NOFA-NY Announces Two Upcoming Workshops in Sept.

9/8/2012

        The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is excited to announce two upcoming on-farm field days: "Transitioning to Organic: Red Jacket Orchards' Approach" and "A Good Crop of Beans: Getting the Most from a Small-to-Medium Scale Dry Bean Planting".

        "Transitioning to Organic" will take place at Red Jacket Orchard's retail store, 957 Rt 5 and 20, Geneva, NY on Sunday, September 16th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. During this field day, Mike Biltonen will discuss exploring and experimenting with a variety of holistic, biodynamic, and innovative techniques to get to transition orchards to organic. Attendees will get a firsthand look at the organic production techniques that Red Jacket is testing on a variety of stone fruit (apricots, sweet cherries, and plums) before potentially transitioning larger plantings to organic. Participants will also explore the use of high tunnels in organic tree fruit production. This look at Red Jacket Orchards' innovative approach to organic production is not to be missed!

        "A Good Crop of Bean" will happen on Monday, September 17th from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM at Cayuga Pure Organic, 18 Banks Rd, Brooktondale, NY. During this field day, attendees will learn to confidently and consistently grow New York's next big locally-sourced crop: organic dry beans. Cayuga Pure Organic's farmers will explain the best practices to help you bring this crop to your community. Erick Smith, owner, and Anne Riordan, field manager, will cover growing methods, variety selection, and equipment needs, as well as post-harvest cleaning, drying and storage to ensure a high-quality product. There will also be a discussion about options for direct and cooperative marketing, even with just a few acres planted in this fantastic crop. This field day is part of NOFA-NY's Beginning Farmer Program; all participants are invited to continue the discussion and fun during an informal farmer-to-farmer networking reception and potluck following the field day.

        Registration: To register please contact Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at (585) 271-1979 ext. 509 or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15 for all others. See http://www.nofany.org/events/field-days/ for more information.

        "Transitioning to Organic: Red Jack Orchards' Approach" is supported by New York State Department of Ag & Markets and USDA Risk Management Agency. "A Good Crop of Beans: Getting the Most from a Small-to-Medium-Scale Dry Bean Planting" is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30510.

        NOFA-NY, Inc. is an organization of consumers, gardeners, and farmers working together to create a sustainable regional food system which is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education opportunities, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. NOFA-NY brings consumers and farmers closer together to make high quality food available to all people.