Second Annual Capital Area Cut Flower Conference

December 1st, 2017, 8:00 am -4:00 pm 

Carey Institute Guggenheim Pavilion, 100 Pond Hill Rd, Rensselaerville, NY

$45.00 per person


8:00 – 8:30 Registration @ Guggenheim Pavilion, Carey Institute

8:45 – 9:30 Carolyn Snell Cut Flowers on Snell Family Farm Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Northeast Regional Director located in Buxton, Maine

9:30 – 10:15 Judson Reid High Tunnel Nutrient Management Cornell Cooperative Extension

Coffee Break- Please visit the exhibitors! (25 mins)

10:40 – 11:40 Chris Wien and Friends Dahlia Production Cornell University, Professor Emeritus and Farm TBD

Visit exhibitors and walk over to lunch (20 mins)

12:00 Lunch @ Carriage House Restaurant

1:00 – 1:45 Bryan Brown Weed Management on Small Farms Weed Specialist, NYS IPM

1:45 – 2:30 Lily Calderwood Lavender and Mint SARE Research Update Cornell Cooperative Extension

Break- Please visit the exhibitors! (15 mins)

2:45 – 4:00 Farmer to Farmer Panel Discussion

Geared toward beginners, 5 cut flower growers will discuss production, post-harvest, and marketing challenges as well as success stories.

Tenth Annual Winter Green-Up, January 27, 2018

The Capital Area Ag & Hort Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany County are pleased to announce our Tenth Annual Winter Green-Up, coming up on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Winter Green-Up 2018 will be held at The Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, in Latham, New York, 12110.

By popular demand, Winter Green-Up 2018 will be a one-day event. We’re looking forward to great speakers, vendors and the traditional Winter Green-Up lunch – at a great price, $75.00 per person!

Our speakers for Winter Green-Up 2018 include:

  • Brian Maloney is a custom grazer, grass-fed beef and lamb producer, as well as a direct marketer. Brian has been exclusively grazing stock since the early 1990s in western Quebec, where he raises black and red Angus beef. Brian also raises Meadow Veal, nourished on mother’s milk, fresh grass, water and sunshine. Katahdin sheep, an ideal breed for meat, are also part of Brian’s grass-fed stock. The lambs are born in early spring and spend all summer frolicking on grass with their mothers. They are weaned and fed all winter with our highest quality hay and finished with a minimum of 60 days on grass.
  • MacKenzie Waro is the Livestock Processing and Marketing Specialist with the CCE Harvest New York team. MacKenzie works with processors, producers and consumers, helping to identify markets and concepts for marketing of livestock products. She is an HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) Lead Instructor, FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) for Animal Feeds Lead Instructor, SQF (Safe Quality Foods) Certified, and works with the USDA for cattle grading and carcass grading. MacKenzie is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science along with a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science. 
  • Sandra Kay Miller is a grass-based farmer who has been actively raising livestock for over 30 years.  She is the owner and operator of Painted Hand Farm, a diversified livestock farm raising pastured poultry, sheep, goats, pigs and calves which are all direct-marketed in the mid-Atlantic region.

The cost for Winter Green-Up 2018 is $75.00 per person, which includes all events and lunch.

To register online: For questions regarding registration, please contact Tove Ford, or (518)765-3518.

For questions about Winter Green-Up 2018 or if you wish to be a vendor at this event, please contact Hank Bignell,  or (518)649-0267, or Tom Gallagher at or (518)577-0958.

Rooms are being held for Friday and Saturday nights at The Century House for $114 per night. Call The Century House at (518) 785-0931 to reserve. Please mention the Winter Green-Up conference to receive this special rate.

Looking forward to seeing you at Winter Green-Up 2018!

Beef Quality Assurance Workshop, October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017, BQA Workshop
To register for the BQA Workshop online:
For questions, contact: Hank Bignell at or 518-649-0267.
BQA recertification is required every three years. Attendance at this workshop will recertify you for another three years.
Beef Quality Assurance is a nationwide certification program to help ensure a safe, wholesome and quality beef product for consumers. Topics covered include cattle nutrition, handling, and vaccine protocols.
The workshop will cover requirements 1-3 below. To be certified, producers must: 
  1. Attend a BQA classroom training or complete a self-study and satisfactorily pass a written test.
  2. Attend a chute-side training.
  3. Sign a BQA Contract. 
There is no charge for the training but there is a $10.00 fee for the BQA manual (one per farm or family). Registration is required for a head count for dinner and the number of manuals that will be required.

Basic Farm Business Management Planning: A Quick Overview for Success – Dates and Locations Below

A 2 ½ hour class on business planning and farm business management designed to help your agricultural business achieve success. We will teach you how to avoid some of the pitfalls that strike many small businesses and connect you with helpful resources, help you find out about regulations and build a business plan to attract financing.
Current dates and locations (but please check with us as we may add additional ones.) Each date below is a link that will take you to the registration page for that class:


This class is approved for FSA Borrower Training Financial Credits. Please contact your FSA Credit representative for more info.

For more information, please contact Sandy Buxton at 518-380-1498/

Farm Insurance Basics – What Do I Need and How Much? October 19, 2017

Farm Insurance Basics – What Do I Need and How Much?

Each day, farmers face various risks when operating and managing their farms. To help provide some protection against some of those risks, farmers can use insurance. An evening workshop will be held on Thursday, October 19 starting at 7:00 to help participants become better consumers of insurance. Insurance Agent Michael Bruce will be discussing how you can develop an insurance package that will provide you protection at a price you can afford.

This workshop will be held Thursday, October 19, 2017 at CCE Albany County, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186.  The workshop will start at 7:00 P.M. and conclude by 9:00 P.M.  The cost to attend the workshop is $5.00 per person.

From attending this workshop, you will:

  • Gain important knowledge on what types of insurance policies you may need to help protect your business
  • Appreciate the need to communicate with your insurance agent as your business grows or changes
  • Be better prepared in case you do need to use one part of your insurance package.

For more information, contact Tove Ford at or 518-765-3518. Checks should be sent to:

Farm Insurance Basics Workshop
ATTN Tove Ford
CCE Albany
24 Martin Road
Voorheesville, NY 12186

To register online: