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New Land Owner and Beginning Farmer Series

  • Friday, October 5, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Friday, October 12, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Friday, October 19, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Are you a new or aspiring land owner or farmer looking to learn more about managing your land, whether you plan on buying or leasing?  

Do you know what type of agriculture would suit your goals, resources, and property?

Join us for a valuable three-part series Fridays in October. For a printable brochure click here.  

Instructors will include the CCEUC educators listed below along with guest lecturers such as farmers and other CCE specialists:

    • Christian Malsatzski, Small Acreage Farming/Field Crop Educator and Ag Team Leader
    • Jason Detzel, Livestock and Pasture Educator
    • Jim O’Connell, Sr. Resource Educator
    • Brent Gotsch, Watershed Educator

      October 5: New and Aspiring Land Owner Class

      If you are a current or prospective property owner interested in better land management of open space or agricultural land, this class will provide information to broaden (or maybe narrow!) your perspectives on what is possible and practical.

      October 12: Berry and Grape Production for Beginning Farmers

      Learn how to determine whether a site is appropriate for what you want to grow. We will cover a range of topics from using online tools for a “first look” at a site to basic site requirements such as nutrients, soil, organic matter and access to markets. We'll also discuss business plans, and we will have a grower panel with time for Q&A.

      October 19: Livestock Production for Beginning Farmers

      This class will include everything from keeping animals for domestic use to small and mid-scale commercial animal operations. We will cover production and marketing considerations for the most common livestock types (cattle, small ruminants, pigs and poultry) as well as the emerging possibilities of less common, though potentially profitable livestock systems, such as non-native species.  

      $45/class or discounted price of $110 for the series (register by Oct. 3 for the whole series).

      Pre-registration is required by 2 days before each class. Space is limited - register early to save your seat!  

      Two ways to register:

      Questions? Contact Carrie at 845-340-3990 x311 or email

      Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact the program office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.


      Carrie Anne Doyle
      Program Asst. - Commercial Agriculture and Community Horticulture
      845-340-3990 ext. 311


      CCE Ulster County
      232 Plaza Road (Hannaford Plaza)
      Kingston, New York 12401