From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

The Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) is now accepting registrations for its acclaimed 5-workshop “From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership” series.  This series is designed especially for staff, volunteers and Board members in Tompkins County organizations committed to the inter-related work of building inclusive, just and ecologically sound – that is, sustainable — communities. Open to participants from all levels of their organization. We encourage organizations to send multiple participants to increase impact and bolster organizational change.

While a series requires a significant time commitment, participants will use in-class time to work with others (within and across organizations) to:

  • Identify new approaches to cultivating diverse relationships and leadership
  • Develop concrete action plans to meet personal and organizational goals
  • Try out ideas out between sessions, and return to share successes, problem-solve solutions, gain new perspectives and refine plans
  • Build a support network for change – within and beyond your organization
  • Evaluate success.

By the end of the series, participants will have a concrete work plan that integrates cultivating diversity into the work they are already doing.

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

The Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) is now accepting registrations for its acclaimed 5-workshop “From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership” series.  This series is designed especially for staff, volunteers and Board members in Tompkins County organizations committed to the inter-related work of building inclusive, just and ecologically sound – that is, sustainable — communities. Open to participants from all levels of their organization. We encourage organizations to send multiple participants to increase impact and bolster organizational change.

While a series requires a significant time commitment, participants will use in-class time to work with others (within and across organizations) to:

  • Identify new approaches to cultivating diverse relationships and leadership
  • Develop concrete action plans to meet personal and organizational goals
  • Try out ideas out between sessions, and return to share successes, problem-solve solutions, gain new perspectives and refine plans
  • Build a support network for change – within and beyond your organization
  • Evaluate success.

By the end of the series, participants will have a concrete work plan that integrates cultivating diversity into the work they are already doing.

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

The Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) is now accepting registrations for its acclaimed 5-workshop “From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership” series.  This series is designed especially for staff, volunteers and Board members in Tompkins County organizations committed to the inter-related work of building inclusive, just and ecologically sound – that is, sustainable — communities. Open to participants from all levels of their organization. We encourage organizations to send multiple participants to increase impact and bolster organizational change.

While a series requires a significant time commitment, participants will use in-class time to work with others (within and across organizations) to:

  • Identify new approaches to cultivating diverse relationships and leadership
  • Develop concrete action plans to meet personal and organizational goals
  • Try out ideas out between sessions, and return to share successes, problem-solve solutions, gain new perspectives and refine plans
  • Build a support network for change – within and beyond your organization
  • Evaluate success.

By the end of the series, participants will have a concrete work plan that integrates cultivating diversity into the work they are already doing.

Fig Growing 101

Fig Growing 101

Ronald Wagner from CNY Figgery will be at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls (Silverspoon/OFA Café) to discuss the niche crop potential, growing and care of over 150 varieties of figs.

Workshop fee is $10 and pre-registration is required.

Please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension’s, Roger Ort (email) or call 607-535-7161.

Annie’s Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

The course will not be held on March 15 or March 22.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participant’s questions, and hands on training.

Annie’s Project is designed for farm women who have been in farming or part of farming for three to five years, and want to develop their understanding, interpretation, and opportunities in sustainable agriculture. The series is still applicable for those looking to get into farming, or with only a few years experience. Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations.

Annie’s Project provides education in production, price or market, financial, institutional and legal, and human and personal risk. At the end of six weeks, participants will —

· Understand personality types to communicate better with business partners

· Determine coverage levels for health, life, disability, and long-term care insurance

· Put family living expenses together with other costs of doing business on the farm

· Interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow projections to make business decisions

· Review labor laws, requirements, and their implications.

· Understand how assets are titled and learn about estate planning tools

· Consider available Marketing Opportunities

· Review Farm Service Agency deadlines and implications

· Review Natural Resource Conservation Service deadlines and implications

The cost is $75 for the series and includes lunch, a workbook, access to financial and legal advice, and support from a variety of community partners. The series will take place on Wednesdays, March 1st through April 5th, 10am-2pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension – Broome County. This session we are giving special preference for spots to sign up for women veterans interested in getting into agriculture.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22882.

Registration deadline February 28, 2017. Online registration can be accessed at: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/2017winteranniesprojectclassic_203. Questions can be directed to Laura Biasillo by phone at (607) 584-5007 or email.

The course will not be held on March 15 or March 22.

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

The Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) is now accepting registrations for its acclaimed 5-workshop “From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership” series.  This series is designed especially for staff, volunteers and Board members in Tompkins County organizations committed to the inter-related work of building inclusive, just and ecologically sound – that is, sustainable — communities. Open to participants from all levels of their organization. We encourage organizations to send multiple participants to increase impact and bolster organizational change.

While a series requires a significant time commitment, participants will use in-class time to work with others (within and across organizations) to:

  • Identify new approaches to cultivating diverse relationships and leadership
  • Develop concrete action plans to meet personal and organizational goals
  • Try out ideas out between sessions, and return to share successes, problem-solve solutions, gain new perspectives and refine plans
  • Build a support network for change – within and beyond your organization
  • Evaluate success.

By the end of the series, participants will have a concrete work plan that integrates cultivating diversity into the work they are already doing.

Annie’s Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

The course will not be held on March 15 or March 22.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participant’s questions, and hands on training.

Annie’s Project is designed for farm women who have been in farming or part of farming for three to five years, and want to develop their understanding, interpretation, and opportunities in sustainable agriculture. The series is still applicable for those looking to get into farming, or with only a few years experience. Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations.

Annie’s Project provides education in production, price or market, financial, institutional and legal, and human and personal risk. At the end of six weeks, participants will —

· Understand personality types to communicate better with business partners

· Determine coverage levels for health, life, disability, and long-term care insurance

· Put family living expenses together with other costs of doing business on the farm

· Interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow projections to make business decisions

· Review labor laws, requirements, and their implications.

· Understand how assets are titled and learn about estate planning tools

· Consider available Marketing Opportunities

· Review Farm Service Agency deadlines and implications

· Review Natural Resource Conservation Service deadlines and implications

The cost is $75 for the series and includes lunch, a workbook, access to financial and legal advice, and support from a variety of community partners. The series will take place on Wednesdays, March 1st through April 5th, 10am-2pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension – Broome County. This session we are giving special preference for spots to sign up for women veterans interested in getting into agriculture.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22882.

Registration deadline February 28, 2017. Online registration can be accessed at: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/2017winteranniesprojectclassic_203. Questions can be directed to Laura Biasillo by phone at (607) 584-5007 or email.

The course will not be held on March 15 or March 22.

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Brand Identity and Narrative Development for Farm and Food Businesses

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Brand Identity and Narrative Development for Farm and Food Businesses

Got stuff to sell but hate sales? Think marketing is sleazy? Good news: the best marketing is all about storytelling and authenticity! Forget everything you learned from Mad Men and join us for two fun, creative, and interactive classes for farmers.

In Session One, farmer and marketing consultant Liz Pickard will explain the importance of brand identity, and lead the group through the process of developing a narrative that they can use to tell their farm business’ stories. We’ll also create marketing plans together, and troubleshoot some common dilemmas.

In Session Two of the class, Liz will take us through the process of developing the content for your marketing plan. We’ll talk about all the technical ins and outs of social media, photography, video, websites, fliers, logos, blogging, etc. The specific topics covered in part two will be determined by student interest.

At the end of the classes, participants will walk away with a business narrative, completed marketing plan, and the skills to put that plan into action.

The Farmer2Farmer Discussion series is a potluck dinner and farmer discussion group. Please bring a dish to share and one to eat off of, if you can. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn from other farmers in the community.
Facilitators: Kate Cardona, Liz Pickard

About the Instructor

Liz Pickard is a marketing and communications consultant in the Finger Lakes area. Previous to her career in marketing, she spent ten years as a farm worker on a number of farms in the region, and doing various migrant farm work around the country. Liz is passionate about helping other aspiring farmers like herself tell their story with strategic digital and print marketing solutions. In her spare time, she likes to read agronomy text books, play old time music, and daydream about an agrarian revolution.

Please register for Farmer2Farmer using our Course Registration Form.

Farming 101

Farming 101

REGISTER


Want to farm?  Then, these upcoming Cooperative Extension and Groundswell workshops are for you!  The same workshop, offered in two locations, will provide a basic introduction to what is involved in starting a farm.  The topics to be covered include the business and production aspects of getting started.

Understanding soil and forest resources, critical to a productive enterprise, will be covered in the morning session, as well as, business logistics, planning the startup processes and marketing approaches to help participants identify steps to take to launch a farm business.  In the afternoon, panels of experienced farmers will be sharing production basics for livestock (all species) and horticultural (fruit & veggie) crop production.

The two dates and locations are:  March 11, 9-3, at the Chemung County Fairgrounds in Horseheads and March 18, 9-3, at the Tioga Cooperative Extension office in Owego.  Pre-registration is requested – contact the following numbers for the date and location you wish to attend:  March 11 – Chemung Fairgrounds, Horseheads – call 734-4453 or email sbo6@cornell.edu OR March 18 – Tioga Extension, Owego – call 687-4020 or email mgb225@cornell.edu.  There is a $15 charge for the workshop ($25 per couple) payable in advance or at the door.

This workshop provides a good foundation for moving forward with land use options and farm business opportunities.

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Annie’s Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

The course will not be held on March 15 or March 22.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participant’s questions, and hands on training.

Annie’s Project is designed for farm women who have been in farming or part of farming for three to five years, and want to develop their understanding, interpretation, and opportunities in sustainable agriculture. The series is still applicable for those looking to get into farming, or with only a few years experience. Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations.

Annie’s Project provides education in production, price or market, financial, institutional and legal, and human and personal risk. At the end of six weeks, participants will —

· Understand personality types to communicate better with business partners

· Determine coverage levels for health, life, disability, and long-term care insurance

· Put family living expenses together with other costs of doing business on the farm

· Interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow projections to make business decisions

· Review labor laws, requirements, and their implications.

· Understand how assets are titled and learn about estate planning tools

· Consider available Marketing Opportunities

· Review Farm Service Agency deadlines and implications

· Review Natural Resource Conservation Service deadlines and implications

The cost is $75 for the series and includes lunch, a workbook, access to financial and legal advice, and support from a variety of community partners. The series will take place on Wednesdays, March 1st through April 5th, 10am-2pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension – Broome County. This session we are giving special preference for spots to sign up for women veterans interested in getting into agriculture.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22882.

Registration deadline February 28, 2017. Online registration can be accessed at: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/2017winteranniesprojectclassic_203. Questions can be directed to Laura Biasillo by phone at (607) 584-5007 or email.

The course will not be held on March 15 or March 22.

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

The Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) is now accepting registrations for its acclaimed 5-workshop “From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership” series.  This series is designed especially for staff, volunteers and Board members in Tompkins County organizations committed to the inter-related work of building inclusive, just and ecologically sound – that is, sustainable — communities. Open to participants from all levels of their organization. We encourage organizations to send multiple participants to increase impact and bolster organizational change.

While a series requires a significant time commitment, participants will use in-class time to work with others (within and across organizations) to:

  • Identify new approaches to cultivating diverse relationships and leadership
  • Develop concrete action plans to meet personal and organizational goals
  • Try out ideas out between sessions, and return to share successes, problem-solve solutions, gain new perspectives and refine plans
  • Build a support network for change – within and beyond your organization
  • Evaluate success.

By the end of the series, participants will have a concrete work plan that integrates cultivating diversity into the work they are already doing.

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Brand Identity and Narrative Development for Farm and Food Businesses

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Brand Identity and Narrative Development for Farm and Food Businesses

Got stuff to sell but hate sales? Think marketing is sleazy? Good news: the best marketing is all about storytelling and authenticity! Forget everything you learned from Mad Men and join us for two fun, creative, and interactive classes for farmers.

In Session One, farmer and marketing consultant Liz Pickard will explain the importance of brand identity, and lead the group through the process of developing a narrative that they can use to tell their farm business’ stories. We’ll also create marketing plans together, and troubleshoot some common dilemmas.

In Session Two of the class, Liz will take us through the process of developing the content for your marketing plan. We’ll talk about all the technical ins and outs of social media, photography, video, websites, fliers, logos, blogging, etc. The specific topics covered in part two will be determined by student interest.

At the end of the classes, participants will walk away with a business narrative, completed marketing plan, and the skills to put that plan into action.

The Farmer2Farmer Discussion series is a potluck dinner and farmer discussion group. Please bring a dish to share and one to eat off of, if you can. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn from other farmers in the community.
Facilitators: Kate Cardona, Liz Pickard

About the Instructor

Liz Pickard is a marketing and communications consultant in the Finger Lakes area. Previous to her career in marketing, she spent ten years as a farm worker on a number of farms in the region, and doing various migrant farm work around the country. Liz is passionate about helping other aspiring farmers like herself tell their story with strategic digital and print marketing solutions. In her spare time, she likes to read agronomy text books, play old time music, and daydream about an agrarian revolution.

Please register for Farmer2Farmer using our Course Registration Form.

Annie’s Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

The course will not be held on March 15 or March 22.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participant’s questions, and hands on training.

Annie’s Project is designed for farm women who have been in farming or part of farming for three to five years, and want to develop their understanding, interpretation, and opportunities in sustainable agriculture. The series is still applicable for those looking to get into farming, or with only a few years experience. Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations.

Annie’s Project provides education in production, price or market, financial, institutional and legal, and human and personal risk. At the end of six weeks, participants will —

· Understand personality types to communicate better with business partners

· Determine coverage levels for health, life, disability, and long-term care insurance

· Put family living expenses together with other costs of doing business on the farm

· Interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow projections to make business decisions

· Review labor laws, requirements, and their implications.

· Understand how assets are titled and learn about estate planning tools

· Consider available Marketing Opportunities

· Review Farm Service Agency deadlines and implications

· Review Natural Resource Conservation Service deadlines and implications

The cost is $75 for the series and includes lunch, a workbook, access to financial and legal advice, and support from a variety of community partners. The series will take place on Wednesdays, March 1st through April 5th, 10am-2pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension – Broome County. This session we are giving special preference for spots to sign up for women veterans interested in getting into agriculture.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22882.

Registration deadline February 28, 2017. Online registration can be accessed at: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/2017winteranniesprojectclassic_203. Questions can be directed to Laura Biasillo by phone at (607) 584-5007 or email.

The course will not be held on March 15 or March 22.

Developing your Farm or Food Business

Developing your Farm or Food Business
This 5-session course is designed for people in the early stages of developing a farm or food business. Whether you are just launching your business or have been operating for a few years and want to become more strategic, this course covers a variety of topics to help you assess and enhance the financial viability and social impacts of your business idea.

This course covers:

  • The local farm and food sector including unmet needs, opportunities and niche markets.
  • Equity issues and justice in the food system including examples of realistic ways to approach these within the scope of your business model.
  • Experience from farm and food entrepreneurs about business startup and lessons learned.
  • Tools for business assessment, strategic planning, understanding liabilities and legalities.
  • Setting business goals and taking stock of resources and progress to date.
  • Accounting and financial planning concepts and tools
  • Develop a marketing plan and marketing channels.

Instructors: Leslie Ackerman, independent Business Consultant formerly with the Alternatives Federal Credit Union Business Cents program; Matt LeRoux, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist; Monika Roth, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Program Leader; Kate Cardona, Groundswell Center Outreach and Program Coordinator; regional farm and food business entrepreneurs, other visiting experts  The course will be facilitated by Mary Kate Wheeler, Groundswell Center Board Member.

Location:  All classes will be held at the Just BeCause Center located at 1013 West State St. in Ithaca starting at 6 PM until 9 PM.

Fee: $150. Tuition assistance available; see contact info. below.

Registration: Register online or come by the Groundswell Center office, 225 S Fulton Street, Ithaca.  Questions about the course, please contact farmfoodbiz@groundswellcenter.org or call 607-319-5095.

Profitable Meat Marketing

Profitable Meat Marketing

You are selling local meat—but are you making money?

Join Ag. Marketing Specialist Matt LeRoux at a Profitable Meat Marketing workshop near you to find out if you are covering all your meat marketing costs—including your TIME—and bringing in a profit.

In the workshop, you will learn how to develop your farm’s marketing strategy and how to set specific marketing objectives to make your job easier. In addition to marketing tips, you’ll learn about Cornell Cooperative Extension’s NEW Meat Price Calculator. The calculator uses your farm’s data to develop pricing for meat sold by the hanging weight or by the cut. It accounts for processing and marketing costs, allows you to build in a profit, then lets you adjust the pricing of each cut until you reach your goal. Finally, you will learn more about navigating the MeatSuite, a free website to help your farm reach consumers seeking local meat in bulk.

Thurs., Feb. 165:30-8:30, at CCE-Schuyler, Human Service Complex, 323 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY. Register online http://cceschuyler.org/events/2017/02/16/profitable-meat-marketing or to rlo28@cornell.edu or (607) 535-7161 by Tues., Feb 14.

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Accounting without Quickbooks

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Accounting without Quickbooks

The Farmer2Farmer Discussion series is a potluck dinner and farmer discussion group. Please bring a dish to share and one to eat off of, if you can. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn from other farmers in the community. Unless noted otherwise the Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group meets at the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca.

The topic is “So you think you want Quickbooks” with guest Gregg McConnell of Farm Credit East.

So you think you want Quickbooks? Come hear farm finance expert Gregg McConnell of Farm Credit East present the difference between records for management and records for tax compliance.  Review your record keeping options from basic accounting the “old fashioned” way to use of modern computer software like Quickbooks.  Choose the option that is right for you farm and your goals.

RSVP:

PLEASE email Matt  mnl28@cornell.edu  by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, Feb 7th if you plan to attend.