Master Gardeners Plant Sale

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 8, 2021, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join the Cornell Master Gardeners for some great plants for your gardens and home landscapes. Plants available for purchase are a combination of shrubs, perennials, herbs, annual vegetables and flowers that are provided by local nurseries and from Master Gardener’s private collections. We sell out quickly so don’t delay!

Proceeds help support the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Community Horticulture program.

For more information call 315-331-8415.

Location
1581 Route 88 North
Newark, NY 14513

Crescent Beach REDI PROJECT Public Meeting Announced

Wayne County invites you to a virtual meeting to provide residents and stakeholders with more in-depth explanation of the REDI project and objectives. Links have been distributed to residents – via email and mail to landowners within the property boundaries, and also by email and social media to the landowner’s associations – email hquigley@bartonandlogudice.com  for  the link  to  the  meeting.

1.2 million has been awarded to the State’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) to help 33 farms!

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced more than $1.2 million has been awarded to the State’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) to help 33 farms implement practices to protect the environment. Funding from two programs will help these farms to conserve water resources, reduce the impacts of climate change, and implement environmental plans needed to participate in the New York State Grown & Certified program.

Commissioner Ball said, “As we celebrate Earth Day today, we also celebrate the work our farms are doing to improve and green their operations. Our farmers, working with their SWCDs, have long been implementing best management practices that are helping to reduce their environmental footprint and combat climate change. The funding announced today will help nearly three dozen farms to use advanced technology to conserve water, protect the land, and prioritize our natural resources.”

High-Efficiency Irrigation Water Management Systems Program

Through the Efficiency Irrigation Water Management System program, the Department has awarded $675,668 to SWCDs for the installation of new or upgraded water irrigation systems on 20 farms. This will allow farms to improve or expand their use of water resources and, at the same time, protect the environment by using high-efficiency systems, particularly micro-irrigation systems, that strategically place irrigated water within the root zone of the target crop. The new systems will help farms to conserve water resources and reduce the impacts of climate change while improving their ability to maintain consistent farm yields. They can also be used to target and deliver nutrients to the plant, reducing pollution risks to water resources.

Funding for High-Efficiency Agricultural Irrigation Water Management Systems has been made available through the Environmental Protection Fund. The following SWCDs received funding on behalf of farms in their county:

Essex County SWCD, one farm
Jefferson County SWCD, two farms
Madison County SWCD, one farm
Orleans County SWCD, seven farms
Saratoga County SWCD, one farm
Schuyler County SWCD, one farm
Seneca County SWCD, one farm
Suffolk County SWCD, one farm
Wayne County SWCD, three farms
Wyoming County SWCD, one farm
Yates County SWCD, one farm

AEM Implementation for NYS Grown & Certified Program

Through this program, 13 farms were awarded $564,195 to help them implement environmental plans that are needed to participate in the NYS Grown & Certified program. The NYS Grown & Certified program recognizes New York farms that are committed to producing high-quality agricultural products with a focus on environmental responsibility through the Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program.
An AEM plan assists fruit, vegetable, specialty crop growers, and other farmers to produce foods and products using the highest environmental standards. It also helps farmers protect and improve New York’s natural resources, including water and soil quality.

Funding for the AEM Implementation for NYS Grown & Certified program has been made available through the Environmental Protection Fund. The following SWCDs received funding on behalf of farms in their county:

Niagara County, three farms
Orleans County, one farm
Schoharie County, one farm
Wayne County, eight farms

Chairman of the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee Dale Stein said, “The funding announced today will help our farms incorporate important practices into their daily operations to conserve and protect our natural resources. I thank our SWCDs for their work to help our farmers continue to steward the environment now and for our future generations on the farm.”

(reprinted from NYS Ag and Markets)

Spring Fish Sale is Underway – Stock your ponds!

Our 2021 Spring fish sale has ended, thank you for your orders.  

PICK UP at 7312 RT 31 Lyons, NY 14489 (just behind the Sheriff Offices.) Thursday, May 13th

When picking up your fish pond owners should bring their own transport containers. Call Drew at 315-946-7200 with any questions.

Celebrate National Agricultural Week 33,400 farms in NY with more than 55,000 people employeed

This #AgWeek, be grateful for all the farmers and growers in New York who work every day from sunrise to sunset to ensure that safe, delicious, high-quality food delivered to local grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

Thank you for all that you do!

Are you a Hiker? FL-PRISM is looking for Volunteer Invasive Species Detectives On Your Favorite Trails

The Finger Lakes PRISM (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management ) is looking for VOLUNTEERS to help them search for invasive species while you hike your favorite trail.

Invasive species lead to IRREVERSIBLE economic, environmental, and cultural damage. Some invasive species that you might be familiar with include the Spotted Lanternfly, Brown Marmorated Stinkbug, Japanese Knotweed, and Garlic Mustard.

HOW can you help? – Well.. it’s pretty simple, all you have to do is hike a trail and note the invasive species you see about every 50 feet. Upload what you see to the iMapInvasives app on your phone (https://www.nyimapinvasives.org/), and keep checking every 50 feet along the trail.

HOW do you start?  – Start by registering for “Terrestrial Surveying” here”: https://forms.gle/jV1WgMU8mPBJkAGNA . By registering the Finger Lakes PRISM can send updates on invasive species to watch out for.

Also, join the Facebook group, where photos can be shared and identified and questions can be asked.

PRISM will be hosting training sessions in May to teach you how to IDENTIFY invasive species, SURVEY along the trail, and REPORT what you found using the iMapInvasives App.

As this is a volunteer program, there is no commitment to how often you need to survey, or what you need to look for, or where (although we will have suggestions if you’re unsure!).

Spotted Lanternfly & Tree-of-heaven: NY needs your help! Training Workshop

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive pest from Asia that feeds on a variety of plants including grapes, hops, and maple trees, posing a severe threat to NYS forests and agriculture (more info). SLF’s preferred host plant, Tree-of-heaven (TOH), is already found in much of the state. SLF was first found in PA in 2014, and several populations have since been found in NYAgencies and conservation partners across the state are working to protect our state resources from these invasives, and we are requesting help from volunteers to complement these efforts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Register for the webinar below

Volunteers needed: SLF management actions are more effective and regions can better prepare for the impacts of this insect when new infestations are found early.

New York State is seeking volunteers like you to look for SLF and TOH in your area. You can supplement NYS efforts to prevent negative impacts from invasive species by knowing what to look for and how to report observations to New York’s official invasive species database, iMapInvasives.

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation have identified 1km grid squares across the state where volunteer survey efforts would be most helpful. These may be close to known infestations, along major pathways, and/or near important commodities that could be harmed by SLF. Use the interactive map below to sign up for a grid square and survey one or two areas within that are publicly and safely accessible.

On-Farm Housing Grants Available

PathStone Corporation is currently accepting applications for their 2021 On-Farm Housing Grant

This program is a matching grant of up to $2000 to repair and upgrade existing farm labor housing. Examples of eligible repairs include, but are not limited to: bathrooms, plumbing, laundry facilities, recreation rooms, upgrading kitchens and appliances, heating, windows, ceilings, doors, and other major structural components.

Farm Owners must agree to provide $1 for every $1 provided by PathStone Corporation. This grant is available in Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Orleans, Wyoming, Livingston and Genesee counties. If interested, or if you have questions, please contact Susan Lerch at 585-261-1779 for an application.

Applications will be due March 1, 2021 and the work will need to be completed by May 21, 2021. Please help us spread the word as we want to assist as many farms as possible!

The program is limited to farmers and growers who own existing farm labor housing that is in need of repairs and upgrades that will have a direct impact on the safety and health of farmworkers.

Typical Examples
• Bathrooms and plumbing systems
• Kitchens and replacement of appliances
• Heating and insulation
• Interior walls, floors, and ceilings doors, windows, and other major structural components

Click here to download a brochure /2021-Farm-Housing-Grant/

Cornell Small Farm Online Courses – Soil Health and more

The Cornell Small Farms Program offers a suite of more than 20 online courses, primarily taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, to help farmers improve their technical and business skills.

  • Interactive 5 to 8-week courses connect you to the information and people you need to start a successful farm business or diversify your farm
  • Led by experienced educators and farmers
  • Most courses can be taken by people anywhere in the world (read the course description to check whether it is targeted to farming in the Northeastern U.S.)

There is a fee for the courses, however, the Cornell Small Farms Program offers partial scholarships, with funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, for military veterans to take our online courses. The courses, normally $250, will be offered to veterans for $125.

The course offerings and schedules can be viewed here. If you are eligible for a partial scholarship and would like to enroll, contact them here.

Registration is limited and will be offered first-come, first-served. Participants will be asked to complete a targeted survey at the end of the course as well as 6 months from completion, to determine the effect on their operation.

For more information click here.

Project Feeder Watch

The 2021 season of Project Feeder Watch has begun. Turn your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. FeederWatch is a survey of birds that visit backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. You don’t even need a feeder! Visit https://feederwatch.org/ to learn more and register.

You can also visit them on Facebook at

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