2017 On-Farm Field Days

On behalf of NOFA-NY, this summer’s host farms, our sponsors, and partners, we cordially invite you to The Resilent one TroyBishopp Life on the Farm fielddaay2017 copy copyparticipate in this season’s field days! We are excited to present so many events this season led by some of the most knowledgeable organic farmers and researchers in our state. 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 strive to serve many parts of New York’s organic community with our on-farm events. 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.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for all field days. Scroll down to see details on each Field Day, and register for those you are interested in! All costs will be $15/individual, $25 for two or more people from same farm, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration closes three days before the event.

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Finding Your Tribe: Growing Your Food, Your Seeds & Your Team, August 26 (Ontario County)

Finding Your Tribe: Growing Your Food, Your Seeds & Your Team
August 26, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Finding your voice, your niche and your team is an endless and endlessly exciting opportunity to grow, be challenged, and share abundance. Come learn the basics of integrating seed on your market farm, how we build our team at Fruition, and enjoy tasting our new watermelon varieties! The Watermelon Extravaganza follows from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm!

Held at Fruition Seeds
7921 Hickory Bottom Rd
Naples, NY 14512

Rotational Dairy Grazing, August 29 (Montgomery County)

Rotational Dairy Grazing
August 29, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop is FREE! Organic Valley and NOFA-NY invite you to learn about multispecies rotational grazing system. Hear from Aaron Fisher as he shares his knowledge on balancing forages for both his milk cow herd and his sheep. He will share his experiences in intensive grazing on his 30 cow dairy. Mark Kopecky Organic Valley Agronomist speak on balancing soils in a grazing rotation. Learn about soil health as it pertains to both field crop production and pasture management.

This event is produced by NOFA-NY with support from Organic Valley Cropp Cooperative.

Held at Echo-Valley Farm
492 Marshville Road
Canajoharie, NY 13317

Pasture Walk at Red House Ranch, August 29 (Chemung County)

Pasture Walk at Red House Ranch
August 29, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This workshop is FREE! The Cornell Cooperative Extension’s South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team is hosting a pasture walk! Come hear Ike and Dave Mallula’s story and learn how they produce food their grandparents would recognize with new and improved techniques such as: pastured chickens in chicken tractors; silvopastured pigs to utilize forest areas; and mob grazed beef cattle. Fay Benson will talk about getting the most out of grazing and Whole Farm Revenue Protection. This events is free with light refreshments provided.

Pre-registration is not required. For questions, contact Abbie Teeter at 607.391.2670 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This event is produced with support from USDA-Risk Management Agency.

Held at Red House Ranch
953 Rumsey Hill Rd.
VanEtten, NY 14889

Building an Organic Dairy from the Soil Up, August 31 (Cortland County)

Building an Organic Dairy from the Soil Up
August 31, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop is FREE! Join NOFA-NY as we learn about assessing soil health, developing a farm design and building your dairy. Jim and Anne Phillips of Triple 3 Livestock in Cortland, NY will share their farm story and provide a tour of their new facilities. Mark Kopecky, Organic Valley Agronomist will discuss soil health as it pertains to crop production and pasture management. Fay Benson, Cornell University SCNY Regional Team, will bring the Soil Health Trailer to demonstrate variations in soil types and management systems. Fay will also share his knowledge of crop insurance options available in NY State.

This event is produced by NOFA-NY with support from Organic Valley Cropp Cooperative and the USDA-Risk Management Agency.

Held at Triple 3 Livestock
955 Parker St.
Marathon, NY 13803

Crop Production: Balancing the Field & Tunnels on an Established Organic Vegetable Operation, September 6 (Chenango County)

Crop Production: Balancing the Field & Tunnels on an Established Organic Vegetable Operation
September 6, 2017, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Zaid Kurdieh at Norwich Meadows Farm for an afternoon tour of their 100-acre certified organic vegetable operation. Founded in 1998, Norwich Meadows Farm serves over a thousand CSA members in Norwich and NYC, and sells direct to consumer and restaurants. Zaid will be discussing how they efficiently manage crops in the field and their 95 high tunnels, from crop rotations, disease, cover cropping to mitigating risk. The Risk Management Agency will provide a brief overview on how to manage risk and how crop insurance can help protect your farm. The tour will include plenty of time for open dialogue on each topic.

This event is produced by NOFA-NY with support from the USDA-Risk Management Agency.

Held at Norwich Meadow Farms
105 Old Stone Rd
Norwich, NY 13815

Best Management Practices for High Tunnel Nutrition and Soil Health, September 13 (Dutchess County)

Best Management Practices for High Tunnel Nutrition and Soil Health
September 13, 2017, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Soil tests, foliar tests, foliar feeds, fertigation, managing for yield, long term soil health in a high tunnel isn’t a simple process. It can have a lot of components and require a fair amount of analysis. Leon Vehaba is a long-time grower and will share some of his tips, tricks and lessons learned. The Cornell Vegetable Program partnering with NOFA-NY in a New York Farm Viability Institute funded project have been working to identify long-term soil health and fertility best management practices. They will share what has been learned at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and at other farms across the state in a conversation focused on development of best management practices.

This event is produced by NOFA-NY in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension with support from the New York Farm Viability Institute.

Held at Poughkeepsie Farm Project
51 Vassar Farm Lane
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Equipment Tutorial For Small Farms, September 13 (Tompkins County)

Equipment Tutorial For Small Farmers
September 13, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Are you a new or growing farm looking to purchase equipment that's right for you both financially and logistically? Making mechanized equipment purchases can be a daunting task! Join us for a hands-on evening to look at and learn about various different types of equipment to determine what will be appropriate for the size and needs of your operation. Facilitated by Groundswell and taught by experienced farmers and a mechanic, this Field Day will help you consider buying new or used, parts and maintenance, size and condition, and some of the precautions needed to make realistic choices. This just might be the risk management tool that will make your next investment a success!

This event is produced by NOFA-NY and Groundswell with support from the USDA-Risk Management Agency.

Held at Remembrance Farm
6294 Searsburg Rd.
Trumansburg, NY 14886

Season Extension - Stretching Tomato Season and Winter Greens, October 4 (Cattaraugus County)

Season Extension - Stretching Tomato Season and Winter Greens
October 4, 2017, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

What do you need to do to stretch out your high tunnel tomato season or establish a profitable crop of winter greens? Meeting the full season's nutritional demands of tomatoes under organic management is challenging. Juggling diverse succession crops and keeping the tunnel profitable year round adds an extra level of difficulty. Mark Printz of Canticle Farm will share his experiences. NOFA-NY and the Cornell Vegetable Program will discuss what they are learning through the New York Farm Viability Institute funded initiative, “Best Management Practices for Long Term Profitable High Tunnel Soil Fertility and Health.”

This event is produced by NOFA-NY in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension with support from the New York Farm Viability Institute.

Held at Canticle Farm
3835 S. Nine Mile Rd.
Allegany, NY 14706

Grass Based Dairy Management, October 13 (Otsego County)

Grass Based Dairy Management
October 13, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Interested in transitioning to grass-based milk production or looking to find out more about fine tuning your pasture management? Join NOFA-NY and Maple Hill Creamery as we learn more on grass-fed organic cow health, breeding, grazing and feed production. Tom McGrath will share his success with restoring depleted pastures through bale grazing, chicken manure and lime applications. Tour Autumn Valley Farm and hear from Tom as he shares his experiences in producing quality feed to meet your herd's nutritional needs in a grass-based system. Tom will also share his thoughts on dairy genetics and inline breeding with the group.

This event is produced by NOFA-NY with support from Maple Hill Creamery.

Held at Autumn Valley Farm
1644 County Highway 39
Worchester, NY 12197

Farm Food Safety and Purchasing Locally Grown Produce; What’s It All Mean? October 17 (Ontario County)

Farm Food Safety and Purchasing Locally Grown Produce; What’s It All Mean?
October 17, 2017 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Jordon Hall, NY State Agricultural Experiment Station, 630 W. North St. Geneva, NY
Cost: $25 includes lunch
Preregistration required by 10/13/17. Registration is through the Cornell Vegetable Program. Register online here.

Attention Locally-Grown Food Buyers, Purchasers, Distributors, Farm to School or Institution Programs, Chefs, and Healthy Eating Programmers: Learn about the farm food safety alphabet of programs and what they might mean for you. Whether it’s GAPs, HGAPs, or FSMA, farm food safety will be impacting the local food movement across the state and country. What do Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Harmonized GAPs (HGAPs), or the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mean and how will these initiatives impact the locally grown food you want to purchase?

Cornell Cooperative Extension through the Cornell Vegetable Program, the Lake Ontario Fruit Team, and NOFA-NY is presenting an educational session on farm food safety for all types of locally grown food buyers.

The agenda will cover:

  • What are GAPs, HGAPs, other third party audit schemes,
  • FSMA federal regulations
  • What does this mean for farmers and what are the financial impacts on farmers
  • What does this mean for buyers
  • Traceability and recall
  • Farmer and buyer testimonials
  • Locally processed foods regulation overview
  • Action steps

Preregistration required by 10/13/17. Registration is through the Cornell Vegetable Program. Register online here.
For more information, please contact Robert Hadad This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 585-739-4065

CANCELLED - Soil Tilth and Tillage Tools; Soils and Preparation for Cover Crops and Winter Grains, TBD (Thompkins County)

Soil Tilth and Tillage Tools; Soils and Preparation for Cover Crops and Winter Grains
TBD

Oechsner Farms have built their success from the ground up, with serious crop rotations, a focus on soil health, and high quality grains. Come and uncover the secrets of their soil health with demonstrations by Fay Benson CCE and the soil health demo trailer. A lemken Rubin high speed disc demonstration reflects on the next generation of European tillage systems for incorporating cover crops and improving soil tilth. High Grain quality management, best soil management practices, with some crop insurance thrown in as a backup tool, provide the depth of experience Thor enjoys sharing with farmers across the Country.

This event is produced by NOFA-NY with support from the USDA-Risk Management Agency

Held at Thor Oechsner Farm
1045 Trumbulls Corners Road
Newfield, NY 14867

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