Bees in the Trees: Woody Perennials & Wild Pollinators

Bees in the Trees: Woody Perennials & Wild Pollinators

Bees in the Trees: The Woody Perennials That Support Wild Pollinators

Instructor: Kass Urban-Mead
Date: Wednesday, June 14th 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Groundswell Incubator Farm at EcoVillage, Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY (follow signs for incubator farm)
Field Tour Fee: $10

There are over 400 bee species in our New York landscape that are not honey bees. This class will cover the ecology, daily habits, and habitat requirements of wild bees, particularly solitary spring bees that are often invaluable pollinators for fruit trees, crops, and wild plants alike. We will identify and visit trees and shrubs that are commonly found in hedgerows, woodlots and smallholder forests that are important resources for wild pollinators. These woody perennials are increasingly recognized for carbon sequestration, animal forage, soil and water quality. This workshop will add a pollination component to these benefits. We will use the idea of “bee networks” to think about times and places in their farms where specific “bee trees” could be added to support wild bee pollinator communities.

 

Instructor Bio: Kass is a new PhD student at Cornell in the Entomology Department. She works with Profs Danforth and McArt to understand the insect and pollination ecology of agricultural systems. She fell in love with honey bees in her undergraduate work studying bees’ symbiotic gut microbiota, but quickly got excited about the 20,000 wild species in the world. She got excited about trees for bees during her Master’s degree at the Yale School of Forestry. Kass grew up raising 4H goats in the Hudson Valley, and can be found sketching, singing, and roller & ice skating…when she’s not chasing bees.

Please register for the event using our Course Registration Form.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Preparing for Wholesale

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Preparing for Wholesale

We will have Heather Sandford from The Piggery to discuss how to approach and manage wholesale customers. I will also speak about how to prepare for the Farmer & Buyer Speed Networking in Watkins Glen and review how to prepare an invoice. The new General Manager from Finger Lakes Fresh will also be there with an update.

The Farmer 2 Farmer 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 for you to meet and learn from other farmers with operations similar to yours. We are meeting at the Cornell Cooperative Ext. offices, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca.

RSVP HERE