The farm manager of the noted Rodale Institute and beginning farmers who use social investment funds to purchase land will speak at the New York Certified Organic 2018 Winter Meeting on March 13 starting at 10 AM in Jordan Hall at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, 630 West North Street, in Geneva, NY. The free-to-attend NYCO meetings provide organic crop growers and dairy farmers the opportunity to hear speakers and network. There is no need to register. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch.
Duffield is responsible for planting, seeding, and maintaining the field equipment at the farm, and is expanding the livestock operations. He has a particular interest in the vertical integration of poultry and hogs into crop rotation, and in teaching aspiring farmers and those transitioning into organic production.
Duffield will share his experience with the construction and operation of the recently build Rodale hog facility which offers the hogs clean, efficient, deep bedding shelter in tandem with the opportunity to forage on organic pasture crops when they choose.
The New York Crop Insurance Education Team and Cornell Cooperative Extension provide support for the NYCO meetings. There will be a brief description of how Crop Insurance can benefit organic farmers at the meeting.
NYCO winter meetings have grown from a gathering of six organic grain producers in the Martens Farms farmhouse kitchen in 1994 to filling the auditorium at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. More than 300 farmers attended NYCO meetings in 2017.
For more information, contact NYCO Winter Meeting organizer Fay Benson with the Cornell NY Organic Dairy Program at 607-391-2669 or [email protected]. Information on previous NYCO meetings is posted at http://blogs.cornell.edu/organicdairyinitiative.