Covering events in Chemung, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins & Schuyler Counties

Covering events in Chemung, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins & Schuyler Counties

Ag News

Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture

Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST. Cost is FREE. All are invited to participate. 2018 Webinars Series To Register Visit:
Intro to Permaculture
June 26th S Held at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls, with Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres .Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.. Join Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres ( for an evening introduction to the basic concepts of permaculture. We’ll look at living examples of plant guilds, polycultures, and explore the ethics and design principles behind the diversity of permaculture. Class fee is $20. For more info visit:
Pesticides and Fertilizers--What you need to know
July 5, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Bugs and disease are a constant issue for gardeners and homeowners. But when you reach for a pesticide, do you know how to properly apply it? Join us for this informative workshop on applying pesticides and fertilizers. You will be a better, safer applicator after this class! Fee $5 per person.
Spotted Wing Drosophila Update and Discussion for Fruit Producers
Tuesday July 10th 2018, 9:30 to 11am Waverly Village Hall, Meeting Room (32 Ithaca St, Waverly, NY 14892). Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung and Tioga County would like to cordially invite regional fruit producers to this meeting on the Spotted Wing Drosophila. Dr. Julie Carroll, Fruit IPM Coordinator with the New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, and Dr. Dara Stockton, Postdoctoral Research Associate with Dr. Greg Loeb, Dept. of Entomology, will be joining us to give an update on this pest and to participate in the discussion on what folks are currently doing to combat it. Cost to attend is free of charge, but pre-registration is requested in order to ensure enough space, handouts, and refreshments. For questions and to register, please contact Shona Ort of CCE Chemung at 607-734-4453 ext 227 or

Summer Pasture Walks Series
At the John Burns Farm; 8475 Morgan Creek Road; Lindley, NY (SE Steuben Co). Walks begin promptly at 6:30 pm, so please by 6:15 to check-in and enjoy some light refreshments. Cost is $20/person/walk, or $30 per farm. Series discount is $45/person or $70/farm. Cash or check only please.Each walk's theme is as follows:
2nd walk...July 12th...Grassfed beef production from calf to carcass and evaluating finished animals
3rd walk... August 9th...Grazing beef and sheep together in a mixed “flerd” to optimize pasture productivity and animal performance. John has been profitably grazing ruminant animals for 28 years, and mob grazing for 12 years to optimize the health of the land, livestock and his family’s livelihood. No pre-registration is required, but questions can be directed to John at: 607-368-8908.

Garlic Growing
July 14th- For all garlic growers hobby to advanced. Registration (OFA Cafe) 8:30am, class starts in the OFA Cafe and finishes at Muddy Fingers Farm. Learn about new research, disease, insects and visit a working farm. Register at the Please contact Roger Ort 607-535-7161 or email if you have any questions.
The 2018 New York State Maple Tour
July 15-17. It will be hosted by the Upper Hudson Area Maple Producers Association and centered at the Saratoga Springs Holiday Inn. Tour registration will begin starting at 3PM on Sunday afternoon July 15, the trade show displays will be ready for opening at 3:30 PM followed with a reception in the evening. On Monday at 6PM there will be a reception in the trade show area followed by the Annual Maple Tour Banquet. Please visit the following link for more info.
Fall Gardening in the Finger Lakes
July 18, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. It may be hot and sunny in the midst of the July, but the time is now to start planting your fall garden to extend your harvest until Thanksgiving. Come learn the timing and techniques for planting fall and winter crops. This class will be hands-on in the garden weather permitting so come dressed appropriately. Instructor Jennie Cramer is our Horticulture Program Manager and coordinates our Master Gardener Volunteer Program. She is a former conservation biologist with a passion for organic gardening, regenerative agriculture, natural history and botanical education.Pre-registration is required. Go to the registration page to register and pay online, or call CCE-Tompkins at 272-2292. Pre-registration is required to hold your place in the class, and also in the event that a class is postponed or cancelled and we need to contact participants.REGISTER & PAY ONLINE HERE Fee $7-$10/person self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford
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An Urban Oasis - Edible Garden Tour #1.
July 25, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMAn urban oasis in the midst of the City, this garden on a double lot integrates edibles and ornamentals, herbs and fruits, and stonework built over the years by a multigenerational family working together.This site has very challenging parking so we will meet at CCE and carpool to the site, which is about 7 minutes away by driving. We are limiting registration to just 15 people sue to the difficult parking so register early so you don't miss out!Pre-registration is required. Go to the registration page to register and pay online, or call CCE-Tompkins at 272-2292. Pre-registration is required to hold your place in the class, and also in the event that a class is postponed or cancelled and we need to contact participants.Register & Pay Online here.
Fee$7-$10/person self-determined sliding scale; pay what you can afford
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Farm City Day.
August 18, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PMFREE family event where we bring the farm to the city! Come enjoy popcorn, meet local farmers and their animals from the farm!Hosted by the Chemung County Ag Promotion Committee.FeeFree and open to the public!
Sundaes on the Farm
August 26, 2018, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Free family event! You get to enjoy a day on the dairy farm, Hay rides, farm tour, meet the farm animals, fishing and free ice cream sundaes.Hosted by Chemung County Ag Promotion Committee.Fee-Free and open to the public!Location Busholm Farm 23 May Road Elmira , NY 14901.

Abundant Propagation
Anytime- Online-Abundant propagation is a hands on, online course. Participants will receive packages of seeds, cuttings, scionwood, and rootstocks. Detailed information through email and video follows each package of plant material. Propagator and owner of Twisted Tree Farm, Akiva Silver is leading this course and is available to answer any questions throughout the growing process. The list of seeds includes, but is not limited to mulberry, juneberry, siberian pea shrub, aronia, persimmon, pawpaw, hybrid chestnut, hybrid hazelnut, black locust, honey locust, several species of apple, and pear. Cuttings and scionwood include elderberry, currant, willow (many varieties), and apple. Costs vary from $300- $600 depending on how much plant material you'd like to receive. It is expected that each participant will end up with several hundred plants through Abundant Propagation. For more details and to register, visit Contact Akiva at or (607)589-7937 with any questions.

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NOFA Summer Conference 2018-

Respirator Fit Testing- By the DEC Region 8, Finger Lakes- For Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates. Held at CCE Ontario County, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY. To make appointments please call 607-547-6023. For more information please visit:

United States Farming Practices Survey- Throughout the United States, farmers are using innovative approaches to sustainably produce crops and improve soil health. However, farmers are also faced with numerous challenges, and they are often not included in decision-making that affects the way they farm.
Cornell University, University of California—Berkeley, and The Nature Conservancy are conducting a nationwide survey for all fruit, vegetable, grain, and field crop producers to identify the biggest challenges that farmers face, as well as the best solutions. Key findings from the survey will be published and communicated to grower organizations and other farmer advocates so that recommendations, actions, and outcomes reflect what growers identify as being most helpful for their operation.
All responses will remain anonymous. If you choose to enter your e-mail address at the end of the survey, you will receive a summary report of the findings and you will be eligible for a chance to win $500. The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete.You can fill out the survey right now by clicking on this link:United States Farming Practices Survey Please also feel free to send to other growers and farmers for any crop!

Composting Educational Materials
  • Don’t forget about the Compost Use for Improved Soil Poster SeriesPlease contact CWMI if you’d like full size posters printed for your use.
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Agricultural Applications
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil General Highway Use
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil General Use
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Reclamation and Remediation
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Roadsides, Street Trees and Medians
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Slope Stabilization, Erosion Control and Stormwater Management
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil: Make it Use it Urban Applications
    • School Composting – Let’s Get Growing A downloadable 16 page guide for student leaders and teachers. As educators, we have an important task ahead. The next generation of decision-makers is being educated in your classroom. How can you help? By starting this generation off with information and habits that emphasize reducing the amount of waste we produce, reusing, recycling and composting whatever we can, and incinerating, landfilling, and finding other technologies to dispose of the rest. This document provides you with: (1) Ideas for incorporating composting into the curriculum. (2) Steps to take to start a school composting/diversion program. (3) Descriptions of successful school composting programs. CWMI has printed copies of this fact sheet. Please contact us if you’d like some mailed to you.

Tax Tips for the Forest Landowner sfor the 2017 Tax Year

Master Bee Keeper Program

Cornell Small Farm Program- Check here for workshops and events all around New York State-

Log-Grown Shiitake: Economics and Management for a Profitable Crop
Multiple dates and locations through out January and Feb- Please click this link to see dates and places. .. Learn more about cultivation at: Those who attend one of the workshops or the online livestream are eligible to participate in an advanced training group and receive one-on-one support for the 2018 growing season. Details of this opportunity will be provided at the workshop. Also, a LIVE WEBINAR TRAINING: Friday, March 2nd online (access anywhere with a high-speed connection)See a Map of the locations: Workshops run from 9am to 4pm, with a catered lunch included. To Register: visit Cost: $30/person includes lunch and handouts. (online livestream 3/2 is $20 (no person turned away for lack of funds- contact for info.)Funding for this project is provided by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and administered through the New York Farm Viability Institute.Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Extension Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program

The Tax Tips For Forest Landowners
Well managed forests produce timber and other forest products, provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, aquifer and watershed protection, and other amenities. Non-industrial private woodlands comprise approximately 60% of the nation’s total forests. Providing tailored tax information is one way in which the Forest Service is working to increase forest productivity on non-industrial forest lands. For the latest tax information and tips regarding private woodlands, visit:

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Last updated June 25, 2018