Beyond Apples:Alternative Fruits for Sustainable Harvest/Organic Growing for Small Farms and Home Landscapes
Date: September 20, 2012
Location:Lee Reich’s “Farmden”: 387 Springtown Rd., New Paltz, NY, 12561 (Ulster County)
Walk through the private edible landscape of renowned author and orchardist Lee Reich and learn about the wide spectrum of fruits that can be grown sustainably with little or no input needed for pest control or pruning in USDA Hardiness Zone 5 (low temps of -20° F). Participants will also learn about uncommon fruits that have commercial potential for small farms because they are easy to grow organically and have unique flavors to appeal in niche and general markets. Lee will also discuss dual-purpose plants- plants that are ornamental and bear tasty fruits- for home landscapes.
Lee Reich began growing and studying fruit 40 years ago. Since that beginning, he has earned a doctorate in horticulture with a specialty in fruit growing, worked in fruit research for Cornell University and the USDA, and grown many kinds of fruits, from the common, such as apples and pears, to the uncommon, such as gumi and medlar. His “farmden” is a testing ground for sustainable fruit growing techniques, for studying cultivation and marketing of some uncommon fruits, and for providing an abundance of fruit to Lee’s household. Lee is the author of three books on fruit growing: Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Landscaping with Fruit, and Grow Fruit Naturally.
Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Education and Community Outreach Program.
Registration: Please register by calling Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NYat 585-271-1979 x 509, or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15/ non-members.
Last Tuesday, August 28, 2012 about 40 enthusiastic participants gathered at the Hudson Valley Seed Library on Mettacohonts Road in Accord, New York to experience the craft of saving seeds.
- Signing in at the Field Day
Participants learned through a simple exercise of matching cards of photographs of various flowering plants to their seed, which helped us recognize the importance of observation in the process of learning to save seeds.
Then the group moved out into the gardens where various isolation and seed saving techniques were demonstrated in the field.
Tomatoes are among the seeds that should be fermented for a few days to remove the coating that prevents germination. Removing the seeds from the tomatoes, soaking and rinsing techniques were demonstrated in the processing area of the farm.
Upstate Oxblood Tomato
Hudson Valley Seed Library offers seed saving tips on their webpage http://www.seedlibrary.org/wp/seeds-eye-view-3-a-living-seed-library/
This NOFA-NY field day was supported bythe Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30510
photo credit GrowNYC
Event Details Date: September 6, 2012
Location: Wild Hive Farm, Store & Café Bakery: 2645 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners, NY 12514 (Dutchess Co.) Time: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Local organic grain production is an important step in creating a more sustainable food system. Join Don Lewis for a tour of Wild Hive Farm Community Grain Project and a look at how local milling plays an important role. Don will provide an overview of how Wild Hive sources and processes grain, including evaluating wheat, cleaning grain, the milling process, and packaging flour. He’ll also discuss the history of milling in the Hudson Valley and the important role grain production plays in sustainable agriculture. Participants will enjoy refreshments from Wild Hive’s very own café and bakery. Wild Hive Farm was founded to promote sustainable agriculture in the Hudson Valley through grain based local agriculture. The Wild Hive Farm Community Grain Project is where we stone mill Wild Hive Flours at our flour mill in Clinton Corners, NY. We use this fresh, organic flour to make Wild Hive Breads and Baked Goods. Other bakers also appreciate the freshness and flavor of our flours and use it to create their own high quality products. Supported by USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). Registration: Please register by calling Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NYat 585-271-1979 x 509, or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15/ non-members.
All Organic farmers should consider saving seeds for future seed sowing, as our gene pool of commerically available seeds and plants continues to shrink.
Growing for Future Farming: Saving Quality Seed From Your Farm’s Field
Hudson Valley Seed Library: 484 Mettacohonts Rd., Accord, NY 12404
A tour of the Hudson Valley Seed Library’s seed production farm will provide examples of the isolation and pollination techniques used to maintain pure seed varieties. The discussion will cover distancing, timing of successions, caging and hand-pollinating. Farmers Ken and Doug will talk about hand-cleaning seeds via winnowing and threshing, as well as best practices for seed storage. Under the farmers’ careful supervision and instruction, you will try your hand at processing seeds from tomato, pepper, brassica and other crops. Participants will also get a special insider peek at the seed library cooler. This field day is part of our Beginning Farmer Program; all participants are invited to stay for an informal farmer-to-farmer networking reception and potluck following the presentation.
: Please register by calling Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NYat 585-271-1979 x 509, or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents
. Registration is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15/ non-members
This field day is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30510.
Amy Hepworth is a pioneer at Certified Organic farming in New York State. On July 21, 2012, Hepworth Farm hosted a NOFA-NY Field Day, where Amy Hepworth described the cultural methods and organic preventive sprays employed at this 300 acre organic farm, 25 acres are planted with tomatoes, to head off potential crop devastation from late blight.
Proper staking of indeterminate heirloom cherry tomatoes insures even growth as well as good air circulation. It also makes spraying the necessary preventive, OMRI approved, copper spray easier for complete coverage.
Amy Hepworth demonstrates a pruning technique which removes all of the bottom branches and leaves of a staked tomato plant. Also the soil in the aisles and around the base of the plants is lightly mulched with straw. This prevents fungal spores moving upward from the soil.
For a complete list of NOFA-NY Field Days and other events go to:
Hepworth Farm tomatoes at Whole Foods
LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE. FUNDAMENTALS OF GROWING ORGANIC TOMATOES IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
TOMATOES: EQUIPMENT, MANPOWER, PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES, VARIETIES (including 100 different varieties of tomatoes, tomatillos and husk cherries) AND MORE
Hepworth Farm Growing delicious and organic hierlooms
Amy Hepworth will share her 30 years of experience in running a versatile and resilient operation based on a whole-living system approach to farming.
SATURDAY JULY 21, 2012
9:00 a.m.-12:oo p.m.
1635 Route 9W
Milton, New York 12547
REGISTRATION IS FREE FOR NOFA-NY MEMBERS AND $15.00 FOR NON MEMBERS
PLEASE REGISTER BY CALLING STEPHANIE BACKER-BERTSCH AT NOFA-NY 585-271-1979 x 509 OR ONLINE
Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Education and Community Outreach Program
Stony Creek Farm, 1738 Freer Hollow Rd., Walton, NY 13856
Wednesday, June 27
INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT METHODS FOR MULTI-SPECIES GRAZING?
Kate and Dan Marsiglio will explain their pasturing systems and demonstrate the techniques they use to manage and protect their animals organically. Lean about predator control at Stony Creek Farm and becoming proactive on parasite control. Fencing options for pasturing animals will be discussed, and field day participants will have “hands-on” experiences in moving portable electric fence.
REGISTRATION: Free for NOFA-NY members, $15.00 for non-members
Contact: Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NY, 583-271-1979 ex. 509
or visit the Nofa-NY website for online registration www.nofany.org
Supported by USDA Risk Mangement Agency Education and Community outreach Prgram, and Beginnin Farmer and Racher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grant #2009-49400-05878
June 18, 2012
Gonzalez Farm: 473 Pine Island Turnpike, Pine Island, NY 10924
9 AM – 12 Noon
Come tour Gonzalez Farm with Cornell University’s Vegetable IPM Coordinator Abby Seaman. The rich muck soil on Gonzalez Farm presents unique soil, weed and pest management challenges, including issues with cutworms, brassica flea beetles and phytophthora blight. This workshop will focus on understanding the life cycles of these pests, and Abby will present research-based IPM strategies, including biological and cultural control methods, as well as organic pesticides.
Please contact the Registration Coordinator, Stephanie Backer-Bertsch by phone at (585) 271-1979 x 509, by email at email@example.com, or online at http://tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is FREE for members and $15 (per person) for non-members. Pre-registration closes three days before the event. Pre-registration is encouraged