Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow

Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow

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Instructor: Jeromy Biazzo, Wolftree Farm, skilled scythe maker and mower, and co-owner of Wolftree Farm

Students will make a simple one handed snath (handle) to fit a blade they bring or purchase from Groundswell. Snath design and assembly will be made simpler so that more time can be applied to mowing. Ring clasps will be purchased and handles will be attached with a hanger bolt.

Course Fee: $50
Materials Fee: $90
Total: $140
Materials needed: Scythe blade, ring clasps, whetstone, whetstone holder. If you plan to bring all of these items we will waive the Materials fee. (Pay just the Course Fee)

If you want to purchase tools independently, they can be bought from Scytheworks.ca, www.lehmans.com or onescytherevolution.com, howlandtools.com, or scythesupply.com.

This course is limited to 10 people.

Instructor Bio: Jeromy Biazzo is a skilled scythe make and mower, and owner of Wolftree Farm.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@groundswellcenter.org or 607.319.5095 with questions about access to materials, transportation, etc.

Farm Tour at Spring Meadows Farm

Farm Tour at Spring Meadows Farm

Farm Tour at Spring Meadows Farm with a Focus on Oxen Handling

Date: Saturday, June 10th 10AM-12:30PM

Location: Spring Meadows Farm
9578 Route 549, Millerton, PA

Instructor: Andy Lyon

Farm Tour Fee: $10

At this interactive farm tour, Andy will share information about his family’s long farming history in the region, why he continues to use their traditional farming methods, and his multiple farm enterprises. We’ll get an overview of direct marketing of all natural vegetables and pastured laying hens, geese, and pigs. Andy will also teach the two basics of cattle handling, flight zone and association time. These will first be explained then used to understand cattle for easier calf handling, halter training, treating sick cattle, and even ox driving. Participants will get many practical perspectives on applying Flight Zone and Association Time!

If anyone wants to stay and dive deeper into the oxen Andy welcomes you to stay after lunch covering topics of your choice.

 

Instructor Bio: Andy Lyon grew up in North Central Pennsylvania where the prevailing farming tradition is of New England origin like most of New York State.  He credits this tradition for influencing him to use oxen for his traction power today.  He is the owner of Spring Meadows Farm, a business that benefits from minimal investment in heavy equipment, freedom from oil prices, enhanced animal and plant health and increased profit. Spring Meadows Farm now markets grass-fed beef, pastured eggs, garlic, vegetables and pork. Milk cows supply most of the fat and protein for the hens and hogs, and for the farmers.

 

Please register for this event using our Course Registration Form.

Scything: Preparing to Mow – Sharpening & Peening

Scything: Preparing to Mow – Sharpening & Peening

Due to low attendance, we have canceled this workshop. Good news is we have a beginner scything class coming up on July 8th!

 

Instructor: Jeremy Biazzo

The scythe has been used as a human powered mowing technique for centuries. Austrian-style scythe blades are forged from a single piece of steel into a light and graceful tool. Get your scythe ready for the season at this upcoming workshop! Students will learn how to prepare their blades for peening, use a peening jig and sharpen with a whetstone.  Scythe Fitting issues will also be addressed.

Date: Saturday, May 20th, 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Location: Groundswell’s Incubator Farm, Ithaca
Cost: $30 Workshop Fee
Tools required: scythe
Materials Fee: $65 for jig, whetstone, whetstone holder, earplugs [Waived if you plan to bring your own materials]

Instructor Bio: Jeromy Biazzo is a skilled scythe maker and mower and co-owner of Wolftree Farm

Registration Deadline: May 8th
This course is limited to 20 participants.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@groundswellcenter.org or 607.319.5095 with questions about access to materials, transportation, etc.

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Five Steps to Fair Farming

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Five Steps to Fair Farming

At this interactive session, Elizabeth Henderson will share best practices for fairness, health and safety in farm businesses. She will share basic information on farm safety, both physical and mental, how to create a farm safety plan, and exercises farmers can build into their daily work routine. Participants will review worker rights and farmers’ legal responsibilities, conflict resolution policies, and how to calculate production costs as a basis for fair prices. You will also be introduced to the standards for Food Justice Certification and the steps farms must take to qualify to make a market claim of food justice!

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.

Facilitators: Kate Cardona, Liz Henderson

About the instructor:

Elizabeth Henderson farmed at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market for over 30 years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), co-chairs the Policy Committee, and represents the NOFA Interstate Council on the Board of the Agricultural Justice Project. For 20 years, from 1993 – 2013, she chaired the Agricultural Development Board in Wayne County and took an active role in creating the Farming and Farmland Protection Plan for the county. In 2001, the organic industry honored her with one of the first “Spirit of Organic awards, in 2007, Abundance Co-op honored her with the “Cooperating for Communities” award and in 2009 NOFA-NY honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award and then a Golden Carrot in 2013.  In 2014 Eco-Farm presented her with their “Advocate of Social Justice Award, the Justie.” Her writings on organic agriculture appear in The Natural Farmer and other publications, and she is the lead author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007), with a Spanish language e-book edition in 2017. She also wrote A Food Book for a Sustainable Harvest for the members of Peacework Organic Community Supported Agriculture (aka GVOCSA) in its twenty ninth year in 2017.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Small Ruminants for Beginners Class (Goats and Sheep)

Small Ruminants for Beginners Class (Goats and Sheep)

Are you interested in raising your own goats or sheep?   Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County for a class on starting out with small ruminants in the Hudson Valley led by Livestock Educator, Jason Detzel, who has multiple years raising both goats and sheep.  This class will be held January 24 and repeated on February 7.

Sheep and goats can provide meat, fiber and friends.  Whether you’re interested in starting out with 4-H animals, would like to clear some brush from your backyard, or would like to start selling these animals for fiber, meat, or stock, this class will cover all the basics to get your enterprise off the ground.   We’ll go over the basics of town regulations, housing, feeding, and watering needs, best practices and animal health and management, weather and predator concerns, biosecurity and parasite control, marketing your products, and fencing needs.

Registration is only $20/person (only $10 if enrolled in the 2017 Commercial Ag Program).  Children 12 and under are free to attend with an adult.  Walk-ins are welcome (please RSVP) but space is limited—register ahead with payment to reserve your seat.   Registration deadline is Jan. 20 for Session 1 and Feb. 3 for Session 2.

For more information and registration options visit online event posting, or for more information contact Carrie at 845-340-3990 x311 or email cad266@cornell.edu.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the program office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.   For information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s community programs and events visit our website athttp://ulster.cce.cornell.edu/.  

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.

Tompkins County Agritourism Networking Event

Tompkins County Agritourism Networking Event

Greetings area Farmers!  If you are thinking of Agritourism as part of your farming activities, attend this Networking event on Feb. 7, 5:30 At La Tourelle. More info coming soon, but if you would like to attend please RSVP to Livia Isaacson.

Local farmers, chefs, restaurateurs, lodging partners, wine and craft beverage makers, tourism entrepreneurs and taste-makers, as a follow-up to last winter’s Agritourism Conference and previous Agriculinary Tourism Kickoff Event, please join us as we get reacquainted, hear about our progress, new agriculinary developments, opportunities, and how your participation continues to help our community grow and thrive!

The New Jim Crow Book Club for Farmers

The New Jim Crow Book Club for Farmers

After a brief hiatus, Groundswell will continue to host a book club for The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander as part of the Multicultural Resource Center’s Community Read. The book club is for farmers, food producers and other food related folks who want to dig into the mass incarceration and racial justice issues the book highlights, and discuss together what the connection is to our work in food and farming.  How can we center these issues in our food work, especially as we ramp up our efforts for justice in the months ahead? What questions are we grappling with in this moment?

In November, we discussed the Introduction and Chapter 1, exploring our experiences, thoughts and assumptions about mass incarceration, what is meant by the “new Jim Crow”, the ways racism and mass incarceration operate as a system of social control, and how the history of mass incarceration is tied to this country’s history of farming.
Next month, we will dig into Chapter 2, “The Lockdown”. Feel free to come even if you haven’t yet read the book! Free copies are available for pickup at the Groundswell Office, and you can also listen online here.

The book club is facilitated by Kate Cardona, Groundswell Outreach and Equity Coordinator, Ithaca SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) co-coordinator and previous Talking Circle on Race & Racism co-facilitator. This group is currently being organized by white people. Farmers and food system participants of any and all races, genders, religions, cultures, and sexual orientations are encouraged to attend and/or co-facilitate. 

Where: Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming office, 225 South Fulton Street Ithaca 

Please RSVP to kate@groundswellcenter.org. We hope you can join us!