Classes for Beginning a Successful Small Farm Operation

News from Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, Posted on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 3:14pm

Cornell University Cooperative Extension can offer you the training and resources to select an enterprise suited for success. This introductory course designed for small, part-time or prospective farmers will be held on Tuesday evenings, September 22nd, 29th, October 6th, and 13th in Arcade, NY or Wednesday Evenings September 23rd, 30th, October 7th and 14th in Sinclairville, NY from 7:00 to 9:30 PM.

Topics to be covered: Agriculture 101 is an introduction to agriculture within the region and an overview of agricultural terminology. Since the soil is the foundation of farming, the series continues with the Basics of Soil & Plant Fertility. Basics of Farm Bookkeeping & Taxes introduces participants to sample financial systems available for use and tax related farm issues. Selecting an enterprise without checking the farm resources or marketing opportunities can create a roadblock to success. In the fourth class of the series we take a look at Selecting an Enterprise & Marketing What You Produce.

Enrollment will be limited; pre-registration is required by September 15th. There is a cost for the workshop series. For more information, cost or to pre-register for the Arcade location, contact Joan Petzen at 585-786-2251; for the Sinclairville location contact Virginia Carlberg at 716-664-9502 ext. 202.

Two additional sessions will be available to the public and to the participants of the Beginning Farmer Course. The first session, Pasture Management and Hay Quality Evaluation, is on October 20th in Arcade, covering the opportunities for forage based enterprises in Western NY. There is a cost for this class. The second workshop on Season Extension Utilizing High Tunnel Production will be on Saturday, October 24th from 9am-2:30pm in Allegany, NY. There is a cost for this workshop. For more information, cost of sessions or to pre-register for these two sessions, please contact Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 ext 18.