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Schedule of Farmer, Gardener, and Consumer Events

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York

2011 Organic Field Days

WELCOME On behalf of NOFA-NY, this summer’s host farms, our sponsors, and partners, we cordially invite you to participate in this season’s Field Days! We are proud to present over 30 workshops this season led by some of the most knowledgeable organic farmers, gardeners, and researchers in our state. From a 1,400-acre organic grain farm to a 1-acre rooftop farm, and from the tip of Long Island to the shore of Lake Erie, we strive to serve all parts of New York’s organic community with our on-farm events. This season’s programming is a testament to the diversity of our state’s agriculture, including workshops on safe produce harvest and handling, on-farm poultry processing, beneficial insect habitat management, goat dairying, organic pest management for gardeners, soil health, and many other topics. We hope that you’ll take advantage of some of these great opportunities to see new farms, learn about new methods, and network with others around the state. Take a few minutes to look through

the brochure and find a few that spark your interest. You will find that most of this year’s events are free or discounted for NOFA-NY members. If you’re not a member yet, you may want to consider joining NOFA-NY today to enjoy this member benefit! Pre-registration is encouraged for most workshops and required for some. Unless otherwise noted, you can pre-register for a field day by visiting w w w.nofa n / events/f ield-days, by calling our office at (585) 271-1979, ext. 512. Farmer-to-farmer education is the backbone of our organization, so we would like to extend a hearty thank you to all of our field day hosts who generously share their time and knowledge and welcome us onto their farms. We would also like to thank the sponsors of this year’s Field Day Season: USDA Risk Management Agency, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Heifer-MORE Fund, Horizon Organic, Organic Valley, and Farm Family Insurance. We look forward to seeing each of you out in the field this season!

Matt Robinson

Rachel Schell-Lambert

Kristina Keefe-Perry

Kate Mendenhall

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TO REGISTER, call (585) 271-1979, ext. 512

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S C H E D U L E AT A G L A N C E 1. June 3rd • Safe Produce Harvest & Handling (Ontario Co.) 2.June 3rd • Organic Pasture & Robotic Milking (Allegany Co.) 3. June 7th • A Goat of Many Uses (Tioga Co., PA)

4.June 12th • Urban Rooftop Farming (Queens Co.) 5. June 16th • Safe Greens Harvest & Handling (Westchester Co.) 6. June 20th • Beneficial Insects & Organic Fruit (Sullivan Co.) 7. June 22nd • Taking Back the Means of Beekeeping (Columbia Co.) 8. June 22nd • Herb Walk with the Natural Nurse (Nassau Co.) 9. June 23rd • Beneficial Insect Research Trials (Tompkins Co.) 10. July 11th • Organic Berry Growing (Suffolk Co.) 11. July 14th • Holistic Pest & Weed Management for Gardeners (Onondaga Co.) 12.July 16th • Raw Milk Permitting & Marketing (Allegany Co.) 13. July 17th • Organic Berries & Apples (Columbia Co.) 14. July 19th • Incorporating Technology into Your Dairy (Onondaga Co.) 15. July 21st • Diversifying the Family Farm (Tioga Co.) 16. July 24th • Organic Pigs & Sheep (St. Lawrence Co.)

17. July 30th • Intro to Farming with Horses (Essex Co.) 18. July 31st • Permaculture Principals for the Farm (Ulster Co.) 19. August 4th • Innovations in Organic Research (Tompkins Co.) 20. August 9th • Protecting and Improving Crops from the Soil Up (Ontario Co.) 21. August 10th • Farm Food Safety Plan (Cattaraugus Co.) 22.August 11th • Harvesting Organic Grain (Yates Co.) 23. August 16th • On-Farm Poultry Processing (Yates Co.) 24. August 21st • Preserving Your Produce (Suffolk Co.) 25. August 22nd • WorryLess Winter Production (Washington Co.) 26. August 23rd • Research & Extension Center Tour (Suffolk Co.) 27. August 24th • Organic Insecticides and Fungicides (Ontario Co.) 28. August 29th • Weeds Your Way (Erie Co.) 29. August 31st • GrassedBased Dairy & Bedded Pack System (Madison Co.)

30. September 18th • Intro to CSA in Western NY (Cattaraugus Co.) 31. September 18th • Cover Crops for Vegetable Rotations (Dutchess Co.) 32. September 19th • Added Value for Organic Goat Dairy (Delaware Co.) 33. September 21st • GrassFed Lamb & Mutton (Yates Co.) 34.September 22nd • Transitioning to Draft Power (Columbia Co.) 35. September 24th • Food Policy Summit (Location TBA) 36. September 28th • Practical Tools for Vegetable Farmers (Livingston Co.) 37. September 29th • ValueAdded Options for Organic Dairy (Otsego Co.) 38. October 17th • Building Healthy Soils/Livestock Processing (St. Lawrence Co.)

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1. Friday, June 3rd 10:00am–12:00pm

2. Friday June 3rd 10:00am–1:00pm




Pedersen Farms: 1798 CR 4, Seneca Castle, NY 14547 (Ontario Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others How do GAPs regulations translate onto a large scale diverse organic produce farm? Rick Pedersen will show farmers how he delivers the highest quality organic produce to large wholesalers who have stringent regulations. We’ll see Rick’s farm food safety plan in action as we observe the harvest and post-harvest handling procedures for organic asparagus. Harvest procedures (gloves, daily harvest container washing) and post-harvest handling (gloves/ hairnets, trim line, blast washing, packaging, and sanitizing) will be discussed. Pedersen Farms produces over 400 acres of certified organic vegetables that are sold to wholesalers, processors, grocery stores, and at farmers markets. The farm is a member of Finger Lakes Organics, offers a line of value-added pickle products, and now produces 15 varieties of hops for regional breweries. Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program.


Willow Creek Farm: 3161 SR 244, Belmont, NY 14813 (Allegany Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others (includes Individual NOFA-NY Membership) Join NOFA-NY and Chuck Deichmann on Willow Creek Farm to see Robotic Milking first hand in an intensive grazing system. Learn about the process of cow trafficking and what methods the Deichmanns use in order to achieve optimum intake from grazing. View robotic milker cow reports and hear how they are used to track individual animals. Also tour Willow Creek Farms greenhouse barn and their newly renovated calf raising facility and learn about the management of a mob-feeding calf rearing system. Refreshments will be provided. The Deichmann Family began farming at Willow Creek Farm in 1974 with 28 cows and bucket milkers. In 1995 Chuck and Julia purchased the family farm, building a greenhouse freestall in 2002 and installing their first robotic milker in 2007. Today they manage 90 cows and 90 replacements and farm close to 800 acres with 2½ employees and the help of their 4 children. Th is event is made possible by generous support from Horizon Organic.

TO REGISTER, call (585) 271-1979, ext. 512


Always Somethin’ Farm: 825 Newtown Hill Rd., Mansfield, PA 16933 (Tioga Co., PA) $15 PASA & NOFA-NY Members / $25 All Others (lunch provided)* Join the Chester Family—Mike and Chris, and daughters Hilary and Paige— to learn the ins and outs of raising a small herd of goats. Drawing from their background and adventures on their small, diverse family farm, we will learn just how many different niches goats can fi ll when given the proper care. From milk and edible dairy products, to soaps and creams, to invasive plant management and draft power, participants will learn the basics for choosing, housing, managing and caring for a small herd of goats of many uses. Demonstrations will include hoof trimming, giving shots and milking. The first goats arrived on Always Somethin’ Farm ten years ago with two mixed breeds when the Chester’s eldest daughter Hilary expressed an interest. Today, Always Somethin’ Farm has a small herd of registered Nubians, as well as a few mixed breed animals. The goats have cleared overgrown pasture, provided milk and soft cheeses, soap and creams, and have been used as show, pack and cart animals. *Co-sponsored by PASA & NOFA-NY. To register for this event, call PASA at (814) 349-9856, ext. 20.

PRODUCING QUALITY FOOD & A GREEN COMMUNITY THROUGH URBAN FARMING Brooklyn Grange: 37-18 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101 (Queens Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Looking for insight on starting or improving your urban farm? Join us on June 12th in Queens, NY to delve into the challenging yet rewarding business of rooftop farming and production for urban markets. The farmers at Brooklyn Grange will discuss their operation, including the process of site selection, rooftop farm installation, and funding. Exploring the 1-acre farm, we will see space-saving intercropping, crop rotations, soil fertility management, the unique aspects of farming a formerly non-agricultural acre of space and much more! To celebrate the revival of city agriculture, we will end the day with a rooftop potluck picnic and social hour; please bring food to share and your own place settings. Ben Flanner is the founding farmer and CEO of the Brooklyn Grange, incorporated as an LLC in 2010, which uses 750 cubic yards of soil over green roof technology to produce vegetables for farmers’ markets, restaurants and a 25-member CSA. The farm is actively expanding to incorporate educational efforts, in the form of their City Growers program. Funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21847.

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A GOAT OF MANY USES: Adding Value & Diversity with Goats for Homesteaders, New & Beginning Farmers

4. Sunday, June 12th 4:00–8:30pm (including rooftop picnic)


3. Tuesday, June 7th 10:00am– 4:00pm


5. Thursday, June 16th 10:00am–12:30pm INNOVATIONS IN SAFE GREENS HARVEST & HANDLING


Amawalk Farm: 42 Wood St., Katonah, NY 10536 (Westchester Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Safe harvesting and handling techniques are of utmost importance for leafy greens. Marian and Larry Cross have developed an efficient and safe system for their organic greens, which are the backbone of their business. Join us as we take a look at their harvest techniques, triple-wash system, sanitation procedures, and an ingenious drying system that enables them to bag between 150 and 200 pounds of greens every week. Special attention will be devoted to sanitation, written procedures, and employee training, all of which contribute to Amawalk Farm’s reputation for producing premium organic greens. Amawalk Farm is an effort of love by Marian and Larry Cross to bring an 1825 farm in northern Westchester County back into production. Marian and Larry grow a wide variety of certified organic vegetables and fruits, including their bagged salad mixes, as well as cut flowers and u-pick raspberries. Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program.


6. Monday, June 20th 2:30–5:00pm (followed by potluck dinner) BENEFICIAL INSECTS & ORGANIC FRUIT PRODUCTION Gorzynski Ornery Farm: 7460 SR 52, Narrowsburg, NY 12727 (Sullivan Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY & PASA Members / $15 All Others John Gorzynski grows over 60 varieties of apples, 12 varieties of pears, and a wide variety of berries, all without the use of sprays on his farm. In addition to careful selection of fruit stock for hardiness, beneficial insects play an integral role in the health of the fruit at Gorzynski Ornery Farm. John will walk visitors through the different insect habitats on the farm and explain his strategies for encouraging populations of beneficials. A carefully-timed schedule of cover crops, the use of flowering plants, and on-farm seed production will be discussed, as well as other strategies for managing pests and diseases in organic fruit production. Bring a dish and your own place setting for the potluck afterwards! Gorzynski Ornery Farm produces over 500 varieties of vegetables, 150 varieties of fruit, a selection of small grains, and poultry on 25 acres. John and Sue Gorzynski have been growing organically since 1976. Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Small Sessions Program.

TO REGISTER, call (585) 271-1979, ext. 512

Tuesday, June 21st • 12:00–1:00pm ORGANIC GRAIN MARKETING WEBINAR

TAKING BACK THE MEANS OF BEEKEEPING Anarchy Apiaries/Germantown Community Farm: 4872 SR 9G, Germantown, NY 12526 (Columbia Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 for All Others

Pollination is incredibly important to fruit and vegetable producers, but relatively few farmers actually keep bees anymore. Sam Comfort will show you how to attract a swarm of wild honey bees and keep them happy and healthy without the use of harsh chemicals, expensive equipment, or intensive management. Sam will discuss do-it-yourself methods including Kenyan top bar, Warre, and Langstroth hives, as well as the role that his bees play in the pollination of diverse fruits, vegetables, herbs, trees, and wildflowers at the Germantown Community Farm. Anarchy Apiaries stewards about 250 hives throughout the Hudson Valley and is run by Sam Comfort. Anarchy Apiaries is a part of (and provides plenty of pollination and serious sweetness for) the Germantown Community Farm, a collectively-run farm that seeks to build a regenerative local economy in the Hudson Valley and hosts the Fog & Thistle CSA, Good Fight Herb Co., and founders of WGXC Hudson Community Radio. Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Small Sessions Program.

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7. Wednesday, June 22nd 2:30–5:00pm

EVENTS FREE Join NOFA-NY and NYS Dept. of Ag. & Markets for this co-sponsored webinar to learn about the organic grain market in New York State, ask questions and sort out how you can make decisions about marketing your organic grain crop. You will be able to ask questions over the phone line. Th is webinar is part of a series of six NYSDAM organic grain marketing workshops. The next workshop in the series will take place on Tuesday, July 19th at noon and continue on the third Tuesday of the month thru July. To attend, please register in advance for the webinar by visiting: www. Scroll down to Upcoming Events and click on the link to June 21st.

8. Wednesday, June 22nd 5:30pm (rain date June 28th)

9. Thursday, June 23rd 4:00–6:00pm




Muttontown Preserve: 25A west of Jericho-Oyster Bay Rd., East Norwich, NY 11791 (Nassau Co.) $5 NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others* Join the Natural Nurse, Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD RN, on an herb walk at Muttontown Preserve to discover what Native Long Islanders have known for centuries—wild weeds are often the best food and medicine! Dr. Kamhi will guide you on a walking adventure in discovering the “roots” of medicine, along with the leaves, stems, fruits, and seeds that have always been the mainstay of the human diet in all parts of the world. Enjoy this historic, folkloric adventure, and learn to appreciate the beauty and bounty that surrounds us on the island of long! Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC is a medical school professor, author, and master herbalist. She will be presenting a workshop on “Natural Energy and Vitality Enhancers—Stimulating the RING OF FIRE!” at the NOFA Summer Conference in Massachusetts: *Email to pre-register. Organized by NOFA-NY Long Island Chapter. 8

Cornell Freeville Organic Research Farm: 133 Fall Creek Rd., Freeville, NY 13608 (Tompkins Co.) FREE We will tour plots of organic potatoes and lettuce, with special attention to buckwheat “insectary” plantings next to the potatoes. Participants will learn to identify beneficial insect species and how to encourage and monitor them. We will see how differing organic soil fertility regimes have influenced crop growth and quality. Attendance is free and light refreshments will be served. The Cornell Freeville Organic Research Farm was purchased in 2001 and added to the Thompson Vegetable Research Farm in Freeville, NY. It has been certified organic since 2005, and is the home of research projects investigating organic-adapted varieties, reduced tillage in organic vegetable systems, and cover crops, as well as the Organic Vegetable Cropping Systems longterm project.

TO REGISTER, call (585) 271-1979, ext. 512

11. Thursday July 14th 5:30–7:30pm



Makinajian Farm: 276 Cuba Hill Rd., Huntington, NY 11743 (Suffolk Co.) $5 NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others* Makinajian Farm is a diverse, 4-acre certified organic farm, one of the last working farms in Huntington. Two generations of the Makinajian family work together growing organic blackberries, blueberries, cut flowers, and a wide range of vegetables and herbs, as well as laying hens and meat birds for their retail store located on the farm. Join the NOFA-NY Long Island Chapter afterwards as we enjoy Makinajian Farm’s own rotisserie chickens and elect chapter offices for 2011–2012. Please bring a potluck dish to share. *RSVP requested to Organized by NOFA-NY Long Island Chapter.

Stone Soup Community Education Garden: 410-412 Gifford St., Syracuse, NY 13204 (Onondaga Co.) FREE Want to keep your garden free of weeds and pests? The secret is building a healthy garden system. In this workshop gardeners will learn to create systems to combat weeds (plants that grow where you don’t want them) and pests. Strategies include learning to identify weeds native to the environment, building healthy soil, cultivating plants that provide habitat for beneficial insect “allies.” Bring your favorite garden tool and don’t worry about getting dirty. We’ll conclude with refreshments and conversation in the garden. Karen Kerney has been farming sustainably in Cortland, NY for nearly three decades and is a founding member of NOFA-NY. Karen is also an artist and an activist, working as the Art Director for Syracuse Cultural Workers. She works, hands-on, to build a better world. Made possible in part by support from the Heifer-MORE Fund.

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10. Monday, July 11th 5:00–7:00pm




Tuesday, July 19th • 12:00–1:00pm ORGANIC GRAIN MARKETING WEBINAR CropInsurance.html FREE Join NOFA-NY and NYS Dept. of Ag. & Markets for this co-sponsored webinar to learn about the organic grain market in New York State, ask questions and sort out how you can make decisions about marketing your organic grain crop. You will be able to ask questions over the phone line. Th is webinar is part of a series of six NYSDAM organic grain marketing workshops. To attend, please register in advance for the webinar by visiting: html. Scroll down to Upcoming Events and click on the link to July 19th.


12. Saturday, July 16th 10:00am–12:30pm (followed by lunch) OBTAINING A RAW MILK PERMIT & MARKETING YOUR RAW MILK LEGALLY Sunny Cove Farm: 1444 Randolph Rd., Alfred Station, NY 14803 (Allegany Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Public demand for raw milk continues to grow, creating new opportunities for organic dairy producers. Join Jerry and Dorothy Snyder for a look at what it takes to become a permitted raw milk dairy in New York State. Jerry will walk through the application process step by step, including paperwork, milk and water testing, and inspections. Visitors will also get a chance to see the safety measures taken to ensure that Sunny Cove’s products are the highest quality available. NYS raw milk permit application packets will be available for attendees and lunch will be provided, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged! Sunny Cove Farm is a small grass based family dairy farm producing high quality milk since 1977 in Alfred, NY (in Allegany County). Dotty and Jerry Snyder transitioned to organic milk production in 2002 and are also certified producers of organic beef, organic maple syrup, English walnuts and organic apples. Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Small Sessions Program.

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13. Sunday, July 17th 14. Tuesday, July 19th 1:00–6:00pm (including potluck) 10:00am–1:00pm

Trinder Farm: 2303 SR 91, Fabius, NY 13063 (Onondaga Co) Free for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Join NOFA-NY and the management team of Trinder Farm; Tom Trinder (Owner/Operator), Nancy Wood (33-year Herdswoman), and Brian McKallip (Night Manager) to learn about incorporating technology into your organic dairy. See how Tom has renovated his dairy barn to integrate a robotic milking system. Learn how Trinder Farm’s grazing management has been adjusted to accommodate the needs of robotic milking while optimizing pastures Dry Matter Intake. Tour Tom’s newly installed windmill and hear how wind energy is part of Tom’s focus on profitable organic management. Refreshments provided. Tom Trinder purchased Trinder Farm in 1978 and began grazing his herd in 1996. Trinder Farm has been certified organic since 2006 and today is an all hay and grass farm. The farm is continually improving, first by incorporating liquid manure storage into the farm management and most recently by installing robotic milkers in 2010 and a windmill in 2011. Th is event is made possible by generous support from Horizon Organic

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Thompson-Finch Farm: 750 Wiltsie Bridge Rd., Ancram, NY 12502 (Columbia Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Th is Beginning Farmer-geared tour and lecture will provide insight into the practices and tools used in the production of five acres of strawberries, one acre of blueberries and a half acre of raspberries at Thompson-Finch Farm. The tour and talks will include information on crop rotation, site preparation, planting, cultivation, specialized tools and equipment, crop protection, harvest, and sales. Organic apple production may also be covered, time allowing. A potluck supper follows the workshop; please bring food to share and your own place settings. Thompson-Finch Farm is one of the largest and oldest organic fruit farms in the Hudson Valley/Berkshire Mountain region, growing certified organic fruit. The farm, run by Don and Marnie Maclean for 29 years, has been owned by Marnie’s family for five generations. Strawberries are the largest crop, complemented by blueberries, fall raspberries and apples as well as mixed vegetables, greenhouse tomatoes, potatoes and other field crops. Funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21847.



ORGANIC BERRIES & APPLES – Adding Value & Diversity to Your Farm




Engelbert Farms: 182 Sunnyside Rd., Nichols, NY 13812 (Tioga Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY & PASA Members / $15 All Others Join NOFA-NY, PASA, Lisa Engelbert, and NOFA-NY Farmer of the Year Kevin Engelbert at Engelbert Farms, LLC for a look at the first certified organic dairy farm in our country. When the Engelberts’ sons decided to return to the farm after college, Kevin and Lisa didn’t rapidly expand their dairy herd to support two additional families. Instead, they decided to diversify their operation. Today, Engelbert Farms produces certified organic beef, pork, cheese, grains, and vegetables, which the Engelberts market through their farm store, farmers markets, and several local retail outlets. Kevin and Lisa will discuss how they got started in organic farming, the steps they took to diversify their farm, and how they manage such a diverse operation today. Refreshments will be provided. Engelbert Farms, LLC is a 5th generation dairy farm in Nichols, NY, owned by Kevin and Lisa Engelbert & family. Engelbert Farms has been certified organic since 1984, making it the first certified organic dairy farm in the country. The Engelbert family has been farming in the Southern Tier of New York since 1848 and in Nichols since 1911. Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Small Sessions Program.


16. Sunday, July 24th 1:00–4:30pm (cookout and optional overnight following workshop) BETWEEN A CHICKEN AND A COW: The Basics of Raising Medium-Sized Animals Bittersweet Farm, 1249 State Hwy 184 Heuvelton, NY 13654 (St. Lawrence Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members/ $15 All Others The impressive heritage-breed animal production at Bittersweet Farm will provide the ideal backdrop for Beginning Farmers to learn about incorporating pigs and sheep onto their farms. An extensive farm tour will enlighten attendees about the range of animals raised in this North Country haven, though the discussion will focus on the raising of sheep and Tamworth Pigs, from breeding to marketing. There are diverse areas on the farm dedicated to different animal-raising needs; mini-lectures at specific points will highlight the essentials for starting up with heritage animals, including infrastructure needs and costs of production. All attendees are invited to a post-workshop cookout and are welcome to spend the night at the farm, either in the cabin or in your own tent! Bittersweet Farm is a 112-acre family farm located in the St. Lawrence River valley. The farm has grown from a two lowtunnel operation to include vegetable and herb production, eggs, pasture-raised lamb, pork, and chicken. Ann and Brian Bennett focus on producing heritage breeds that thrive in a natural environment with a reduced consumption of grain. Funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21847.

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18. Sunday, July 31st 10:00am–4:00pm (including potluck lunch)

AN INTRODUCTION TO FARMING WITH HORSES Essex Farm: 2503 SR 22, Essex, NY 12936 (Essex Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Join Mark and Kristin Kimball at Essex Farm for an introduction to farming with horses! We’ll discuss basic cultivation and harvesting techniques, appropriate equipment, and the financial costs and benefits of using draft power. Farmers thinking of powering their farms with horses won’t want to miss this opportunity for some hands-on work and training with the teams at Essex Farm. Show up earlier for a farmers-only tour of the farm (10:00am, $10 apiece, no pre-registration). Mark and Kristin Kimball run a fullfood, free-choice, horse-powered, yearround CSA at Essex Farm that now serves over 350 families in the greater Essex area. For an in-depth look at the story of Essex Farm, check out a copy of Kristin’s new book The Dirty Life. Funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2009-49400-05878.

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17. Saturday, July 30th 1:30–4:00pm

Hollengold Farm: 222 Lower Whitfield Rd., Accord, NY 12404 (Ulster Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others The principles and ethics of permaculture continue to increase in popularity, especially among Beginning Farmers starting their own farms. These topics will be addressed during a farm tour emphasizing the permaculture practices that inspired Hollengold Farm’s design. An introduction to constructing edible forest gardens will be given. Attendees will then split into groups with the objective of designing a guild around a tree on the property. The group will then discuss the feasibility of implementing the designs at Hollengold. If time allows, the day will wind down with a viewing of Geoff Lawton’s short fi lms on existing food forests. A potluck lunch will break up the day; please bring food to share and your own place settings. Hollengold Farm was established in 2009 by Wendy Hollender and her children Abby and Jesse. Using permaculture from the outset, they included no-till beds, a wide variety of annual and perennial vegetables and an assortment of fruit and nut trees to create a diverse system. Caitlin Quinn and Henning Grentz currently manage a formarket vegetable farm, Burly Worm Growers, at Hollengold Farm while continuing to implement permaculture and other sustainable land management practices. Funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21847.





19. Thursday, August 4th 4:00–7:00pm

20. Tuesday, August 9th 4:00–7:00pm



Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm: 133 Fall Creek Rd., Freeville, NY 13068 (Tompkins Co.) FREE Join NOFA-NY and Cornell University for a look at some of the exciting research happening in organic cropping systems. Topics that will be covered include organic variety trials in 6 vegetable crops that have been bred for late blight, downy mildew, and resistance to cucumber beetle. Soil-health impact of cover crops (buckwheat and sudangrass) will be discussed. Organic potato management trials will be examined, as will a reduced-tillage cover cropping system for broccoli production.

Mud Creek Farm: McMahon Rd off SR 96 (follow the NOFA-NY signs), Victor, NY 14564 (Ontario Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Healthy soil translates into healthy produce. While this maxim is known and understood by Beginning Farmers, many would like to do more to promote soil physical and microbial health. Following a tour of Mud Creek Farm (led by farmer Erin Bullock), Crystal Stewart of Cornell Cooperative Extension will focus on best management techniques for organic farmers trying to eliminate or prevent garlic bloat nematode and soilborne pests and pathogens. Participants will learn the management techniques that promote soil physical health, reduce soil compaction, encourage healthy soil microbial, and promote productive crops and higher yields. A potluck dinner follows the event, so please bring food to share and your own place setting. Crystal Stewart works as a Vegetable Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension and teaches an online Cornell University Course each winter. Erin Bullock runs Mud Creek Farm, where the mission is to “use responsible farming practices which sustain and improve the health and vitality of the entire farm system, including the soil, the air, the water, the plants, the animals, and the people we feed.” Funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21847.

August 9th–11th • 9:00am–5:00pm EMPIRE FARM DAYS Rodman Lott & Sons Farms: 2973 SR 414, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 Come visit NOFA-NY at Empire Farm Days! We’ll be in the Dairy Tent and the Cornell Building. Stop by and say “hi,” or volunteer to help staff the booth! If you’d like to help out, please get in touch with Matt Robinson:, or (585) 271-1979, ext. 503. 14

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Friday, August 12th – Sunday, August 14th NOFA SUMMER CONFERENCE

22. Thursday, August 11th 10:00am–1:00pm



Canticle Farms: 3835 South Nine Mile Rd., Allegany, NY 14706 (Cattaraugus Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Join David Schummer for a look at Canticle Farm’s transition to GAPs compliance. David will discuss how they have established a painless but reliable record-keeping system (integrated with their crop planning system) that is the key to a good farm food safety plan. Farmers will have the chance to see Canticle Farm’s new washing and packing facility in action and see how the farm’s food safety plan has been implemented on the farm. Canticle Farm, Inc. is a 10-acre, not-forprofit, Certified Naturally Grown, diversified vegetable CSA farm. Established in 2001 by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY, Canticle Farm now serves over 250 CSA members, and supports retail sales efforts that include 2 farmers’ markets, a roadside stand, bi-weekly winter/spring barn sales, and farm-to-restaurant sales. Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program.

Lakeview Organic Grain: 1543 Ridge Rd., Penn Yan, NY 14527 (Yates Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others When it comes to organic grain production, proper combine adjustment and harvest timing can make all the difference in the world. Robert Hall and Tim Christensen will walk through proper adjustment of both rotor- and cylinderstyle combines, as well as tips for keeping your machinery clean to prevent cross-crop contamination, fi nding the right custom operator, and choosing the right equipment. Klaas Martens and another representative from the mill will discuss the specific standards that they use to evaluate grain and simple steps that farmers can follow to get the best price for their product at the mill. Refreshments will be provided. Lakeview Organic Grain produces over 1,400 acres of diverse certified organic grains for the food, feed, and seed markets. Lakeview Organic Grain also mills organic grain for a large number of producers in New York State. Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens have been farming organically since 1993. Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Small Sessions Program and Farm Family Insurance.

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21. Wednesday, August 10th 10:00am–1:00pm


U-MASS Amherst: Amherst, MA Get together with NOFA farmers from around the Northeast for a fantastic weekend in Amherst. Th is year, Animal Power Field Days will also be held at the NOFA Summer Conference! Visit for more information. Scholarships are available for beginning farmers:

Thursday, August 25th – Monday, September 5th

23. Tuesday, August 16th 8:00am–11:30am




Ever Green Farm: 5942 Old Lake Rd., Rock Stream, NY 14878 (Yates Co.) $30 NOFA-NY Members / $40 All Others (cost includes 1 organic chicken) Join NOFA-NY and Ever Green Farm for a great opportunity to get some hands-on training in on-farm poultry processing! Joe and Joely Zerbey harvest about 400 birds per year, and they’ll walk us through their entire process. Topics covered will include appropriate equipment, sanitation procedures, minimizing stress on the birds, regulations, and step-by-step instructions of how to slaughter chickens on the farm. The cost of registration includes 1 organic chicken, which you will slaughter and take home at the end of the day. Space in this workshop is limited, so register soon! Ever Green Farm is a diverse organic family farm run by Joe and Joely Zerbey. In addition to a variety of vegetables, fruits, and flowers, they raise 400 broilers, a small flock of turkeys, and pork. Their chickens are marketed primarily through an optional chicken share for their CSA members. Funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2009-49400-05878, and support from Farm Family Insurance.


State Fair Grounds, Syracuse, NY The New York State Fair is introducing Organic categories in its annual Fruit and Vegetable competitions! For more information, visit their website at Submit an entry, and don’t forget to swing by the NOFA-NY booth!

24. Sunday, August 21st 11:00am–1:00pm PRESERVING YOUR PRODUCE IN A JAR AT NORTH FORK SPECIALTY KITCHEN A Taste of the North Fork: 8595 Cox Ln. Unit 3, Cutchogue, NY 11935 (Suffolk Co.) $15 NOFA-NY Members / $20 All Others* Learn simple ways to enjoy the fruits of your labor all year long. Professional jam-and-pickle-maker Jeri Woodhouse, owner of Taste of the North Fork in Cutchogue, will lead us step-by-step through the process of preserving your own garden bounty. After this class you will know how to prepare fruit and vegetables for canning or pickling, how to prepare a brine, and how to do waterbath canning. We’ll learn about food safety issues involved in the process. The materials fee includes use of the certified kitchen, fruit and veggies to preserve, and jars. The best part- everyone takes home a jar of preserves or pickles to eat! *RSVP is required for this event: please email jeri@atasteofthenorthfork. com or call (631) 734-6100. Organized by NOFA-NY Long Island Chapter.

TO REGISTER, call (585) 271-1979, ext. 512

26. Tuesday, August 23rd 4:00–6:00pm (rain date August 24th)



Kilpatrick Family Farm: 9778 SR 22, Middle Granville, NY 12849 (Washington Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others As consumers grow increasingly aware of the CSA model and the “buy-local” philosophy, many farms are eager to meet the demand for year-round fresh, local, premium produce. At our winter-production and storage workshop, novice winter-producers will learn the different growing, harvesting and storage requirements of a wide range of specialty and common storage crops through a guided field and storage-structure tour. Participants will learn how our hosts scaled up their operation to include winter storage and how they manage to produce greens 52 weeks out of the year with season extension, overwintering, and high and low tunnels. As with the other workshops in the Beginning Farmer series, we will discuss the financial impact of winter crops, including marketing strategies, marketing outlets, profits and expenses. Kilpatrick Family Farm is a four-season, mixed Farmers’ Market and CSA operation that was started in 2003 by brothers Philip and Michael Kilpatrick. Michael now farms over 12 acres of field crops and onethird of an acre of tunnels with a great crew. Over the years the farm has focused on winter growing and season extension which has allowed it to produce for 2 weekly winter/4 summer farmers’ markets and over 100 winter/200 summer CSA members. Funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21847.

Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center: 3059 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901 (Suffolk Co.)* FREE Join Plant Pathologist Meg McGrath and Vegetable Specialist Sandy Menasha for a tour of the 2-acre organic block and view organic based research trials. Included in the tour will be a late blight resistant tomato variety trial, a disease resistant melon variety trial, a biopesticides for disease management trial, and a trial of cultural practices for tillage radish cover crop. No RSVP necessary. *Organized by NOFA-NY Long Island Chapter.

27. Wednesday, August 24th 4:00–6:00pm DOES THAT PRODUCT WORK? Gates Farm, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station: 3350 Gates Rd., Geneva, NY 14456 (Ontario Co.) FREE Join Abby Seaman, Tony Shelton, and Chris Smart for a look at their trials of insecticides and fungicides allowed for organic production in cucurbits, tomatoes, and crucifer crops. Bring your experiences with pest management in organic vegetables as well as questions and/or samples of insects and diseases for identification and discussion of management practices.

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25. Monday, August 22nd 1:30–6:00pm (including potluck supper)





28. Monday, August 29th 10:00am–3:00pm

29. Wednesday, August 31st 10:00am–2:00pm




Thorpe’s Organic Family Farm: 12866 Route 78, East Aurora, NY 14807 (Erie Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Organic weed management requires a strategic approach that relies on rotations, diversity, and cultural practices. The field day will cover a number of effective strategies for weed management in field and vegetable crops. Techniques such as soil preparation, variety selection, row spacing, mulching, and cultivation will also be demonstrated. Farmers will be encouraged to share their strategies for organic weed management. Box lunch will be provided. Thorpe’s Organic Family Farm is a highly diversified family farm of 2,300 acres, growing corn, soybeans, small grains and a wide range of vegetables. Certified organic since 1994, Gayle and Mike Thorpe offer vegetable and fruit shares through an organic customer supported agriculture program. The farm also grows grains and hay for livestock. Funded by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and co-sponsored by the Alfred State College Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture.


Weaver Farm: 4933 Peterboro Rd., Morrisville, NY 13408 (Madison Co.) Free for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Please join NOFA-NY and Steven Weaver for a pasture walk of Weaver Family Farm. Troy Bishopp, grazing specialist with the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District, will discuss making daily decisions using a grazing monitoring chart and measuring biological life in your pasture swards. Learn about how Steven manages his intensive grazing system with a focus on perennials and twice-a-day paddock rotation with a gateless pasture system. Steven will also discuss how the bedded pack system is incorporated into his fertility plan and increases in overall herd health. Lunch will be provided for an optional donation, and all donations will go to benefit Siloam Springs School. Steven Weaver and his family moved to the Morrisville area in 1996. The Weaver Farm has been certified organic since 2008. Steven manages a grass-based dairy of 65 cows on 100 acres of pasture. Th is event has been made possible by generous support from Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative.

TO REGISTER, call (585) 271-1979, ext. 512

Save the Date!

September 2011

NOFA-NY’s 2nd Annual NY Locavore Challenge Th is month-long campaign is aimed at educating consumers about how to make healthy and ethical food choices and cook with in-season, local organic foods, while supporting local sustainable farms and food businesses. Th is year’s program is versatile, fun and FREE! Participants have the option of signing up for a day, a week, or a month-long challenge, and within these time frames they can choose to participate in a variety of different mini-challenges and events. Visit the NY Locavore Challenge website for up-to-date program information now through September at Sunday, Sunday, September 25th (suggested time 1:00–4:00pm) September 25th


During the Potluck Across NY State, we hope to have thousands of New Yorkers sitting down to a local organic meal “together” on Sunday, September 25th. We are currently solidifying organizational partners, securing sponsorship and confirming potluck hosts and county recruitment captains. If you are interested in being involved in any of these areas please contact Lea Kone at (585) 271-1979 ext. 502 or at to sign up or to request more information.

To help celebrate Locavore month and encourage consumers to buy local organic products, NOFA-NY is organizing a Farm Open House Day during the month of September! Th is state-wide event will help farmers showcase their farms and products by offering consumers the opportunity to visit their farms. The public will be invited to tour participating farms, learn about local organic agriculture, and get to know their farmers better. Check the NOFA-NY website ( soon for more information on this great opportunity to connect with consumers in your region!

30. Sunday, September 18th 9:00am–4:30pm

sidering starting a CSA at your farm, you won’t want to miss this day-long introduction to running a membership farm. Join Stew Ritchie (Native OfferCSA IN WESTERN NEW YORK: ings Farm), David Schummer (Canticle An Introduction to Farms), and Dan Oles (Promised Land Membership Farming CSA) for a discussion of member reMorning: CCE Cattaraugus County, 28 Parkside Dr., Ellicottville, NY 14731 cruitment, crop planning, share pricing, member communications, and a whole Afternoon: Native Offerings Farm, host of other topics that will get you 8501 Maples Rd., Little Valley, NY started on the road to running a success14755 (Cattaraugus Co.) ful CSA. The morning will be spent in $25 NOFA-NY Members / the classroom, and the afternoon will be $40 All Others spent at Native Offerings Farm. Lunch Consumer demand for CSAs has ris- and refreshments will be served. en sharply in recent years, especially Supported by USDA Risk Managein Western New York. As this demand ment Agency, Small Sessions Program, continues to grow, so does the need for the Heifer-MORE Fund, and Farm Famnew CSAs in this region. If you are conily Insurance. Or, sign up ONLINE at





31. Sunday, September 18th 2:00–7:00pm (including potluck dinner) COVER CROPS AS A KEY COMPONENT TO VEGETABLE CROP ROTATIONS


The Poughkeepsie Farm Project: Vassar College Farm – follow signs from the intersection of Raymond Ave. and Hooker Ave. in Poughkeepsie, NY (Dutchess Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others An often-overlooked component to Beginning Farmers’ farm plans is the incorporation of cover crops into summer vegetable crop rotations. During a tour of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s fields, we will look to see if we can detect differences between fields that have recently been cover cropped and areas that have not been cover cropped as recently. Participants will learn the financial impacts of using cover crops during the main growing season as well as the more typical early and late season windows. Attention will be given to mechanics and logistics, with an in-depth look at the equipment used to plant, maintain and till in the cover crops. Workshop participants will try their hand at finding or making windows in a hypothetical (or their own farm’s) cropping schedule to accommodate cover crops. Following the workshop, participants are invited to enjoy a harvest-themed potluck supper—please bring food to share and a place setting. Founded in 1999 by community members and a farm manager, The Poughkeepsie Farm Project runs a community farm that produces well over 100,000 pounds of vegetables per year for distribution to its CSA members, a farmer’s market and various


other outlets targeting low-income people in Poughkeepsie. Wendy and Asher Burkhart-Spiegel moved to tropical Poughkeepsie to take over the management of the farm in 2003 after a number of years working on vegetable farms in New Hampshire and Maine. Funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21847.

32. Monday, September 19th 10:00am–12:30pm MAKING THE MARGINS WORK: Adding Value to Goat Milk Kortright Creek Creamery/Stone & Th istle Farm: 1211 Kelso Rd., East Meredith, NY 13757 (Delaware Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Diversifying the farm business is nothing new to Tom and Denise Warren of Stone & Th istle Farm, Kortright Creamery, and Fable (their on-farm restaurant). When faced with tight margins in their organic goat milk business, Tom and Denise decided to build a creamery on their farm to bottle their organic milk and make their yogurt and cheese. The processing equipment, purchased with a USDA Rural Business Enterprise grant, enables them to make value-added dairy products for Kortright Creek and for area dairy farmers, which helps strengthen their business. Join us for a tour of the facility and a no-nonsense discussion of dairy farm fi nances. Stone & Thistle Farm and Kortright Creamery are run by Denise and Tom Warren. Denise and Tom produce a variety of grass-fed meats and eggs. They also run an on-farm restaurant and offer farm-stays at their 50-acre farm in East Meredith, NY. Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Small Sessions Program.

TO REGISTER, call (585) 271-1979, ext. 512


33. Wednesday, September 21st 10:00am–12:30pm GRASS-FED LAMB & MUTTON: Pasture Management & Improvement, Health Issues & Marketing

TRANSITIONING AN ORGANIC FARM TO DRAFT POWER Roxbury Farm: 2501 SR 9H, Kinderhook, NY 12106 (Columbia Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Join NOFA-NY, Jean-Paul Courtens, Jody Bolluyt, and Donn Hewes for a look at what it takes to transition a large successful CSA to horse power. How is it different from starting a horse powered farm? We will take a tour of Roxbury Farm where we will attempt to answer the question - What if we were doing it with horses? The tour will be followed by a sit down (hopefully in the grass) discussion about what aspects of transition might be common to most farms, and what challenges might be unique to individual operations. Bring your questions and ideas and join us for this fun experiment. Roxbury Farm is run by Jean-Paul Courtens and Jody Bolluyt, who, along with the farm’s staff, produce a diverse array of vegetables and grass-fed meats. Roxbury Farm follows biodynamic practices and is a Farmer’s Pledge member of NOFA-NY. Donn Hewes farms at Northland Sheep Dairy, a draft-powered farm in Marathon, NY. Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Small Sessions Program.

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34. Thursday, September 22nd 1:30–4:00pm


White Clover Sheep Farm: 683 Bagley Rd., Rushville, NY 14544 (Yates Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Join Ulf Kintzel, shepherd and herding dog trainer for a pasture walk and discussion of raising sheep the way they were intended to be raised: on pasture! Drawing on twenty-seven years of sheep herding experience, Ulf will discuss various pasture improvement techniques and preventive health care options for grass-based producers. Marketing strategies for grass-fed products will also be covered. Attendees of this workshop will get a good lesson in preventative health care as soon as they arrive at the farm— to prevent the spread of disease, everyone’s shoes will be washed in sanitizer before the pasture walk starts. Ulf Kintzel manages a herd of 250 ewes with their lambs on 120 acres of pasture at White Clover Sheep Farm and markets his lamb primarily through local distributors like Finger Lakes Family Farms. Ulf also sells White Dorper sheep breeding stock and trains German Shepherd dogs in the German tending style. Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Small Sessions Program.



35. Saturday, September 24th Time TBA

36. Wednesday, September 28th 10:00am–12:30pm



Location TBA FREE NOFA-NY is excited to announce a Regional Food Policy Summit, to be held on September 24, 2011. We will be welcoming food policy activists from throughout Central and Western New York. The morning will begin with a keynote from Community Food Policy Specialist and Author Mark Winne, and the day will conclude with regional action planning. Anyone interested in making their region’s food system more healthy, just, and sustainable is invited. For more information, contact NOFA-NY’s Food Justice Program at foodjustice@nofany. org and check the NOFA-NY website for more details soon. Made possible by support from the Heifer-MORE Fund.


Honeyhill Farm: 6241 Price Rd., Livonia, NY 14487 (Livingston Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Small vegetable farms need to have simple, affordable, and flexible equipment. The field day will demonstrate a multi-functional tractor-mounted tool that has been designed to save labor for family-operated farms. The tool would be commercially available at a cost that would be affordable to most small-scale vegetable farmers in the northeastern United States. The field day will feature the tool being used for potato harvesting and garlic planting. Honeyhill Farm is a diversified small family farm in the Finger Lakes Region. Honeyhill produces organic chickens, grassfed beef, garlic and a select set of mixed vegetables including heirloom tomatoes. Honeyhill Farm sells directly to individuals at the farm, at farmer’s markets and to quality restaurants. Funded by the USDA Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer Grant program and co-sponsored by the Alfred State College Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture.

TO REGISTER, call (585) 271-1979, ext. 512


37. Thursday, September 29th 10:00am–1:00pm

38. Sunday, October 16th 1:30–4:30pm

Sugar Hill Farm: 116 Rice Rd., DeKalb Junction, NY 13630 (St. Lawrence Co.) FREE for NOFA-NY Members / $15 All Others Join Renee and Roy Smith at Sugar Hill Farm for a tour of their farm and a discussion of how to promote soil health by using pastured livestock. Renee and Roy will cover bale grazing, targeted foliar feeding, incorporating chicken compost and off -farm amendments, and a variety of other methods that they have used to build their soils over the past eight years. Following the soil-building portion of the afternoon, we’ll turn our attention to several exciting efforts that the Smiths (along with 3 other people) are spearheading to bring organic livestock processing facilities to the North Country. Roy and Renee Smith raise 100% Grassfed beef, pastured pork, and free-range chicken at Sugar Hill Farm. They market their products through a year-round meat CSA. Roy and Renee are also leading an effort through North Country Pastured to bring a mobile processing unit and a new slaughterhouse to the region’s organic producers. The unit will be Certified Organic, Certified Humanely Treated, and Animal Welfare Approved. Funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2009-49400-05878.

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$15 All Others Join NOFA-NY, Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA), and Siobhan Griffin on Raindance Farm to learn about incorporating cheese production into your dairy farm. Tour the farm and see firsthand how Siobhan manages her pasturing system to create superior cheese for her customers. Discuss the process of developing markets, creating products and on farm processing of cheese. Also learn about the other diverse aspects of Siobhan’s farm including marketing of retail meat cuts, wild crops, and vegetables. Refreshments will be provided. Siobhan Griffin began her first farm in Vermont in 1991 with 20 cows, 10 owned and 10 lent. Today she farms in the foothills of the Catskills where she milks 90 cows that graze on 200 acres. Siobhan is an avid grazer with the goal of someday grazing her entire farm. She began processing her own cheese in 2010. Th is event is part of the NODPA 2011 Field Days, to be held immediately following, just down the road at the lodge at Cooperstown Beaver Valley Cabins and Campsite. For further information, visit the NODPA website at, or contact Nora Owens at (413) 772-0444. Th is event is co-sponsored by NOFA-NY, NODPA, and Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative.





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2011 Field Days Guide  

Listing of all 2011 NOFA-NY Field Days and workshops.

2011 Field Days Guide  

Listing of all 2011 NOFA-NY Field Days and workshops.