Farming Events in New York State – Summer 2015

Poultry Farming Class for Beginners June 25, 5:30pm-8pm. 64 Ferndale Loomis Rd #1, Liberty, NY  Michelle Lipari, CCESC agriculture and 4-H community educator will present this opportunity for anyone looking to learn more about the basics of poultry farming. Topics to be discussed include breed selection, egg hatching, raising chicks and adult birds, feed and nutrition, equipment, healthcare, and the regulations for selling eggs and meat. Space is limited and pre-registration is required in advance. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or emailing sullivan@cornell.edu. For more upcoming events held by CCESC, visit their website: http://sullivancce.org/events. NOFA-NY Field Day: Productive Urban Plots June 17, 5pm - 7:30pm. La Finca del Sur, E. 138th St. and Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY What's stopping you from having a successful farm in the city? Starting from the soil, and through deciding on a marketing strategy, there's help and advice for you at this field day and gathering in the Bronx. Need some solid information to improve the soil health and productivity in your urban farm or garden? Want to set up some sales from your productive plot? Make connections and walk away with ideas for your productive urban plot that you can put in place this summer and fall! To pre-register and pay, visit http://www.cvent.com/d/wrqx5l or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on 6/14/15. Celebrate National Dairy Month: Come Travel the Milky Way! June 21, 12pm-5pm. Delaware and Schoharie Counties. Celebrate National Dairy Month with the Catskills Family Creameries. The third annual Come Travel the Milky Way Tour is a self-guided, one-day tour of farmstead creameries in the Catskills region. The six collaborating farms located throughout Delaware and Schoharie Counties are opening their gates and creameries, inviting the public to meet the cows and goats that produce milk, and demonstrating how butter, yogurt, cheese, milk and kefir are made! For more information and locations of participating farms, visit www.catskillsfamilycreameries.com. Managing Pests in the New World of Alfalfa Traits June 23, 1pm-3pm. O. A. Borden Farm, 2841 Valley Falls Rd., Easton, NY A free field meeting about how alfalfa traits affect integrated pest management is being offered by Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Topics include: Potato Leafhopper Resistant, RoundUp Ready, Hybrid, Low-lignin, Branch-Rooted, Rhizomatous, and Sunken Crown alfalfa. Please RSVP online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/newworldalf_201 or to Tove Foss Ford, 518-765-3518, tff24@cornell.edu. Please direct questions to Aaron Gabriel, Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program, 518-380-1496, adg12@cornell.edu. 3rd Annual Small Grains Field Day July 2, 10am-2:30pm. Hudson Valley Farm Hub, U.S. Rt. 209, Kingston, NY  Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County for their 3rd annual Hudson Valley Small Grain Field Day. The day will include grain variety plot viewings of spring and winter wheat, barley and rye, along with selections of oats, emmer, rye, and spelt varieties. Cornell will offer multiple talks on small grains growing, and participants will enjoy a catered lunch and multiple networking opportunities. Learn about:
  • Small grain research collaboration and initiatives beginning at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub.
  • Cornell small grain variety criteria and selections for Hudson Valley growers with Cornell's Dr. Mark Sorrells.
  • Diseases and insect pests of small grains and integrated pest management practices with Cornell's Dr. Gary Bergstrom and Ken Wise of the Cornell NYS IPM Program.
  • Crop rotation considerations for small grains production with Cornell's Brian Caldwell, and Justin O'Dea of CCE Ulster County.
For more information and to register, visit CCE Ulster's website. June/July Workshops at Stone Barns Every Wednesday, 2pm-5pm. Stone Barns Center for Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY Registration for June/July beginning farmer workshops is OPEN! The Growing Farmers Initiative at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture holds educational workshops every Wednesday for beginning farmers. Workshops are free and open to the public. Visit here to see the complete list of events. To register, contact Laurie at laurief@stonebarnscenter.org.

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