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October 18, 2010

Farm News

CCE, WAC plan workshops

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County and the Watershed Agricultural Council will host two programs in the coming weeks.

A Confined Space Hazard Awareness Training session will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Forever Green Farm in Walton. Lunch is included, and there is no fee to participate. Organizers said the training is aimed at farmers and emergency services personnel. The farm is at 1177 South River Road.

Jim Carrabba from the New York Center for Agriculture Medicine and Health will present the program. To register, call 865-6531 or e-mail Delaware@cornell.edu.

"Managing for Success," a two-part workshop for farmers, will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at the Delaware County Resource Center in Hamden. Presenters said the program is designed to help farmers determine priorities, understand the mechanics of decision-making and plan for the future. The cost is $20 per person, and registration is due Friday. To sign up, mail a check to CCE of Delaware County, P.O. Box 184, Hamden, NY 13782. For information, call Judy morse at 865-6531, or e-mail delaware@cornell.edu.

Pasture walk set in Carlisle

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie County and CREM LEDGE farm will host a two-hour pasture management walk and meat sampling for sheep and meat goats from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The rain date will be Sunday.

The farm is at 2090 State Highway 20, west of the flashing light in Carlisle. The cost is $7 per person, $5 for each additional family or farm members. Payment is due at the workshop.

Registration is recommended, but not required; to sign up or for more information, call CCE Schoharie at (518) 234-4303 or e-mail schoharie@cornell.edu.

CREM LEDGE is owned and operated by a brother and sister pair and family.

Meet and talk with Eric Shelley, Cindi Shelley and Roger Barkman about thei

r past three years' experience grazing stock. "We view our farm as a place

to learn more about the production of livestock to enhance our abilities as

instructors, as well as provide for a healthy food source for ourselves an

d customers. Come learn and taste what grassfed lamb or goat is all about!

We will talk and demonstrate about moving pastures, stock selection, para

site management, and breeding management in this two-hour program."

CREM LEDGE pastures its flock/herd from April through early December. Usin

g electric net fencing, it grazes approximately 65 acres during the grazing

season, managing areas that were fallow, grazed by cattle, used for hay pr

oduction or proximal to the house. Using about 15 to 20 Kiko meat goats an

d their kids, and 30 hair sheep ewes and their lambs, CREM LEDGE has improv

ed its property, fertility, and plant dynamics, and yields about 25 kids an

d 40 lambs each year for the grass-fed markets.

Eric Shelley is the Meat Processing Manager and Instructor of meat processi

ng courses at SUNY Cobleskill, and has a custom livestock harvesting busine

ss. Dr. Cindi Shelley also teaches at SUNY Cobleskill in the area of Anima

l Science, and Roger Barkman is an Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and

works as a Vivarium Manager in Albany. Cornell Cooperative Extension Scho

harie County provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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