Cornell University Cooperative Extension can offer you the training and resources to select an enterprise suited for success. This introductory course designed for small, part-time or prospective farmers will be held on Thursday evenings, Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center in Belmont from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Topics to be covered: Agriculture 101 is an introduction to agriculture within the region and an overview of agricultural terminology. Since soil is the foundation of farming, the series continues with the Basics of Soil & Plant Fertility. Basics of Farm Bookkeeping & Taxes introduces participants to sample financial systems available for use and tax related farm issues. Selecting an enterprise without checking the farm resources or marketing opportunities can create a roadblock to success. In the fourth class of the series we take a look at Selecting an Enterprise & Marketing What You Produce.
Enrollment will be limited; pre-registration is required by Oct. 26. An additional session will be available to the public and to the participants of the Beginning Farmer Course entitled Pasture Management and Hay Quality Evaluation. This class will be held on Dec. 6 covering the opportunities for forage based enterprises in our area. Pre-registration is required, fee will be charged. For more information or to pre-register for these trainings, contact Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 ext. 18.