Covering events in Chemung, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins & Schuyler Counties

Covering events in Chemung, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins & Schuyler Counties

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Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture

Backyard Grape Growing
July 19th 6pm-8pm- Silverspoon Café at 323 Owego St. Montour Falls. Please Join Gillian Trimber, a viticulture educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Finger Lakes Grape Program and learn about choosing a site, selecting varieties to plant, dodging diseases, and the principles of balanced pruning and crop load. Fee is $20 to attend. Please visit
for required registration and additional information.
Workshop: Weed Identification and Management
July 19, 2017; 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County to learn identification strategies and management tactics to help control weeds in your landscapes.Speaker: Linda Svoboda, Horticulture Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome CountyPlace: Steele Memorial Library (IT room), 101 E Church Street, Elmira, NY. Workshop fee: Free, but a $3 suggested donation helps support our Horticulture program. Registration is required. Please contact Chemung CCE at 607-734-4453, or
Is Your Farm Business Structured for Success? Webinar:
Wed. July 19, 12-1pm. For decades, farmers have relied on the CSA model and farmers’ markets to retail their produce and finance their farm operations. In recent years, farmers have anecdotally expressed that they are increasingly competing with farms, stores, and other market options offering more choices for customers. Please click the picture to learn more about this workshop.REGISTER HERE
Herb Garden Walk
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM and September 6, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Love herbs, but want to learn more about how to use them? Have a special herb tea recipe you would like to share? All season long, our herb gardeners prepare the demonstration garden and this is your chance to talk with them, learn some new plants, and perhaps go home with a few springs of something aromatic. Come join the conversation! Contact Barb Neal 607-687-4020 ext 304
Celebrating Common Ground: Discovering Weeds, Soil Health, and Diversity at the Incubator Farm. August 5, 3 - 5:30 pm:Groundswell Incubator Farmhosts a fascinating cultural exchange of soil and science, weeds, and words at this field day. Learn from Cornell Research Technician Sandra Wayman and Fay Benson, Cornell Cooperative Extension Small Farms Program with their Soil Health Mobile Trailer and incubator farmers. This day provides a unique opportunity for hands-on learning about breaking through cultural and language barriers. This event is produced by NOFA-NY and Groundswell with support from the USDA-Risk Management Agency. Groundswell is located at 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850 (Tompkins County).
Party for the Pollinators
August 7th from 5-7 PM, the Cornell Cooperative Extension Teaching Garden will be hosting a Party for the Pollinators. Danielle Wolleman is a Cornell University student interning at CCE, organizing the event, and planning fun, insect-related educational activities for visitors of all ages. Guests will hear from John Losey an Entomology Professor, Roger Ort CCE’s Local Foods and Agriculture Educator, and Debbie Ball one of CCE Schuyler County’s Master Gardeners. Together, these knowledgeable individuals will teach about beneficial insects and introduce ways to involve oneself in the continuation of these important native species. Additional event highlights include the unveiling of a new pollinator hotel as well as a ladybug release. Tours will also be offered so that members of the community may familiarize themselves with the space. Those interested in learning, tasting, or observing should certainly stop by the CCE Schuyler Teaching Garden, located at 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls, New York. On the summer night of August 7th, light refreshments will be provided for guests at the event. Please call 607-535-7161 or visit for more information.
Empire Farm Days
August 8th-10th Empire Farm Days is YOUR place for seeing the latest innovations, newest technologies and cutting-edge techniques for your farming operations. Whether you are interested in expanding your business, improving your efficiency or increasing your profitability Empire Farm Days is the place to form strategies and get the tools. If your business is dairy, livestock, crops; if your focus is full time or part time; if you are experienced or just starting out- our business is YOU.
Summer Bud Grafting
August 8, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. The Art of Grafting Fruit trees, join John Reynolds, the owner of Daring Drake Farms, a family-owned orchard with over 125 varieties of large and small fruits.John will discuss summer bud grafting, layering, and stool beds.There will be a hands-on demonstrationon these propagation techniques. You will make bud grafts and take two grafted trees home! Workshop is held in room Human Service Complex, room 120,Montour Falls, NY. Fee for the workshop is $20 and class limit is 20. Pre-registration is required. Please visit for more information and to register. If you have any questions please contact Roger Ort, or call 607-535-7161.
Cider Making 101
August 23, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Join Autumn Stoscheck,award winning cider maker from Eve’s Cidery, about learning how to make your own cider and better understand the process. Cost is $10 and preregistration is required. For more details and to register, please visit
The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute is happy to announce the date for this year's Permaculture Weekend! August 25th - 27th
Fall Plant Sale
August 27th- 9am-4pm. Join CCE Schuyler at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls from 9am to 4pm. We will have several nurseries selling a variety of plantsfor fall planting! There will be educational workshops offered as part of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Convergence. Food trucks, Educational Displays and more!!
Pasture Walk at Red House Ranch
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 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, mob grazed beef cattle, Fay Benson will talk about getting the most out of grazing and Whole Farm Revenue Protection. Light refreshments will be served. Held at the Red House Ranch 953 Rumsey Hill Rd Van Etten, NY 14889 Contact Margaret Ball, 607-687-4020
Pork Production Basics: Breeding and Farrowing
Friday, September 1, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMAre you interested in learning more about raising hogs? If you are, please come join us on September 1, 2017 from 6 – 8pm at the Chemung County Fairgrounds (171 Fairview Road, Horseheads, NY 14845). In this first class we will cover the basics of pork production in terms of breeding and farrowing. A follow up class on feeding and finishing hogs is tentatively planned for spring 2018. Our speakers will be Don and Brandee Bower who breed and raise hogs on their farm Tender III Acres here in Chemung County, NY. Cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required by 8/25/2017. To register please visit For more information, please contact Shona Ort at 607-734-4453 ext. 227 or Held at the 4-H Buidling. Chemung County Fairgrounds 171 Fairview Drive Horseheads, NY 14845.
Equipment Tutorial for Small Farms
September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm- $15. 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. In partnership with NOFA-NY Field Days 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. Held at Remembrance Farm 6294 Searsburg Trumansburg.Please click on the picture for additional details.
Fall Propagation of Fruiting Plants
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 6:00pm-8:00pm– Walk our teaching Garden with Sean Dembrosky of Edible Landscapes. Learn hands on cuttings propagation, and so much more. You will go home excited about starting your own propagation work and growing out your gardens. Held in Montour Falls. $15. Contact Roger Ort 607-535-7161 Held at CCE-Schuyler County Schuyler County Human Services Complex 323 Owego Street, Unit #5 Montour Falls, New York 14865
The Grassfed Exchange – September 27th to 29thThe Desmond Hotel, Albany – Mark your calendar - Early bird registration now open! The 2017 Grassfed Exchange, set to be held at Albany, New York's award winning Desmond Hotel, promises to be an experience you won't want to miss. This year's event will feature a lineup of renowned keynote speakers, live cooking demonstrations, interactive farm tours, two full days of seminars with exhibitors, and outdoor livestock display pens. Keynote speakers include Ray Archuleta of USDA-NRCS’s Soil Health Division, David Montgomery, author of the newly released book “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life”, Jeremy Stanton, operator of Fire Roasted Catering, and more. Registration and more information about all the speakers is now available at

For Your Information

Agriculture: Enroll in the Residential Ag. Electric Bill Discount (by Mary Wrege)
It is time to enroll or re-enroll in the Residential Agricultural Discount program offered through National Grid, NYSEG and RG&E. This monthly discount on the electric bill is possible thanks to funding from the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) ReCharge NY program. You’re eligible to receive the discount if you meet the two conditions. The first is that you have an active residential electric service account with National Grid, NYSEG or RG&E billed under the following service classifications: National Grid: Rates beginning with Electric SC1 or Electric SC1C; refer to page 2 of your bill. NYSEG: 12001, 12008, or 12012 noted after Electricity Rate on page 3 of your bill. RG&E: PSC 19 SC1 or SC 4 noted after Electricity Service on page 3 of your bill.
The second condition is if you have submitted one of the following forms (supporting documentation) with your most recent federal tax return: IRS Schedule F (associated with Form 1040) - Profit or Loss From Farming or IRS Form 1120, 1120S or 1065 with an eligible Business Activity code.
The discount amount will vary each month and will be based on how many people participate, the amount of electricity used by each participant and available funds from NYPA. The discount amount is multiplied by your monthly billed kilowatt-hours and your discount will appear as a credit in a separate line item, “Res agricultural discount,” on your utility bill.
To apply or re-enroll, just complete a Residential Agricultural Discount application and submit it to your utility company along with your supporting documentation. For more information and the application, contact your utility company. Links are provided below:
National Grid:

Master Bee Keeper Program

Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture Webinars- Are every Wednesday and FREE! Courses like "What You Need to Know About the Farm Safety Act", Into to Instragram. Click the link to see the full list of courses.

New Video: "Determining the Market Readiness of Beef Cattle- Knowing when an animal is ready for 'finish' or 'slaughter' is extremely important for getting a premium price and satisfying the unique needs of your customers. The Cornell Small Farms Program and the Baskets to Pallets project are pleased to announce a new educational video for livestock producers titled "Determining the Market Readiness of Beef Cattle". Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, takes the viewer on a visual tour of features to assess of both finished and unfinished steers and heifers, including beef breeds and dairy crosses. The video will be an excellent resource for livestock farmers and educators alike. Special thanks to Mike Baker and Lynn Bliven of Allegany County Cornell Cooperative Extension.
The 2017 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management is now available for distribution from The Cornell Store.There are three product options: print only, online access only, and bundle (a combination of print and online access).Ordering Information: Print Copy List Price: $30.00 (shipping NOT Included) Online List Price: $30.00 Bundle (print + online): $42.00 (shipping for print copy not included)County Extension Office Price: $4 off list price for each item (Print, Online, or Bundle) with coupon code (shipping NOT Included) (Please contact me if you have forgotten the coupon code) County Extension offices and other customers may submit orders directly via:*Phone at (844) 688-7620 *FAX at (607) 254-8044*Online at

Please visit this site for information on training and registration for invasive species-

The updated “CCE Hay Manual” is now available at :

Here is a link to malting barley resources at the Cornell Field Crop website:

Cornell Small Farm Program- Check here for workshops and events all around New York State-

Finger Lakes Meat Locker is OPEN- read this article to learn more-

RAPP website – The Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program, funded by NYSDEC, is charged in developing sustainable means for New York State farmers to manage their used agricultural plastics by recycling, reusing, and otherwise minimizing waste from plastics in agriculture.

Visit Cornell’s new Field Crops website at: for the latest information on varieties, integrated pest management and other resources for a successful harvest.

Pasture Management Resources: from K. Hoffman, NYGC Grazette
What’s growing in your pasture? If you have ever wondered what some of the plants are that can be found in your pastures, there are some great resource books that can help you identify them.For most of the cool season grasses, a good pocket guide is “Identifying pasture grasses” from the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. It has good photos of most of the seed heads you’ll see, as well as some simple descriptions of other plant characteristics to look for. The guide can be ordered through or downloaded for free

The Tax Tips For Forest Landowners
Well managed forests produce timber and other forest products, provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, aquifer and watershed protection, and other amenities. Non-industrial private woodlands comprise approximately 60% of the nation’s total forests. Providing tailored tax information is one way in which the Forest Service is working to increase forest productivity on non-industrial forest lands. For the latest tax information and tips regarding private woodlands, visit:


Heather Birdsall
SCNY Ag Team - Livestock Specialist
607-391-2660 x405

Last updated July 24, 2017