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Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 10:00am to 3:00pm
Equicenter Inc. 3247 Rush Mendon Road Honeoye Fall, NY 14472
The Cornell Small Farms Program's Farm Ops project is working with the Canandaigua VA Medical Center's Whole Health Program to provide 1-day focused trainings at no cost to New York state veterans who are enrolled at a VA facility. This program is also open to spouses of NYS veterans.
Training Topic: Specialized Tools for Small-Scale Intensive Production
Small-scale intensive production, aka micro-farming or market garden farming, is a tractor-less, cropping strategy for high-yield production (per/ft2) on low acreage without the need for large capital investment. It (often) involves raised beds, closely spaced plantings, minimal tillage, and a selection of low-tech hand tools and appropriate machinery to increase farmer efficiency. While not considered large capital investments (compared to a tractor), there are a number of these tools that come at a higher price-point and evaluation of these “high-end” tools should be considered to determine IF or WHEN, with regard to your operation, the efficiency-savings they provide justifies their sticker cost.
This training will include the following:
Intro to small-scale intensive production and guided overview of The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming text *
General tool discussion with veteran-veggie-farmer (of 10-years), Dean Koyanagi
Presentation and demonstration of higher-end($) tools
Hands-on interaction and participant-testing of tools
*Participants will receive a copy of this text
This workshop will be held at the EquiCenter Farm, and lunch is provided. It is recommended that participants arrive 15-20 minutes prior to get coffee, tea, and snacks and get checked-in and settled.