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

Empire Farm Days
August 7-9, 2018 • Tues & Weds: 9-5, Thurs: 9-4-

2018 Open Farm Days

  • Saturday, August 11, 2018, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 12, 2018, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

FREE! Visit local farms and experience local agriculture up-close. Farms across the county open their gates to the public for farm tours, demonstrations, food tastings, and animal interaction for an afternoon of farm fun that is sure to have something for everyone. Spend a day or the entire weekend!
Saturday, August 11, 2018 --12:00-4:00pm

Farms on the West Side of Cayuga Lake will be open to visitors.
Sunday, August 12, 2018 -- 12:00-4:00pm
Farms on the East side of Cayuga Lake will be open to visitors

Farm City Day
August 18, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM FREE family event where we bring the farm to the city! Come enjoy popcorn, meet local farmers and their animals from the farm!Hosted by the Chemung County Ag Promotion Committee.Free and open to the public!

Beekeeping for Beginners
Have you heard the BUZZ? Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 Time: 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Interested in raising bees
and producing honey? Come learn about essential equipment, terminology, and where to source bees and supplies. Discover what your first year will entail. Your Host Phil Cherry, Phil is currently the Executive Director of CCE Schuyler. Phil has raised honey bees in both Delaware and now NY state. Plan now for your 2019 Honey season. Pre-Registration Required at:

The American Wildlife Conservation Foundation is presenting a free public education program on August 22nd at the Finger Lakes National Forest District Office, starting at 6:30 p.m. Three speakers will present three exciting topics. Topic One: The Return of the Fisher: an amazing, reclusive mammal is making a comeback, perhaps even to your backyard. This program will be presented by Scott Smith, Senior Wildlife Biologist for the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation.
Topic Two: What was that Sound?!: Learn how scientists are using passive acoustic monitoring for using sound recordings to identify sounds in natural habitats including birds, mammals, even marine creatures. The presenter is Russ Charif, Senior Bioacoustician from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Topic Three: Rattlesnake! There’s a lot of research on the timber rattlesnake taking place in the Southern Tier of New York, and you should know what is going on! The presenter is Kelly Raab, Fish and Wildlife Technician out of the Bath Regional Office of the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation.
This informational program (great for families as well as for professionals), is being provided by the efforts of Greg Flood, Wildlife Biologist with the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest, Hector Ranger District, in collaboration with the American Wildlife Conservation Foundation.
Directions: The meeting site is located at 5218 State Route 414, Hector, NY. 14841. Directions to the meeting site are: From Watkins Glen (south), take highway 414 north about 8 miles. From Senaca Falls (north), take highway 414 south about 30 miles. If using GPS, be sure to identify the city as Hector, NY. If lost, call the District Office at (607) 546-4470.
Seed Saving
August 23, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM-Learn to save your own flower and vegetable seeds for next year’s garden and to share with others! In this hands-on class, participants will learn the basic principles including which home garden species are good candidates for seed saving; and how to harvest, clean, process and store seeds for the next year. Learn the basics of saving wet seeded crops such as tomatoes and peppers. We will also go over a bit of advanced seed saving for trickier crops that need isolation or wet fermentation. Dress to go outside in the CCE gardens (weather permitting) to harvest different types of vegetable and flower seeds which we'll clean using different techniques and tools. Pre-registration is required to hold your place. Cost: $7-$10/person, pay what you can afford. Register and pay online HERE
Fee$7-$10/person self-determined sliding scale; pay what you can afford
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Sundaes on the Farm
August 26, 2018, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Free family event! You get to enjoy a day on the dairy farm, Hay rides, farm tour, meet the farm animals, fishing and free ice cream sundaes.Hosted by Chemung County Ag Promotion Committee.Fee-Free and open to the public!Location Busholm Farm 23 May Road Elmira , NY 14901.
Bulbs for your Garden
September 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Bulbs are such a welcome sign of spring after a long winter. Learn how to plant bulbs in your garden this fall to enjoy their beauty in the spring. We will discuss different bulbs, how to purchase, plant and maintain them. Come join us in the fun! We will even do some bulb planting as a demonstration.Fee $5 per person, no charge for children.
Taste of Tioga - Farm To Feast 2018.
September 7, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PMSince 2002, CCE Tioga has organized the annual Taste of Tioga to help raise needed funds as well as to help promote local farms and healthy living. This year it will be held in the banquet room at Tioga Downs on Friday, Sept. 7th from 6 to 8:30 pm. We will be featuring a “Farm to Feast” dinner buffet prepared by Tioga Downs. Dishes will be made with produce, meats, and other products from Tioga County Farms as well as desserts prepared by local restaurants. There will be beer and wine tasting and live music .In addition, we will be hosting our “Run for Funds,” a fundraising derby to support all of the educational programs of CCE Tioga. Join us for good food and fun.If you have any questions and/or need additional information, call our office at 607-687-4020.
Fee$35 per person/$40 at the door
Taste of Chemung
September 27, 2018; 6 – 8 pm Community Arts of Elmira, 413 Lake St, Elmira, NY 14901. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (CCE Chemung) would like to cordially invite you to 7th Annual Taste of Chemung. The event will take place this year on Thursday September 27, 2018 from 6 to 8pm at Community Arts of Elmira. The Culinary Program from the Greater Southern Tier BOCES Bush Campus will be preparing a bountiful array of dishes made from locally sourced farm and food products. Local wineries and breweries will also be on hand to provide tasting of select beverages. Live music as well! All proceeds from this event will go towards the educational programs offered by CCE Chemung. Tickets go on sale starting Monday July 11, 2018. You can get the tickets by stopping by the CCE Chemung Office at 425 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira, NY 14904 or the CCE Chemung table at the Wisner and EastSide Markets in Elmira. Ticket cost is $35 per person in advance and $40 per person the day of the event.If you would like to be a sponsor for the 2018 Taste of Chemung, please contact Andy Fagan, Executive Director at CCE Chemung, at 607-734-4453 ext 231 or
Planting Garlic
September 27, 2018, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM. Garlic is a wonderful crop to grow--and it is so easy! Join us while we learn about the do's and don'ts of garlic planting, and then get your hands dirty actually planting a bed of garlic! You will have the knowledge and experience to plant your own crop this fall. The rain date is the following day, same time. Fee no fee for this hands-on workshop
Pawpaw 101: The Story of America's Forgotten Fruit
Oct 13th Plant Science Building room TBD and Cornell Orchard Lansing, workshop fee is $30. What is a pawpaw, and why have most people never heard of it before? Andrew Moore offers a brief history of the pawpaw, the largest edible fruit native to the United States, and offers some explanations as to why it has been overlooked in modern times. He also provides an overview of the growers and producers working to raise the fruit's profile, and how the fruit tree can be reintegrated into our diets and culture. Andrew Moore grew up in Lake Wales, Florida, just south of the pawpaw’s native range. A writer and gardener, he now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the news editor and a feature writer for Pop City, a weekly news e-magazine in Pittsburgh, and his stories have been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Daily Yonder, and the Biscayne Times. Pawpaw--a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award nominee in the Writing & Literature category--is his first book. Please visit to register and for additional details and email Roger Ort with questions

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.

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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 August 14, 2018