the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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negotiation training

May 3 Negotiation Training Workshop
Agrarian Trust has an upcoming negotiation training workshop in the Hudson Valley. The workshop will be held at the beautiful Carey Conference Center, located on an historic 100-acre estate overlooking Lake Myosotis in Rensselaerville, New York. Experts from NYS Agricultural Mediation Program and the New York State Dispute Resolution Association will provide the negotiation and business communication training.

This workshop is for farmland-seekers and professionals that provide technical assistance around land and capital access and transition. More information is also on the Agrarian Trust (website more schedule and program details coming soon):

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596 acres

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This map shows sites of potential community projects. We have taken several different sources of information about vacant publicly owned land, chosen the most accurate information from each and shared them here. This is our commons. We also add few private lots whose owners have volunteered their land for community use.

Tools for Land Access Advocacy +Local Community Land Access Campaign Support in NYC
Tools for Community Land Access Advocates

We’re creating a practice of building online tools neighbors can use to clear hurdles to community land access. The tools turn city data into information about particular pieces of land and connect people to one another through simple social networking functions. Continue reading

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chaseholm farm grand opening

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There will be a cow salon/photo booth, cow milking lessons, farm tours at 2:30 and 3:30, live music, some foods, a raffle for farm store treats, calf cuddling, and acquaintance making of neighbors and friends.  We will also be kicking off farm store season with a special 20% discount card we are calling Milk Money but it works for all of our goodies in the store, not just the milk.  Read more about that below the flyer :)   We hope to see you there, with your kids and your friends and maybe your parents too. Join us!  



To celebrate we are launching “MILK MONEY” – a farm store card that enables you to support Chaseholm Farm in exchange for a 20% discount on store goods. Purchase of a $200 MILK MONEY card entitles you to $250 worth of core farm products. Purchasing a card will help us buy seeds and equipment this spring and offers you great farm store value. Products that can be purchased using the card are:
Raw Milk fresh from our grass based herd of Jersey’s and Holsteins.  We are especially excited to be offering this promotion as spring brings us fresh grass and the cows embark on another season of grazing, providing nutrient rich milk to us all.
Farmstead Cheeses from our very own Chaseholm Farm Creamery. Chaseholm Camembert, Moonlight, StellaVallis, Alphage, Queso Blancos and Farmers Cheeses.  My brother Rory makes all the cheeses with his team and our milk. Continue reading

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a note from GMO free new york


Greetings to all Endorsers of the NY GE Food Labeling Campaign!

If you’re here in NY with me, I hope you’re all surviving the Arctic tundra we’ve seemingly turned into. More snow predicted for NYC Wed night! :-(
[I apologize for not emailing each of you individually -- there simply aren't enough hours in the day and this message is too urgent. I also apologize in advance if you're already been asked to take this action by someone else in the NY GE Food Labeling Campaign or if you wind up with another email from me because you're in my MailChimp database.]
The time has come for me to cash in my goodwill chips. We need EVERYONE to send out an action alert ASAP for New Yorkers to contact their district legislators (we don’t want calls/emails coming from non-constituents and out-of-staters). Bill A.3525 (Rosenthal)/S.3835 (LaValle) is likely coming up for its first committee vote in the Assembly at the end of this month. Not coincidentally, yesterday the New York Farm Bureau launched its attack on the bill with its own action alert targeting the 30,000+ farmers in its membership. (You can read the misinformation-filled letter here: Continue reading

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collaboration for mutual aid

Hudson Valley greenhorns, take note.


Collaboration for Mutual Aid: Feb. 25th 6-9:30 PM.
New small farms are proliferating here in the Valley.  In the coming years, we may face some direct-marketing challenges, but also more potential to work together for mutual benefit. What do we need to capture more value?  How can we  tap the opportunities arising?  What do we want for our farms?

On Tues, Feb. 255h, 6-9:30pm, farmers from Columbia and Dutchess counties will come together to generate and troubleshoot ideas for collaboration.  Continue reading

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featured resource: CADE

CADE, the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship is a non-profit organization established in 1991 with a mission to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises and related businesses in New York. CADE connects producers of farm products to markets by providing professional, individualized and confidential business and marketing consulting to agricultural entrepreneurs. CADE works to build a vibrant local food system, in which locally owned agricultural businesses thrive and consumers are nourished by healthy sustainably produced food. With a knowledgeable staff supplemented by consultants experienced in production, business development, marketing and distribution, CADE is a catalyst for strengthening multiple sectors of regional food systems.
Check out their programs HERE Many will appeal to young farmers!


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poultry panel for NNY farmers

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Northern New York — To help Northern New York farmers who are increasing their poultry, primarily chicken, production, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of St. Lawrence County is offering a Poultry Marketing, Do We Need to Work Together? panel discussion Friday, January 31 at 7pm. The discussion by a live panel at the CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm in Canton, NY, will be broadcast that night to CCE-hosted sites in Malone and Watertown and by pre-registration only in Westport.
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the oldest stone barn in america — shaker-made!

Stabilization work under way on the 1859 North Family Great Stone Barn on Friday Aug. 23, 2013 in New Lebanon, N.Y. (Michael P. Farrell/Times Union) Photo: Michael P. Farrell / 00023617A

A lift for nation’s oldest stone barn
Great Stone Barn in Columbia County tells story of Shaker farms
By Bob Gardinier

The Shakers believed work, especially that done by human hands, was a form of high prayer. The 1859 Great Stone Barn in this Columbia County town is a good example.

A rough, 50-foot-wide, one-story edifice of fieldstone abuts Darrow Road at the east end of the historic structure on the Mount Lebanon Shaker Society property.

Shaker workers, led by the barn’s designer, North Family Elder Frederick Evans (1803-1893), built the barn on a steep hillside. A 250-foot walk down the hill to the western end reveals a structure that towers five stories above the barnyard. Some of the stones used in the construction are so large they would be difficult even today to transport and put in place. Continue reading

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succession planning @ farming our future conference


Succession Planning the Topic of February Conference

Craryville, New York, December 5, 2013 – “Succession” refers to farmers handing the reins to the next generation, or to the next farmers, and stories about succession from the Hudson Valley and the Tri-State region will be highlighted in the keynote speech by Don R. Rogers at the third annual Farming Our Future conference on Saturday, February 22nd in Columbia County, New York. Rogers, an expert in the field of helping farmers move their operations into the future, began his career with Cornell Cooperative Extension before joining Farm Credit East, the number one financial services cooperative for the Northeast agricultural industry. He’s worked with more than 2,000 farm operators and owners on everything from family farms, to labor management, to funding. Continue reading

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send your hudson valley peeps to the nyfc benefit!

Our cocktail party to benefit NYFC’s work in 2014 is fast approaching! Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 8th (one week from today) at the Red Devon Restaurant in Bangall at5pm for delicious food and drink, beautiful art and good conversation. sawkill-farm-watching-over-the-pics-small

We’re teaming up with the Hudson Valley Seed Library for an exhibit of their spectacular Art of the Heirloomcollection and Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury will be joining us to talk about the future of farming in the Valley.

All proceeds will support our work in 2014, including: working with land trusts to make farmland affordable, working with the USDA to reform programs to better target young, organic and diversified growers, and helping young farmers launch new NYFC chapters across the country.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time here or please rsvp to if you plan to buy your ticket at the door. Farmer tickets are only $25!

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rev billy at joe’s pub

Reverend Billy

Reverend Billy is kicking off the campaign to stand up to Chase bank’s threat to have him thrown in jail for a year, all because he and his choir spoke for the now extinct GOLDEN TOADS at one of Chase’s branches in NYC. should be a raucous affair. Tix $15.
Visit the Event Site

Check out the FACEBOOK EVENT  and SIGN THE PETITION Continue reading

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scaling up


Starting this January, Scaling Up will bring together a group of 6-18 farmers with about 4 -7 years of experience who are seeking to grow their operations and plan for long-term viability.  Participants convene for a series of two-day sessions hosted at the Copake Agricultural Center in Copake, NY, in which they will refine business and production plans and learn from fellow farmers and educators. Continue reading

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cow comfort course

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Cow comfort and equipment maintenance and how they impact milk quality will be in focus for the second session of the Northern New York Dairy Institute winter 2013-14 course. Hygiene and teat end scoring and heat stress abatement strategies also part of the session organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Northern New York and Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS).  Speakers include Dr. Rick Watters of QMPS and Curt Gooch, a dairy facilities engineer with the Cornell PRO-Dairy Program.

The cost is $35 by pre-registration or $50 at the door for the 10am-3pm class of interest to dairies of all types interested in improving opportunities for quality milk production premium income. FSA borrower credits are available.

The class will be offered in:
Jefferson/Lewis counties: December 11, 2013 at the Farm Credit East office in Burrville;

St. Lawrence County: December 12, 2013 at the CCE Extension Learning Farm in Canton; and

Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties: December 13, 2013 at Mo’s Pub and Grill in Malone.

The pre-registration deadline is two weeks prior to the class session. To register, contact Ron Kuck, CCE Jefferson County, 315-788-8450; Terri Taraska, CCE Lewis County, 315-376-5270; or for Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties: NNY Regional Dairy Specialist Kimberley Morrill, 518-564-0498

The Northern New York Dairy Institute provides milk producers with access to the expertise of Cornell University faculty, regional and state veterinarians, Quality Milk Production Services lab specialists, agricultural facility engineers, and others. FSA borrower credits are pending.

Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities. Learn more about the dairy industry in Northern New York at


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