NYS New Farmers Grant Fund Program announced

Press release from Gov. Cuomo: Applications Now Being Accepted for 2016 New Farmers Grant Fund Program and New York State Young Farmers Loan Forgiveness Program Governor Cuomo announced $1 million in funding is available to assist new farmers begin their careers. Now in its second year, the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund will […]

Farm and food jobs available in Central New York

Dozens of food and farming jobs in Central New York have been announced in the past month. For farming jobs, such as labor, mechanics, greenhouse work, and more, see here. For food service jobs, such as line cooks, restaurant hosts, and more, see here. Image credit: USDA ARS Image Gallery

GreenStar Coop Annual Member Meeting

Announcement from GreenStar Coop: At this year’s Annual Fall Member meeting on October 16, we’re excited to welcome Amy Halloran as a featured speaker. Amy is a writer and pancake enthusiast who has been following the revival of the regional grain movement in the Northeast for several years. Her involvement in local food systems began […]

Course to empower women in agriculture

Announcement from Cornell Small Farms Program: Annie’s Project: Empowering Women in Agriculture Annie’s Project is a six-week course designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participant’s questions, and hands on training. This course is designed for farm […]

Family farm managers earn ’emotional’ wealth, research shows

From the Cornell Chronicle: Researchers “examined dairy farm income in 1999 through 2008 and showed that New York farm manager median salaries varied widely from $41,884 in 1999, to $64,466 in 2004 to $74,986 in 2005, all adjusted for inflation to 2008 dollars. While the family farm managers were paid on average about $22,000 less, […]

Beginning Farmer/Land Seeker Meeting

Beginning Farmer/Land Seeker Meeting Tuesday, September 15, 7-9 PM @ CCE-Tompkins, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming and the Cornell Cooperative Extension regional agriculture program are hosting a FREE discussion/info meeting for people seeking land to farm on Tuesday, September 15, 7-9 PM at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of […]

New pest troubles farmers

In 2013, Aaron Munzer led an educational tour around his farm, Plowbreak Farm near Trumansburg, NY when someone from Cornell Cooperative Extension looked at his crops and told him, “You might have Swede Midge.” Munzer had never heard of the pest, which was new to upstate New York. Later that Fall, his broccoli plants grew […]

Recent Food & Farm Biz Headlines

Recent food and farm business headlines from Ithaca, Tompkins County, and NYS From the Ithaca Voice: Ithaca native to continue Shortstop Deli legacy as new owner ‘Dos Amigos’ from Cornell launch traditional Mexican food truck Changes expected at Moosewood — due to Keega Ventures acquisition   From the Ithaca Journal: New head cheese maker at […]

Memorial service to honor organic farmer

Robin Sue Ostfeld, of Blue Heron Farm, died on August 26. A service to honor her will be held on Thursday, September 10th at 5pm at the Ithaca Farmers Market. According to her obituary, she was an organic farmer and agricultural research collaborator who died on the farm she and her husband, Llywolaf Johns, established […]

Historic Family Farm for Sale, Cortland County, NY

Historic Family Farm for Sale, Cortland County, NY Unique opportunity to purchase a historic 5 BR farmhouse on 75 acres of fields, pastures and woods in the beautiful rural farming community of Freetown, NY. The farm has remained in the same family for 140 years. Land offers 360 degrees of spectacular rural views and is […]