NOFA New York Online Field Days – Upcoming Webinars
As the only statewide organization dedicated to organic food and farming, NOFA-NY has been working with organic growers for over 35 years. Now, to keep our community safe, we’ve transitioned to hosting our annual field day series via webinar rather than in-person. Stay tuned – registration for these online field days will open soon!
July 15 @ 6:00 pm
Adapting and Collaborating to Grow the Farm
Main Street Farms, Cortland NY
The Main Street Farms team runs a diversified vegetable and hemp operation with CSA, wholesale, and farmers market customers. Since 2011, owners Bob Cat and Allan have grown the business each year with the help of family, friends, and a knowledgeable farm crew. They collaborate with other local farms and food businesses to support a vibrant local food community in Central New York. This field day will cover a range of topics, including high tunnel summer crop production, harvesting and post harvest handling, and soil health.
July 28 @ 6:00 pm
Improving the Vitality of Your Soil Through Organic No-Till Practices
Lovin’ Mama Farm, Amsterdam, NY
Take a tour through Lovin’ Mama Farm where owners Corinne and Matthew produce flowers, vegetables, eggs, and microgreens in an intensive no-till system for CSA, wholesale, farmers markets, and events. These community-driven farmers will explain how they build rich topsoil with compost and mulching, and discuss other benefits of no-till methods including weed suppression, improved water infiltration, and carbon sequestration. This field day will include a demonstration on how you can assess signs of health within your own soils.
August 18 @ 6:00 pm
Growing Resilience with Farm and Garden Seed Stewardship
Hudson Valley Seed Company at Four Fold Farm, Accord, NY
The farmers and storytellers at Hudson Valley Seed Company invite you to tour Four Fold Farm, where they grow open pollinated seed and preserve crop diversity by selecting unique, rare, and hard-to-find varieties. Learn how a seed farm is different (and similar) to other farms that grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs, and why seed saving is crucial now more than ever. This field day will cover soil health, organic production methods, harvest, and a seed saving demo with Farmer Katie Wong.
September 9 @ 7:00 pm
7 Seeds to Sow in September
Fruition Seeds, Naples, NY
Whether you have a greenhouse, high tunnel, raised bed or a few feet of empty garden space, there are a surprising number of seeds you can sow this September to surround yourself with abundance for months to come. With the right seeds, tools and timing the seeds you sow will feed you for seasons to come! Join life-long grower and co-founder of Fruition Seeds, Petra Page-Mann, to explore the possibilities.
- Find more farming production resources at https://www.beginningfarmers.org/production-resources/
- Learn about beginning farmer training programs around the country at https://www.beginningfarmers.org/beginning-farmer-training-programs/
- Find tons of other useful farming resources at https://www.beginningfarmers.org/additional-farming-resources/