March 19

Tractor spraying sludge fertiliser, photo by James Allan

Click here for the archive March 19, 2012ON this evening Farm Hour on WIOX I have a few great clips to share from Ireland and a recycled interview I did with John Cowan last year..AND an update on the 2012 Farm BillFirst we have a few events to mention

1. Catskills FarmLink Introduction to Evaluating Land for Agricultural Use & the Basics of Land Leasing workshops being held in Delaware and Sullivan Counties on March 21 and 22. The workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the eCenter, Main Street Delhi, and on Thursday, March 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Duggan Community Center, 3460 State Route 55, in White Lake. Catskills FarmLink ( is an online land access resource, connecting farmers looking for land with property owners interested in maintaining a viable working landscape. The workshop addresses two commonly asked questions: 1.) how do I evaluate my land for agricultural use, and 2.) how do I develop a land lease?

A presentation by Dale Dewing, field crop educator and Watershed extension team leader with Cornell Cooperative Extension, will focus on how to evaluate land for agricultural use. A panel discussion of landowners and farmers in lease agreements and food and farm law expert, Jason Foscolo (, will provide guidance and examples of personal experience with land leases. Available from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day, Jason Foscolo, LLC, is offering free 15-minute consultations to answer questions about your food and farm business. These sessions must be pre-scheduled. Additional workshop details are available at The workshops are free to attendees and RSVP is requested, as space is limited

2. GETTING STARTED WITH HONEYBEES April 14 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County. Since the February workshop was filled to capacity, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Delaware County is again offering a beginner beekeeping workshop on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The program will be held at the Delaware County Resource Center, Cooperative Extension, 34570 State Highway 10, Hamden, NY.

George Jersey, owner of Wild Mountain Apiaries in Coldbrook, NY, will cover a hobbyist’s first year of beekeeping, including how to purchase and transport bees, bee identification, introducing your new bees to their new home, hive location, pest and disease management, hive components, harvesting and preparing your hives for winter.

The fee for the program is $20 per person. Registration and payment are required by April 9th. To contact Cornell Cooperation Extension in Hamden,  Class size will be limited so register early!

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