Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow

Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow

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.

*Please note that registration for this event is closed UNLESS you already have the materials needed. If you’d like to attend the course, with your own materials please contact kate@groundswellcenter.org.

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.

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.

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.

Farming 101

Farming 101

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beekeeping for Beginners

Beekeeping for Beginners

On Saturday January 21st, in partnership with the Southern Tier Beekeepers, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is offering a Beginning Beekeeping workshop at 9am and 1pm. This class will prepare you for getting your own Honey Bees this spring with an overview of equipment, hive products, Honey Bee management and of course Honey Bees themselves. Bring a drink and snack. Registered participants will receive a CD of the presentations, informative beekeeping documents, and links. The Southern Tier Beekeepers will be hosting a “hands-on” session in early spring to give everyone a chance to work a beehive before their purchased bees arrive.

Snow date of January 28th

The cost to attend this workshop is $25, which includes all presenter materials. Priority for spots will be given to veterans in the Southern Tier, but others are welcome to attend as space permits. 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.

To register for the workshop, click here.

Grazing & Pasture Management – Class 8

Grazing & Pasture Management – Class 8
Processing, Marketing and Health Benefits of Pasture-Raised Meats
We will be covering Processing, Marketing and Health Benefits of Pasture-Raised Meats with Matt LeRoux. These are important pieces to a successful meat business and should be a nice recap of the whole season. Note the location will be Groundswell Center offices, 225 S Fulton Street, next to Agway. There might even be some samples of meat there!
 
Also, please reflect on the whole series of courses and plan to bring your burning question to this session.  We will make time for questions you have and especially in relation to your own farm planning and grazing ventures.  

Tuition: $25

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Southern Tier Farm Brewery Summit

Southern Tier Farm Brewery Summit

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is hosting a Farm Brewery Summit on Thursday November 10th 2016 from 9am-4:30pm. Those interested in learning more about how to grow quality malting barley that brewers and malt houses are interested in purchasing will want to attend. Local brewers and malt houses looking for additional suppliers of malting barley will want to attend to network with growers across the region and state. We will hear from Chris Gerling, the manager of the Vinification and Brewing Lab at the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, and Aaron MacLeod, the Director of Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage on statewide perspectives of the farm brewery industry, what’s up and coming in terms of research, and how the industry can become competitive again with the West Coast growers and malting houses. Malting houses will speak about how they work with growers and the quality of malting barley they are in need of to make a quality product for the breweries. Local breweries will speak about on the challenges of sourcing local malting barley. Judson Reid from CCE will give an overview of the farm brewery supply chain across NYS and the challenges that exist statewide. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of how to grow quality malting barley, how to work with malt houses to secure a contract to grow malting barley, how brewers are using malting barley at a regional and statewide level, and how to advance the NYS Farm Brewery industry.

View full agenda here.

Farming with Beneficial Insects, Xerces Short Course

Farming with Beneficial Insects, Xerces Short Course

Xerces Short Course on
Conservation Biological Control
for Farming with Beneficial Insects

 
Wednesday, November 9th, 9:00am – 4:30pm
at the Ashokan Center

477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY 12461 

Learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Kelly Gill, and members of the Farm Hub team for an overview of conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests.

This full-day short course will cover:

  • The importance of beneficial insects – predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests.
  • An overview of conservation biological control and integrated pest management (IPM).
  • How to identify beneficial insects and distinguish them from other insects.
  • How to recognize the habitat needs of beneficial insects and identify habitat deficiencies.
  • The design and implementation of habitat improvements, including site preparation, insectary strip plantings, hedgerows, beetle banks, and more.
  • The current best management practices that minimize land use impacts on beneficial insects and mitigate exposure to insecticides.
  • How to access USDA conservation programs for financial and technical support.
  • Agricultural best practices such as timing cover crops to flower at different times of year, crop rotation planning, using parasitic wasps for insect management and choosing equipment and sprays that do the least harm to insects.

The $45 registration fee covers the full day workshop and lunch*.
Click 
here to register.
*A limited number of scholarships are available

Grazing & Pasture Management – Class 7

Grazing & Pasture Management – Class 7

My Grass Stopped Growing! Utilizing stockpiled pasture.  Angus Glen Farms, Watkins Glen, NY.

Topics Covered: Stockpiling, silvo-pasture, animal health, animal nutrition, fencing, animal shelter, logistics, supplementing with additional feed, late season watering.

Class Description: Once the grass stops growing it doesn’t mean you have to stop grazing.  Experience management strategies forprofitably extending the grazing that include stockpiling, bale grazing and silvopasturing.  Learn about late season management in relation to animal nutrition/health and fencing, watering, and shelter.

 

Presenter: Brett Chedzoy 

Tuition: $25

REGISTER HERE

Third Annual Finger Lakes Permaculture Tour Weekend

Third Annual Finger Lakes Permaculture Tour Weekend

August 26, 27, and 28, 2016

Screening of INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective

  • Auburn Public Theater,  Auburn, N.Y.:  Friday 8/19, Saturday 8/20, Wednesday 8/24 (time tba)
  • Art and Mission Theatre,  Binghamton, N.Y.: Monday 8/22 at 7 p.m.
  • Press Bay Alley, 108 State St., Ithaca, N.Y. : Friday 8/26 at 8 p.m.

Admission to Press Bay Alley event is free, but your donations are needed and appreciated to support the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and the Permaculture Tour Weekend.

Conscious Electronic Dance Music

  • Circus Culture, Press Bay Alley, 108 State St., Ithaca, N.Y. Friday 8/26 at 10 p.m.

Meet other tour participants and local permaculture activists. Dance to beats from local artist and activist Astro Hawk. Admission is free, but your donations are needed and welcome. Alcohol-free space.

Saturday, Aug 27th

Tours of Permaculture Farms, Gardens, Parks, & Homes

  • Various location within an hour of Ithaca, N.Y., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    See examples of permaculture design. Meet the designers and practitioners. Plants, seeds, food, medicine and others gifts are offered for sale at many of the working farms. An online map will be found at this website (FingerLakesPermaculture.org).

Post-tour Reception

  • Finger Lakes Cider House, Interlaken, N.Y. from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Music by local Folk-Jazz Fusionist Jen Cork
    • Permaculture Artifacts Raffle
    • Donations requested and raffle proceeds will support the Permaculture Tour Weekend.

Sunday, Aug 28th

Convergence & Plant Sale:

Networking for the Regional Permaculture Scene

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County, 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls, N.Y.
    10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    • Presentations, demonstrations, a gathering of permaculture practitioners and enthusiasts, plus a sale of perennial plants.
    • Admission to the event is free. Your donations will support the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and the Permaculture Tour Weekend.
    • Proposals for presentations and workshops are still being accepted. More information…