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February 2018

Small-Scale Commercial Value-Added Dairy or Meat Production

February 12, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Lowville, NY

Small-Scale Commercial Value-Added Dairy or Meat Production
This presentation will introduce you to the ins and outs of small-scale dairy or meat production. Participants can choose to listen to dairy related topics OR meat related topics.

Starting a Winery in Northern NY: Costs and Considerations Webinar

February 13, 2018
1:00 PM EST

Starting a Winery in Northern NY: Costs and Considerations Webinar
Are you interested in starting a winery? This webinar will look at the current wine industry in northern NY and will include information on current wine sales, markets, winery establishment costs, licensing resources, growing grapes vs purchasing grapes or juice, winery building, and potential financial help resources. We will also go over using the Excel spreadsheets that are intended to help determine the cost of establishing a winery.

This webinar information can be applied outside of the NNY region.

Market Strategies for Retail and Wholesale

February 15, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Canton, NY

Market Strategies for Retail and Wholesale
Session for veggie, fruit, value-added and general producers. Presenter are Lindsey Pashow, Ag Business Development & Marketing Specialist for Harvest NY and Ian Ater owner/operator of Fledgling Crow Vegetables in Keeseville, NY.

Small-Scale Value-Added Dairy

February 20, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Plattsburgh, NY

Small-Scale Value-Added Dairy
This presentation will introduce you to the ins and outs of small-scale cheese, yogurt and other value-added dairy production.

March 2018

Pork Processing Workshop

March 2, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cobleskill, NY

Pork Processing Workshop
Maximize our meat profit! Learn how to cut a hog carcass, make sausage, and market your pork. Process the whole pig!

Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference

March 27 - March 28, 2018
Tues: 8:00 AM registration, 8:45 AM - 6:00 PM includes networking time
Waterloo, NY

Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference
The 2018 Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference will be on Tuesday March 27th at the del Lago Casino & Resort in Waterloo, NY featuring multiple tracks with sessions covering legal issues, tax issues, marketing, distribution, beer and cider production issues. Hear from Government officials, craft beverage industry representatives, university researchers, extension educators, brewers, and cider makers about important topics related to your business and industry.

This event includes a trade show and opportunities for networking (including a Social Hour following the sessions) with others in your industry. 

The day following the main 2018 Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference we have two separate field trips planned (this costs an extra $20). Participants will choose between the 'Brewery' field trip and the 'Cidery' field trip. The Brewery Field trip will include a trip to Fleur de Lis Beer Works. They will be brewing one of their beers while we are there -explaining the steps as they brew. The Cidery Field trip will be to Red Jacket Orchard and Nursery, as well as a local cidery to be decided.

April 2018

Collaborative Marketing

April 17, 2018
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Watertown, NY

Collaborative Marketing
Are you considering entering a collaborative marketing arrangement? This workshop will provide information on how to identify personal and logistical farm-based criteria for collaborative marketing, how to identify potential collaborative marketing partners, and evaluating collaborative relationships. Additionally, attendees can learn what the NNY Food Hub is up to and how growers can participate. 

It's Time for Agriculture Marketing and Business Plans

April 17, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lowville, NY

It's Time for Agriculture Marketing and Business Plans
So you have a new product or one you are thinking of starting up. What's your end point? Come join us for engaging conversation on the path to follow. Peggy Murray, Farm Business Educator from CCE Lewis will discuss the importance of creating a business plan. Marketing considerations will be emphasized by Michele Ledoux, Executive Director of CCE Lewis, and Lindsey Pashow of CCE Harvest NY will talk participants through how to effectively use digital marketing to their advantage.

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Upcoming Events

Indoor Specialty Mushroom Cultivation Course

February 26 - April 2, 2019
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
New York, NY

The six-week course combines mushroom growing and marketing instruction with discussions about the ethnography of mushroom production. 
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GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference

March 30, 2019
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
New York, NY

Kick-off the community gardening season in New York City at this full-day event packed with workshops on garden related topics including food systems education, kids' activities, vegetable growing techniques, and community garden design for the present and future.
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Growing Tomatoes for Market

April 8, 2019
Monday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
New York, NY

In this workshop we'll discuss systems for growing tomatoes at a small market scale. Jason Grauer will share his tomato growing techniques, from selecting varieties and propagating seedlings to trellising and pruning. We will also review some of last year's worst tomato pests and diseases in NYC and what to do about them. With guest speaker Jason Grauer, senior crops manager at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.
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Announcements

NYS Agricultural Soil Survey

In order to better understand the unique soils used in New York City's urban farms, Cornell Cooperative Extension's urban agriculture program launched the NYC Survey of Agricultural Soils in 2018. After obtaining soil and plant tissue analysis from ten urban farms in NYC, we are expanding the survey in 2019 with the goal of informing best management practices for unique productive urban soils. See our preliminary findings and more information, including a how-to tip sheet for NYC urban farmers on collecting soil samples and getting a soil test.

Food Safety: Critical for the Success of NY Farms

The CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness with over 128,000 hospitalized. According to the Center for Food Integrity, "food safety" is the third most common food topic searched online. The threat to human health from contaminated foods also represents a major financial risk for New York agriculture.

Harvest NY specialists are leading the effort to keep consumers safe and NYS farms and processing businesses successful in the emerging world of food safety. Despite the diversity of sectors we serve, each of our program areas touch on this topic; from the 4,600+ NY dairy farms, the 64,000 dairy processing jobs, to the 8.5 million residents of New York City. Although we focus on many other issues, Harvest NY recognizes that food safety is essential for New York farmers and consumers.

Read a report about our food safety work across NYS

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