KINGSTON — Are you a new or aspiring land owner or farmer looking to learn more about managing your land, or what type of agriculture would suit your goals, resources, and property? Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) is hosting a valuable three-part series for new land owners and beginning farmers this September and October at CCEUC’s Education Center, 232 Plaza Road, Kingston.
For details and registration go to https://tinyurl.com/Beginning-Farmer-Series. Classes will be held from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and taught by the CCE Agriculture Educators listed below along with guest lecturers, including farmers and other CCE specialists:
Christian Malsatzski, Small Acreage/Urban Farming and Agriculture Team Leader, CCE Ulster County; Jason Detzel, Livestock and Pasture Educator, CCE Ulster County; Erik Schellenberg, Vegetable Educator and GAPs Specialist, CCE Ulster and Orange Counties.
Sept. 15 - New and Aspiring Land Owner Class. If you are a current or prospective property owner interested in better land management of open space, woodland, or agricultural land, this class will provide information to broaden (or maybe narrow!) your perspectives on what is possible and practical. Topics include Landowner Liability, Soil Fertility and Management, Woodlot Management, Tractor Safety and Basics
Assessing your Property for Livestock Production, Ponds and Water Storage: Design, Construction & Management, Toxic/Invasive Plant Management.
Sept.29 - Vegetable and Fruit Production for Beginning Farmers. There are so many variables to consider when beginning even a small operation that it can be daunting. The goal of this class will be to provide some successful models that you can use to frame your future business. Topics include Small Scale Production Models, No-till Benefits and Drawbacks, Small Scale Orchard Model.
Oct. 6 - Livestock Production for Beginning Farmers. This class will cover everything from keeping animals for domestic use to small and mid-scale commercial animal operations, with information on fowl, swine, ruminants, bees, aquaculture, and wild animals. Topics include History and overview of raising livestock in NY, Success stories, Land, Water, Fencing and Housing, Labor and Business Considerations (solo ventures, partnerships, and employees), Markets: Where to sell, regulations, and processing considerations, Case Studies, How to develop a successful startup.
Space is limited to 30 people, so register early. Registration is $40 per person, per class, or only $100 for all three classes. Pre-registration is required no later than 2 days before each class.