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

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

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Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture

Cornell Maple Program- Fall Open House
October 7TH from 10 am to 4 pm. Held at the Arnot Forest Sugarbush ( 611 Schuyler County Route 13; Van Etten ) Join us at the 1st annual Cornell Maple Program fall open house, and experience the fun and fascination surrounding this unique and delicious product. Enjoy hiking along scenic Banfield Creek while experiencing brilliant fall foliage, demonstrations, free samples and information on cutting edge maple research. Admission is FREE and open to all. An assortment of Maple Syrup will be available. For more information visit
For additional Info contact Aaron Wightman, Maple Program Specialist Phone: 607 589 6076 /Email:
Uncommon Fruits of the Northeast
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM- A growers perspective on alternative crops with Akiva Silver of Twisted Tree Farm. Held at the Silver Spoon Café in Montour Falls. Please click the picture for more information and registration info.
Introduction to Permaculture
October 12, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @CCE Tompkins. Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is a popular and ancient system of growing food that minimizes labor by using perennial plants, which come back year after year. Join Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres ( for an evening introduction to the basic concepts of permaculture. We'll look at living examples of plant guilds, polycultures, and shed light on some of the concepts that inform permaculture ethics and design in gardens and beyond. Register online, or call 272-2292 to register by phone. Fee $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale. Contact Chrys Gardener Commercial / Community Horticulture Educator (607) 272-2292 (Voicemail #241)
Agroforestry in Practice- Save the Date
October 17, 18 and 19th-This three-day course is designed for service providers including extension educators, farm non-profit organizations, public and private foresters, and consultants who routinely work with landowners and farmers to implement best practices. Click the picture to learn more and register.
Impacts of Invasive Plants on People and Wildlife
October 18, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PMThis class will look at the causes of plants becoming invasive, their impact upon wildlife and plant communities, and their uses for food, medicine, and beyond. From Hydrilla to Japanese Knotweed to autumn olives, we'll take a closer look at the impacts of these plants on the environment and how we can utilize some of them. Akiva Silver from Twisted Tree Farm will lead this class and discussion.REGISTER ONLINE, or call 272-2292 to register by phone. Fee$5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford.Learn More
Winterizing Your Garden
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PMThe key to great spring gardening is winter preparation. Lean how to prepare and protect you soil from winter cold and spring rains, and how to ensure optimal nutrition and soil tilth for great growing when spring rolls around. This slide show will guide you through the process of winterizing your garden. Free class, donations accepted. No registration required.
FeeFREE! Donations accepted.Contact Jennie Cramer Horticulture Program Manager (607) 272-2292 ext 146
Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop
Friday, October 20th from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at the USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center in Big Flats, NY (3266 State Route 352) for a special day conference on “Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop”. Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) is an Appalachian native with many positive attributes that merit consideration for any tree planting project. To name a few: locust has very strong, highly decay-resistant lumber that is an excellent alternative to pressure treated lumber and posts; it is a nitrogen-fixing Legume; and the fragrant, attractive flowers that appear in early June are excellent bee fodder. But one of the best reasons for considering Locust is that it can be grown as a profitable timber cash crop throughout much of the Northeast! This intensive one-day conference will be an invaluable networking and learning opportunity for those interested in growing Black Locust successfully and profitably. For full agenda and to register by Monday, October 16th please visit: ( Cost is $20 (pay at the door) and includes a hot lunch and a Black Locust seedling grown from improved seed orchard seed. Please dress for the weather for an afternoon tour. Hosted by the USDA NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center ( with support from Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Cornell Small Farms Program ( For more information, please contact Brett Chedzoy at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County by phone: (607) 535-7161 or email:
Agriculture and Climate Change Workshop with Mike Biltonen and Jay Smith
Saturday, October 21st, 10AM-3PM, Location TBA. $25-$50. Climate change has been affecting our farms for several decades now. The science and data show that there will continue to be dramatic impacts on every farmers’ ability to grow and distribute food. Agriculture is one of our greatest tools for reducing and even potentially reversing the effects of modern industrial society on our global climate, but it also one of the greatest contributors to climate change. Something has to give. Come learn about how we can work together as a community to ensure local stability in local food production and security! For more information
Basic Cheesmaking
October 28th 9am to noon at the Human Services COmplex in Montour Falls, NY 14865. Join Carmella Hoffman of Sunset View Creamery and learn all about the basics of cheese making in this hands-on workshop. Held in Montour Falls. The fee includes the cost of the Mozzarella cheese making kit. The deadline for registration is October 6th. To register please visit:
Basics of Vegetable Production in High Tunnels
November 1, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Would you like to learn more about producing vegetables out of season or in a more controlled environment? If you would, please join us for this upcoming workshop. Judson Reid, Vegetable Specialist with The Cornell Vegetable and Harvest NY Programs, will cover the basics you need to know to get started in growing vegetables in high tunnels. Topics to be covered include long term soil fertility, disease and pest management, choosing the right variety, crop alternatives and more. Cost to attend this workshop is $10 per person. Please pre-registration is required by 10/27/17 in order to ensure enough handouts and refreshments. To register, please visit For more information, please contact Shona Ort at 607-734-4453 ext. 227 or Fee $10. Learn More Contact Shona Ort Agricultural Resource Educator (607) 734-4453 ext 227
The Art of Fruit Spirits "Eau de Vie"-
November 15th- SAVE THE DATE- held at the Finger Lakes Distilling. Call Roger Ort at 607-535-7161 or email

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Agriculture: Enroll in the Residential Ag. Electric Bill Discount (by Mary Wrege)
It is time to enroll or re-enroll in the Residential Agricultural Discount program offered through National Grid, NYSEG and RG&E. This monthly discount on the electric bill is possible thanks to funding from the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) ReCharge NY program. You’re eligible to receive the discount if you meet the two conditions. The first is that you have an active residential electric service account with National Grid, NYSEG or RG&E billed under the following service classifications: National Grid: Rates beginning with Electric SC1 or Electric SC1C; refer to page 2 of your bill. NYSEG: 12001, 12008, or 12012 noted after Electricity Rate on page 3 of your bill. RG&E: PSC 19 SC1 or SC 4 noted after Electricity Service on page 3 of your bill.
The second condition is if you have submitted one of the following forms (supporting documentation) with your most recent federal tax return: IRS Schedule F (associated with Form 1040) - Profit or Loss From Farming or IRS Form 1120, 1120S or 1065 with an eligible Business Activity code.
The discount amount will vary each month and will be based on how many people participate, the amount of electricity used by each participant and available funds from NYPA. The discount amount is multiplied by your monthly billed kilowatt-hours and your discount will appear as a credit in a separate line item, “Res agricultural discount,” on your utility bill.
To apply or re-enroll, just complete a Residential Agricultural Discount application and submit it to your utility company along with your supporting documentation. For more information and the application, contact your utility company. Links are provided below:
National Grid:

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 courses.

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

Please visit this site for information on training and registration for invasive species-

The updated “CCE Hay Manual” is now available at :

Here is a link to malting barley resources at the Cornell Field Crop website:

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

Finger Lakes Meat Locker is OPEN- read this article to learn more-

RAPP website – 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: 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 or downloaded for free

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 October 16, 2017