In 2014, CCE Onondaga Agriculture designed and implemented an “Agriculture 101” series. This series of workshops focused on the new farmer, or those looking into starting a farming venture. The driving force for the series was twofold.
One of the main objectives was to prepare people so they can have a successful farm, which in turn will secure farm land. Farms must be sustainable in order to keep land in agricultural production. The second objective was to properly inform interested parties about what it takes to raise a product.
In the past, several farmers have come to CCE Onondaga after having invested tens of thousands of dollars before educating themselves. They come to CCE after they’re already sinking. They did not properly educate themselves on the time, effort, energy and money needed to own and operate a successful agriculture venture.
This workshop series filled both of those needs. After the “Beef 101” workshop, Erin had a woman who was ready to purchase a herd of Black Angus approach her. She hugged her and said “Thank you. I had no idea how much I was getting in over my head”. The goal of the workshops was not to push people into farming, but rather give them the important information needed to write a solid business plan and have a successful farming venture. That goal was fulfilled, over the course of four (4) workshops with a total of over 120 attendees.
Dairy Acceleration Program (DAP)
In 2014, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets released funds to support small dairy farms writing business plans, Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) and Facilities Designs to grow their herd size.
CCE Onondaga worked with five (5) dairy farms, ranging in size from 50 to 300 cows. One of the smaller farms was struggling in various areas. They had a grazing herd, with no formal grazing management, a very low herd average (32 lb. of milk/day per cow), yet quite a bit of equity. Through the DAP, they were able to have a comprehensive business plan written as well as network with various dairy professionals. At the end of the program, the farm had more than doubled their herd average (at last check in, they were over 72 lb. of milk/day per cow), have increased their milking herd size from 50 head to 75 and are in the process of building a new free stall barn. Without the help of CCE Onondaga and the DAP, none of these things would have been possible.
Onondaga Day on the Farm
Onondaga County is unique in that we are in the top 12 in terms of agriculture production in the State of New York and also have a vibrant urban and suburban core. This presents a number opportunities as well as challenges for farmers in Onondaga County. The objective of the Day on the Farm Event was to bridge the gap between our urban-suburban residents and our farmers. Partnering with Onondaga County Soil and Water and Onondaga County Farm Bureau we had the best attended farm events in recent memory, with nearly 500 folks attending. The host farm was Tre-Ge Farms in Pompey, NY who is a family owned dairy farm with a you-pick strawberry business. Visitors to the farm were able to engage in a scavenger hunt for farm and agriculture facts at the many learning stations across the farm. This model for education led to some of the best and in-depth engagement with the non-farming population that we have seen. The success of the day is attributed to the partnership between CCE Onondaga, Farm Bureau, Onondaga SWCD and the Smith Family of Tre-Ge Farms. We hope this a model for continued success.
Healthy Eating for the Holidays
Stay healthy, focused and full of energy this Holiday Season!
In 2015, resolve to add healthy eating with My Plate tips to enjoy good health and energy all year long. Enjoy this joyful time of the year…’Eat, Drink & be Merry’ AND keep your energy levels up without the weight gain!
Deck your Halls with these tasty tips and remember to try one or more each day in December! Read more >>
Check out the coverage Time Warner Cable did of our tree planting on Saturday!
Come join us for our annual Community Tree Planting! This annual event celebrates the rich history of Syracuse’s urban canopy through community involvement. We will plant 100 trees in the Northside neighborhood together with volunteers, community members, and city officials.
Reporting time is 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 8 at Rose Hill Cemetery at the intersection of Lodi and Douglas Street in the Northside.
- All ages are welcome, if under the age of 18 bring a guardian.
- Dress appropriate for the weather
- Refreshments provided for volunteers
All participants must bring signed liability waiver to the event:
Please click on the below links to download.
Completed waivers may be faxed to 315-424-7056 Attn: Community Tree Planting.
Download the event flyer, please click here.
Questions about this event may be directed to Kim Zhang, 315-424-9485 ext . 228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Onondaga County 4-H Program celebrated the 4-H National Science Day event by partnering with local Syracuse Lockheed Martin Volunteer Engineers and the Liverpool School District at the Chestnut Hill Middle School to bring an exciting STEM activity to life. 4-H Rockets to the Rescue was showcased in 5 classes over the 2 day event. On October 14th Read more >>
- 2014 Agriculture Programming Success
- Deck the Halls with Veggies & Fruits this Holiday Season
- More than 90 trees were planted as part of Onondaga County’s ‘Save the Rain’ program
- Dig into your neighborhood! Join us for the annual community tree planting!
- 4-H is Launchpad to Learning with “Rockets to the Rescue”!