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August 2018

Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop

August 7 - August 8, 2018
T 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; W 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Ithaca, NY

Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop
The course consists of online lecture sessions that will cover basic dairy science, including composition of milk, dairy microbiology, and dairy food safety, as well as an overview of dairy regulations. Participants will also learn in hands-on sessions the basics of cleaning and sanitizing principles, unit operations -- both raw milk production and receiving, and dairy processing, plant equipment and design, general control of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms, in depth information on cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, their properties and applications, and a discussion on CIP and COP systems and common errors seen in the industry.

St. Lawrence Valley Produce Auction Growers Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Bangor, NY

St. Lawrence Valley Produce Auction Growers Meeting
This course will demonstrate pest management in fresh market vegetables in both field and greenhouse (high tunnel) vegetables; primarily for those growing for wholesale auction. A hands-on demonstration of weed, insect and disease identification in vegetables including management options such as inter-row cover crops, grafting and where appropriate, spray options will be used to educate growers. Judson Reid, Senior Extension Associate with the Cornell Vegetable Program and Harvest New York along with CCE staff will instruct participants and facilitate peer-based learning. Details on each topic will focus on field observations at the farm.

Growing Mushrooms on Gardens and Farms

August 29, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Bronx, NY

Growing Mushrooms on Gardens and Farms
Please join us for an evening of fun-gi! Mushrooms are a wonderful crop to grow in the city, and can be incorporated into many existing growing systems to offer healthy, nutritious, and medicinal food to people and community. This workshop will offer gardeners and farmers of all sizes insight into a wide range of both outdoor and indoor growing methods for mushroom production. Anyone interested in learning more about basic mushroom cultivation techniques, starting a new enterprise, or considering commercial production at some scale are welcome to attend. 

September 2018

Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop (VT)

September 25 - September 26, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Colchester, VT

Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop (VT)
The Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop is tailored to dairy processing personnel and is designed to help participants understand the basic principles of dairy science and safety, as well as emphasize dairy processing establishment needs related to dairy sanitation to ensure that proper programs are conducted in their establishments. 

October 2018

Writing Your Business & Marketing Plan

October 18, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Watertown, NY

Writing Your Business & Marketing Plan
This session is designed for those who are looking to take their business to the next level. It will include discussion and coverage of the components and considerations for a strong business plan in addition to an in depth look at the marketing plan. This course will also provide you with a template to complete the respective plans.

Agritourism Workshop

October 19, 2018
10:00 AM - Noon -OR- 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lowville, NY

Agritourism Workshop
Have you been considering agritourism on your farm? Learn how to get started with agritourism, how to anticipate visitor expectations and important customer relations considerations, liability issues to clarify with your insurer, and how to market your enterprise for success! CCE Harvest NY Agriculture Business Development and Marketing Specialist Lindsey Pashow will be leading this educational event.

The Science of Cheese Making (Basic Level) and Vat Pasteurization Workshop

October 23 - October 24, 2018
Ithaca, NY

The Science of Cheese Making (Basic Level) and Vat Pasteurization Workshop
This workshop is designed for cheese manufacturers or others interested in the basic concepts of cheese making and is a required part of the Dairy Extension Basic Cheese Making Certificate Program. The course may also be taken as a stand-alone Basic Cheese Making training. The course begins with an online lecture component covering the key areas related to vat pasteurization and basic cheese making techniques, cheese culture basics, milk defects, cheese defects and cheese marketing. The course will also include 2 days of hands-on pasteurization and cheese making activities.

Upcoming Events

New York State Honeyberry Conference

June 29, 2024
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mexico, NY

Join CCE Oswego and CCE Harvest NY for a state-wide conference on a new emerging fruit called Honeyberry, also known as Haskap (Lonicera caerulea). Honeyberries are a dark blue color, like blueberries, but with a distinct oval shape. The taste is most associated with raspberry and blueberry, while also containing its own distinctive flavor. The fruit can grow in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 1 to 8 and can survive up to 30 years or longer if properly managed. What makes the fruit unique is that it ripens from the middle of June through early July. This allows the fruit to sit comfortably between the strawberry and blueberry season. When fully mature plants can produce 6 to 10 lbs. of berries, which can be eaten as a fresh fruit or made into value-added products.

The conference will cover the history of the fruit, best growing practices, processing, value-added production, and marketing. Guest speakers will include growers and researchers from the US and Canada, including Dr. Bob Bors from the University of Saskatchewan. Attendees will also be able to network and attend an optional farm tour immediately after the conference. 

Announcements

Field Guide: Arthropod Pests of NYC Vegetables

Arthropod Pests of NYC Vegetables aims to help urban farmers and gardeners find, identify, and understand the most common and important insects and other arthropod pests found in New York City farms and gardens. Some of these pests are rarely mentioned in other guides but are common in NYC. The guide emphasizes scouting tips, including how to identify pests by the damage they leave behind, even when you can't find the insect itself.

This guide was created as a collaboration between Cornell Cooperative Extension's Harvest New York team and the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.