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new york organic dairy discussion series

A series of free discussion meetings for dairy farmers — lunch included! — will take place from 11 AM to 2 PM between March 19 and April 1 at the New York farm sites listed below. These meetings are great for beginners and an excellent place for farmers who are considering organic production to ask questions.

Photos of dairy cows grazing green pasture with barn in background

Photo by Kate Whittemore for the Cornell Small Farms program blog.

Titled “Lunch with Jerry,” these discussions will honor the late Jerry Brunetti. Fay Benson, organic dairy extension educator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, will show video trainings produced by Jerry Brunetti for the NY Organic Dairy Initiative.

To register for a lunch discussion at any of the sites below, please contact Ellen Fagan at etf22@cornell.edu or 607-753-5078, or visit http://scnydfc.cce.cornell.edu. Lunch will be provided.

March 19, 2015:
Alfred State College Farm
1315 New York 244, Alfred, NY 14803
Host: Virginia Chamberlain, Alfred State Farm Manager

March 20th, 2015:
Dave Hardy Farm Shop
718 Aney Hill Rd, Mohawk, NY 13407
Host: Dave Hardy

March 26, 2015:
Hooper Farm
7197 River Road, Memphis, NY 13112
Hosts: Mike and Karen Hooper

March 31, 2015:
Hammond Village Hall
24 S. Main St. Hammond, NY 13646
Host: Farmer Liz Bawden

April 1, 2015:
Malone Courthouse
355 West Main Street #456 Malone, NY 12953
Hosts: Farmers Fred and Gwen Tuttle


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see two “our land” films in berkeley, ca – march 17th and 18th at 7 PM

Poster advertising two films showing in Berkeley, CA at 7 PM on March 17th and 18thWhat does the land want? How can our human systems for legacy planning, farm transition and land-linking best serve the interests of the land? Please join the Agrarian Trust and Our Land at two film screenings that explore issues of land access, care and transition. Each film will be followed by a Q&A or roundtable discussion.

What: Film screenings of Brookford Alamanac and Hannah Ranch

When: Tuesday, March 17th at 7 PM (Brookford Almanac) and Wednesday, March 18th at 7 PM (Hannah Ranch)

Where: The David Brower Center at 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

How much: $10 Advance/$12 Door/$5 Students + Teachers


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twenty best college farms

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From small student-run organic farms, to large agribusiness training centers and entrepreneurial programs, farming plays a central role in many American higher ed institutions. To highlight this unique offering, Best College Reviews surveyed over 50 schools to come up with a list of the best university farms in America.

Using this Ranking Criteria:

  • Farm Size
  • Integration with the Main Campus
  • Sustainability
  • Are courses taught at the farm?
  • Do students use the farm?
  • Integration with the community

A list of twenty colleges was compiled with beautiful photos. See the full story here.


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experimenting in decentralized urbanism

Piscataquis Villiage Project:

Our project was founded to establish the first compact, car free village in the United States. We will acquire a site of approximately 500 acres on which 125 acres will be developed. Regulatory approval for the project will be attained and necessary infrastructure installed in phases as needed. Though our project will not construct buildings, we will draft the street plan and simple design code, based on the best of traditional practices, that will guide the build-out of the site. Attached, durable and fire resistant buildings, no taller than a walkable height, will front on narrow streets, with continuous arcaded sidewalks offering shelter for the elderly and mobility challenged. Buildings will be arranged to create plazas, serving as markets and democratic meeting places for all classes of people, and will surround interior courtyards for more private space. All destinations will be within convenient walking distance, with vehicles garaged at the village perimeter. 375 acres of garden space, sufficiently sized for each household to raise a significant amount of food, will encompass the developed zone.

With an above average household density, this small-footprint project stands to offer steady employment in the building trades for generations, free of attendant development sprawl, and preserving the rural character of the Piscataquis River watershed. This unique mix of rural/micropolis offers the best of both worlds, inspiring to all ages, especially attractive to the self-employed, retired and mobility impaired, and is our best hope to counter the demographic winter that grips the rural counties of Maine. We are committed to the creation of a new paradigm in American urban planning. One that emphasizes humanity and human interactions to create a healthy, people-centered community. To learn more, click HERE!


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northern new york agricultural development program posts economic impact report

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The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted the economic impact report for its 2014 projects.  The program serves Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties with farmer-selected agricultural research and technical assistance projects.

Twenty-nine NNYADP–funded projects in 2014 included research focused on dairy and field crops production, crop and livestock pest and disease management, agricultural environmental management, beef production and marketing, and fruit and vegetable production.

Read the full Press Release here.


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farmlink mixer march 7th in dover-foxcroft, maine

Are you thinking about whether there are farmers out there that could use some of your available farmland? Or are you curious about what it might be like to farm in Piscataquis County (where the farmland is spectacular and the people are nice)? Then our Maine FarmLink Speed-Linking event is for you! Shake off that cabin fever and come on down for some good, old-fashioned farmer meetin’ and greetin’!

When:    Saturday, March 7th at 3:30p.m. (Snow Date: March 14th at 3:30pm)

Registration will start at 3:15 p.m.

Where:   Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, 824 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME

What:     A chance for farmland seekers and owners to interact in a fun, facilitated way

Why:      Because we want help to connect YOU!

Get more info and register HERE!

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