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MAY 26, 2016: COVER CROPS

The (3) C’s in organic farming are Cop Rotations, Cover Crops and Compost. When put together in a well-planned production system healthy soil and a successful cash crop are all but guaranteed. In this class we’ll discuss how to develop a plan that is focused on cover crops in a diverse crop rotation. We’ll also discuss how to manage the cover crops including the ability to plant no-till in organic systems, using the cover crop as a mulch to suppress annual weeds. We’ll also cover topics like seed selection, cover crop establishment, tillage and no-till, and the strategies behind the systems that make them work.

Cover CropsMay 26, 2016
12:30 – 3:30 pm
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Pocantico Hills, NY

Workshops are free and open to the public. To register, contact Laurie at laurief@stonebarnscenter.org.

Jeff Moyer is an expert in organic crop production systems including weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. He has helped countless farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic or sustainable methods.

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MAY 25, 2013: LAMB BUTCHERY INTENSIVE FOR FARMERS

Join the Growing Farmers Initiative for a unique, one-day butchery intensive. Adam Danforth, a renowned butcher and writer, will provide a small group of farmers with hands-on instruction for breaking down whole lamb carcasses. Topics covered will include: basic knife skills, personal and food safety techniques, ovine anatomy, full carcass breakdown, qualities and characteristics of cuts, and marketing strategies. Participating farmers will leave the workshop with a solid foundation of lamb breakdown, as well as informational handouts and basic butchery supplies, including a knife, bone saw, and honing rod. To register, click here.

Photos by ©Keller & Keller, courtesy of Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork by Adam Danforth

May 25, 2013

Saturday: 9:00AM- 6:00PM

Member adult: $135.00
Adult: $150.00

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MAY 19, 2016: TILLAGE

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator Justin O’Dea for a workshop on soil tillage in agriculture. The workshop will explore why tillage practices have long been a facet of agriculture, different types of tillage, the effects of tillage on soils, and tillage strategies that work to conserve soils and build soil health. The workshop will involve participatory problem-solving and a field walk.

TillageMay 19, 2016
12:30 – 3:30 pm
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Pocantico Hills, NY

Workshops are free and open to the public. To register, contact Laurie at laurief@stonebarnscenter.org.

Justin O’Dea works as a vegetable and field crop educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County where he specializes in soil management, crop rotation, cover cropping, integrated weed and pest management, and value-added grain production. Justin grew up in the southern tier region of New York and has a varied working background with vegetables, fruits, and field crops. Justin’s formal training is in cropping systems agronomy, soil management, and ecology and holds a MS degree from Montana State University.

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MAY 12, 2016: FARM FINANCIALS

Most farmers keep some sort of financial records in order to file taxes and/or apply for a loan.  Within the numbers are details about the farm’s operations — its efficiency and profitability. Being able to create financial statements is the first part. Next is learning how to use the statements to garner important information about your business and plan for growth. In this workshop, we will discuss the basic layout of the Income Statement and Balance Sheet.  We will go over each statement to understand how to read them: not just “Is my business profitable?” but more richly, “What can I do to improve profitability,” “How can I improve cash flow,” and “Can I afford to make capital improvements or take out a loan?” With a basic understanding of the financial statements, we’ll talk about how to use your historical data to create projections for the purposes of business planning and applying for loans. Finally, we will discuss how the financial projections fit into the bigger picture of business planning. We will review real financial statements and leave plenty of time to address the specific questions and concerns of the attendees.

Farm Financials
May 12, 2016
12:30 – 3:30 pm
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Pocantico Hills, NY

Workshops are free and open to the public. To register, contact Laurie at laurief@stonebarnscenter.org.

Julia Shanks prepares food businesses and farms for growth through business planning, cash-flow planning and financial feasibility studies. A frequent lecturer on sustainable food systems and accounting, she sits on the advisory board of Future Chefs and is the regional leader of Slow Money Boston.

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JUNE 22, 2013: BASIC QUEEN REARING

Join beekeepers David Blocher and Leslie Huston of the the Back Yard Beekeepers Association and Dan Carr of Stone Barns Center as they explain the basics of queen rearing.  Topics that will be covered include the biology of queen rearing, the Doolittle/grafting method, setting up mating nucs, and the pros and cons of alternative methods such as the Miller method or walk away splits. The purpose of this workshop is to establish a foundation to get started raising one’s own queens.  Participants will learn about the timing, equipment, and entire process of queen rearing. Participants will also have the opportunity to try their hand at grafting larva into queen cups practically. This class is for beekeepers with at least 2 years of experience, who feel comfortable handling bees. Grafting kits (including a chinese grafting tool, simple cell bar frame, and plastic pin cups) are available for purchase but not required. To register, click here

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00AM-1:00PM