Planning for Family Farm Day (FFD) is underway for year seven in Schoharie County, four in Otsego, and two for Delaware. By all accounts, 2018 went very well, the ideal weather being a key factor along with a diversity of farms, extensive publicity, and the addition of Delaware County farms and county tourism. Participating farms continue to benefit from widespread publicity and excellent farm product sales, while visitors build awareness about agricul-ture, local farming, real food, and a multitude of farm products. And best of all, they get to meet with you!
The FFD Planning Committee takes nothing for granted in building and maintaining a signature event made possible only with your participation and the generosity of our sponsors. Please save these dates to attend the annual FFD Winter Meet-ing(s) in respective counties:
Wed., March 20, 1-3:00 p.m., CCE Exten sion Cen-ter, 173 S. Grand St., Cobleskill
Contact: David Cox, 518.234.4303, dgc23@cornell. edu for more information.
Thursday, March 21, 1-3:00 p.m., CCE Extension Center, 34570 SR 10, Hamden
Contact: Mariane Kiraly, 607.865.6531, mk129@ cornell.edu for more information.
Friday, March 22, 1-3:00 p.m., CCE Educa tion Cen-ter, 123 Lake St., Cooperstown
Contact: Lyn Weir, 607.547.8886 or lyn@lynweir. com for more information.
These meetings are multi-faceted to address your issues and concerns, our survey data, lessons learned, subsequent improvements, guidelines, timelines, and a preview of the 2019 Farm Guide -everything’s on the table! Look for more informa-tion in the March-April Connections issue.
Meanwhile, coming up quickly on January 11, 2019, for those interested in agritourism in general, not just FFD, please see page 8 for a six-week pro-gram in Agritourism Risk. Registration is open until January 9. While agritourism has become an in-creasing popular method to build customer base and create new income streams, it adds an addi-tional source of risk to the farm business. Take ad-vantage of this opportunity to address risk in this upcoming free workshop series.
Family Farm Day is a collaborative event produced by Cornell Co-operative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties, Cornell Cooper-ative Extension Delaware County, Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Schoharie County Tourism, Otsego County Tourism, Delaware County Tourism, Schoharie, Otsego, and Delaware County Farm Bureaus, and Schoharie, Otsego, and Delaware County farms.
Last updated January 2, 2019