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

Lawn Renovation
August 15, 2017; 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Are you fed up with your lawn? Are you ready for a healthier, more attractive lawn? Or looking for an alternative to all that grass? If so, please join Master Gardener Barbara Classen for a workshop on the what-when-why-and how of renovating your lawn. The workshop will also include a brief look at alternatives to that elusive "perfect" lawn.
Speaker: Barbara Classen, Chemung County Master Gardener
Place: Steele Memorial Library (IT Room), 101 E Church Street, Elmira, NY
Workshop fee: Free, but a $3 suggested donation helps support our Horticulture program.
Please register with Chemung CCE at 607-734-4453, or
Organic Vegetable Cost of Production Project
Wed Aug 16, 12-1pm with Jen Miller, Farmer Services Coordinator, NOFA-VT. Over the course of the 2016 season, 30 organic farms in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts tracked their crop-specific costs of production using a newly developed cost of production workbook. Results were analyzed at the individual farm level and also aggregated to provide production metrics on a per acre basis. Join Jen Miller, NOFA-VT’s Farmer Services Coordinator, to dive into the NOFA cost of production workbook, examine crop-specific and farm-level results, and discuss best practices for farmers who want to do this analysis on their own farms. We will conclude with a discussion of how farmers can use cost of production analysis as a tool to strategically increase the profitability of their farm businesses. REGISTER HERE To see and register for upcoming webinars in this series, visit the Trainers Toolbox!
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
NY Nut Growers Summer Meeting
Saturday, August 26, 8:30am-3:00pm @ Finger Lakes Nut Farm, 5287 Booth Hill Rd., Locke, NY 13092. Open to the public. We'll hear talks about the NYNGA English Walnut Project; highlights of the NAFEX/NNGA fruit and nut conference in Georgia; a comparison of the two species of commercial chestnuts grown in the US; the use of Cilus Plus, a product that is based on a phosphate solubalizing bacterium that promotes plant growth; and the constituents of soil for nut growing. After a brief business meeting and lunch we will tour the chestnut and hazelnut plantings of Mr. Russell.
Please bring a chair. The registration fee is $18.00 and includes a light breakfast, lunch, and handouts. Please made checks payable to NYNGA and mail to Jim Darling, NYNGA Treasurer, 1300 Spring St. Ext, Groton, NY 13073-8711. For questions or concerns about the meeting, contact Jerry Henkin, NYNGA Vice Pres.,, (914) 282-1371. For directions to the Finger Lakes Nut Farm, 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
Uncommon Fruits of the Northeast
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM- A growers perspective on alternative crops with Akiva Silver of Twisted Tree Farm. Held at the Silver Spoon Café in Montour Falls. Please click the picture for more information and registration info.
Agroforestry in Practice- Save the Date
October 17, 18 and 19th-This three-day course is designed for service providers including extension educators, farm non-profit organizations, public and private foresters, and consultants who routinely work with landowners and farmers to implement best practices. Click the picture to learn more and register.
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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-


Last updated August 14, 2017