Category Archives: Sustainable Farming

High Tunnel Field Day at Neversink Organic Farm August 3, 2015



Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County Greenhouse High Tunnel Tour

CLARYVILLE, NY— An educational tour of high tunnel and greenhouse agricultural production practices is offered on Monday, August 3, 2015. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer this program from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Neversink Farm on 635 Claryville Road in Claryville. Neversink Farm is Certified Organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC.

Topics on this tour will include on-farm production methods using season extension structures through observation of existing systems at Neversink Farm, accompanied by informative commentary. Educators will discuss the ways in which season extension makes it possible for some vegetables to be grown beyond their intended season and at more affordable rates. Participants will learn varying management techniques for different plants in each structure and how they are used in production circumstances.

Cost to attend is $15.00 per person or $10.00 per CCESC enrollee. Anyone can enroll in the CCESC association for an annual donation of $25.00 per household. Enrollees must identify membership status at time of payment in order to receive discounts.

Space is limited and pre-registration with non-refundable payment is required in advance. Seats are only guaranteed with payment. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180, emailing, or visiting Payment can be made in advance by check, cash, or credit.


Offered by: Michelle Lipari

845-292-6180, ext. 129

Agriculture & 4-H Community Educator

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Conference 2013

Notes from the NOFA-NY conference; Weekend of activism and organics By Fritz Mayer

Editor of the River Reporter, Narrowsburg, New York

— SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The premier organization that represents organic farming interests in New York State approved a major policy statement at its annual conference last weekend, urging the ban of an herbicide used in conjunction with some genetically-modified agricultural crops. Some 1,300 people, including farmers and residents of the Upper Delaware Valley attended the Northeast Organic Farming Association-New York (NOFA-NY) conference in Saratoga Springs on January 25 through 27, during which about 75 NOFA-NY representatives approved some newsworthy policy resoutions. Among the policy positions adopted was one that the herbicide glyphosate, which is used in connection with genetically modified organisms (GMO), should be banned. Some crops, known as “Round-Up Ready,” have been genetically engineered to be resistant to glyphosate. The resolution said there are “many troubling questions about livestock and human infertility and environmental impacts linked to the production and consumption of Round-Up Ready genetically modified organisms…. ” Concerns about GMO products surfaced several times throughout the three-day conference. One workshop focused on the growing effort of activists to convince officials in the U.S. to follow the lead of more than 60 other countries around the world to require that products containing GMO ingredients be labeled as such. In one workshop, Dr. Michael Hansen of Consumers Union responded to industry claims that GMO seed varieties are more productive than traditional varieties. Hansen said the U.S. Department of Agriculture disputes this, and he cited a side-by-side study done at the University of Nebraska of GMO and non-GMO varieties of soy beans, which found the GMO seeds were 10% less productive. Hansen also responded to industry claims that GMO crops would lead to a reduction in the use of pesticides. He said with most GMO crops, the amount of pesticides used has increased significantly over time. Further, he said the use of glyphosates has resulted in many weed species in the U.S. and elsewhere becoming resistant to it, which has prompted the industry to engineer crops with resistance to other herbicides, specifically 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid and Dicamba.

To read the complete article and get a taste of the action via video courtesy of the River Reporter go to


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Time to Lobby for GMO Labeling on Food Products NOFA

gmo labeling

Today as New Mexico announces a push for labeling Genetically Modified foods in that state,  Elizabeth Henderson of NOFA-NY wrote.

“It is time to get some energy back up to push for GMO labeling in NYS too! Two of the NOFA chapters are fairly far along with legislation in their states – Vermont and Connecticut.  There is help available to get the most effective language.  NYS Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes is willing to sponsor labeling legislation.  Anyone willing to help?  NOFA policy energy this past year has been directed at stopping fracking.  We need reinforcements to take on more!”
To hear what is being accomplished what has worked and what has not come to the NOFA-NY Winter Conference and hear

GMO LABELING—Battles Won and Lost: Where do we go from here?

This interactive workshop, led by Dr. Michael Hansen of the Consumers Union and Dave Rogers of NOFA-VT will focus on the status of state and national-level efforts to require labeling of genetically modified foods.   Both Hansen and Rogers will speak about battles won and lost over this controversial topic. They will discuss current legislation and the legal aspects of enforcing labeling laws, as well as updates on important scientific developments. Join in for learning effective strategies to insure success in the battle for effective labeling.

Conference 2013

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Westchester New York Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board Free Presentation December 3 2012

Protecting Our Farmland: Ag Districts & You
Keynote speaker: Bob Somers of NYS Ag and Markets

Panelists include:

Watershed Ag Council: Carrie Davis
Cornell Cooperative Extension:
Barbara Sacks, Executive Director
Jerry Giordano, Sr. Horticulture Agent
Hilltop Hanover Farm: Lucille Munz, Director
NYSERDA: Elizabeth Silleck, Westchester/Bronx Coordinator
NOFA-NY: Maria Grimaldi, Catskill/Hudson Representative
Westchester Land Trust
     December 3   
2:00 – 5:00
Yorktown Town Hall
363 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights, NY

Local Farms Showcasing Their Products:

White Hill Farm, Faraway Farm Alpacas, Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm, Hilltop Hanover Farm, Amba Farms, and more!

Cider and doughnuts provided by Wilkens Farm

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NOFA-NY’s  3rd Annual Locavore challenge is about to begin. September is pot luck party time around the State to celebrate our abundant harvest of local food and a successful farming season for our farmers. Foodies, farmers, environmental groups and friends are already planning parties, classes, and special events to enjoy the harvest and promote the movement toward a more sustainable, organic food system.

Get on board early this year and register, ITS FREE, to demonstrate  interest and support for building  our regional food sheds.  Any special group or business events will be publicized on our calendar. Register online, explore the NY Locavore Challenge website and share it with your friends.

AND stay tuned to our blogs  for more information about locavore events in our Region as they develop.



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