Good news for NYC and Long Island Locavores! The number of small local farms in New York is increasing with thanks to the work of Cornell University and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Let's hope this trend continues with an increase in Federal funding in 2009 and beyond. If the Obama/Biden Administration lives up to its potential to be a "locavore's dream come true administration" with greater financial and infrastructure support for small farmers, the US Government could also play a big role in a stronger New York/Long Island regional food system.
To help new farmers get started, Cornell Cooperative Extension has in-person courses that are located primarily upstate and a NEW online course that starts this Wednesday, February 18th. Check it out...
CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
Beginning Farmer Online Course. New for 2009: take the 10-week full course or a half (5-6 week) course. The first short course begins Feb. 18, '09 and will focus on goal-setting, evaluating physical resources of your farm, and choosing an enterprise. Second short course begins March 18, '09 and will hone your marketing skills and examine pricing and profitability. Registration is $100 for either short course or $150 for the full 10 weeks. For more details, please see the full course description on the NY Beginning Farmer Project website. To register, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County at 607-334-5841. Sponsored by the NY Beginning Farmer Project.
For more information on Cornell's Small Farm Beginning Classes, click here