Nov
9
10:00am10:00am

New York State Grown and Certified Grant Program Workshop

New York producers who follow a higher standard of food handling and environmentally responsible practices will gain access to a variety of program benefits. Becoming one of New York State Grown & Certified's qualifying producers will increase sales due to the resulting demand, while costing your business nothing to participate.

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May
26
10:00am10:00am

No Till Workshop

Join Sarah Williford of East Brook Farm who will discuss and demonstrate sheet mulching - a no till bed building practice - on a small scale organic farm.  No-till farming eliminates erosion, conserves moisture and builds soil  while growing crops or pasture from year to year without disturbing the soil.

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Feb
25
9:00am 9:00am

CCE Delaware: Meat Goat Workshop

There is a real opportunity for meat goat producers to grow and expand given our proximity to this unsatisfied market. This workshop will help existing meat goat producers improve their management and quality of their product. New producers will also have the opportunity to understand the breadth of management required and will hear from people already successfully participating in this growing market.

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Feb
4
to May 13

HMI & CADE: Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Training Program

This certificate program educates and empowers agricultural newcomers (with 10 or less years of farming/ranching experience)  to build successful businesses by applying Holistic Management principles and practices. Learn and implement all the skills you need for a successful farm or ranch including soil fertility practices, livestock production, grazing planning, financial planning, marketing and business planning, whole farm/ranch planning skills, leadership and communications skills.

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Nov
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

CADE: QuickBooks Session 3- Report Analysis & Profitability

This is the third session in a three-part workshops series on Quickooks and bookkeeping for farmers. Farmers will review the previous sessions’ concepts and then work on creating learning the reporting functions of Quickbooks to analyze which markets, sales avenues and products are most and least profitable for your farm. 

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Nov
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

CADE: Added Value Dairy Track Session 3 – Packaging for your Dairy Product Mix

This is the third and final session in the three-part Added Value Dairy Track. We will begin this session with an overview of our previous sessions. Farmers will bring product packaging and label ideas to this session and learn more about packaging requirements and costs. Farmers will have the opportunity to share their packaging ideas with a panel of design and market experts and use the Business Canvas Models to refine their product mix and business plans.

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Nov
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

CADE: QuickBooks Session 2- Tracking Inventory, Production, & Markets

This is the second session in a three-part workshops series on QuickBooks and bookkeeping for farmers. Farmers will review the previous session’s concepts and then work on creating Items, Accounts and Classes to track inventory, expenses and sales categories. The details of how one sets up these subcategories is critical to being able to analyze your business and improve profitability. 

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Nov
2
1:00pm 1:00pm

CADE & Farm Commons: Legal Session for Small Farm & Food Business

Farm Commons is a non-profit dedicated to providing farmers with the legal resources needed to comply and succeed as agricultural entrepreneurs. In June, CADE hosted a private training for grant recipients for which Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons led a day-long interactive learning session. The response from attendees was overwhelmingly positive! 

A November 2nd, half-day session has been scheduled so that our larger farming and food community can access the same valuable information for their businesses!

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Oct
25
5:30pm 5:30pm

CADE: Marketing Session 3 - Social Media

Social media is one of the easiest and least expensive tools to gain traction for your business. It can help strengthen your relationship with current customers, while also extending your reach to new audiences, resulting in product loyalty and increased sales. In part one of this workshop we will discuss how to create your social media strategy, connect with your consumers and choose the right social media networks for your business.

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Oct
21
11:00am11:00am

CADE: QuickBooks Session 1- Introduction, Invoicing & Payment Systems

This is the first session in a three-part workshops series on QuickBooks and bookkeeping for farmers. Farmers will receive an overview of bookkeeping basics and the QuickBooks software, including: creating a company file, customized invoice and payment systems; how to set-up customers, vendors and products; and integrating your software to your bank and online payment systems. 

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Oct
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

CADE: Added Value Dairy Session 2 – Marketing Options for your Dairy Product Mix

This is the second session in the three-part Added Value Dairy Track. We will begin this session with an overview of last session’s work and dive deeper into the Business Canvas Models. With potential production numbers in hand, farmers will analyze their existing networks and opportunities and how these relationships influence marketing strategies and your product mix.

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Oct
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

CADE: Marketing Session 2 - Packaging and Website Development

Once you’ve establish your brand identity and key messages, now you are ready to bring your brand to life in your product packaging and marketing materials. Your product's packaging is meant to communicate a purpose: what your brand stands for and what it means for your customer. In this workshop we will discuss how to take your brand and design packaging that makes an impact on your customers.  

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Oct
4
5:30pm 5:30pm

CADE: Marketing Session 1 - Creating a Brand Identity and Message

Your brand is so much more than a logo. A strong brand can help you set your business apart from your competitors, increase sales, and drive customer loyalty. Creating a powerful brand message allows buyers to relate to your brand by inspiring them, persuading them, motivating them, and ultimately making them want to buy your product.

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Oct
3
11:00am11:00am

CADE: Added Value Dairy Track Session 1 - Determining your Dairy Product Mix

This is the first session in the three-part Added Value Dairy Track. We will start this session with an overview of the Business Canvas Model Tools, basic milk requirements for different dairy products, processing equipment and labor costs, and recent added value dairy market developments. Farmers are asked to bring information about their milk components and volume to the workshop and will crunch numbers to evaluate the different dairy products they are interested in making.

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Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lecture - Farming Success in an Uncertain Climate

The Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown is hosting a lecture on recent historical weather and weather pattern changes affecting ag in the NE, followed with climate projections for the region. Extensive exploration of what farmers are doing about the new challenges (i.e. adaptation) and ongoing collaborative research with farmers to develop new decision tools for farming in an uncertain climate. Also, a discussion of energy efficiency on the farm, opportunities for use of renewables, and sequestering carbon in soils (i.e., reducing the carbon footprint of farming or “mitigation”).

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Sep
28
12:30pm12:30pm

Growing the Farm to Institution Movement: From Farm to Plate

This briefing will bring together leaders working to significantly expand the volume of fruits, vegetables and other foods grown by local farmers that are served in schools, senior centers, daycare programs and other community institutions.  We will highlight the importance of institutional feeding programs to local economies and public health, highlight barriers to increasing the volume of local food served in institutions, and identify opportunities to scale up this important movement for the benefit all New Yorkers.

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