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

Farmers Can Help Cool the Planet
September 26, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Farmers can offer a significant solution to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Known as "carbon farming", a wide range of farming practices can affordably pull carbon from the atmosphere and place it productively back into the soil. When done on a global scale, this is one of the most hopeful solutions to global warming that we know about. Contact Sara Hess Held at the Tompkins County Public Library 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.
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. Held at Community Gardens by Tioga Opportunties Center
9 Sheldon Guile Blvd Owego, NY 13827. 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.Contact Barb Neal with questions 607-687-4020 ext 319
Finger Lakes Cider Week
September 28- October 8th 2018, 12:15 AM - 11:15 PM. Celebrate delicious hard cider, made here in our area, during Finger Lakes Cider Week, September 28-October 8, 2018. Find places to sample and buy cider near you -- at tasting rooms, restaurants, and other venues -- in Hector, Ithaca, Lodi, Trumansburg and Watkins Glen! Visit Finger Lakes Cider Week online to find locations near you! Learn More
It's Time to Go Nuts
October 2, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Join, guest speaker: Akiva Silver owner of Twisted Tree Farm, in a nut growing workshop that will cover the cultivation, propagation, natural history, harvesting, processing, and marketing of chestnuts, hazelnuts, acorns, and walnuts. We will be sampling many types of nuts.This workshop will be held on Tuesday October 2nd from 6:00-8:00PM in room 120 of the Human Services Complex, Montour Falls. Fee is $20 Pre-registration is required! To register please follow this link:
Exploring the Small Farm Dream: Is Starting an Agricultural Business Right for You?
Oct 2, 10, 16 & 30th. Tuesdays: 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday: 6-8pm 840 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905. During this four part series participants will begin to think through small scale farming as a business (rather than a hobby), learn what it takes to start and manage a farm business and decide whether that is something they want to pursue. Through in-classroom education, peer support and self-study participants will finish the series being to answer whether farming is for them, and move onto working through a business plan.The cost to attend this workshop is $75/farm or family and includes two registrations. Special preference will be given to NYS veterans and scholarships may be available to offset travel costs. This includes a workbook to walk through the four-part decision making phase, as well as refreshments provided at each meeting. Pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop, visit
Silvopasture Workshop
Wednesday, October 3, 6:00-8:00pm. @CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY
With Steve Gabriel, author of “Silvopasture: Managing Pasture Animals, Forage Crops and Trees in a Temperate Farm Ecosystem”Silvopasture systems integrate trees, animals and forages in a whole system approach that offers a number of benefits to the farmer and the environment. Such a system not only offers the promise of ecological regeneration of the land, but also an economical livelihood and even the ability to farm extensively while battling a changing climate. Author and farmer Steve Gabriel will discuss how to integrate silvopasture principles into your homestead and farm and how we can use silvopasture to make agriculture more sustainable by incorporating climate smart solutions.
Fee: $7-$10/person, self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford.
Preregistration is required to reserve your place in this workshop. Register/pay online at:
Questions? Contact Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, at or (607) 272-2292 ext. 146
New York Forest Owners Association Fall Woodswalk
Saturday, October 6th, 2018. 9:30 – 12 noon. 158 Bailor Rd, Brooktondale. Join us for a ~ 1 mile woods walk through the 123-acre Hobnob Forest with owner and forester Tim Levatich. Started in 1975 by Tim’s father, Peter, recreation was an early and constant focus, along with growing prime saw timber and firewood. We’ll see the results of a shelterwood cut to establish young forest, the aftermath of forest tent caterpillar, and the successful regeneration of sugar maple. A network of forest roads has been important for all management and recreation activities. There are many things to see and topics to discuss surrounding 43 years of intensive management on this family forest. We will also look at challenges to regenerating the next forest. Please come and learn from our mistakes, so you can have a head start in your own woods. Sponsored by the Southern Finger Lakes Chapter of the NY Forest Owners Association. Free and open to the public. Children are welcome with supervision. Light refreshments will be served in the morning. Rain or shine so please dress for the weather and to walk in forest condition! For more information, please contact Tim at:, or Brett Chedzoy at Schuyler Cornell Cooperative Extension: (cell: 607-742-3657)
2018 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium
Friday, October 12th through Sunday, October 14th –Morrison Hall, 507 Tower Road, Cornell University, Ithaca (Tompkins County) - On Friday, Oct 12th the symposium starts off with hands on activities for new and experienced goat and sheep raisers starting at 2 pm. For more information on registration, parking on the Cornell campus, and lodging, visit (click on 2018 Sheep & Goat Symposium).
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
Game of Logging- Level 1
Nov 2 and 3rd held at Arnot Forest, in Van Etten. How to Register: or call 607-547-6023 and ask for Game of Logging. For more info
Nut Bonanza & Fall Plant Sale-
November 10 from 10am-5pm. Held at Twisted Tree Farm, 279 Washburn Road Spencer, NY. This family event is a celebration of the nut harvest. We'll be outdoors, roasting and cracking nuts all day, enjoying a bonfire, talking about trees and tasting things like acorns, american persimmons, chestnuts, hickory nuts, butternuts, hazelnuts and black walnuts. Suggested donation $5-$20 or bring a local food to share. Please visit for details or call 607.589.7937.
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 September 18, 2018