Report: Hard Cider Industry

From Cornell Research: “Since 2011 the growth of the cider industry has been astronomical,” says Gregory M. Peck, School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture. “There’s been more than a 900 percent increase in the volume of cider produced in the U.S. New York has more individual producers than any other state in the country. Right […]

Handtool gardening

Workshop on Making Permanent Raised Beds with Hand Tools

From the Groundswell Center event page: “Saturday, November 18th, 9AM – 2PM Groundswell Incubator Farm, 100 Rachel Carson Way Bring weather appropriate clothes and a bag lunch Cost: Sliding Scale, $5-$25   Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres will lead a very hands-on workshop showing participants strategies and techniques for taking ‘weedy’ areas of shrubs, brambles, tall grasses, young trees, […]

chicken

Cornell Small Farms Program Online Course: Poultry Production

The Cornell Small Farms Program will offer an online course on Poultry Production beginning on November 7th and running through December 12th. The course is targeted towards “. . . beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production and the marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and […]

Milked: A new report gives voice to immigrant dairy farmworkers in NYS

More than 80 farmworkers at more than 55 farms across NYS contributed to “Milked,” a collaborative project between Workers’ Center of Central New York and the Worker Justice Center of New York, which was authored by a team of community leaders and academic scholars. “The state of New York is one of the states that produces dairy […]

Ithaca Farmers Market Hours Change End of October

The Ithaca Farmers Market will be changing its hours at the end of October. Beginning on November 4th, the Saturday and Sunday markets at the Steamboat Landing will begin at 10:00 AM and end at 2:00 PM. In addition, the last day of the Tuesday markets at  Dewitt Park will be October 31st, while the […]

Food Business

Cornell Cooperative Extension Food Entrepreneurship Program

Press release from Cornell Cooperative Extension: Do you love to cook?  Would you like to start or grow your own catering or food vending business? Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCETC) is pleased to announce a free program for new and emerging caterers and food vendors. We are looking for people with low-to-moderate income who want […]

Microgrants Available for Agriculinary Tourism Projects

Press release from the Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau: The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau (a division of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce) is pleased to announce that we have received funding to provide “microgrants” (small grants of up to $500 per project) directly to farms, food and beverage producers, farm stands, and […]

Forest

Cornell Small Farms Program Learn to Manage Your Woodlot Online Course

Beginning on September 25, the Cornell Small Farms Program will begin and online course on woodlot management. Led by Peter Smallidge, the course will cover topics such as forest resource assessment, firewood cutting, harvesting logs for mushroom cultivation, and support for long-term forest health. The course is for all levels of woodland owners, targeting those […]

From Shelterbelt Farm: The Cost of Doing Business

Erica at Shelterbelt Farm writes: My ideal vision for the future of farming includes vibrant farms at all scales, in urban and rural areas. But the census data has shown over time that large farms (over $1M in sales) and very small farms (less than $10K in sales) are the only two segments of the […]