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

Good Goat Grazing!
Thursday, June 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hawk Hall Meat Goats, 5765 Searsburg Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886. The Tri-County Graziers invite you to join them for the first twilight pasture walk of the season at one of the region’s oldest meat goat farms. Host Dr. tatiana Stanton will share her experiences for sustainable meat goat production on pasture. Topics for discussion will include: Incorporating evasive grazing into a parasite management plan; Herd health for small ruminants; Tips for successful grazing with goats; Facilities; Marketing and a variety of other issues that will come up while touring the farm. This event is free and open to the public. Those in attendance should be prepared to walk up to one mile in pasture conditions. No rsvp is required, but questions can be referred to Brett Chedzoy of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Schuyler County – phone: 607-535-7161, or email: The Tri-County Graziers is an informal network of grazing enthusiasts, supported by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Upper Susquehanna Coalition and regional Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
June 23 - 25- 3 day Short Course held in Mecklenburg, NY with Sean Dembrosky and Steve Gabriel. Discover the possibilities of growing a range of food and medicine in marginal woodlands, hedgerows, and wet places. Explore growing edible mushrooms, elderberry, perennial vegetables, berries, and nuts in temperate woodlands on both a homestead and farm scale. This course is facilitated by Steve Gabriel of Wellspring Forest Farm, along with Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres. Both have over a decade experience in managing productive small scale agroforestry systems and share their land projects with participants as a living classroom. Topics covered include, nursery techniques
, low-tech tree propagation
, mushroom cultivation
, biochar production
 and integrating animals in the woods
.This course is designed for woodland owners, farmers, extension professionals, permaculturists, and homesteaders who want to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of forest management and build their skills in the management of productive woodlands. Please visit for more details and registration.
Hoof Trimming Certification Program-
June 24-25th-9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Held at Eagle's Rest Farm 5225 Knapp Road, Middlesex, NY. Lunch is provided. $60.00 per day. Deposit: $30.00 For each day. You can participate in either one of the days, or both! For additional information please click the picture.
Compost with Confidence
5-class Series; June – October, 2017
@ Ithaca Community Gardens (meet at the ‘compost demonstration site’ sign on the railroad side of the gardens)
Local composting experts provide information and give hands-on demonstrations to help you set up and manage a compost system in any setting! Each class of this FREE series covers composting basics, and a different focal topic is addressed each month (see below) to help you address any compost issue you may encounter. Stop by for one or all classes, and bring your composting questions.
Monthly Topics:
June 24 - "Getting Started"
July 29 - "Troubleshooting Your Bin"
October 21 - "Winter Composting"
For more information visit . Contact: Adam Michaelides, Compost Educator at or call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County at (607) 272-2292 ext. 124.
Stocker Cattle – an opportunity for the grazing entrepreneur
Starts June 24th- Calves purchased/raised for grazing, then sold to a finisher. The term “stocker” was coined by producers referring to animals purchased in the spring to “stock” mountain pastures. The goal is to add weight economically using relatively inexpensive, excess pasture.How can you (seasoned, new-to-farming or thinking about becoming a farmer), get in on this phenomenal opportunity? The Stocker Short Course (SSC) to begin June 24th – Sign up NOW! The course will run on the last Saturday of every month from 10 am – 2 pm, June 2017 to May 2018. Internship participation available. Students completing the course will leave with a business plan, practical experience and knowledge to support their entry into the stocker business. Cost for the course is $200/person, $100/second person from same farm and/or family. Space is limited to 30 persons, so contact us very soon. Interested parties should contact Barb Jones, Cornell University Department of Animal Science,, 607-255-7712. For additional information, contact Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Extension Specialist,, 607-255-5923. The Stocker Short Course is funded by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets “Southern Tier Stocker Initiative”.
Show Me the Money: Grazing Strategies for Farm Profitability –
Friday, June 30th – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm – Alfred State College, Central Dining Hall - Allegany Room, Alfred (Allegany County) – This day-long conference, which is a follow-up to last year’s Grasstravaganza, will highlight the use of cover crops for grazing and improving soil health. The agenda will kick off with Russ Wilson of Forest County, PA, who with his wife and children operates Wilson Land & Cattle Co on 220 acres. They raise cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, and honey bees and custom graze for other producers. Russ will discuss “Adaptive Grazing Management and Using Multi-Species Covers as part of a Grazing System. Also, Dave Hartman from Penn State Extension in Lycoming County, PA will follow with “Using Annual Forage Species to Improve Grazing Systems” focusing on how diverse mixtures can serve the purpose of improving soil health, holding soil, and providing cheap forage. After lunch (provided) the conference will move to Alfred State College’s organic dairy farm pastures, where Fay Benson of Cornell Cooperative Extension will conduct a “show and tell” with the NYCG Soil Health Trailer, and Jonathan Barter from the Steuben County SWCD will discuss cover crop mixtures that have been planted at the farm as a demonstration of how mixtures can be beneficial. Cost is $15/person if registered before June 23rd and is $20/person for walk-ins. Contact Phil Schroeder at 607-587-3983 for more information – campus maps are available at Sponsored by Alfred State College, USDA-NRCS, New York Grazing Coalition, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Getting Started With Chicken Class offered by CCE Chemung in July-If you would like to learn more about getting started with chickens, please join us on July 7, 2017 from 6-8pm at the Chemung County Fairground in the 4-H Building. We will be going over the basics of raising chickens for both eggs and meat. Topics covered in this workshop will include zoning restrictions, breeds, chick care, housing, nutrition, pasture management, health, predator control, egg grading, slaughtering requirements, marketing, and more. Cost to attend is $5 per person. Pre-registration with payment is required by 7/5/2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shona Ort at 607-734-4453 ext. 227 or To register please visit
NY Bee Wellness Workshop- Honeybee Disease & Management
July 7-9, 2017 at 126 Charleton Hall, Morrisville State College, Morrisville NY (Madison County)
Featured instructor: Medhat Nasr, PhD. Click the picture for registration and additional info.
Growing Organic Garlic for Profit: Hear from the Experts & Gain Hands-on Experience!
July 8, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Learning the production of garlic requires specific knowledge of the plant and the human interventions it requires for it’s cultivation. Unlike many horticultural plants where a seed is planted and a crop is harvested, garlic has specific labor demands. This class will be a BASIC introductory sharing of information. $25
Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Instructor: Jeromy Biazzo, Wolftree Farm, skilled scythe maker and mower, and co-owner of Wolftree Farm Students will make a simple one handed snath (handle) to fit a blade they bring or purchase from Groundswell. Snath design and assembly will be made simpler so that more time can be applied to mowing. Ring clasps will be purchased and handles will be attached with a hanger bolt.Course Fee: $50, Materials Fee: $90, Total: $140

Backyard Grape Growing
July 19th 6pm-8pm- Silverspoon Café at 323 Owego St. Montour Falls
Please Join Gillian Trimber, a viticulture educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Finger Lakes Grape Program and learn about choosing a site, selecting varieties to plant, dodging diseases, and the principles of balanced pruning and crop load. Fee is $20 to attend. Please visit
for required registration and additional information.
Workshop: Weed Identification and Management
July 19, 2017; 6:30 – 7:30 PM.
Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County to learn identification strategies and management tactics to help control weeds in your landscapes.Speaker: Linda Svoboda, Horticulture Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome CountyPlace: Steele Memorial Library (IT room), 101 E Church Street, Elmira, NY. Workshop fee: Free, but a $3 suggested donation helps support our Horticulture program. Registration is required. Please contact Chemung CCE at 607-734-4453, or
Summer Bud Grafting
August 8, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. The Art of Grafting Fruit trees, join John Reynolds, the owner of Daring Drake Farms, a family-owned orchard with over 125 varieties of large and small fruits.John will discuss summer bud grafting, layering, and stool beds.There will be a hands-on demonstrationon these propagation techniques. You will make bud grafts and take two grafted trees home! Workshop is held in room Human Service Complex, room 120,Montour Falls, NY. Fee for the workshop is $20 and class limit is 20. Pre-registration is required. Please visit for more information and to register. If you have any questions please contact Roger Ort, or call 607-535-7161.
Cider 101
August 23, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Join Autumn Stoscheck,award winning cider maker from Eve’s Cidery, about learning how to make your own cider and better understand the process. Cost is $10 and preregistration is required. For more details and to register, please visit
The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute is happy to announce the date for this year's Permaculture Weekend! August 25th - 27th ****SAVE THE DATE***
Fall Plant Sale- SAVE THE DATE
August 27th- 9am-4pm
Held at 323 Owego Street in Montour Falls. Please visit for more details.
The Grassfed Exchange – September 27th to 29thThe Desmond Hotel, Albany – Mark your calendar - Early bird registration now open! The 2017 Grassfed Exchange, set to be held at Albany, New York's award winning Desmond Hotel, promises to be an experience you won't want to miss. This year's event will feature a lineup of renowned keynote speakers, live cooking demonstrations, interactive farm tours, two full days of seminars with exhibitors, and outdoor livestock display pens. We invite you to come network and learn from some of the industry’s most innovative producers, thought leaders, top chefs, and bloggers that have their finger on the pulse of what is driving the fastest growing segment in the beef industry. Now more than ever, as grassfed and regenerative agriculture continues to rapidly evolve, it will be crucial to stay in-tune to the latest changes and advancements that will continue to shape the future of our industry. Keynote speakers include Ray Archuleta of USDA-NRCS’s Soil Health Division, David Montgomery, author of the newly released book “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life”, Jeremy Stanton, operator of Fire Roasted Catering, and more. Registration and more information about all the speakers is now available at
For Your Information

Announcing the Application Cutoff Dates for the Young Forest Initiative to Benefit Native Wildlife in New York-Ithaca, N. Y., June 19, 2017 – The Wildlife Management Institute, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Audubon New York, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, and the Ruffed Grouse Society, is offering an opportunity for producers in New York State to apply for financial assistance to address insufficient young forest habitat for targeted wildlife species. This RCPP partnership announces July 21, 2017 as the application cutoff date for the next round of funding. All applications are competitive and are ranked based on locally identified resource priorities and the overall benefit to the environment. Interested landowners should contact their local NRCS office for additional information and to obtain an application. You can locate your local NRCS office by using the web site:

Agricultural Energy Audits Available to New York Farms Through NYSERDA. New York farms can cut energy use and energy costs with the Agriculture Energy Audit Program. Last spring, NYSERDA launched the Agriculture Energy Audit Program . The Program offers farms and on-farm producers no-cost energy audits. No up-front costs are required form the farmer as NYSERDA pays the consultant directly. Three levels of audits are offered. The level II audit adheres to ANSI/ASABE S612 standards and can be submitted with EQIP applications or to other third parties for funding consideration. The next EQIP deadline is June 18, 2017. Audits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The program runs through the end of the 2017 or until funds are expended. For general information or to request flyers for your office call 800-732-1399 or email To discuss the program further or contact the Program Manager, Lisa Coven, at extension 839 or Applications available at

Dear Apple Growers-Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY team is asking for all apple growers in New York State to complete the survey even if you are not growing hard cider varieties. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will allow us to pinpoint both production challenges and marketing challenges, ultimately enabling us to develop tailored educational programs and support important policies, all targeted at increasing financial opportunities for your business. Please know that all data received through this survey will only be reported in the aggregate and that no personal information about your business will be shared with anyone outside of the core extension project team. If you have any questions about the survey, or the project, please feel free to reach out to Lindsey Pashow (\518-569-3073) or Cheryl Thayer (\607-592-9507).The link to the online survey can be found here: Grower:

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:

2017 Census of Agriculture
Calling all farmers and ranchers: take part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture to strongly represent agriculture in your communities and industry. The census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. Census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves. Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting and clicking on the 'Make Sure You Are Counted' button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017). For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit or call (800) 727-9540.

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



Cathy Barnes
Sr. Administrative Assistant
(607) 535-7161

Last updated June 20, 2017