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Expanding Organic Seed Availability: Farmer Breeder Collaboration

Expanding Organic Seed Availability: Farmer Breeder Collaboration

Field Notes: NOFA-NY’s Summer Blog Series

This blog post is the second in our summer blog series highlighting NOFA-NY’s on-farm field days. We’ve got more field days coming up this fall – learn more here!

Host Farm: Norwich Meadows Farm
Location: Norwich, NY
Date: August 21, 2019

Field Day Summary:

Expanding Organic Seed Availability: Farmer Breeder Collaboration was held on Wednesday, August 21 at Norwich Meadows Farm in Norwich, New York. The Field Day was hosted by Zaid Kurdieh of Norwich Meadows and Michael Mazourek, vegetable breeder at Row 7 Seeds and professor at Cornell University. Presenters also included Kristen Loria (Cornell Plant Breeding and Genetics Masters student), Greg Inzinna (Vegetable Co-Breeder at Cornell), and Paul Loomis (Farmer Marketing Coordinator with NOFA-NY).

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Food Safety in Stacked Enterprise Farming at Kingbird Farm

Food Safety in Stacked Enterprise Farming at Kingbird Farm

Field Notes: NOFA-NY’s Summer Blog Series

This blog post is the second in our summer blog series highlighting NOFA-NY’s on-farm field days. We’ve got more field days coming up in September and October – learn more here!

Host Farm: Kingbird Farm
Location: Richford, NY
Date: July 22, 2019

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Peak Season at Sang Lee Farms

Peak Season at Sang Lee Farms

Field Notes: NOFA-NY’s Summer Blog Series

This blog post is the first in our summer blog series highlighting NOFA-NY’s on-farm field days. We’ve got many more field days coming up in July and August – learn more here!

Host Farm: Sang Lee Farms
Location: Peconic, New York
Date: May 22, 2019

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Our 37th Winter Conference

Our 37th Winter Conference
 

Thank you to all who attended NOFA-NY’s 37th Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference! In spite of the weather, you came together to share stories, celebrate seeds, exchange ideas, dance and play trivia. I have heard some wonderful feedback about the quality of the workshops, the keynote speakers, the children’s conference, and the sense of community.

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Better Manage Your High Tunnel Soils

Better Manage Your High Tunnel Soils

If you grow with high tunnels, have you noticed that for the first few years your tunnel crops have amazing yields with healthy plants, but after four or five years the crops just don’t seem to do as well? Maybe you keep watering, adding compost or fertigating with fish emulsion, but it’s never quite as awesome as the first years. There’s a story about soils in this dynamic that has come from NOFA-NY’s collaboration with the Cornell Vegetable Program’s Judson Reid and Cordelia Machanoff on a two-year NYFVI-funded high tunnel project. Judson Reid designed the research project to investigate what goes on in the high tunnel soils that ends this fertility honeymoon period, before a collaborative effort with participating growers determined the best strategies to maintain high tunnel soil quality for the long haul.

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