Farm Viability Workshop Series: Planning a Farm Business

November 18, 2019 - 9:30am

630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591

Launching a successful farm business is one part production and one part business management. In this day-long workshop we’ll focus on the business side of the operation… from understanding your costs to setting business goals. We will discuss cost of production calculations, pricing strategies and break-even analysis. We will use these new skills to outline a business plan and strategy for launching.

Farm Transition Planning – Preserving Your Legacy

November 19, 2019 - 8:30am

Piano Works Mall, 349 West Commercial St., East Rochester, NY 14445

Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, in partnership with Mass Mutual New York State and Farm Credit East, has organized the ‘Farm Transition Planning – Preserving Your Legacy’ workshop. The workshop, designed for agricultural business owners who want to learn about transitioning to the next generation, will discuss the strategic process for developing a successful farm estate and succession planning.

Farm Viability Workshop Series: Marketing Off of the Farm

November 19, 2019 - 9:00am

630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591

Join for a day of back to back workshops with regional farmers as we discuss marketing and supply chain models that they have created and operate on their farms. Each farm will discuss the pros and cons of their marketing outlets, how the farm and systems are designed to fulfill the necessary requirements of relating with these market channels, and the types of investment needed to generate readiness for such.

Farm Viability Workshop Series: Farmland Access – Plan to Find the Right Farm

November 20, 2019 - 9:30am

630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591

For farmers who are seeking land, most do not accidentally stumble upon the perfect farm and even fewer gain easy access to farmland at the exact time they need or want it. This doesn’t mean it’s hopeless, but it does mean farm seekers should take seriously the process of planning for and finding the right farm. This process includes self-assessment of current strengths and areas where more skill or experience is needed, clear goal setting based on a solid business plan and including personal considerations, identifying and using targeted resources, as well as developing and holding oneself accountable to prioritized next steps. This full day intensive will focus on these aspects of the farmland access process.

Farm Viability Workshop Series: Loans and Grants to Build Farm Infrastructure

November 21, 2019 - 9:30am

630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591

We’ll hear from Caroline Pam, co-owner of Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland MA. Caroline recently built a new wash pack barn and commercial processing kitchen on her 50 acre organic vegetable farm. This talk will cover the multi year planning and design process and how the farm accessed FSA and Farm Credit financing, as well as federal and state grants for the buildings, equipment, and a 25kW solar array.

What you need to know about Business Ownership!

November 21, 2019 - 4:30pm

FREE to attend seminar on how a business franchise compares with other business options as far as risk and opportunities. There will also be a discussion on the details of franchising. The seminar is a collaborative effort between the Onondaga SBDC office and FranNet of Upstate New York.

Farm Viability Workshop Series: Farming Cooperatively

November 22, 2019 - 9:30am

630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591

This day-long session will introduce cooperative business models, share examples from the wide landscape of collaborative food systems projects, and cover the legal, financial, operational, and social considerations for effective group businesses.

Planning for Transition: A Resource Fair

November 23, 2019 - 12:30pm

Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin Street, Auburn, NY 13021

AUBURN, CAYUGA COUNTY – Planning for Transition: A Resource Fair is a collaborative outreach event on Saturday, November 23, 2019. This Resource Fair is seeking to assist new and beginning farmers and farmers or landowners looking to transition their farm to the next generation with navigating the farm transfer. This conference will host workshops that include mechanisms to transfer agricultural land, business planning, financing a land purchase, and tools to effectively communicate between generations. The goal is to assist farmers in finding and utilizing local resources as well as working with the two identified groups on how to effectively communicate through the transition process. Full details and agenda are available at

Ensuring Access to Farmland-Leasing!

November 26, 2019 - 6:30pm

840 Upper Front St Binghamton, NY 13905

Whether you are pursuing an agricultural assessment, or are looking to formalize an agreement for agricultural land use, leases are one potential tool. They do not need to be complicated, but should include several key features which outline roles, expectations, and terms, just to name a few. Join us as we learn how to properly put together a farmland lease that protects both parties.

Access to Capital Workshop and Expo for Agriculture and the Food and Beverage Industries

December 3, 2019 - 9:00am

Bouck Hall Ballroom, SUNY Cobleskill Campus (106 Suffolk Circle, Cobleskill)

The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) is co-hosting a free workshop and resource expo for agriculture and food and beverage businesses to meet and network with potential sources of funding for their operations. The workshop will include panel presentations covering both traditional funding sources and newer, alternative models.

Farm Management Specialist Office Hours

December 11, 2019 - 10:00am

Kelsey O'Shea, the farm business specialist for Clinton County will be hosting office hours at the CCE office . These hours provide the chance for farmers to bring questions on any of the following topics:

Financial Statements
Business Plans
Decision Making
Employee Hiring
Employee Handbooks
Human Resources
Grant Applications
Project Evaluation
Book Keeping Systems
Farm Transition Planning
Retirement Strategies

Brand Your Farm with Liz Pickard

December 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

Groundswell Center Office, 225 S Fulton St Ithaca, NY 14850

Learn how to build a compelling message for your farm brand using the time-tested techniques of storytelling. Marketing consultant and farmer Liz Pickard will teach the strategies she uses to help clients craft a message that centers the customer’s needs, positions them as the hero of our story (like Luke Skywalker) and positions you as the wise sage (Yoda), ready to help them solve a big problem. By the end of class you will have a completed brand narrative ready to put into action on your website, brochures, or other marketing materials.

Aspiring Farmers Academy

January 21, 2020 - 6:00pm

Oriskany, New York 13424

Are you looking to get into farming, have a startup operation, or are looking to re-strategizing your farm? The Aspriing Farmers Academy is a series of workshop on topics such as Whole Farm Planning, Marketing, Business Management, Land Acquisition & Tenure, Sustainable Farming Practices that are designed to help farmers make informed farm planning decisions. At the end of each workshop additional resources and Cornell service provider contact information will be provide.