Agroforestry Training for Military Veterans

agroforestry training for military veterans
The Cornell Small Farms program is excited to offer three two-day Agroforestry Training for Military Veterans workshops in the winter and spring of 2017.
Agroforestry includes farming practices that combine trees and forests with crop production. Three trainings will convene to focus on three of the most viable tree-crop enterprises including maple syrup, log-grown shiitake mushrooms, and silvopasture (combining livestock with trees).
Each training includes classroom instruction and site visits to farms in active production. Content will cover the technical aspects of production as well as the financial and business considerations for each venture.
The agroforestry training for military veterans will occur at the following dates & locations:
February 17 & 18, 2017
Maple Syrup Production
Uihlein Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Station
157 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid, NY 12946
 
March 31 & April 1, 2017
Log-Grown Shiitake Mushroom Production
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chenango County
99 N Broad St, Norwich, NY 13815
May 12 & 13, 2017
Managing Trees and Animals in Silvopasture Systems
Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County
323 Owego St # 5, Montour Falls, NY 14865
These trainings are exclusively for veterans and active military personnel who are residents of New York State with an interest in selling commercial farm products (filing a Schedule F) in 2017 or 2018. Participants will be asked to complete a targeted survey at the end of the course as well as 6 months and 18 months from completion, to determine the effect on their operation.
Cost: $30 per training includes lunch and all materials.
Participants are able to submit up to $100 in travel expenses for reimbursement.
Cornell Small Farms Program gratefully acknowledges funding support provided by the NYS Senate and Assembly Agriculture Committees, Chaired by Senator Patricia Ritchie and Assemblyman William Magee, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Additional support was provided through the USDA NIFA BFRDP Grant 2015-70017-22882.

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