Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Horticulture: South Central NY Region NOVEMBER 15th

Michael Burns michael at fingerlakespermaculture.org
Thu Nov 18 11:31:44 EST 2010

From:    "Catherine A Barnes" <cab377 at cornell.edu>

Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture in the
South Central New York Region


NOFA-NY Introduces New Farm Technical Assistance Help Line -The Northeast
Organic Farming Association (NOFA-NY) is excited to announce the launch of its
new Help- Line for technical assistance questions relating to organic farming.
Have a nagging issue or question about who, what, when, or how regarding
organic? Try the NOFA-NY Help Line to help reduce risks associated with
organic agriculture in your future. This free call is available now. Call toll
free, 1-855-2NOFANY, or 1-855-266-3269.  You may also ask questions via email
by contacting Robert Perry at robert at nofany.org<mailto:robert at nofany.org>

The Pesticide Management Education Program now has a distance learning center-
This site is the home to on-line pesticide applicator courses produced by
Cornell Cooperative Extension. Each one qualifies for New York DEC
recertification credits. http://pmepcourses.cce.cornell.edu/

Interested in doing something with your land? Whether you’re wondering about
small scale farming options or simply want to generate income to help offset
the taxes, Cornell’s Small Farms program produces the SMALL FARMS QUARTERLY
magazine full of articles on small scale agriculture and land use issues. 
Monthly updates will keep you in touch with a schedule of classes that are
open to the public.  To be added to the email list or receive a printed copy
contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County at 607-734-4453.

New USDA Grant Awards Mean $3million Investment in Northeast Beginning
Farmers. Erica Frenay at 607-255-9911 or
ejf5 at cornell.edu<mailto:ejf5 at cornell.edu>

Online Courses for Beginning Farmers. October 14 – November 24, 2010.  Join
experienced CCE and farmer instructors and 25 of your farmer peers in a
dynamic learning experience that incorporates both self-paced readings and
real-time virtual meetings with discussion forums, homework activities, guest
presenters, and developing a customized plan for your next steps in farming.
Courses being taught this fall include    BF 110: Soil Health Basics:
Investing in the Vitality of Your Farm;
BF 104: Financial Record-keeping: A Cornerstone of Farm Profitability;
BF 101: Taking Stock: Evaluating Your Land and Resources and Choosing an
Enterprise. All courses incorporate live webinars featuring farmers, agency
staff, and University faculty. The cost is $150 per course, except the Soil
Health course, which is $165.  To register, or for more information on course
format and requirements, please visit

Composting for Homeowners- November 18th at 6:00 p.m. The Cornell University
Cooperative Extension of Chemung County Master Gardeners are offering the
“Basics of Composting” on Thursday, in the Human Resources Building, 425
Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, Room 110.  Composting is more than just piling.
See the science in the system. This course is free and open to the public.
Early registration is requested by calling 734-4453.

2nd Annual Local Food & Fiber Fair -Cornell is hosting the 2nd annual Local
Food and Fiber Fair from 1-7 pm on Thursday, November 18 in the lobby of
Albert R. Mann Library. The fair's goal is to build connections and raise
awareness about the variety of activities on- and off-campus related to local
and regional agriculture and food systems, and their links to healthy and
resilient individuals, families and communities. All events are free and open
to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Piestrak at
jmp36 at cornell.edu<mailto:jmp36 at cornell.edu>.  Maps and directions for getting
to Mann Library are available online at

Cover Crop Workshop and Tour- November 19th 2010-9:15am to 3:30pm The
demonstration at the Big Flats Plant Materials Center will provide the
opportunity to observe 25 different cover crops or mixes, some with several
seeding dates. Observe the establishment of rye by drilling compared to
broadcasting with and without cultivation. * We will make every effort to
accommodate everyone. Please RSVP with the names and number attending and let
us know if you have any special needs by Nov. 12th by calling 607- 562-8404,
or by emailing shawnna.clark at ny.usda.gov<mailto:shawnna.clark at ny.usda.gov>.

Horse Riding, Liability, and Insurance Seminar -Friday, November 19, 2010 8:30
AM – 1:00 PM- Cornell Cooperative Extension Center-480 North Main Street,
Canandaigua, NY 14424. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County is
hosting a special seminar on Friday, November 19, all about liability and
insurance on your horse farm. Make sure your insurance policy and daily
procedures at the barn and riding arena are in proper order with Lisa Hoteling
of Harmony Hill Ranch, LLC and attorney Michael Perley of Hurwitz & Fine, PC.
Seminar fee: $25.00 per person; includes handouts, a full lunch, and
networking. REGISTER: Call Nancy Anderson at 585-394-3977 x427 or
nea8 at cornell.edu<mailto:nea8 at cornell.edu>

Wreath Making Class-S.A.G.E- Schuyler County Area Garden Enthusiast- Tuesday,
November 30th 7pm- 9pm Schuyler 4-H Youth Site Rowland Buildings. Located on
the corner of County Route 16 and Meads Hill Road Watkins Glen. Learn to make
an all natural wreath using materials from your own property. Please
pre-register by November 29th. Fee for the workshop is $5. If you would like
to take home a wreath it is $15 dollars. Dress for the weather. For
registration or questions please call Roger Ort 607-535-7161.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County Annual Meeting Thursday,
December 2, 7:30am at the Silver Spoon Café, Human Services Complex, Montour
Falls. Full breakfast buffet featuring local foods prepared bt CCESC Nutrition
staff, short business meeting with election of members to the Board of
Directors and keynote speaker Dr. Jennifer Wilkins Sr. Extension Associate,
Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences- Local Food For
Healthy People and Strong Communities.$10 per person reservations required by
November 30th. Please call 607-535-7161 or email schuyler @cornell.edu

Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca Hosts the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail- Saturday,
December 4, while Holiday revelers are visiting Seneca Lake Wineries for the
Deck the Halls event, they can stop at Dano’s for free cheese samplings
offered by members of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail. The cheese makers will
greet visitors with samples and Holiday gift ideas, from Noon until 4:00 PM. 
Dano’s combines the traditional Viennese Winery Restaurant concept with the
region’s awards winning wines and always carries a variety of the locally
produced cheeses. The Heuriger (pronounced Hoy-rig-er),located on Route 414
south of Lodi, sits amidst the Finger Lakes landscape of rolling hills,
vineyards, farmlands and offers a spectacular vista of Seneca Lake. Here is a
chance to meet the Finger Lakes cheese makers, all in one location, a unique
setting, and sample their wares. Contact Larry Wilcox at Artisan Foods cell #
585-739-3049 or email
ArtisanFoods at rochester.rr.com<mailto:ArtisanFoods at rochester.rr.com>

Artisan Cheese Making Class hosted by Endless Mountains RC&D Council, December
13-15th at the Tioga County Fairgrounds, Whitneyville, Tioga County, PA.  The
class is being taught by Peter Dixon, Dairy Foods Consulting and proprietor of
the Training Center for Farmstead Cheesemaking in VT. For more information on
Peter, please visit his website at
www.dairyfoodsconsulting.com<http://www.dairyfoodsconsulting.com>. The
registration fee for the class is $100 for residents of Bradford, Lycoming,
Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming Counties.  All other residents will
pay the full class fee of $350.  The registration fee covers the cost of
instruction, class materials and manual, breaks and lunch each day. 
Registration is due by Tuesday, December 7th.  Discounted fees for local
residents are being provided through a sponsorship from the County
Commissioners and Conservation Districts of Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan,
Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming Counties. If you have any questions about the
class or need additional information, please contact the office at
570-265-5288 ext 118 or email Stacy Koch, RC&D Coordinator, at
Stacy.Koch at pa.usda.gov<mailto:Stacy.Koch at pa.usda.gov>

Agribusiness Economic Outlook Conference- December 14 , 2010 David L. Call
Auditorium, Cornell University

The program will focus on the current situation and outlook for the national
economy as well as a fruit, vegetable and horticulture; and dairy and feed
grains sessions. Special general sessions on the world outlook and financial
situation are planned. The program is presented by the Dyson School of Applied
Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at
Cornell University.  Visit
http://aem.cornell.edu/outreach/ag_outlook_conference.php for registration and
program information.

Starting a Vegetable Farm Online Course Debuts in January -the Cornell Small
Farms Program is adding yet another online course to its repertoire: Starting
a Small-Scale Vegetable Farm. If you’re in the planning stages of a
diversified vegetable enterprise, this course will help you with site
selection, enterprise budgets, cultivation, equipment, cover crops, and more.
The course runs Jan. 5 – Feb. 23, and incorporates optional face-to-face
meetings at the Northeast Organic Farming Association conference on Jan 22-23
in Saratoga Springs, NY. Beginning farmer scholarships for the conference are
available until Dec. 6 for those interested in attending, but you must
register separately for the conference. Erica Frenay at 607-255-9911or
ejf5 at cornell.edu<mailto:ejf5 at cornell.edu>.


Habitat Incentive Program
(WHIP)<http://www.ny.nrcs.usda.gov/news/forestry_initiative.html> and will
focus on creating and enhancing Shrubland Habitat for at-risk bird and other
species. Eligible conservation practices include early successional habitat
development and management, tree and shrub establishment, and forest trails
and landings. Applications Accepted through January 14.  More information is
available on the New York NRCS website at

Monitoring for Water Resource Impacts: Risks and Science – Marcellus Shale
Webinar – November 17, 1:30-3pm What are the water resource risks associated
with Marcellus shale gas development? How can these risks be planned for,
prevented, detected, and mitigated? Join us and presenter Brian Rahm, Post
Doctoral Associate, New York State Water Resources Institute, Department of
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences for this webinar. The webinar will lay out a
framework for identifying and conceptualizing water resource risks along with
common approaches for managing impacts. Also to be discussed is the role of
monitoring systems in detecting and preventing water resource impacts, and
what such systems can and cannot accomplish. For further information contact
Kelly Cronin, kec42 at cornell.edu.

Know Your Trees-  4-part Series - Primitive Pursuits-Saturdays, Nov. 20 & Dec.
11-Join Akiva Silver, tree lore raconteur extraordinaire of Primitive
Pursuits, and kindle your own passion and appreciation for the world of trees.
If you want to go beyond simple identification to learn their edible,
medicinal and utilitarian uses then this is the walk for you. Adults and
children with supervision. Free! Donations welcomed.  Pre-registration is
recommended (due to weather) 607-272-2292. Sponsored by the CCE-TC Primitive
Pursuits Program. note: location change.  Now at ecovillage. Directions: From
Rt. 79 West, turn on to Rachel Carson Way.  Follow the driveway all the way to
the back and stay to the right. We will meet in the parking lot near the Song
common house. It will be appreciated if you don't speed when driving down
Rachel Carson Way.

Gas Leasing Considerations for Landowners -Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at the
Addison HS Auditorium (Colwell St, Addison) -  6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Topics
include “Overview of the Marcellus Shale,” Jim Grace, CCE-Steuben County
and “Tips for Protecting Your Interests” Brett Chedzoy, CCE-Schuyler
County.  Many current gas leases will expire over the next few years.  The
information presented will provide landowners with a better understanding of
the Marcellus Shale, and steps that landowners can take to protect their
interests during natural gas development activities. For more information
contact CCE-Steuben County at 607-664-2300 or CCE-Schuyler County at

Cathy Barnes
Administrative Assistant
The Land Use Team
323 Owego St, Unit 5
Montour Falls, NY 14865


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County provides equal program and
employment opportunities.  Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be
requested by calling CCE of Schuyler County at 607-535-7161 no later than one
week before the beginning of any event to make arrangements.  Requests
received after this date will be met when possible.


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