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Veterans in Ag: Agroforestry Opportunities in Your Woods

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 10:00am to 3:00pm

Equicenter Farm 3247 Rush Mendon Road, Honeoye Falls New York

The Cornell Small Farms Program project Farm OPS is providing a series of training workshops throughout 2019 for veterans interested in agriculture. Veterans interested in these programs must be enrolled at a VA facility in NYS (VISN2 area). 

Join us on December 17th to learn about opportunities in your woods. Tracey Testo, Environment and Natural Resource Program Coordinator from Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Agroforestry Resource Center will lead the day to teach participants how to recognize agroforestry values and potential that may lie in your woods. This day will include a hands-on, outdoor component so please dress appropriately.

 During this event, participants will be introduced to:

·The history of NYS forests including past land-use practices that have left us with current opportunities.

·Agroforestry practices with a focus on Forest Farming (i.e. maple, ginseng, mushrooms)

·Utilizing simple forestry tools

·Assessments to measure the potential of forest farming opportunities.

Tracey graduated from SUNY Cobleskill’s Plant Science and Horticulture Bachelor program, has worked on many farms including the world’s largest agroforestry farm focused on wild-simulated ginseng, and currently manages her own small farm with a focus on shiitake mushroom production. Her employment at CCE is multi-faceted, including her role as coordinator of the NYC Watershed Trained Logger Certification Program, co-chair of the NYS Agroforestry Program Work Team, and educator of general forestry and agroforestry topics such as deer browse, mushroom cultivation, ginseng production, and foraging classes. 

This workshop will be held at the EquiCenter Farm, and lunch is provided. 

It is recommended that students arrive around 9:30 a.m. to get coffee, tea, and snacks, and get checked-in and settled before the class begins.

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