Cornell Small Farms Program Resources

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The Cornell Small Farms Program mission is to foster the sustainability of diverse, thriving small farms that contribute to food security, healthy rural communities, and the environment. We do this by encouraging small farms-focused research and extension programs and fostering collaboration in support of small farms. This collection archives popular guides and booklets from the SFP. The most recent resources can be found on the SFP website here:


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    NY Small Dairy Innovators: Successful Strategies for Smaller Dairies
    Stone, Violet (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2010)
    The book features 7 small dairies all over NYS that have found methods of increasing profit and leisure time even in the face of a very challenging time for the dairy industry.
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    The Guide to Marketing Channel Assessment: How to Sell Through Wholesale and Direct Marketing Channels
    LeRoux, Matthew; Roth, Monika; Shaw, Molly; Schmidt, Todd (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2010)
    This guide offers tools to evaluate the success of your markets to ensure they’re the most profitable for your business.
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    Green Grass, Green Jobs: Increasing Livestock Production on Underutilized Grasslands in NYS
    Welch, Dan (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2011)
    This report focuses on recommended actions in research, education, extension, and policy to realize the potential of our grasslands as a farming resource that will spur rural economic development, grow the regional food supply, and enhance environmental outcomes.
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    NY Small Farm Energy Innovators
    Masler, Adrienne; Bass, Annie (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2010)
    This booklet describes how farmers save energy and decide which renewable systems are right for their farm. Profiles detail the cost of installation, any grants or incentives available, amount of energy saved or produced, and where to go for further information.
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    Resource Guide to Direct Marketing Livestock and Poultry
    Goodsell, Martha; Stanton, tatiana (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2011-01)
    A Resource Guide to Direct Market Livestock and Poultry helps to clarify and explain the complex laws in layman terms, discussing slaughtering and processing at the custom, state, and federal levels and guiding farmers through the logistics of the various market channels.
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    Small Farmers Campus to Farm Guide
    Whiteheart, Rachel; Stone, Violet (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2013)
    This guide highlights small farms-focused research and extension projects led by Cornell faculty and educators around the state. Some of these projects are ongoing and offer long-term results and farmer-friendly resources. Others are new or temporary. Contact the project leader or follow website links for more information.
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    New York State On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guidelines
    Bliven, Lynn; Stanton, tatiana; Frenay, Erica (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2012-07)
    The purpose of this NYS On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guidelines is to provide processing and handling recommendations to NYS producers who process and sell less than 1000 chickens or 250 turkeys under the Producer/Grower – 1000 Bird Limit Exemption. The goal is that products offered for sale are wholesome and processed under clean and sanitary conditions, and that the operation itself does not result in environmental harm.
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    The Guide to Urban Farming in New York State
    Koski, Hannah; Rangarajan, Anu (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2013)
    The Guide to Urban Farming in New York State was written in December 2012 as a Master of Professional Studies master’s paper by Hannah Koski for the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University, under the guidance of committee members Anusuya Rangarajan and Scott Peters. This Guide is meant to address the changing face of the agricultural industry, and to support farmers producing food in urban centers and on the urban fringe. It is a collection of topical factsheets including resources and information to answer the common questions of urban farmers. Topics include site contamination, soil renovation, rooftop farming, urban livestock, farming with neighbors, and much more.
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    Guide to Farming in New York State -What Every Ag Entrepreneur Needs to Know
    Roth, Monika; Schuelke, Jacob; Deming, Anita; Lindsay, Chanda; Frenay, Erica; O’Brien, Lynn; Padilla-Zakour, Olga (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2015)
    This guide is comprised of a series of individual fact sheets addressing topics pertinent to planning and operating a farm business. It is not enterprise specific. Rather it addresses topics common to operating a farm business in New York State. The fact sheets are meant to be brief and to the point. Additional details can be found via the web links provided or by calling offices listed. The guide is meant to be a resource for both beginning and established farmers. For beginning farmers, there are certain topics that are not relevant.