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Local FoodsThe trend in local food consumption has been steadily increasing over the past decade. There has been a significant amount of growth in both direct-to-consumer marketing outlets, such as farmers' markets and community supported agriculture, as well as wholesale procurement. Harvest NY Specialists foster this continued growth through innovative programming and targeted business development consultations. With education and outreach on market readiness, good agricultural practices (GAPs) and operation develop, Harvest NY provides support to farmers to understand and implement changes to mitigate the barriers that often stymie the ability of small farms from participating in larger and more diversified markets.






Relevant Events

Blueberry Intensive Workshop--Ellicottville

March 5, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Ellicottville, NY

Blueberry Intensive Workshop--Millbrook

March 14, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Millbrook, NY

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Edible Hemp Foliar Sampling Project 2018

Judson Reid, Extension Vegetable Specialist, Team Leader

Last Modified: January 7, 2019
Edible Hemp Foliar Sampling Project 2018

Hemp, a multi-use crop that has been cultivated for centuries, is increasingly cultivated in New York. 'Industrial hemp' is a non-intoxicant version of Cannabis sativa with potential use as fiber, grain or processed consumer products. Hemp is a controlled substance, regulated by the US Drug Enforcement Agency. New York is one of the states with a sanctioned program to study growth, cultivation and marketing of the crop. 

In 2018 CCE worked with two farms in Central and Northern New York to begin to understand nutrient dynamics in the production of edible hemp. The end product may be a microgreen for salad style consumption, juice or smoothies; or formulated into other edible products. Although we initially began to work with microgreens, farmers have found interest in edible portions of later stages of crop growth too. In both situations the crop was grown inside a greenhouse; one in mineral soil, the other in potting soil.


New York Berry Grower Survey

Last Modified: October 4, 2018
New York Berry Grower Survey

Attention New York State berry growers
Help us better understand the current status and future growth potential of New York's berry industry, as well as identify the best approaches to support and develop resources to help berry growers.

This survey, a collaborative effort between the New York Berry Growers Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension, will provide critical information needed to obtain additional funding from the State for research and extension efforts.


Guide on How To Purchase at New York State Produce Auctions

Judson Reid, Extension Vegetable Specialist, Team Leader

Last Modified: March 9, 2018
Guide on How To Purchase at New York State Produce Auctions

A produce auction is a wholesale market for regionally grown produce. Currently there are eight produce auctions in New York State offering a wide variety of produce at competitive prices. This guide will provide basic instruction on the terminology of the auction, as well as how to purchase produce at these unique markets!


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Upcoming Events

Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop

February 26 - February 27, 2019
2 days
Plattsburgh, NY

This coaching workshop is intended for Artisan Cheese and Dairy Food Producers who are preparing to create, or are already developing, a FSMA compliant, preventive control (PC)-based, food safety plan for their facility. The goal of this workshop is to provide Food Safety Plan review and coaching sessions that guide attendees through each step in development process. PCQI lead trainers will be present to review topics and answer questions.
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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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Manure Applicator Training (CCE-Steuben County)

February 28, 2019
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Bath, NY

Manure Applicator Training
DEC Approved Training for CAFO Farms Thursday, February 28, 2019
Two Sites!

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Mushroom Cultivation Course

CCE's Urban Agriculture Program is collaborating with the Cornell Small Farms Program and Farm School NYC to offer "Indoor Specialty Mushroom Cultivation." The six-week course combines mushroom growing and marketing instruction with discussions about the ethnography of mushroom production. Students will gather from 6pm - 9pm on Tuesday evenings, February 26 - April 2, to participate in Cornell's 90-minute mushroom cultivation webinar together and then explore how indigenous and other cultural history and practice, race, class, and social justice relate to the themes raised in the webinar. Event details and registration is available through Farm School NYC.

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