The Carrot Project's Winter Training Series
Registration is now open for The Carrot Project’s winter training series: COVID Round II – How do I prepare for 2021. Sessions include: Better Bookkeeping (January 13), Adaptation (January 27), Adjusting (February 3), and Roadblocks (February 17). Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/38aB4jI
Remote Good Agricultural Practices Training & Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Session
January 27 and 28, 2021. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension-Broome County, the Cornell Vegetable Team, Harvest NY, the Lake Ontario Fruit Team, and the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program. On the first day instructors will walk growers through how to conduct a risk assessment on their farm utilizing the seven areas of farm food safety. On the second day, trainers will be joined by NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Farm Products inspectors to give guidance and input for farms in creating their farm food safety plans to meet the needs for a potential audit. To be conducted via Zoom. For more info and to register: https://bit.ly/3pJqTbC
Annie’s Project: Risk Management for Farm Women
Mondays and Thursdays, February 1-March 11, 2021. Would you like to learn and network with other farm women, and learn how to strengthen your farming operation? Join Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Allegany, Broome, Oneida, Steuben, and Seneca counties, along with the Central NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops team, for their first virtual Annie's Project this winter.
For more information and to register https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/winter2021anniesproject_203.
Cornell Small Farms Online Courses:
Cornell Small Farms Program has announced a new slate of online courses for the fall, featuring new courses and learning opportunities. The program offers more than 20 online courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. New topics include “Reading the Land,” “Beef Cattle Management,” and “Social Media & Online Marketing.” https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/online-courses/
Archived webinars for Farmers. Covering topics like Farm Energy, Farm Finances, Land Access, Marketing, and Vegetable Production: https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/webinars/webinars-for-farmers/
Winter Webinar Series:
Helping Farmers' Markets Adapt to Current Consumer Trends - Thru February 10, 2021
The Farmers Market Federation of NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County are hosting a series of webinars to showcase the SARE Consumer Survey Toolkit. Each session will look at sections of the toolkit with the goal of helping prepare farmers markets to better reflect consumer attitudes toward shopping at farmers markets. Presenters will highlight the programs, services and policies of markets of all sizes in urban, suburban and rural areas.
All sessions at no charge, but registration is required. Visit the links for more course information or to register. Please use the registration links for each session and register yourself for each session. A link to the webinar will be emailed to you following your registration.
Jan 26, 2021, Making the Customer the VIP, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Creating a customer-focused market is the key to ensuring loyalty and continued purchases season after season. During this session we will hear from several markets about the mechanisms for customer input about their market and how they implement it to keep their customers feeling like the King or Queen of the market. We’ll also hear about programs or policies they have implemented which drive their customer experience
Feb 10, 2021, Identifying and Overcoming Customer Obstacles, 10AM – 11AM
Speakers: Josie Moroney, Cooperstown Farmers Market; Steve Ridler, Troy Farmers Market
The toolkit identified obstacles to customers and proposed some potential solutions. This session will highlight both an urban and rural farmers market and initiatives that they implemented. We’ll learn how they designed programs and services to meet the needs of their customers to encourage continued shopping.
NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership COVID Impact Workshops
Many manufacturers operating in the age of COVID are facing unique challenges, like risky supply chains, the need for enhanced employee safety protocols, uncertain distribution channels, and more.
Join FuzeHub as we look at the impact COVID has had on New York manufacturers, specifically in the food and beverage industry, and learn things like:
How have other food and beverage manufacturers successfully managed to grow their businesses during the pandemic?
What NY-based resources are available to help with your company's COVID-related issues?
Where can you go to apply for up to $10,000 in project funding to address these issues?
FEBRUARY 11 - The Path Forward: A Proactive Approach to Business Continuity Planning
For a full calendar of upcoming webinars visit:
Soulfire Farm Uprooting Racism in the Food System:
Thursday, January 14, 1PM-4PM Eastern TICKETS
Wednesday, January 27, 1PM-4PM Eastern TICKETS
Wednesday, February 10, 1PM-4PM Eastern TICKETS
The Uprooting Racism training is a theory and action workshop for environmental and food justice leaders to uproot systemic racism in our organizations and society. We delve deep into the history and structural realities of racial injustice and develop an understanding of the movement strategies of frontlines communities struggling for food sovereignty. We will examine our personal and societal roles of complicity in and resistance to the system. Much of the time will be spent developing tangible action plans – to use our sphere of influence to uproot these oppressions. True to Soul Fire Farm’s values and culture, this work will be rooted in fierce love, courageous self-reflection, and healing connection to land.
November and December sessions have already sold out. For tickets visit the ticket links above. For additional dates or to sign up for the waiting list visit:
American Farmland Trust "Farming in a Pandemic" video series
In this web series from American Farmland Trust, they sit down (over video) with small farmers and food system workers from across the country to talk about how the coronavirus crisis is impacting their farms, markets and lives. You may recognize several local faces:
Episode 4 features Michael Hurwitz from NYC Greenmarket Farmers Markets
Episode 8 features Featherbed Lane Farm owner, and AFT's own, Tim Biello
Episode 11 features Lee Hennessy and Moxie Ridge Farm
The entire series can be found at: