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

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:
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 (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 Sponsored by Tompkins County Farm Bureau with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. FREE and held in the Ithaca Commons. Debbie Teeter Agriculture Educator (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 Contact Kina Viola Finger Lakes Meat Project Coordinator (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 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:
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 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 Contact Matthew LeRoux SCNY Regional Ag Team, Ag Marketing Specialist, CCE-Tompkins (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 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 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 or call 607-535-7161. 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
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 to register, or go here to register online. Fee $10 - includes cost of materials. Contact Chrys Gardener Commercial / Community Horticulture Educator (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
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***

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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.

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:
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

15 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:

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

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

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:

For the latest information on saving Hemlock from the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid pest in NY, visit:
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. 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

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

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 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:

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.

Last updated March 31, 2017