CCE Tompkins Agriculture staff have been researching farming practices that have a positive environmental benefit. We know farmers are taking steps to save energy, improve soil health, reduce nutrient runoff impacting the lake, plant cover crops, and adopt other practices that mitigate climate change.
Through funding from the Park Foundation, we undertook a process of documenting what is happening on our farms. We surveyed farmers about practices and wrote case studies/success stories to share with all farmers. As a result, CCETC can be more proactive in helping farmers secure funding to make positive changes and ultimately increase the numbers of farmers taking action to reduce environmental impacts and mitigate climate change.
Resources for Farmers:
Ag Resources in Tompkins County. This document contains links to resources for farmers to learn more about sustainable agricultural practices.
Ag Funding Resources in Tompkins County. This document contains links to funding resources for farmers who need financial help to institute sustainable farming practices.
We visited with 8 Tompkins County Farms in 2020, ranging in size from 3 acres to over 5,000 acres, to understand the kinds of sustainable practices our farmers employ.
Buck Farm - Hay and Grain Crops
Carey Farm - Dairy
Grace Wyly Farm - Beef
Hemlock Grove Farm - Apples
Remembrance Farm - Mixed Vegetables & Livestock
Shelterbelt Farm - Mixed Vegetables & Livestock, Specialty Crops
Stick & Stone Farm - Mixed Vegetables
Walnut Ridge Farm - Dairy
Last updated January 17, 2021