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Workshop set on how to start a farm

ELLICOTTVILLE — Cooperative Extension is pleased to offer a workshop titled “So, You Want to Start a Farm?” to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County office, 28 Parkside Drive, in Ellicottville.

“So, You Want to Start a Farm?” is a workshop for participants who have ever dreamed of having their own farm operation. Topics covered will be broad and include enterprise selection, insurance, record keeping, marketing, and resources for future exploration of owning your own farm business. The instructor for this workshop will be Katelyn Walley- Stoll, Business Management Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science and Ag Business Management with a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning, and owns and operates a diversified livestock farm.

This farming workshop is open to the general public, including homesteaders, beginning farmers, established farmers looking to diversify and grow, agriculture enthusiasts, and everyone in between. Participants of this discussion based workshop will receive a comprehensive binder with resources for beginning farmers and opportunities for future follow-up. There is no fee to attend. This informational program is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County, with financial support from “Farmland for a New Generation New York – in partnership with American Farmland Trust, and supported by the State of New York.” For more information, visit Farmland for a New Generation New York at www.NYFarmlandFinder.org.

To accurately plan for meeting materials, reservations are required by Friday, Oct. 18 by calling Tamara Bacho at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County at 699-2377 X 100 or tsb48@cornell.edu. For more information on this program, please contact Lisa Kempisty, Dairy/Livestock Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County at 664-9502 Ext 203 or ljk4@cornell.edu, who is assisting in organizing and facilitating the workshop.

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