From Grazing to Goat Marketing: Grant Program Generates New Resources for Farmers
The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce a variety of excellent new resources generated from project recipients of the 2012 “Small Farm Grants Program.” This program offers up to $5000 per year to organizations in New York that present compelling projects to serve and support small farms. This year, four projects were funded. An additional project to support a small dairy field day series during Summer, 2012 was also funded. Detailed reports reflecting on project successes and lessons learned, as well as additional educational materials for any of the initiatives below, are available at http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/projects/grants/
New ‘How-To’ Grazing Video Series
This new series of 12 “How-to-Graze” Videos was produced by Ken Smith and staff at Chenango County Cooperative Extension. If you’re a livestock farmer or educator looking to improve your understanding of grazing ‘best management’ practices, the series covers everything from setting up electric fence, water systems and laneways, to how to address weeds or periods of drought. The videos can all be found on the Cornell Small Farms Program You Tube Channel. Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/cornellsmallfarms and scroll down to “Featured Playlists”. Thanks to CCE Chenango, Chenango County Grazing Farmers, Conservation Grazing Lands Initiative Educator Karen Hoffman, NRCS Educators Robert Declue and Lauren Johnson, among others for their collaboration on this series!
Farmer Experiences and Models for Building Successful Farmer-Distributor Relationships
Selling wholesale to the right distributor can save on the costs of direct marketing and move a larger quantity of product in an efficient manner. But is selling to a distributor right for your farm? Monica Roth of CCE Tompkins County and Becca Jablonski a PhD. Candidate in City & Regional Planning led this two-part research study. Phase I of the project consisted of interviews with NYS distributors to gage their interest in and requirements for selling to smaller producers. Part II of the project sought the farmer perspective. This second phase consisted of surveying small – mid-sized farmers to assess their experiences selling to distributors. The study indicates that there is increasing demand from local food retailers, restaurants and distributors for local foods and as a result, farmers are selling more produce to these buyers. For the medium sized farmers in the study, wholesale sales are now approaching half of their sales volume. Read interviews with distributors (Phase I) in 2012 issues of Small Farm Quarterly Magazine at http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/quarterly/ Learn more about the farmer surveys and findings (Phase II) at http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/projects/grants/ For more information, please contact Monika Roth, firstname.lastname@example.org or 607.272.2292 Read more »