NOFA-NY 2010 Organic Farming Gardening Conference Brochure by pram542


									The Northeast Organic Farming
Association of New York, Inc. presents…
             The 28th Annual
2010 Organic Farming &
 Gardening Conference

                      January 22–24, 2010
                           The Saragota Hilton
                             Saratoga Springs, NY
Workshops for the Whole Family

                                              WHAT’S INSIDE…
                                              Welcome 3
                                              Guest Speakers 4
                                              Special Events 6
                                              Schedule at a Glance 8
                                              Friday Intensive Sessions      10
                                              Workshop Tracks 17
                                               Field Crops
NOFA-NY is an organization of                  Vegetables
consumers, gardeners and farm-                 Fruits & Herbs
                                               Beginning Farmers
ers creating a sustainable region-
                                               Value-Added Processing
al food system which is ecological-            Homesteading
ly sound and economically viable.              Gardening

                                                                                      2010 Conference Logo Design: Brett Keyser
Through demonstration and educa-
tion, we promote land stewardship,             People & Policy
organic food production, and local            Registration Form    19
marketing. NOFA-NY brings con-                Children’s Conference &
sumer and farmer closer together                Childcare 37
to make high quality food available           How to Get There &
to all people.                                  Things to Do 38
                                              Conference Sponsors       39
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   The essence of a local food system is based upon the principle of
care. When we take a holistic view of our collective goals of re-localizing
our communities and thus agriculture, we need to take into account how
all of the pieces relate and how they fit together. If the principle of care
is infused throughout, we have a good shot at achieving our goals: care
for the soil, care for animals, care for the whole ecosystem, and care for
people. We hope to explore all of these components at NOFA-NY’s 28th
Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Conference. Please join us for
this delicious and challenging exploration!

Kate Mendenhall                             Greg Swartz
Executive Director                          Conference Coordinator

                                                              CALLING ALL
                                                              NOFA-NY couldn’t
                                                              function without our
                                                              great volunteers. Join
                                                              the Volunteer Team
                                                              which makes the con-
                                                              ference run so smooth-
                                                              ly. As a volunteer you
                                                              are reimbursed $10
                                                              for each 2 hour slot
                                                              that you work. Con-
                                                              tact Greg Swartz to ar-
                                                              range the details con-
                                                              (570) 224-8515.

To apply for a scholarship to attend the conference, you need to submit a schol-
arship application. New this year, we have additional funds for 75 beginning farm-
ers (farmers who have started farming within the last ten years). If you are a be-
ginning farmer, please check the appropriate box on the application. Applications
can be downloaded from our website To receive an application
in the mail or to donate to the fund, contact Greg Swartz (570) 224-8515.                                                     Circles of Caring   3

                   SANDRA STEINGRABER
                   Friday, 8 pm
                   The Exquisite Communion: Land Use and Children’s Health
                   Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an
                                          internationally recognized expert on the environ-
                                          mental links to cancer and human health. Stein-
                                          graber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Down-
                                          stream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the
                                          Environment presents cancer as a human rights

                                          issue. It was the first to bring together data on tox-
                                          ic releases with newly released data from U.S.
                                          cancer registries. Formerly on faculty at Cornell
                                          University, Sandra Steingraber is currently Distin-
                                          guished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College in Itha-
                                          ca, New York. She is married to sculptor Jeff de
                                          Castro. They are proud parents of five-year-old
                   Faith and two-year-old Elijah.

                   SHANNON HAYES
                   Saturday 11 am
                   Real Cows in a Parallel Universe
                   Shannon Hayes is the host of grassfedcooking.
                   com, and the author of The Grassfed Gourmet and
                   The Farmer and the Grill. With luck, the advance
                   copies of her newest book, Radical Homemakers:
                   Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture,
                   will be released at this years’ conference. Hayes
                   works with three generations of her family raising
                   grassfed and pastured meats on Sap Bush Hollow
                   Farm in Schoharie Co., New York. She has written for numerous national
                   publications, including The New York Times. Her fourth book, Long Way
                   on a Little: An Earth Lovers’ Handbook for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pen-
                   nies and Living Deliciously is due out in September of 2011.

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                                                      GUEST SPEAKERS

Sunday 11 am
Chaos or Community? From the Current Food and Climate
Crisis to a Food System that Is Locally Empowered,
Organic and Fair
Elizabeth Henderson farms at Peacework Organic Farm in Wayne
                       County, New York, and has been producing or-
                       ganically grown vegetables for the fresh mar-
                       ket for over 28 years. She is a founding member
                       of the Northeast Organic Farming Association

                                                                                 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
                                                                                 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
                       (NOFA) in Massachusetts, has been on the Board
                       of Directors of NOFA-NY since 1989, and repre-
                       sents NOFA in the national discussions of organic
                       standards. She chairs the Agricultural and Farm-
                       land Protection Board in Wayne County, and is a
                       member of the steering committee of the Agricul-
                       tural Justice Project and helped organize the Do-
                       mestic Fair Trade Association. In 2001, the organ-
ic industry honored her with one of the first “Spirit of Organic” awards.
Her writings on organic agriculture appear in countless publications. Hen-
derson is one of the authors of The Real Dirt: Farmers Tell about Organic
and Low-Input Practices in the Northeast and lead author of Sharing the
Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea
Green, 1999, with a new edition in 2007).

Guest Organic Dairy Speaker
                 RICHARD J. HOLLIDAY, DVM
Richard J. Holliday received his DVM degree from University of Mis-
souri in 1959 and conducted a private mixed practice in northwest Mis-
souri for 25 years. He was employed as a Techni-
cal Services Veterinarian by Impro Products, Inc.
for many years, and is currently the Senior Vet-
erinary Consultant for Helfter Feeds. Dr. Holliday
became certified as a Veterinary Acupuncturist in
1988 and was President of the International Veter-
inary Acupuncture Society for two terms. He has
been actively involved in promoting organic agri-
culture and holistic veterinary medicine for over 40
years. Richard and his wife Ruth have been mar-
ried for 55 years and have 3 daughters, 15 grand-
children and a great-grandson.                                               Circles of Caring         5

                 Our annual gathering of old and new friends dedicated to
                 building a sustainable food system deserves some time for
                 community and celebration!

                 THURSDAY EVENING
                 Young Farmer Mixer – 7 pm
                  (see page 16)

                 FRIDAY AFTERNOON
                 Trade Show opens at 12:30 pm

                 FRIDAY EVENING
                 Opening Ceremony
                 Social Hour with our Political                 NOFA-NY
                   Representatives                              ANNUAL
                 Silent Auction                                 MEMBERSHIP
                 Dinner and Plenary Address by
                   Commissioner Patrick Hooker                  MEETING
                 Community Song and Jam Session                 Saturday,
                                                                January 23, 2010
                 SATURDAY AFTERNOON                             1:15 pm
                 Trade Show                                     Vote on 2010 policy
                 NOFA-NY Annual Meeting                         resolutions and elect
                   – 1:15–3:30 pm                               Board of Direvctors.
                                                                  This is a grassroots,
                 SATURDAY EVENING
                                                                membership organization
                 Wine and Cheese Social Hour
                                                                and your participation is
                 Outstanding Silent Auction                     important.
                 Contra Dance

                     COMMUNITY IN SONG
                       9:30 pm (Friday evening)
                     Join farming troubadour Bennet Konesni (Shelter Island Farm) to learn
                     and share work songs. This sing-along will be a fun way to learn songs
                     which you can bring back to your farms and communities.
                       Bring Your Instruments!
                     After sharing work songs, break out your fiddle, banjo, or guitar for
                     a late night jam.

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                                                           SPECIAL EVENTS

   Trade Show Exhibiting & Advertising
   The NOFA-NY Organic Trade Show is an exciting place for information on
   services, products, equipment and causes. Sales are permitted. Don’t miss
   this great opportunity for your business or organization to connect with NY’s
   organic community! Details on Sign up now! Deadline is
   November 20, 2009. Contact Greg Swartz, (570) 224-8515 or conference@
   Silent Auction
   This year we will once again delight your senses with another successful si-
   lent auction of friends and members’ crafts, talents, products, and gener-
   osity. If you are interested in contributing to the NOFA-NY Silent Auction,
   please contact our silent auction coordinator at

                                                                                      SPECIAL EVENTS
                                                                                      SPECIAL EVENTS

   Food Donations
   The NOFA-NY Annual Conference is known for its delicious local food—last
   year it really was a culinary celebration and 90% of the food was donated by
   our farmer and business members. If you are interested in contributing to the
   NOFA-NY conference meal program, please contact Bethany Wallis at 315-
   806-1180 or

   Early Bird Discount
   Register by December 4th, save $10 and become eligible for a conference
   give-away including free registration, meals and lodging! The early bird defi-
   nitely gets the worm on this one!

Saturday Night Contra Dance with
The Flying Garbanzos lift dancers off their feet with their high-energy music.
This four-piece band from western Massachusetts combines traditional stringed
instruments with dynam-
ic percussion on origi-
nal, contemporary, and
traditional dance tunes.
Whether they’re play-
ing New England reels,
French-Canadian        jigs,
or swing tunes, their mu-
sic is irresistible! NOFA-
NY’s own Fern Brad-
ley takes off her editor’s
cap and steps up to the
microphone to call easy
and fun contra, square,
and circle dances. Fern is a favorite of the Capital Region contra dance scene,
known for her welcoming and upbeat style of teaching and calling. After the con-
tra dance, the band will let loose for some free dancing!                                                    Circles of Caring         7

                         Friday                                   • 12:30 pm Lunch and
                        • 7 am Registration Opens                   Trade Show Opens
                        • 7:30 am Breakfast                       • 6:30 pm Dinner

                         Friday Morning                              Friday Afternoon
                         9 am to 12:30 pm                            1:30 to 5 pm

                        • Nuts and Bolts for Beginning a Successful Organic Farm from the Ground Up

                        • Grow Organic Apples? Yes, You Can!
                        • Nourishing Traditional Diets, The Key to Vibrant Health
                        • Urban Farming
                        • Building Better Soil Management!
                        • Pushing Forward on Wheat Production, Processing, and Marketing
                        • Hands-On Home Cheesemaking for Beginners
                        • Horses, Sweat, and Leather — Everything You Wanted to Know about Farming
                          with Horses.

                        • From Seed to Bouquet: Growing           • The Town the Food Saved
                          Organic Cut Flowers in the Northeast    • Getting the Most Out of Legume
                        • Getting Started with Organic              Cover Crops
                          Beekeeping                              • Getting a Fair Price that Covers
                        • Creating an Effective Workforce for       Your Farm’s Production Costs Plus a
                          Your Farm                                 Reasonable Profit
                                                                  • Organic Certification

                         Saturday Morning 1                         Saturday Morning 2
                         8–9:15 am                                  9:30–10:45 am

                        • Sunflower Seeds as Fuel and Food         • Finding and Sharing Field Crop
                        • Johne’s Disease from a Farmer’s           Equipment Roundtable
                          Perspective                             • Basic Concepts of Holistic Animal
                        • Multi-Species Grazing                     Health
                        • Strategies for Reducing Tillage in      • Selling to Restaurants: Think Like a
                          Organic Vegetables                        Chef
                        • Growing and Selling Raspberries and     • Growing for Winter Markets
                          Blackberries                            • Home Orchard Basics
                        • Creative Farm Infrastructure            • Half Pint Farm — Maximize Profit on
                        • Leaf Lard                                 Two Acres
                        • Permaculture for Farmers 201            • Winter Sun Farms
                        • Customize Your Composting               • Food Sovereignty in the Urban and
                        • Renewable Energy on the Farm              Suburban Landscape
                                                                  • Ten Useful and Easily Grown Herbs
                                                                    for the Family
                                                                  • Funding Healthy, Locally-Based Food
                                                                  • Food Pantries Grow Their Own!

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• 7 am Registration Opens                 • 12:30 pm Lunch
  and Breakfast                           • 7 pm Dinner

    Saturday Afternoon                     Saturday Afternoon 2
    2:30–3:45 pm                           4:15–5:30 pm

• Cow Health and Disease: Back to the     • Setting Up a Flour Milling Enterprise

                                                                                       SCHEDULE AT A GL ANCE
                                                                                       SCHEDULE AT A GL ANCE
  Basics                                  • How to Read a Cow — Simplified
• Organic Opportunities with NRCS           Veterinary Acupuncture for the
• Roundtable: Vegetable Diseases and        Dairyman
  Insect Problems                         • Managing Flies on Pasture
• GMOs in Our Midst                       • Covering the Seasons
• Overcoming Your Fear of                 • Culinary and Medicinal Mushroom
  Bookkeeping                               Cultivation
• Making Lacto-Fermented Vegetables       • Starting a CSA
• Living Diversity                        • Shared Use Kitchens
• The Art of Sharpening Hand Tools        • Making Kombucha at Home
• Got Real Milk?                          • A Natural and Organic Home
• Gas Drilling                            • Lessons from the Iroquois
                                          • Creating a New York Organic Action

• 7 am Breakfast                          • 12:30 pm Lunch

    Sunday Morning 1                       Sunday Morning 2
    8–9:15 am                              9:45–11 am

•   Growing Organic Beer                  • The Versatility of Small Grains
•   Forage Production 201                 • Cheesemaking: A Farmer’s
•   Livestock Guard Dog Roundtable          Perspective
•   Potato Research on the Farm and in    • A Foster Hen Can
    the Garden                            • Planning for Flexibility in Effective
•   Organic Blueberry Production            Crop Rotation
•   Basic Livestock Breeding for Small-   • Culinary Herb Primer
    Scale Farms                           • Farming Sustainably Means Farming
•   Creating a Restaurant on the Farm       Safely
•   Thinking Outside the Chops            • Co-Packing Your Harvest
•   The Family Vegetable Plot             • Homestead Soap Making
•   Honeybee Collapse                     • Preventing Garden Pests and
•   Food Safety                             Predators
                                          • Poetry of the Earth
                                          • How to Do Food Justice Advocacy in
                                            Your Community                                                     Circles of Caring            9
   F R I D AY, J A N U A R Y 2 2

                     7:00 am – Registration Opens                7:30 am – Continental Breakfast

                       9:00 am to 5:00 pm – FULL DAY SESSIONS
                     NUTS AND BOLTS FOR BEGINNING A
                     GROUND UP
                     Starting a farm is not for the faint of heart. But with solid planning, training, per-
                     severance, and a dose of passion, success is more than possible, as you’ll see

                     from our five panelists: Jamie Edelstein of Wyllie Fox Farm, Barb and Steve
                     Smith of Meadowsweet Dairy LLC, Dan Marsiglio of Stony Creek Farm, and
                     Katie Creeger of Kestrel Perch Farm. In a comfortable, interactive setting you’ll
                     learn about ways to acquire the skills needed to start a farm, options for access-
                     ing land and financing, inspiration and support for writing a business plan, and
                     creative marketing for your farm. Breakout sessions will offer more enterprise
                     specific information with details on getting started with livestock, on-farm tour-
                     ism, value-added dairy, fruit, and veggies. This daylong workshop will be facilitat-
                     ed by Jamie Edelstein of Wyllie Fox Farm and Erica Frenay from the NY Begin-
                     ning Farmer Project of the Cornell Small Farms Program.

                                                                GROW ORGANIC
                                                                APPLES? YES, YOU
                                                               An orchard can be a part of every diver-
                                                               sified farm and homestead. Growing a
                                                               profitable tree fruit crop can be a chal-
                                                               lenge no matter what the management
                                                               philosophy that one follows. Organ-
                                                               ic orcharding involves a wide breadth
                                                               of knowledge and timeliness, yet one
                                                               fact stands clear—we can have beauti-
                                                               ful apples grown without chemical inter-
                                                               vention. Awareness of pest and disease
                                                               dynamics from the perspective of sys-
                                                               tem health sets a practical approach to
                     growing fruit in the communities where we live. Bringing together three success-
                     ful organic fruit growers who know the challenges of the Northeast will make for a
                     lively organic apple learning opportunity. Lou Lego (Elderberry Pond Farm, cer-
                     tified organic grower of nearly 100 varieties of heirloom and new disease resis-
                     tant apples for their farm store and fine dining restaurant), Brian Caldwell (Cer-
                     tified organic apple grower since 1988 and field manager for Cornell University’s
                     Organic Cropping Systems Project), and Michael Phillips (Lost Nation Orchard
                     in New Hampshire and author of The Apple Grower) will run the gamut of orchard
                     considerations with clear-eyed intent to help you do the same.

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Animal fats, properly prepared whole grains, enzyme-enriched foods and nour-
ishing bone broths kept our ancestors healthy. Sally Fallon Morrel, author of
Nourishing Traditions, explains why you need these foods too. Beginning with a
presentation of Dr. Weston Price’s unforgettable photographs of healthy tradition-
al peoples, Sally explains the underlying factors in a variety of traditional diets
that conferred beauty, strength and complete freedom from disease on so-called
primitive populations. Then she presents a step-by-step plan to put nourishing
traditional foods--foods that your family will actually eat--back into your diet in-

                                                                                         INTENSIVE SESSIONS
                                                                                         INTENSIVE SESSIONS
cluding easy breakfast cereals, soups, snack foods, high enzyme condiments
and soft drinks that are actually good for you!

People are growing more food in cities.
In neighborhoods that do not have gro-
cery stores or farmers markets, commu-
nity gardeners and urban farmers are
filling the gap by planting crops in empty
lots. In this workshop, learn the basics
of urban farming and bring home skills
and resources to: start a community
garden, plant appropriate crops, grow in
small spaces, maintain your soil, man-
age pests, start markets, fundraise, and
build leadership. This course will be led
by Just Food trainers and staff: Kar-
en Washington, Garden of Happiness
and La Familia Verde Coalition; Eric Thomann, Backyard Garden and the New
School; Solita Stephens, Olympus Garden Club; Jane Hodge, City Farms Man-
ager, Owen Taylor, City Farms Training and Livestock Coordinator, and by Ar-
thur Lerner of F.R.E.S.H. New London (Connecticut).

Here is a superb opportunity for vegetable growers to fine-tune their soil man-
agement. Join Harold van Es, soil scientist and co-author of the book Building
Soils for Better Crops, for a lively and rigorous discussion of such critical topics
as building and maintaining organic matter; nutrient management and testing;
the connection between soil health, plant health and pests; and optimizing soil
tilth. Growers Jean-Paul Courtens and Jody Bolluyt (Roxbury Farm) and Paul
Martin and Evangeline Sarat (Sweet Land Farm) will provide examples of how
key soil management principles can be applied on the farm. Come prepared to
ask questions, outline specific problems, consider options, and work as a group
to identify best management practices for soils on organic/sustainable farms.
Each workshop participant will receive a copy of the new 3rd edition of Building
Soils for Better Crops.                                                       Circles of Caring        11
   F R I D AY, J A N U A R Y 2 2

                     PROCESSING, AND MARKETING
                     Growing wheat in NYS for local and regional markets made progress last year
                     as farmers experimented with wheat varieties, bakers and consumers sought
                     out locally grown grain, and entrepreneurs started up new processing facilities.
                     But to succeed long-term we need to continue to grow acreage, build our knowl-
                     edge base and infrastructure, and expand marketing. Come join us for a day-
                     long discussion of critical issues for
                     NYS wheat. In the morning, three mill-
                     ers, ranging from large to small scale,

                     will give an overview of their opera-
                     tions, and identify constraints and op-
                     portunities for regional wheat produc-
                     tion. On hand will be Sam Sherman,
                     Champlain Valley Milling, an organic
                     mill in business since 1985; Lee Purdy
                     of Westwind Milling, an organic stone-

                                                                                                           Photo by Elizabeth Dyck
                     ground milling enterprise in Linden,
                     MI, that works with a community of lo-
                     cal farmers; and Greg Mol and Thor
                     Oechsner of Farmer Ground Flour, a
                     mill established in Trumansburg, NY, in
                     2009. In the afternoon a series of pan-
                     el discussions will focus on producing
                     high quality wheat (with results from 2009 on-farm trials); cleaning, dehulling,
                     and storing issues; and marketing approaches, from selling at CSAs and local
                     bakeries to forming a cooperative to produce and market regional brands. Panel-
                     ists will include Klaas Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain, June Russell of the
                     NYC Greenmarket, Matt Funicello of Rock Hill Bakehouse, and Kit and Cathy
                     Kelley, who, along with vegetables, grow and market wheat on a small farm near
                     Danville, PA. There will also be a display and demo of counter top mills and tast-
                     ing of baked goods and dishes made from NYS-grown wheat, spelt, and emmer.

                     HANDS-ON HOME CHEESEMAKING
                     FOR BEGINNERS
                     Participants will learn the basic procedure for soft cheeses and the fundamentals
                     of starter selection and manufacture using both bulk and DVI procedures (direct
                     vat inoculation). During the workshop, several different cheeses will be manufac-
                     tured depending on the interests of the participants and the milk on hand—e.g.,
                     farmer’s cheese, chêvre, feta, blue, and brie—to demonstrate how variations in
                     the “standard creamery production” can be augmented for diverse results. The
                     workshop is hands-on and participants will be grouped into teams to do the actu-
                     al work of each cheese selected. There will be “class instruction” during the ap-
                     propriate time segments to review materials and discuss questions. Appropriate
                     footwear for long standing and wet floors as well as hair restraint and shear cloth-
                     ing (no fuzzy sweaters) is advised. Instructor Cliff Hatch of Upingil Farm is a di-
                     versified organic farmer and cheesemaker from Gill, MA. He frequently teaches
                     both beginner and advanced cheesemaking classes.

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Everything You Wanted to Know about
Farming with Horses
For Beginners and Intermediate Teamsters. A full day of demonstrations and
hands-on training ranging from harnessing and driving a team to using a two-
horse cultivator in a market garden. We will break into two groups so more topics
and skill levels can be covered. Topics will include: what you can do with hors-
es; harnessing and driving; hooking a team to a forecart or a log; becoming your
own horse trainer; driving three or four abreast; using a cultivator. Presenters in-
cluded Donn Hewes and Maryrose Livingston (Northland Sheep Dairy), Mi-

                                                                                         INTENSIVE SESSIONS
                                                                                         INTENSIVE SESSIONS
chael, Karma, and Rosemary Glos (Kingbird Farm), Mark and Kristin Kimball,
Chad Vogel (Essex Farm). This workshop will take place in an indoor heated
arena at the Van Lennep Riding Center at Skidmore College (about 5 minutes
from the convention center). Check in first at the conference registration desk at
the Saratoga Hilton. They will have directions and instructions for you at the reg-
istration desk.

  9:00 am to 12:30 pm – MORNING SESSIONS
FROM SEED TO                                GETTING STARTED
BOUQUET:                                    WITH ORGANIC
Growing Organic                             BEEKEEPING
Cut Flowers in the                          Ross Conrad (beekeeper and author
Northeast                                   of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Ap-
                                            proaches to Modern Apiculture) will ex-
Diana Doll has been operating Stray
                                            plore the basics of organic apiculture
Cat Flower Farm in Burlington, VT
                                            with you: the tools and equipment you
since 1989. This in-depth session will
                                            will need, the basics of bee biology,
cover organic cut flower production in
                                            pests and diseases of the honey bee,
the greenhouse, the hoophouse, and
                                            and non-toxic and chemical-free al-
the field. Beginning with variety selec-
                                            ternatives to toxic chemical pesticides
tion and greenhouse preparation, the
                                            and antibiotics. The honeybee faces
discussion and slideshow will follow
                                            many affronts to its immune system in
the season: seeding schedules, potting
                                            these days of tracheal mites and pes-
on and planting out, soil maintenance,
                                            ticide overload. The so-called “Colony
harvesting procedures, record keep-
                                            Collapse Disorder” (CCD) now facing
ing, and marketing. The marketing por-
                                            industrial beekeepers makes it even
tion will cover farmers markets, whole-
                                            more imperative that local farmers and
saling to grocery stores, and weddings.
                                            gardeners learn healthy ways to as-
The session will end with an open fo-
                                            sist the honeybee. From natural pest
rum “info swap” to collectively build our
                                            and disease management, to feed-
group knowledge of organic cut flower
                                            ing, breeding and overwintering tech-
production in the Northeast.
                                            niques that will increase hive health
                                            and reduce the chances of CCD, this
                                            workshop covers the nuts and bolts
                                            of the long-term solutions we need for
                                            healthy hives.                                                       Circles of Caring        13
   F R I D AY, J A N U A R Y 2 2

                     YOUR FARM
                     All workers have the right to safe work-     tracts and safety training, and provide
                     ing conditions, just treatment, and fair     information on NYS legalities govern-
                     compensation. Elizabeth Henderson            ing pay rates, insurance, other forms of
                     and Robert Hadad will help you think         compensation, and housing. They will
                     through labor policies for your farm in-     stress the importance of establishing a
                     cluding employees and interns. They          process for conflict resolution. Attend-
                     will share templates for policies, job de-   ees will receive a copy of the Agricul-
                     scriptions with clear expectations, con-     tural Justice Project Tool-Kit.

                      1:30 pm to 5:00 pm – AFTERNOON SESSIONS
                     GETTING A FAIR PRICE                         workers? What happens if the state re-
                     THAT COVERS YOUR                             quires time and a half for overtime? How
                                                                  can we get prices that allow us to cover
                     FARM’S PRODUCTION                            costs and provide benefits for our work-
                     COSTS PLUS A                                 ers and ourselves? Can local trade be-
                     REASONABLE PROFIT                            come fair trade? Would a fair trade add-
                     To get a fair price for your products, it    on to organic certification be helpful?
                     helps to develop your ability to under-      Please come ready to share your farm’s
                     stand the financial aspects of farm pro-      financial numbers and to talk!
                     duction. These include being able to
                     calculate the cost of production, under-     GETTING THE MOST
                     stand the difference between fixed and        OUT OF LEGUME
                     variable costs, and setting up a system
                                                                  COVER CROPS
                     for documenting expenses and reve-
                     nues. Elizabeth Henderson will pres-         This session will be a collaboration be-
                     ent an overview of how to set financial       tween the Laurie Drinkwater lab group
                     goals for your farm based on your val-       and the Organic Cropping Systems
                     ues. Jonell Michael will review existing     Project Team (both at Cornell Universi-
                     financial management training programs        ty), as well as a panel of experienced
                     for farmers. Brian Caldwell will intro-      farmers (to be announced). They will
                     duce spreadsheets he has developed           present the latest research findings
                     for calculating production costs. Rob-       on cover crops in organic farming sys-
                     ert Hadad will then moderate a panel of      tems, including results from two years
                     farmers who will share their methods for     of on-farm research. Presenters will
                     financial success. The panelists will in-     emphasize the specifics of managing
                     clude Evangeline Sarat from Sweet-           warm season cover crops that can be
                     land Farm, a relatively new farm that        planted after early season vegetables
                     focuses on CSA, and Eve Kaplan-Wal-          including the cover crop species that
                     brecht from Garden of Eve, a ten-year-       can be used, planting dates and rates,
                     old farm that now provides enough in-        mowing and subsequent management
                     come to support her young family of          of the cover crop biomass. There will
                     four through farming alone. The work-        also be small breakout groups to look
                     shop will conclude with a discussion of      at specific challenges in optimizing
                     financial issues for farms: Can we af-        cover crops and compare the costs of
                     ford to pay more than minimum wage to        nitrogen from different sources (com-

  14                 NOFA-NY 2010 Organic Farming & Gardening Conference          
                                                      F R I D AY, J A N U A R Y 2 2
posts, legume cover crops). In these      time learning from each other and the
problem solving sessions, attendees       efforts taking place in each of our com-
can work through their own rotations to   munities. Specific topics of discussion
discuss possible cover crop scenarios     will include infrastructure development,
which would be compatible.                the role of ag-based businesses, fund-
                                          ing the healthy food system, food ac-
                                          cess, and education. Bring examples
                                          of your community’s biggest challenge
                                          and biggest success to this dynamic
                                          and positive workshop focusing on the
                                          best solutions to the largest obstacles

                                                                                       INTENSIVE SESSIONS
                                                                                       INTENSIVE SESSIONS
                                          that we face.

                                          What Do the Organic
                                          Regulations Really
                                          Mean and How Do I
                                          Get Started?
                                          As NYS’s largest in-state agency, NO-
                                          FA-NY Certified Organic, LLC certifies
                                          over 600 farms and businesses. New
THE TOWN THE FOOD                         producers often find the paperwork re-
SAVED: How a Rural                        quirements overwhelming. This free
Community in Northern                     workshop led by NOFA-NY Certifica-
Vermont Is Rebuilding                     tion staff, Carol King and Lisa Engel-
                                          bert, is designed to explain and make
Both Its Food System                      the application for organic certifica-
and Its Economy                           tion easier. The regulations, applica-
This workshop will focus on the sto-      tion forms, and timeframes will be re-
ry of Hardwick, VT which has been re-     viewed. While your application cannot
ferred to by The New York Times as the    be completed in this workshop, there
“town that was saved by food” and by      will be plenty of time for questions and
Gourmet Magazine as “the most im-         answers to help clarify any areas that
portant food town in America.” All of     you may be unsure of in the completion
this attention has helped to promote      of the application. Repeat certified pro-
what has been happening in Hard-          ducers are encouraged to attend these
wick for decades but has recently         workshops to help provide clarity and
reached a new height of collaboration,    refresh their knowledge of the regu-
vision, and success. Join Tom Stea-       lations. Organic Crop and Livestock
rns, founder of High Mowing Organ-        farms as well as On-farm Processing/
ic Seeds and Board President of Hard-     Handling Certification will be covered.
wick based non-profit, The Center for      Note: If you are applying for Certifica-
an Agricultural Economy, in a discus-     tion in 2010, you must have the ap-
sion of what it takes to profoundly re-   plication materials for this workshop.
build our food systems on a commu-        Please order an Application Packet
nity level. After hearing about what is   on the Conference Registration Form
happening in Hardwick, we will spend      ($32.40).                                                     Circles of Caring        15

           Hilton SARATOGA Springs

                        JAN 21st
 Live FREE                       music                                                  food &                 Drink
 sponsored by NOFA-NY, The Greenhorns, Hawthorne Valley Farm Beginnings Program and Cornell University’s Small Farms Program
Questions? Call Greg 570.224.8515

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                                                           WORKSHOP TR ACKS

SUNFLOWER SEEDS AS                           SETTING UP A FLOUR
FUEL AND FOOD                                MILLING ENTERPRISE
Samuel Yoder, VMD, is growing or-            Lee and Linda Purdy operate West-
ganically-grown oil seed sunflowers for       wind Milling Company in Linden, MI,
fuel and food. On his farm, sunflower         which produces flours and mixes made
oil is used for cooking as well as pow-      from grains grown by the Purdys and
ering a diesel tractor and cars, while       other Michigan organic farmers. Join
the cake, a highly nutritious non-GMO        Lee for an in-depth presentation on
material, is used for animal feed. His vi-   how to set up a small or intermediate-
sion for plant-based, energy-crop co-        scale milling operation on your farm or
ops has farmers setting aside a cer-         as part of your bakery. He will take a
tain amount of their acreage to grow         “soup-to-nuts” approach—from sourc-
fuel, processing it at a central location,   ing needed equipment through milling
and creating a closed-loop mechan-           basics to developing and marketing a
ical farming system, following the ani-      product line.
mal-powered models of previous mil-          Saturday 4:15 pm

                                                                                           FIELD CROPS
                                                                                           FIELD CROPS
lennia. Details on
growing sunflowers,                                                GROWING
filtering and purifica-                                             ORGANIC
tion of the oil as well
as vegetable-oil die-
sel conversions will                                              One sector of the
be covered.                                                       swelling interest in
Saturday 8 am                                                     local foods is local
                                                                  beer. The growth
                                                                  of microbreweries
                                                                  and regional brew-
SHARING                                                           eries has been
FIELD CROP                                                        swift in the past de-
EQUIPMENT                                                         cade. Breweries in-
ROUNDTABLE                                                        terested in using
Many farmers who want to grow more           local ingredients have found few farm-
of their own feed or diversify their op-     ers growing barley or hops in the quan-
erations with small grains hit a road-       tities they need. Join this exciting con-
block—finding affordable equipment            versation about how to increase the
suited to the scale of production on         supply of organic brewing ingredients
their farm. This workshop will explore       in the Northeast. Organic hop grow-
equipment needed for grain production        er Larry Fisher of Foothills Farm will
and how to source it. The session will       talk about his experiences growing and
include brainstorming on strategies to       marketing hops. Heather Darby, Uni-
share equipment between farmers and          versity of Vermont Extension Educator,
to encourage more scale-appropriate          will talk about a new project in Vermont
custom operators in New York. Panel-         that is looking to increase the organ-
ists include Thor Oechsner of Oech-          ic hop and barley acreage for regional
sner Farm, Rg Bell of Bell Farm, and         breweries. Morgan Wolaver of Wolav-
Elizabeth Dyck of NOFA-NY’s North-           er’s Organic Ales will present the brew-
east Organic Wheat Project.                  er’s perspective.
Saturday 9:30 am                             Sunday 8 am                                                         Circles of Caring      17
FIELD CROPS   THE VERSATILITY OF                      the many uses of small grains: cover
              SMALL GRAINS                            crops, nurse crops, forage, and graz-
              Small grains may be able to help you ing. They nurture the soil, suppress
              stretch your purchased feed dollars in weeds, and provide valuable organic
              more than one way. With a variety of matter. In these times of low milk pric-
              fall and winter small grains available, es, homegrown small grains can play a
              there may be one that fits your oper- valuable role in providing nutrition for
              ation. Join Kevin Engelbert of En- your animals.
              gelbert Farms for a discussion about Sunday 9:45 am

              JOHNES DISEASE
              FROM A FARMER’S
              Sally and Tom Brown are long time
              organic dairy farmers. In this workshop
              they will explore these questions about
              Johnes: Do you have it in your herd?
              Do you know what it is? What are the
              economic implications of not knowing
              the status of your herd? How do you
              follow organic guidelines for treatment?
              How do you manage for Johnes wheth-
              er you have it or not? The Browns will
              also give at least one optimistic answer
              in this session: “Yes, you can recover

              from Johnes.”
              Saturday 8 am                            APPLYING THE BASICS
                                                        TO IMPROVE HERD
              COW HEALTH AND                            HEALTH
                                                       Good advice is like manure… it does
              Back to the Basics                       no good until applied! Richard Holli-
              In this session Richard Holliday, DVM day, DVM will show how to apply the
              will explore the true nature of animal basic principles from the previous ses-
              health and disease, beginning with a sion (Cow Health and Disease) to im-
              discussion of the role of domestication proving herd health and productivity.
              in the deterioration of animal health. A Topics will include but not be limited to:
              good part of this session will relate to (1) How to use the dry cow period as
              the “Vitality Chart,” a graphic view of a window of opportunity to re-program
              how the environment influences health the immune system; (2) One simple
              and disease. We will attempt to answer tip that will greatly reduce mastitis and
              the question; “Do germs cause dis- milk fever; (3) The importance of “lim-
              ease?” Questions and audience partic- ited isolation” in raising healthy dairy
              ipation will be welcome at all times.    calves; (4) A culling program that really
              Saturday 9:30–10:45 am                   works; (5) A discussion of the inter-re-
                                                       lationships between genetics, nutrition
                                                       and management.
                                                       Saturday 2:30–3:45 pm

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                                 January 22 -- 24, 2010
                                      The Saratoga Hilton
                                   Saratoga Springs, NY

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                                                          WORKSHOP TR ACKS

HOW TO READ A COW:                           expert Karen Hoffman and an expe-
Simplified Veterinary                         rienced dairy farmer to learn about
Acupuncture for the                          taking forage samples and why it is im-
Dairyman                                     portant for balancing your rations.
                                             Sunday 8 am
Richard Holliday, DVM will give a brief
overview of Traditional Chinese Acu-
puncture, comparing that ancient mo-
dality with current Western medical          A Farmer’s Perspective
thought. Using the charts provided,          Thistle Hill Farm is a certified organ-
the majority of the time will be devot-      ic dairy farm located in North Pomfret,
ed to a study of the “organ-associat-        VT, owned and operated by John and
ed points” and “alarm points” common-        Janine Putnam and their four children.

ly used in the diagnosis and treatment       They milk 30 Jerseys and utilize all of
of common conditions in dairy cattle.        their milk to make Tarentaise cheese—
Upon completion of this session, the         an aged alpine raw milk organic
participants will have all the information   cheese. Join the Putnams as they dis-
needed to immediately begin using this       cuss balancing milking, cow care, and
5,000-year-old modality in his herd.         field work with cheesemaking and mar-
Saturday 4:15–5:30 pm                        keting. They will explore the benefits
                                             and challenges of making their own
FORAGE                                       cheese on the farm.
PRODUCTION 201                               Sunday 9:45 am

Like most aspects of farming, forage
production is all about basing manage-
ment decisions on information and re-
lating to the whole farm system. Pro-
ducing forage and incorporating it into
good rations should be based on sol-
id information such as forage analy-
sis. Join NRCS nutritionist and grazing

MULTI-SPECIES                        SELLING TO

GRAZING                              RESTAURANTS:
This workshop will present the expe- Think Like a Chef
riences of two very diverse graziers:        Learn what you need to know to suc-
Maryrose Livingston of Northland             cessfully sell your meat to restaurants
Sheep Dairy will describe her success-       and chefs with Mike Yazzi of Flying
ful combination of sheep and horses.         Pigs Farm and Brooklyn butcher Tom
Karma Glos of Kingbird Farm will ex-         Mylan. Get tips on what to tell your
plain her complex combination of cat-        slaughterhouse about processing, how
tle, horses, poultry, and hogs. They will    long to hang your carcasses, and the
discuss the challenges and benefits of        ins and outs of finding restaurants to
multi-species grazing on a small-scale.      sell to and how best to approach own-
They will cover fencing, watering, graz-     ers and chefs.
ing preferences, land management,            Saturday 9:30 am
and “raising the plane of nutrition.”
Saturday 8 am                                                       Circles of Caring     23

            WITH NRCS
            There are many opportunities for or-
            ganic farmers to take advantage of the
            various programs of the Natural Re-
            source Conservation Service, espe-
            cially recently with some new programs    LIVESTOCK GUARD DOG
            which are geared specifically towards      ROUNDTABLE
            organic farms. Join New York Assis-        Do you have a livestock guard dog
            tant State Conservationist Don Pet-        (LGD), are you thinking of getting one,
            tit to learn about these opportunities.    or are you interested in how modern
            He will discuss and answer questions       farms use this age-old method of pred-
            about the Conservation Stewardship         ator control? With increasing numbers
            Program, the Agricultural Management       of farms raising pastured and free-
            Assistance Program, and the Environ-       range animals and poultry, dogs can
            mental Quality Incentives Program.         be a practical and effective solution to

            Saturday 2:30 pm                           preventing losses to nighttime preda-
                                                       tors. Eve Kaplan of Garden of Eve Or-
            FLIES ON PASTURED                          ganic Farm uses a pair of Maremmas
            CATTLE                                     to guard their 1,000-bird flock of pas-
            What’s the Buzz?                           tured laying hens. Others have used
                                                       LGDs to keep deer out of vegetables,
            Fly pests can affect animal health, de-
                                                       or to guard sheep and goats. Howev-
            crease milk production and weight
                                                       er, the dogs themselves are not with-
            gain, transmit disease causing agents,
                                                       out problems and challenges! Please
            reduce grazing time, annoy and irritate
                                                       come to share the ups and downs of
            animals and more. Who are the usu-
                                                       your experiences.
            al summer time pest species and what
                                                       Sunday 8 am
            can you do about them? J. Keith Wal-
            dron, Cornell’s Livestock and Field
            Crops IPM Coordinator, will help you A FOSTER HEN CAN
            to correctly identify the most impor- Commercial poultry raising general-
            tant fly pests affecting animals on pas- ly requires completely depopulating a
            ture in the northeast. You will also learn batch of chickens at the end of a meat
            fly biology for insights on management or egg production cycle, but Drew Pi-
            and techniques to determine if fly pop- aschyk of Lamb’s Quarters Organ-
            ulations are at numbers that can cause ic Farm has found that keeping broody
            economic injury. Learn options avail- hens through the next cycle has a pos-
            able for controlling fly pests affecting itive effect on the growth and health of
            animals on pasture including the role of the next batch of chicks. With funding
            dung beetles, use of effective biting fly from NESARE, Drew conducted a con-
            catching traps suitable for use on pas- trolled study looking at the impacts of
            ture, and what you should know about foster hens on foraging practices and
            making fly management decisions.            weight gain. Come learn strategies for
            Saturday 4:15 pm                           raising meat birds in a fenced vegeta-
                                                       ble garden in a cost effective and stew-
                                                       ardly manner, and hear the tale of Gar-
                                                       denia—“The Ninja Hen.”
                                                       Sunday 9:45 am
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STRATEGIES FOR                            ROUNDTABLE:
REDUCING TILLAGE                          Vegetable Diseases and
IN ORGANIC                                Insect Problems
VEGETABLES                                This session will focus on the pests
Reducing tillage during field prepa-       and diseases of 2009 and will be a
ration can save fuel and labor while      “farmer to farmer” discussion where
building soil quality. Learn from both    the audience shares their experienc-
grower and research experience on         es with pest management issues, prob-
adapting reduced tillage systems for      lems, and hopefully some solutions. So
organic vegetables. Anu Rangarajan,       bring your tales of woe, questions, and
Cornell Dept. of Horticulture, and Rob    victories for what always proves to be
Johanson, Goranson Farms, Dresden,        a very informative session. Moderated
ME, will describe strategies using spe-   by Robert Hadad, Cornell Fresh Mar-
cialized equipment, permanent beds,       ket Vegetable Regional Specialist.
or rotation that can be applied to most   Saturday 2:30 pm
vegetable farms.

Saturday 8 am                             COVERING THE SEASONS
                                          Mark Dunau and Lisa Wujnovich
                                          have been making their living at Moun-
   Check Out a                            tain Dell Farm in Delaware Co., for 20
                                          years. They have raised two children
   Winter Market                          and sent them both off to college on
   in Action!                             the vegetables produced on 5 acres of
                                          rocky hillside clay soils. This workshop
   You can see the Saratoga               covers the agricultural and business
   Winter Farmers Market                  plan of a full season. The success of
   in operation on Saturday,              this farm is based on wide floating row
   January 23 from 9 am to                covers to extend the season and divid-
                                          ing the 5 acres into about fifty 3,000
   1 pm. It is located a short            square foot plantings that enable them
   walk from the convention               to provide greens to their restaurant
   center.                                clients from June until Thanksgiving.
                                          These small plantings make this an in-
                                          formative workshop for home garden-
GROWING                                   ers as well, because most of the cul-
FOR WINTER                                tivation and planting is done with hand
MARKETS                                   tools.
                                          Saturday 4:15 pm
Kilpatrick Family Farm was founded
in 2003. Since 2005, they have been
farming year-round with high and low
tunnels. They produce over 20 differ-
ent crops every week for their two win-
ter markets in the Saratoga, NY area.
Join farmer Michael Kilpatrick to learn
about winter greens growing and a suc-
cessful year-round farming operation.
Saturday 9:30 am                                                     Circles of Caring     25

                 POTATO RESEARCH ON                           PLANNING FOR
                 THE FARM AND IN THE                          FLEXIBILITY IN EFFECTIVE
                 GARDEN                                       CROP ROTATION
                 For the past 3 years, growers across         Good crop rotation is critical for effec-
                 the state have trialed potato varieties,     tive management of diseases, nutri-
                 including organic standards, heirlooms,      ents, weeds, and insects on organic
                 and rare European cultivars. Come            farms. Regular repetition of a sequence
                 hear how these potatoes performed—           of crops is rarely possible, however,
                 in terms of yield, taste, marketability,     due to unpredictable effects of weath-
                 and insect/disease resistance. Keith         er and market conditions. An extensive
                 Perry, Director of Cornell’s Foundation      collaboration between researchers and
                 Potato Seed Program), Michael Glos,          experienced growers throughout the
                 Cornell Organic Vegetable Breeding           Northeast developed flexible approach-
                 Program, and Elizabeth Dyck, NOFA-           es to crop rotation that can meet a wide
                 NY Potato Project Coordinator, will also     range of goals. Chuck Mohler of Cor-
                 lead a discussion of best management         nell’s Dept. of Plant Sciences and
                 practices for potatoes that highlights re-   Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury Farm
                 ducing risk of late blight.                  will use findings from this work to help
                 Sunday 8 am                                  you improve crop rotation on your farm.
                                                              Sunday 9:45 am

                 GROWING AND SELLING                          HOME ORCHARD BASICS
                 RASPBERRIES AND                          Successfully growing fruit for your fam-
                 BLACKBERRIES                             ily sounds awfully complicated; yet, it
                 Andy Fellenz has been growing and becomes straightforward when you get
                 selling berries at Farmers Markets, the basics right. Harvesting sunlight
                 through CSAs, and using internet mar- through smart pruning is what renews
                 keting since 2002. He has approxi- fruit buds. Fungal disease becomes
                 mately ½-acre planted in 10 different manageable with wise variety choic-
                 varieties of brambles. During the work- es and enhanced soil biology. Major in-
                 shop, Andy will share his experienc- sect challenges can be resolved safe-
                 es in marketing, harvesting, and grow- ly and organically when you perceive
                 ing berries. The session will follow the whom, what, and when. Join Michael
                 season showing through pictures and Phillips, author of The Apple Grower,
                 words what is being done to maintain for a session filled with practical infor-
                 the berry patch at every point in the mation for growing apples and other
                 season.                                  tree fruits right!
                 Saturday 8 am                            Saturday 9:30 am

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CULINARY AND                               egies and harvesting techniques to

                                                                                          FRUITS & HERBS
                                                                                          FRUITS & HERBS
MEDICINAL MUSHROOM                         work with the plant for enhancing pro-
CULTIVATION FOR FARMS                      duction. Learn about basic drying and
                                           long-term storage, and best of all, take
David Demarest of Green Mountain
                                           home some unique recipes.
Mycosystems will discuss indoor and
                                           Sunday 8 am
outdoor methods of mushroom cultiva-
tion appropriate for small farms seek-
ing to diversify their operations. This    ORGANIC BLUEBERRY
presentation will emphasize important      PRODUCTION
details often overlooked in the sustain-Come explore the benefits of adding
able production of mushrooms. Spe-      blueberries to your farm’s product list!
cies of gourmet and medicinal mush-     Learn about site selection, soil prepa-
rooms with potential markets along      ration, planting techniques, manage-
with marketing suggestions will also be ment during the establishment years
covered.                                and bush maintenance. Also, hear
Saturday 4:15 pm                        about strategies for harvesting and
                                        marketing. Mike and Gayle Thorpe of
CULINARY HERB PRIMER Thorpe’s Organic Family Farm man-
                                        age 4,000 blueberry bushes. This long-
Learn all about annual herbs as well as
                                        lasting perennial fruit crop has been so
tender biennial and perennial culinary
                                        successful on their farm that they are
herbs usually grown as annuals. Uni-
                                        considering planting a couple thou-
versity of Maine master gardener and
                                        sand more bushes in the future.
certified organic seedling grower Amy
                                        Sunday 8 am
LeBlanc will share seed starting strat-

CREATIVE                             HALF PINT FARM:
FARM                                 Maximum Profit on
INFRASTRUCTURE                       Two Acres Over Seven                                 BEGINNING FARMERS
                                                                                          BEGINNING FARMERS
Are you a new farmer who is building Years—Our Story
your farm from the ground up? This         Half Pint Farm has been owned and
workshop will help you plan for your       operated by husband and wife team,
farm infrastructure from the farmhouse     Spencer and Mara Welton, in the In-
to the greenhouse and the walk-in          tervale in Burlington, VT since 2003.
cooler to the chicken coop. We will talk   They grow gourmet and specialty veg-
about what to look for when you are        etables for direct sale to farmers’ mar-
looking at purchasing a farm and the       kets and restaurants. At 2 acres, Half
infrastructure for your farm once you      Pint Farm is an example of a small op-
own it. Jamie and Maggie Edelstein         eration finding success through niche
are building their farm from scratch and   marketing. Mara and Spencer’s suc-
would like to share their experiences      cess is largely due to their ability to set
from the last six years.                   goals, plan well, and passionately mar-
Saturday 8 am                              ket their produce with great customer
                                           service and stunning market displays.
                                           They are particularly interested in shar-
                                           ing the numbers of farming, as there
                                           is not financial information available to
                                           new farmers getting started.
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                    OVERCOMING YOUR                           BASIC LIVESTOCK
                    FEAR OF BOOKKEEPING:                      BREEDING FOR
                    A Farmer-to-Farmer                        SMALL-SCALE FARMS
                    Perspective                               Karma Glos of Kingbird Farm will
                    Want to know if your farm is making       touch on the various aspects of small-
                    money? Try doing your own bookkeep-       scale livestock breeding while de-
                    ing. When Eve Kaplan of Garden of         scribing her farm’s success at breed-
                    Eve Farm started her farm business,       ing hogs, cattle, horses, and poultry.
                    she had never balanced her check-         Karma will explore the economic and
                    book and was terrified to try. Even so,    management realities of keeping male
                    she was able to learn bookkeeping ba-     animals as well as the benefits of pro-
                    sics, and since then they have saved      ducing your own youngstock.
                    thousands of dollars in accounting        Sunday 8 am
                    costs and helped make their farm more
                    profitable. Join the discussion about      FARMING SUSTAINABLY
                    computer programs and other meth-         MEANS
                    ods that make it easy to keep track of    FARMING SAFELY
                    finances and other important farm re-
                    cords so you have the knowledge to       In farming, you need to conserve your
                    manage your farm business effectively.   most valuable resources: you, your
                    Saturday 2:30 pm                         family members, and/or employees!
                                                             According to the National Safety Coun-
                                                             cil, agriculture is one of the most haz-
                    STARTING A CSA                           ardous industries in the country. In this
                    This workshop will explore all aspects workshop, you will gain an overview of
                    of starting a CSA, including land acqui- the most common types of farm work-
                    sition and management, crop planning, related incidents and what you can do
                    labor options, marketing, long-term to prevent them. This workshop is pre-
                    planning, and more. Carolyn Llewyn sented by Jim Carrabba, Agricultur-
                    worked on CSAs for 8 years and co- al Safety Specialist with the NY Cen-
                    founded two. She currently herds tod- ter for Agricultural Medicine and Health
                    dlers as a farm educator at the Glyn- (NYCAMH).
                    wood Center whilst her husband runs Sunday 9:45 am
                    the CSA.
                    Saturday 4:15 pm

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LEAF LARD                                  MAKING LACTO-
As James Beard Award-winning writ-         FERMENTED
ers Matt Lee and Ted Lee have point-       VEGETABLES AND
ed out, “Most Americans would sooner       SOURCING FROM
smoke unfiltered Camels while riding a      REGIONAL FARMS
motorcycle without a helmet than eat

                                                                                      VALUE-ADDED PROCESSING
                                                                                      VALUE-ADDED PROCESSING
                                         Lacto-fermentation is a simple, deli-
lard.” So how do you make the most
                                         cious, and healthy way to preserve lo-
of this luscious but often maligned fat?
                                         cal produce for year-round consump-
Jen Small of Flying Pigs Farm will
                                         tion. Dan Rosenberg, founder and
give you some ideas on how to intro-
                                         owner of Real Pickles, produces lacto-
duce this porcine delight to disbeliev-
                                         fermented vegetables sourced entire-
ing customers.
                                         ly from regional farms and sells them
Saturday 8 am
                                         throughout the Northeast. Join him
                                         for a hands-on demonstration of start-
WINTER SUN FARMS:                        ing batches of lacto-fermented car-
Frozen Local Produce                     rots. Dan will also discuss his experi-
and the                                  ence in producing his products on a
Winter Share                             commercial scale, with a particular em-
Four years ago, as a local CSA mem- phasis on the rewards and challenges
ber, Jim Hyland started to freeze the of sourcing vegetables solely from re-
excess of his own share so he could gional farms.
eat healthy local vegetables in the Saturday 2:30 pm
winter. A conversation with his farm-
er about excess produce during the SHARED-USE KITCHENS:
harvest sparked the idea that not only A Gateway to Value-
would other CSA members enjoy local Added Processing
produce in the winter, but that a Winter If you are thinking about developing a
CSA full of frozen local produce would processed food product, learn about
be a boost to the farms. Today the shared-use kitchens and the basics to
share includes frozen vegetables and marketing your product. Shared-use
berries, but also root crops and green- kitchens have much to offer the start
house pea shoots. The membership up food processor. Paula Schafer,
has grown to over 1,200 shares with CCE educator from Saratoga Co., will
locations throughout the Hudson Val- discuss shared-use kitchens in general
ley and NYC. Beyond the winter share, and where they are in NYS. Learn spe-
WSF is working with colleges to bring cifically about the Battenkill Kitchen,
local frozen produce to the schools and Inc., a small shared-use kitchen in Sa-
the first new sister WSF has been start- lem, NY. She will also talk about mar-
ed in western North Carolina. Come keting a food product and principles for
learn about WSF and its winter share marketing success.
and how you can participate as a farm Saturday 4:15 pm
or individual. Maybe even start a WSF
near you!
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                          NYSSFPA ANNUAL MEETING
                          Saturday, January 23, 2010 – 5:45 pm
                          The New York Small-Scale Food Processors Association was formed
                          to help maintain a vibrant New York state agriculture by fostering small-
                          scale value-added food businesses that support local farms. The NYSSFPA

                          markets jointly, shares regulatory information and participates in decisions
                          about regulations, provides mentoring to new processors and start-up busi-
                          nesses, purchases cooperatively, advertises together, and accesses food
                          processing and small business technical assistance. Everyone interested in
                          small-scale food processing is invited to attend the NYSSFPA annual meet-
                          ing at the NOFA-NY Conference.

                         CREATING A                          SELLING NEW PRODUCTS
                         RESTAURANT ON                       FROM YOUR FARM: How
                         THE FARM                            to Use a Co-Packer to
                         Lou and Merby Lego will discuss the Expand Your Offerings
                         establishment and day-to-day opera-        Do you have a great recipe for pickled
                         tion of their fine dining restaurant, The   beets? Are you sure you could sell a
                         Restaurant at Elderberry Pond, on their    ton of your famous tomato sauce if you
                         certified organic farm. They will present   could just get it to market? Without the
                         the financial, zoning, and construction     capital for a kitchen and time to pro-
                         hurdles they faced and how support for     cess, it is no easy task. This is where
                         their endeavor came from unexpected        a co-packer comes in. For individual
                         places. They will also discuss how the     farms or a group of farms, using a co-
                         restaurant/farm interface has evolved      packer to produce your added-value
                         and how this has created a unique          products can expand the offerings to
                         market drawing sustainable food and        your established markets and even to
                         farming enthusiasts from across the        create some new ones. Join Luc Ro-
                         country. The financial aspects of this      els and Jim Hyland, owners of Farm to
                         field-to-table operation will be dis-       Table Co-Packers, as they explain how
                         cussed and compared to their original      to take your great food idea and turn it
                         business plan.                             into a marketable product.
                         Sunday 8 am                                Sunday 9:45 am

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Food Storage, the
Missing Link
Root cellaring seems like an unreach-
able goal for some due to their loca-
tion or access to infrastructure. There
are many simple and low cost ways to
retrofit spaces and make use of exist-
ing conditions in the home and other
places within the urban setting. Chris
Caisson and Glenn Coville of Whole

Farm Services will discuss many ways
to build your own caches and how to
reclaim your food sovereignty by stor-
ing crops through the winter. These ex-
amples are simple to build and require
very few specialized skills.
Saturday 9:30 am

Portia Weiskel will talk about some of      THINKING OUTSIDE
the memorable and unexpectedly valu-        THE CHOPS
able experiences of “living diversity”—     Everyone knows how to prepare tasty
combining small-scale organic farming       dishes out of the middle of the animal,
with taking in abused farm animals and      but what do you do with all those oth-
returning them to happy usefulness,         er parts? Take a journey beyond the
giving shelter to 15 foster kids (not all   center of the beast with butcher Tom
at the same time), raising her own chil-    Mylan as he guides you through all
dren, and working in the local foods        those delicious off-cuts and strategies
movement. Portia will share her advice      to prepare them. From trotter to beef
on the practical aspects of raising ani-    shank, lamb neck to pork jowl, you’ll
mals, children, and crops.                  learn how to make the most of your
Saturday 2:30 pm                            animal.
                                            Sunday 8 am
HOME                                  HOMESTEAD SOAP
Chef Elise Maiberger will distinguish MAKING
fact from fiction as she demonstrates        Learn the chemistry and the basics of
how simple it is to “brew” kombucha at      making natural cold process bar soaps
home. In this hands-on demo and class,      and castile liquid soap using low-tech
she will share her personal secrets and     methods and equipment. Larry Ple-
recipes for making this health-fortifying   sent of Vermont Soaps will share his
beverage. Come learn how to set-up          years of experience making organic
home brewing and sample a variety of        soaps and explore the importance of
organic homemade kombucha teas.             ingredients.
Saturday 4:15 pm                            Sunday 9:45 am                                                      Circles of Caring      31

            CUSTOMIZE                                 Robbie McIntosh has decades of ex-
            YOUR                                      perience with hand tools, first as a cab-
            COMPOSTING                                inet maker and for the past 17 years as
                                                      a practicing luthier specializing in the
            Overcome your worries about making
                                                      double bass. Attendees should bring
            compost the “right way” and learn how
                                                      a tool to sharpen, such as a chisel,
            to integrate composting into your gar-
                                                      hoe, jack-knife, scissors, or garden
            den in the way that is right for you. Ex-
                                                      shears, and any sharpening tools
            plore the “dark side” of gardening and
                                                      they have.
            discover how to create successful soil-
                                                      Saturday 2:30 pm
            building compost projects that com-
            plement and enhance your garden.
            From classic hot heaps to progressing A NATURAL AND
            piles to pits and pens, this workshop ORGANIC HOME
            will cover a mix of methods for making What are my choices for creating out-
            compost where you need it, using ma- door living areas? How do I create a
            terials you already have on hand. Pre- landscape that supports the health and
            senter Deb Martin is co-author of The play of my family, pets, the environ-

            Complete Compost Gardening Guide. ment, and the next 7 generations? Join
            She practices the rotten art of com- organic horticulturist Dwight Brooks
            posting in her home gardens near Al- to explore all of the possibilities—from
            lentown, PA.                              growing vegetables to grass for play ar-
            Saturday 8 am                             eas for kids! You’ll start with the soil
                                                      and grow up from there. Fun ideas
            TEN USEFUL AND                            about what to grow and create in your
            EASILY GROWN HERBS                        yards!
            FOR THE                                   Saturday 4:15 pm
                                                       THE FAMILY
            Rather than spend money on over-
                                                       VEGETABLE PLOT
            the-counter remedies from the super-
            market, grow your own! You may even        It’s time to bring back the family vegeta-
            find a few of these herbs growing wild      ble plot for fun and food. Organic veg-
            in your yard. Herbalist Betty Pills-       etable gardening not only supplements
            bury of Green Spiral Herbs will dis-       the family food cupboard with nutri-
            cuss growing and using 10 beneficial        tional homegrown produce but also
            plants. Handouts include growing tips      provides exercise and environmental
            and recipes.                               awareness for every age group. In this
            Saturday 9:30am                            presentation Maria Grimaldi will dis-
                                                       cuss how to easily prepare a plot using
            THE ART OF                                 Permaculture methods and plan a gar-
                                                       den that will have everyone in the fami-
                                                       ly—from toddlers to grandparents—in-
            TOOLS                                      volved in growing their own food and
            Learn how to sharpen common hand           building soil from spring to fall.
            tools by first looking at and understand-   Sunday 8 am
            ing how different cutting tools work, as
            well as the files and stones that we will
            use to do the sharpening. You will learn
            what a sharp edge really looks like.

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Author and garden radio host Larry
Sombke will discuss the trials and trib-
ulations of trying to keep critters away
from your organic garden. He will dis-
cuss the use of botanicals, fencing, pu-
trid sprays, predators, and other non-
conventional ways to combat deer,
moles, rabbits, insects and other dam-
aging animals and diseases.
Sunday 9:45 am

PERMACULTURE FOR                         cuss where and how farms use energy
FARMERS 201:                             and several different ways of building
Carbon Farming                           and incorporating simple, appropriate,
                                         and regenerative technologies in the
Carbon farming captures carbon in
                                         working farm. Emphasis will be placed
your farm soil to enhance productivity,
                                         on passive and cogenerating systems
increase profitability, and combat cli-
                                         accessible to the average farmer. Cold
mate change. Drawing the best practic-
                                         storage and heating will be the focus,
es from holistic management, keyline
                                         along with incorporating small-scale
design, food forestry, soil foodweb and
                                         electrical systems.
broadacre permaculture, carbon farm-

                                         Saturday 8 am
ing gives you the tools to design and
manage economically and ecologically
sound farms. Join Ethan Roland, Ap- FUNDING HEALTHY,
pleSeed Permaculture, for this interac- LOCALLY BASED FOOD
tive workshop perfect for both estab- SYSTEMS
lished farms and start-up operations. The world’s broken food system be-
He will also examine the current car- came this way, in part, because of how
bon markets, propose a structure for money was used. Many successful
local carbon cooperatives, and discuss mission-based and independent com-
their implications for economic relocal- panies have been sold to multination-
ization and bioregion repair.            als that ignore the mission and pull out
Saturday 8 am                            of local communities. Meanwhile, farm-
                                         ers and small food businesses struggle
RENEWABLE ENERGY                         to succeed. Join Tom Stearns, found-
AND APPROPRIATE                          er of High Mowing Organic Seeds and
TECHNOLOGY ON THE                        founding member of Slow Money, in
FARM: Tips to Limit                      this discussion about the investors,
                                         lenders, and businesses that are find-
Energy Use and Increase
                                         ing different ways to work with mon-
Energy Sovereignty                       ey. Hear about creative ways to bring
Join Chris Caisson and Glenn Coville investors into your business, adapt the
of Whole Farm Services as they look at CSA model for restaurants, and work
several ways to make our farms sus- with charitable foundations and pro-
tainable using renewable energy and gram-related investment.
appropriate technology. They will dis- Saturday 9:30 am                                                    Circles of Caring     33

            GOT REAL MILK?
            Join Sally Fallon Morell of the Weston
            A. Price Foundation for an exploration
            of the safety, health, economic and le-
            gal issues surrounding milk. Learn why
            full-fat raw milk from cows on pasture
            is nature’s safest and healthiest food,
            and the key to revitalizing rural commu-
            nities and reclaiming our constitutional
            Saturday 2:30 pm

            MATTER, AND
            CROP PRODUCTION:
            Lessons from the

            Many agricultural historians have          HONEYBEE COLLAPSE:
            claimed that the invention of the plow     Review and Update
            was a turning point in European histo-     Large-scale honeybee die-offs have
            ry. They argue that the introduction of    occurred periodically in the past. What
            animal-drawn tillage implements in-        makes this one special? Beekeeper
            creased agricultural productivity, which   and author Ross Conrad will discuss
            supported higher populations and the       the current state of the honeybee, the
            development of complex societies. But,     beekeeping industry, and alternatives
            prior to colonization, farmers across      to the failing status quo. He will also ex-
            the western hemisphere fed large pop-      plore current and future challenges for
            ulations and developed complex so-         the honeybee along with long-term so-
            cieties with agricultural systems that     lutions emphasizing what we can do to
            used neither plows nor animals. What       help promote healthier hives.
            accounts for this paradox? Examin-         Sunday 8 am
            ing Iroquois agricultural practices in
            the Finger Lakes region of New York in
                                                       POETRY OF THE EARTH
            17th and 18th centuries provides some
            clues. Surprisingly, Iroquois farmers      Short, long, lyrical, narrative, formal,
            produced more grain per acre than          casual… What poem is speaking in-
            their European counterparts did in the     side of you? Let’s join together in po-
            same period. Join Jane Mt. Pleasant,       etry inspired by the land we love. We
            Cornell Dept. of Horticulture and Amer-    will imagine, read, write, share our sto-
            ican Indian Program, as she argues         ries—this art is part of the earth. Bring
            that the absence of plows was a criti-     your favorite poems of soil and sky and
            cal component of their success. It’s all   labor and be prepared to write anoth-
            linked to soil organic matter.             er. “We’ll take upon us the mystery of
            Saturday 4:15 pm                           things…” Scott Chaskey has cultivat-
                                                       ed words and land for over 30 years.
                                                       Mountain Dell Farm has nourished
                                                       Lisa Wujnovich’s writing for almost 20
                                                       Sunday 9:45 am

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FOOD PANTRIES GROW                           GMOs IN OUR MIDST
THEIR OWN!                                   With the increasing number of hot-but-
Miriam Goler of Just Food’s Fresh            ton issues in food and farming, GMOs
Food for All program will facilitate this    have fallen to the back burner. In this
workshop on the exciting possibilities       session, you will get an update on the
and the challenges faced by food pan-        scientific and regulatory landscape
tries growing their own produce. Two         from Senior Staff Scientist at Consum-
panelists will share their pantries’ ex-     ers Union, Michael Hansen. Howard
periences starting a garden and pro-         Bernstein, NYS Against Genetic En-
ducing vegetables for their clients.         gineering, will then facilitate a strate-
The workshop will include time for           gizing session on how to bring GMOs
brainstorming and discussion around          back to the fore in consumer education
how to take these ideas back to your         and policy advocacy. Come join this

                                                                                           PEOPLE & POLICY
                                                                                           PEOPLE & POLICY
community.                                   important discussion to organize the
Saturday 9:30 am                             movement against GMOs.
                                             Saturday 2:30 pm
An Update                             CREATING A
The gas rush has hit a large tract of NEW YORK ORGANIC
land which sits over the Marcellus ACTION PLAN
shale formation—hundreds of thou-            Taking inspiration from the National Or-
sands of acres have been leased to           ganic Action Plan (NOAP), this work-
gas companies and in some areas              shop will include an update on the na-
hundreds of wells have been drilled.         tional planning process and provide an
Join Wes Gillingham, Program Direc-          opportunity for NOFA activists to draft
tor of Catskill Mountainkeeper, for an       an organic policy action plan for New
update on the regulatory process in          York. Members of the NOFA-NY Pol-
NYS that oversees hydraulic fracturing       icy Committee will be there to hear
(the new technology being used to ex-        your ideas, share their work, and to-
tract the gas). Wes will share some of       gether set a course for further action.
the lessons learned from areas where         This session will be facilitated by Liana
“fracing” is currently in full swing (like   Hoodes and Elizabeth Henderson.
Pennsylvania) and he will offer sugges-      Saturday 4:15 pm
tions on how to get involved.
Saturday 2:30 pm                                                         Circles of Caring       35

                  FARM FOOD SAFETY                              FRIDAY
                  While fending off one-size-fits-all gov-
                                                              9–9:40 am
                  ernmental regulations and rule mak-
                  ing is critical for the survival of lo-     Meet the Gang…
                  cal farms, small farmers also have          Games and
                  to continually take strides forward to      Introductions
                  become more responsible safe-food           9:40–10 am • Walk to Tang Museum
                  producers. A number of grassroots-          (Wear warm clothes)
                  up food safety initiatives are identi-
                  fying scale-appropriate, innovative,        10 am–Noon
                  state-of-the art farmer practices to        Lives of the
                  help integrate safe food production         Hudson

                  programs into daily farming and pro-          The Tang Teaching Museum at
                  cessing operations. Join Steve Gil-         Skidmore College will share its cur-
                  man, NOFA Interstate Council Policy         rent exhibition, “Lives of the Hudson,”
                  Committee, to learn what the NOFAs          which commemorates the quadricen-
                  and others are doing, and participate       tennial of Henry Hudson’s voyage up
                  in creating a solution.                     the river that bears his name. The ex-
                  Sunday 8 am                                 hibition includes paintings, photo-
                                                              graphs, sculpture, video, audio, and
                  HOW TO DO FOOD                              more! We will spend time looking at
                  JUSTICE ADVOCACY IN                         and discussing some of the artwork,
                  YOUR COMMUNITY                              focusing on some fish-shaped sculp-
                                                              tures made from various pollutants
                  The food, climate and finance crises         that used to be found in the Hudson
                  have led to greater food insecurity         River. Then we will make some fab-
                  across the state, country and world,        ulous fish out of some unexpected
                  but with these crises come new op-          materials.
                  portunities to strengthen advoca-
                  cy for local, sustainable solutions.        Noon–12:30 pm • Walk Back to
                  At this workshop, we will learn about       Hotel for Lunch with Chaperones
                  and share ideas for doing food jus-         1:30–5 pm
                  tice advocacy in your community. In         Model Your Dream
                  particular, we will explore strategies
                  for tapping into existing farm cus-
                                                                Rebekah Rice will lead this fun,
                  tomers. Presenter Nadia Johnson is
                                                              hands-on session making doll
                  the Food Justice Coordinator for Just
                                                              house-scale models of gardens us-
                  Food in NYC.
                                                              ing everything from pipe cleaners, to
                  Sunday 9:45 am
                                                              cardboard, to grains and beans. At-
                                                              tendees will make self-portrait dolls
                                                              to inhabit the imagined garden spac-
                                                              es. Rebekah will also weave garden-
                                                              themed songs and games throughout
                                                              the afternoon!

                                                              Photos provided by: The Children’s Museum
                                                              at Saratoga (above); Compost Theatre of
                                                              Ithaca, NY (at right)

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                                                                   JUST FOR KIDS

                                             8–10 am
                                             Mini Bird Kites
                                               Kids will use color diffusion paper to
                                             create a beautiful bird shape, then as-

                                                                                           CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE
                                                                                           CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE
                                             semble it into a kite with a flowing tail.
                                             Gere Link of Link’in Llama Farms will
                                             lead the young artists in this session.
  SATURDAY                                   10 am–12:15 pm
9–9:15 am • Walk to Children’s               Easy Batik Style Banners
Museum at Saratoga (Wear warm                  Gere Link of Link’in Llama Farms will
clothes)                                     help you to create brightly colored ban-
9:15 am to 12:15 pm                          ners on color diffusion paper. Colors
Beyond the Bark                              blend and separate, creating a wide va-
                                             riety of possibilities.
  The Children’s Museum at Sarato-
ga presents a station-based program
that explores our wonderful natural re-
source—Trees. Beginning with a story
and progressing through interactive ac-
tivities, participants will make discover-
ies about tree parts, the value of trees,
and the history of the first Arbor Day.
Kids will also have time to explore the
museum’s regular exhibits.
12:15–12:30 pm • Walk Back to Hotel
for Lunch with Chaperones
2:30–4 pm
Paper Woven Baskets
  Gere Link will help you learn tradi-
tional weaving skills to create a festive,
brightly colored basket using dyed pa-
per strips. Learn tricks like rolling and
curling the top edge to add a sculptur-
al touch.
4:15–5:30 pm                                       CHILDCARE
Compost… What??                                          (ages 3 to 5)
 See, it’s got you thinking and laughing         Includes activities and snacks. We
already! Compost Theatre will dazzle            can only accept a limited number of
you with skits, songs, dance and pup-               children—please pre-register!
pet friends while you are inspired to be-                       Friday:
come the best composter you can be!                 9 am–12:30 pm and 1:30–5 pm
Definitely fun for all ages!! We dare                           Saturday:
anyone not to smirk, smile or giggle              8 am–12:15 pm and 2:30–5:30 pm
while you learn about nature’s favorite                         Sunday:
way of recycling!!                                          8 am–12:30 pm                                                         Circles of Caring         37

The Saratoga Hilton
534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
888-866-3591 •

From the North: Take Adirondack Northway (I-87 South) to Exit 15. Turn right at
exit. At the 4th traffic light, turn left onto Rock St. At stop sign, turn right onto Maple
Ave. The Saratoga Hilton parking lot is on your right.
From the South: Take NYS Thruway (I-87 North) to Exit 24. Follow Step 2.
From the East: Take Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90 West) to NYS Thruway. Take
Exit B-1 onto “I-90 Bypass.” Cross Hudson River and immediately exit onto I-787 North.
Exit onto Rt. 7 West, follow to Adirondack Northway (I-87). Follow Step 2.
From the West: Take NYS Thruway (I-90 East) to Exit 24. Follow Step 2.
STEP 2 : Take Adirondack Northway (I-87 North) to Exit 15. Turn left at exit. At the
5th traffic light, turn left onto Rock St. At stop sign, turn right onto Maple Ave. The Sara-
toga Hilton parking lot is on your right.

Air: Albany International Airport (ALB) (
Train: Amtrak offers direct service to Saratoga Springs.
Bus: Greyhound, Adirondack Trailways and Pine Hill Trailways service Saratoga
Taxi: Saratoga Central Dispatch – 518-584-2700.

                                  FUN THINGS TO DO IN
                                  SARATOGA SPRINGS
                                  To find fun activities in the Saratoga region, visit
                                  Here are a few highlights:
                                  Mineral Baths – Roosevelt Baths and Spa
                                  Soak in natural mineral baths daily from 9 am to 7 pm.
                                  Reservations recommended: (866) 909-0088.
                                  The Crystal Spa
                                  Mineral baths and other spa treatments. Reservations
                                  recommended: (518) 584-2556.
                                  Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing
                                  Saratoga Spa State Park has a network of winter trails
                                  for walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing
                                  (map is available). The state park offers snowshoe
                                  rentals. Bring your own skis—they do not rent cross-
                                  country skis. For more info, call (518) 584-2535.

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                 • Tierra Farms
                 • Country Folks
                 • Horizon Organic
                 • Stonyfield Farm
                 •   Lady Moon Farms
                 •   Lakeview Organic Grain
                 •   NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
                 •   The Valley Table
                 •   Vermont Compost Company
                 •   Watershed Agricultural Council
                 •   Chelsea Green Publishing
                 •   Dairy Marketing Services
                 •   Edible Magazines
                 •   The Fertrell Company
                 •   Grower’s Discount Labels
                 •   Harris Seeds
                 •   High Mowing Organic Seeds
                 •   Johnny’s Selected Seeds
                 •   Kreher’s Poultry Farm
                 •   New Trends Publishing
                 •   Northeast Farm Credit
                 •   Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative
                 •   Roots & Fruits/BCD Wellness Center
                 •   Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.                                            Circles of Caring   39
North east Organ ic Farmin g
Association of New York , I n c.
P.O. Box 880 • Cobleskill • New York 12043-0880

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