businesses. Held
at the Human Services Complex Room 120,323 Owego Street, Montour falls
NY 14865. Light snacks will be provided. Please contact Roger Ort 607-535-7161 or email email@example.com for more information.
Fig Growing 101 Wednesday
April 12, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Ronald Wagner from CNY Figgery
will be at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls (Silverspoon/OFA
Café) to discuss the niche crop potential, growing and care of over 150
varieties of figs.Workshop fee is $10 and pre-registration is required.
Please contact Roger Ort firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-535-7161.http://cceschuyler.org/events for more details. https
Workshop: Sustainable Lawn Care|
April 19, 2017; 6:30 – 7:30 PM.
Is the green in your lawn weeds or grass? Do you know how and when to
plant grass seeds? Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County
to learn about essential lawn maintenance tips. In this workshop, you
will learn how to cultivate a sustainable lawn, including what to plant,
building healthy soil, conserving water, using organic sources of grass
nutrients, minimizing the use of pesticides and herbicides, mowing
tips, and more. We will show you how easy growing grass can really be! Speaker: Barbara Classen, Chemung County Master Gardener Place: Steele Memorial Library (IT Room), 101 E Church Street, Elmira, NY Workshop fee: Free, but a $3 suggested donation helps support our Horticulture program.Please register with Chemung CCE at 607-734-4453, or email@example.com.
Make a Bee Hotel for Native Pollinators|
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.Help
increase populations of native bees in your yard and garden with a
handmade bee hotel! Native solitary bees, like mason bees and leafcutter
bees, are gentle, easy to raise, and are as important for pollinating
as honey bees. Jacob Johnston from Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology will
give a presentation on the life cycle of these fascinating native
insects and show you how to make a bee hotel to attract them to your
garden. Materials will be provided for participants to make bee hotels
to take home. Pre-registration is required. Please call 272-2292 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org to register, or go here to register online. Fee $10 - includes cost of materials. Contact Chrys Gardener Commercial / Community Horticulture Educator email@example.com (607) 272-2292 (Voicemail #241) Location CCE-Tompkins Education Center 615 Willow Avenue Ithaca, NY 14850-3555
Beginner Sheep and Goat Production
April 28th from 6:00-8:30pm,
held at the Chemung County Fairground 4-H building (170 Fairview Drive,
Horseheads, NY 14845) Are you interested in raising sheep and goats? If
so, come join us at our beginner sheep and goat production class. Dr.
tatiana Stanton of the Cornell sheep and goat program will be coming to
speak on the basics you need to consider when getting started with small
ruminant such as purpose, breeds, markets, health, nutrition, housing,
fencing, predator control, kidding/lambing, etc. For more information
please call Shona Ort at CCE Chemung 607-734-4453 ext. 227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aquaponics Workshop- Save the Date- June 12- 6-8pm with Main Street Farms. 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls NY 14860. Please call Roger Ort 607-535-7161 for details.
The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute is happy to announce the date for this year's Permaculture Weekend! August 25th - 27th ****SAVE THE DATE***
For Your Information
Master Bee Keeper Program
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture Webinars- Are every Wednesday
and FREE! Courses like "What You Need to Know About the Farm Safety
Act", Into to Instragram. Click the link to see the full list of
SNAP for Direct Marketing Farmers and Farmers Markets- Learn more through free webinars
USDA has continued funding through May 2017 to assist direct marketing
farmers and farmers markets join the SNAP program by providing free
equipment to qualified farmers and farmers markets. The National
Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) has created
MarketLink, an online solution to an expedited application process,
nationally negotiated rates for SNAP, debit and credit; as well as
state-of-the-art equipment, an iPHone 6, EMV card reader and blue-tooth
connected printer. For more information and registration: http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/snap-for-farmers-markets/
New Video: "Determining the Market Readiness of Beef Cattle
Knowing when an animal is ready for 'finish' or 'slaughter' is
extremely important for getting a premium price and satisfying the
unique needs of your customers. The Cornell Small Farms Program and the
Baskets to Pallets project are pleased to announce a new educational
video for livestock producers titled "Determining the Market Readiness of Beef Cattle
Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, takes the viewer
on a visual tour of features to assess of both finished and unfinished
steers and heifers, including beef breeds and dairy crosses. The video
will be an excellent resource for livestock farmers and educators
alike. Special thanks to Mike Baker and Lynn Bliven of Allegany County
Cornell Cooperative Extension.
The 2017 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management
is now available for distribution from The Cornell Store.There are
three product options: print only, online access only, and bundle (a
combination of print and online access).Ordering Information: Print Copy
List Price: $30.00 (shipping NOT Included) Online List Price: $30.00
Bundle (print + online): $42.00 (shipping for print copy not included)County Extension Office Price: $4 off list price for each item (Print, Online, or Bundle) with coupon code
(shipping NOT Included) (Please contact me if you have forgotten the
coupon code) County Extension offices and other customers may submit
orders directly via:*Phone at (844) 688-7620
*FAX at (607) 254-8044*Online at http://store.cornell.edu/c-875-pmep-guidelines.aspx
NYS counties were declared a primary disaster due to drought and heat
using the streamlined Secretarial Disaster Designation process.
Under this designation, producers with operations in any primary or
contiguous county are eligible to apply for low interest emergency
loans. Learn more here: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/news-room/emergency-designations/2016/ed_2016_0825_rel_0095?platform=hootsuite
Please visit this site for information on training and registration for invasive species-http://www.nyimapinvasives.org/
The updated “CCE Hay Manual” is now available at : http://blogs.cornell.edu/capitalareaagandhortprogram/hay-manual/.
Funding is available for agricultural producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA’s
largest conservation program that helps producers voluntarily improve
the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands. The
USDA NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, but
producers should submit applications by March 31 to USDA service centers to ensure they are considered for enrollment in 2016.
Here is a link to malting barley resources at the Cornell Field Crop website:http://fieldcrops.cals.cornell.edu/small-grains/malting-barley
For the latest information on saving Hemlock from the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid pest in NY, visit:http://blogs.cornell.edu/foresthealth/nys-hemlock-initiative
IPM Insights: As Climate Shifts, So Do Pests January 2016 download. The January 2016 issue of IPM Insights—on the theme of climate and pests—is available for download. http://neipmc.org/go/ipm-insights The
NEIPMCommunication-L list is owned by the Northeastern IPM Center,
which fosters the development and adoption of integrated pest
management, a science-based approach to managing pests in ways that
generate economic, environmental, and human health benefits. We use the
list periodically to distribute news about IPM funding opportunities,
research and extension projects, and great IPM information sources. To
join or unsubscribe from the list, please send a request via e-mail to NortheastIPM@cornell.edu.
Pilot Project Looking for Fruits and Vegetables
The New York State Office of General Services is looking for vendors to
participate in the USDA's Pilot Project for Unprocessed Fruits and
Vegetables. The goal of the Pilot Project is to develop opportunities
for schools to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables with USDA funding,
and develop new relationships with farmers, growers, produce wholesalers
and distributors. This is a great opportunity for farmers, growers and
food hubs to grow and expand their local customer base. Vendors of all
sizes are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Diane Green
at the NYS Office of General Services at (518) 473-9386 or Diane.Green@ogs.ny.gov.
Cornell Small Farm Program- Check here for workshops and events all around New York State-http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/events/
Finger Lakes Meat Locker is OPEN- read this article to learn more-http://www.twcnews.com/nys/binghamton/news/2015/09/20/new-meat-locker-in-corning-encourages-locals-to-buy-in-bulk-from-livestock-farmers.html
RAPP website – http://www.recycleagplastics.css.cals.cornell.edu/ The
Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program, funded by NYSDEC, is charged
in developing sustainable means for New York State farmers to manage
their used agricultural plastics by recycling, reusing, and otherwise
minimizing waste from plastics in agriculture.
Visit Cornell’s new Field Crops website at: http://fieldcrops.org for the latest information on varieties, integrated pest management and other resources for a successful harvest.
Pasture Management Resources: from K. Hoffman, NYGC Grazette
What’s growing in your pasture? If you have ever wondered what some of
the plants are that can be found in your pastures, there are some great
resource books that can help you identify them.For most of the cool
season grasses, a good pocket guide is “Identifying pasture grasses”
from the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. It has good
photos of most of the seed heads you’ll see, as well as some simple
descriptions of other plant characteristics to look for. The guide can
be ordered through www.uwex.edu/ces/pubs or downloaded for free http://www.api-virtuallibrary.com/35keys/pdf/0415-pm-whats-growing.pdf
The Renewable Heat New York Program promotes the
implementation of high efficiency, clean wood burning technology.
Included are incentives for retiring old wood and pellet stoves, and
outdoor wood boilers. Here is a link to the New York State Energy
Research and Development Authority's web page:http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/renewableheatny
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.