2019 On-Farm Field Days

NOFA-NY On-Farm Field Days

Our 2019 field day season is underway! The schedule of upcoming on-farm field days is below. All events are listed on the same ticket page, so you can register for multiple field days on the same page. Click the "Register" button below to sign up. Questions? Give us a call at 315.988.4000.

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Fall Flower Harvest, Seed Saving, and Propagation at Hickory Hurst Farm
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Hickory Hurst Farm, 4083 W Lake Rd, Mayville, NY 14757
Cost: $15 (NOFA-NY Members receive 10% discount)
Description: Join us at Hickory Hurst Farm to learn how Adrienne Ploss incorporates Certified Organic cut flower production into her family’s operation, which also includes herbs, berries, and vegetables. She will demonstrate and discuss how she balances the activities that the fall season presents to the organic flower grower--including seed saving and perennial propagation--while simultaneously harvesting for events, CSA bouquets, and the farm store. Attendees will take home a selection of flower seed, generously donated by High Mowing Organic Seeds.

Building your Farm Team to Build Healthier Soil
Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Soul Fire Farm, 1972 NY HWY 2, Petersburg, NY 12138
Cost: Free!
Description: This field day will focus primarily on two components, communication strategies on the farm and building healthy soil and the mutual support between the two.
For Soul Fire Farm, positive relationships and clear communication among team members are essential to the organization’s work to fight racism in the food system while promoting soil health and carbon sequestration on the farm. During this field day, the Soul Fire Farm team will explain the benefits and challenges of the communication strategies they use for building healthy organizational culture. The Soul Fire team will also discuss their implementation of reduced tillage practices and other regenerative soil farming methods and describe Soul Fire’s other programs including Black-Indigenous-People of Color (BIPOC) farmer and builder immersions, youth food sovereignty programs, and multiracial Uprooting Racism in the Food System workshops.
In addition, the Soul Fire Farm team will share their perspectives on the process of engaging in Food Justice Certification and how it has supported development of organizational policies. A representative of the Agricultural Justice Project will report on the joint NOFA-AJP project to provide technical assistance to farms on their labor and pricing policies and answer questions about Food Justice Certification.
Field day participants will have a chance to both witness and try out communication and feedback tools such as Real Talk and Courageous Conversations. There will be a tour of the farm highlighting the regenerative soil farming practices that have transformed rocky and depleted soil. This land now provides weekly vegetables, fruit, and eggs to 100+ families in Albany and Troy through Soul Fire Farm’s sliding scale, doorstep delivered CSA.
Following the tour, participants will be invited to engage in a round table exchange about their soil building practices where they will discuss these questions:
1) What are the main practices that YOU are using to build healthy soils?
2) What additional research is needed to identify and demonstrate the effectiveness of healthy soils practices?
3) What would be the best incentives or support mechanisms that would help you and those you know accelerate adoption of these practices?
There is no charge. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP, especially if you would like to stay for lunch.

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Refund Policy: Field Days

Upon request, cancellations will be refunded in full up to seven days prior to the event, unless otherwise noted. All field day events are held rain or shine.

If you have any questions about these refund policies, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 315.988.4000.


Thank you to our Field Day Sponsors!

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Additional funding for NOFA-NY's 2019 On-farm Field Days was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM180100XXXXG0865 and by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute for Food and Agriculture through grant 2016-70020-25792.



Past Events

Did you  miss our 2018 On-Farm Field Day series? You can still learn from our expert hosts! Video recordings of all five of our summer 2018 on-farm field days are available on our YouTube channel. NOFA-NY extends our thanks to the participants, sponsors, and field days hosts who generously welcomed us onto their farms.