2019 On-Farm Field Days

NOFA-NY On-Farm Field Days

We're gearing up for the 2019 field day season! Our schedule of on-farm field days is below. All our field days are listed on the same ticket page, so you can register for multiple events 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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From No-till to New Cultivars: Improving Organic Corn and Soybean Production (Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series)
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Lunch included)
Location: Musgrave Research Farm, 1256 Poplar Ridge Rd, Aurora, NY 13026
Cost: Free!
Description: Connect with fellow farmers and Cornell researchers, while you check out our new no-till planter and get the latest information about rolled cover crop organic no-till soybean production. Learn about our organic cropping systems experiment and crop breeding for organic production. The NY Soil Health Trailer will also be on-site with demonstrations to show participants how healthy soil compares to degraded soil.

High Fat Pastures: A Guide to Managing Forage to Make Butterfat
(Sponsored by Organic Valley and Maple Hill Creamery. This field day will be held twice at two different farms.)
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Martin Farm, 5115 Ray Crosby Rd, Dundee, NY 14837
Cost: Free!
By using helpful observational tools such as leaf-count on grasses to determine plant maturity, as well as sward height, Dr. Brickner will discuss ways in which we can optimize our cows’ efficiency on pasture. Also, utilizing those same tools we can figure out the basic nutritional aspects of our pastures which lead to greater butterfat in the milk and body condition on our cows. There will also be a brief discussion on cow genetics and breeding for higher component production.

High Fat Pastures: A Guide to Managing Forage to Make Butterfat
(Sponsored by Organic Valley and Maple Hill Creamery. This field day will be held twice at two different farms.)
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Huftalen Farm, 2870 Hardscrabble Road, Erieville, NY 13061
Cost: Free!
By using helpful observational tools such as leaf-count on grasses to determine plant maturity, as well as sward height, Dr. Brickner will discuss ways in which we can optimize our cows’ efficiency on pasture. Also, utilizing those same tools we can figure out the basic nutritional aspects of our pastures which lead to greater butterfat in the milk and body condition on our cows. There will also be a brief discussion on cow genetics and breeding for higher component production.

Food Safety in Stacked Enterprise Farming
Date: Monday, July 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Kingbird Farm, 9398 W Creek Rd, Berkshire, NY 13736
Cost: $15 (NOFA-NY Members receive 10% discount)
Description: This field day will have several layers, just as Kingbird Farm does. Managing the many facets of a farm that produces vegetables, chickens and other livestock can create some challenges when it comes to Food Safety considerations, but it also provides huge opportunities in developing healthy, living, highly productive soils. We will hear how Karma and Michael plan for optimizing their farm's productive capacity while producing safe, nutrient dense foods.

Water, Soil, Tools at Deep Root Farm
Date: Monday, July 29, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Deep Root Farm, 2870 W Walworth Rd, Macedon, NY 14502
Cost: $15 (NOFA-NY Members receive 10% discount)
Description: Starting a farm is not an easy task. How to manage start up investments, when and what to buy, and determining the best field management tools can be daunting. Once you've grown a bountiful harvest of beautiful produce, how do you pack and wash it safely without a big budget? Join Eric Houppert, owner of Deep Root Farm - currently in its second season, and others for an interactive round table where we'll explore strategies for managing soil and handling produce from field to market. Not all tools are created equal and some may work well with certain soils and not others. Bring a tool you love and maybe one that doesn’t work so well. We'll try out tools from hand weeders to walk behind tractors, taking a look at how Eric manages the soil in his context and what you can do on your farm. Following the hands-on demos, there will be on-farm happy hour where people can share their own tips, lessons learned, and questions about field management and wash and pack strategies.

Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production (Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series)
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Vegetable tastings and light meal included)
Location: Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm, 133 Fall Creek Rd, Freeville, NY 13068
Cost: Free!
Description: Join Cornell researchers and Cornell Cooperative Extension for field tours of ongoing organic research. Learn about soil health, perennial cover crops, hemp production, tarps for weed suppression, variety trials, and vegetable breeding for organic production. The NY Soil Health Trailer will also be on-site with demonstrations to show participants how healthy soil compares to degraded soil.

Management Options and Rootstock Varieties for Organic Apple Production (Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series)
Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Light meal included)
Location: Cornell Orchards, 709 Dryden Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
Cost: Free!
Description: Join us for an afternoon and see how mulch compares to tillage and allowed herbicides in terms of weed suppression and soil health in a block of ‘Honeycrisp’, and how ‘Modi’ performs on different rootstocks in a high-density tall spindle orchard. Advances in organic management of insect pests and diseases will also be discussed. The NY Soil Health Trailer will also be on-site with demonstrations to show participants how healthy soil compares to degraded soil.

Balancing Quality and Efficiency amid an Evolving Labor Force: Myth-busting H2A for Small Farms
Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Kent Family Growers, 1301 County Route 31, Lisbon, NY 13658
Cost: $15 (NOFA-NY Members receive 10% discount)
Daniel and Megan Kent grow 25 acres of certified organic vegetables with their family near the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, NY. They provide CSA shares across the North Country, attend the Canton Farmers Market, and their produce can be found at restaurants and stores from NYC to Boston and Buffalo.
Kent Family Growers will share how their farm manages the challenges of reaching these far-flung markets while offering local CSA members maximum choice, despite their rural northern location. This field day covers a range of topics from how to identify those 1% efficiencies to help you maximize production, to how you can integrate on-farm fruit and vegetable processing while maintaining high food safety standards. Particular focus of this field day will be on farm labor: how the Kent’s workforce has evolved over the years, how they find and work with H2A and J1 farmers, and how they train their crew on efficiency and food safety handling practices.

Building Resilience into Organic Forage Systems (Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series)
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Lunch included)
Location: Twin Oaks Dairy, 3185 NY-13, Truxton, NY 13158
Cost: Free!
Description: Join Kirk and Kathie Arnold and learn about mixed intercropping, interseeding into corn, and double cropping with triticale and sorghum sudangrass. Cornell researchers will discuss improving soil health and other ways farmers can increase resilience to extreme weather events. The NY Soil Health Trailer will also be on-site with demonstrations to show participants how healthy soil compares to degraded soil.

New Tools for Managing Onion Thrips and Foliar Disease in Organic Onion Production
Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Cornell AgriTech Research Farm (Gates West), 3394 Gates Rd, Geneva, NY 14456
Cost: Free!
Description: Join other onion growers and Cornell researchers to learn about current projects on organic management of an important insect pest, the onion thrips, and foliar diseases of onions. Tour active research plots to see how new resistant onion cultivars, plastic mulches, and OMRI-Listed pesticides and adjuvants are managing these pests.

Expanding Organic Seed Availability: Farmer Breeder Collaboration
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Norwich Meadows Farm, 105 Old Stone Rd, Norwich, NY 13815
Cost: $15 (NOFA-NY Members receive 10% discount)
Description: Join Zaid Kurdieh and Dr. Michael Mazourek in exploring how farmers and seed breeders can develop and revive more resilient seed varieties. We’ll cover restoring lost seed options, high tunnel seed varieties, and other projects at Norwich Meadows Farm. Dr. Mazourek will also discuss a low tech harvest tracking system he developed for Norwich Meadows.

NOFA at the NYS Fair: Women in Food & Farming
Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Time:  Demonstrations at 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:00 pm
Location: Wegman’s Demonstration Kitchen in The Art & Home Center at The New York State Fairgrounds (581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13209)
Cost: Free to attend with admission to the New York State Fair
Description: NOFA farmers and New York chefs will showcase creative ways to use in-season and locally-grown produce. We'll be featuring women in New York's food community, as part of Women's Day at the Great New York State Fair. This event is presented in partnership with Farm to Fork 101.

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.

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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.