2021 Field Day Season

We hope you’ll join NOFA-NY for our 2021 Field Day Season! This year, we are happy to offer in-person events again (with safety precautions). More events will be added to this page soon. Please sign up for our email list to stay in the loop!

All field day events are free of charge.

Upcoming Events

photo credit: Sang Lee Farms

June 29 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Intro to Organic Transition
@ Sang Lee Farms
25180 County Rd 48, Peconic, NY 11958

Join us for a tour of Sang Lee Farms and learn about this farm’s journey to transition from a conventional farm selling strictly to terminal markets, wholesale distributors, and some restaurants, to becoming certified organic selling direct-to-consumers through their highly successful CSA, farmers markets, and farm stand.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Wyllie Fox Farm

July 15 from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Meet Your Farmer: Wyllie Fox Farm
@ Wyllie Fox Farm
3745 Allen Rd, Cato, NY 13033

Wyllie Fox Farm is a small, family-owned farm specializing in growing Certified Organic seedlings, with over 250 varieties of vegetables, plants, and herbs in their seedling offerings. Join farmers Tere and Jamie as we tour the fields and greenhouses to learn more about organic farming. Farmers are welcome to come with questions about planning and marketing a seedling CSA, growing and selling seedlings and vegetables for direct and wholesale markets, and crop planning and greenhouse management.

The field days in this series are open farm days intended to strengthen the connection between farmers and their surrounding communities. Meet Your Farmer events uplift how NOFA-NY farms prioritize the health of people and planet through ecologically sound innovations, and show the impact of purchasing directly from farmers. This open farm day starts with an hour that is focused on production and is intended for farmers, gardeners, or anyone interested in the technical aspects of farming. The remaining time is open to the public and includes a farm tour and information on ways to connect with regional food and farm businesses.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Biophilia Organic Farm

July 28 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Companion Planting for the Organic Farmer
@ Biophilia Organic Farm
211 Manor Ln, Riverhead, NY 11901

Join us for a tour of Biophilia Organic Farm and learn how companion planting can benefit organic farms by deterring pests, enhancing flavor, and increasing efficiency in mixed crop operations. Hosted by farmer-to-farmer mentors Don Cimato of Homecoming Farm and Phil Barbato of Biophilia Organic Farm.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Hartwood Farm

July 28 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Adapting a Farm Business to Land, Labor, & Markets
@ Hartwood Farm
5258 Irish Ridge Rd, Chittenango, NY 13037

Join farmers Maryellen and Matt to explore Hartwood Farm, where they grow Certified Organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers for over 200 CSA members, their local farmers market, and off-season home delivery. After years managing and owning farms across the scale spectrum in New Hampshire and the Hudson Valley, Maryellen and Matt started Hartwood Farm in 2012, with the goal of growing larger amounts of produce for a range of retail and wholesale markets. Over the years, they’ve modified their crop and market mix into something that better fits their land, soils, local markets, labor access, and lots of extreme weather swings (hopefully there won’t be snow, hail, or tornadoes for the field day). Hartwood Farm now includes 5 acres each of annual vegetables and cover crops, 5 greenhouses, and a mix of hayfields, woods, and wetlands.

This farm tour will cover how Hartwood has modified and adapted its operations to work with some less than ideal situations, as well as some of the potential future growth and trials in tarping, dealing with new pests, and figuring out how to farm successfully at a challenging scale.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Fort Baptist Farm

July 29 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Farm Tour: Fort Baptist Farm (Co-hosted by Groundswell)
@ Fort Baptist Farm
915 Coddington Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Fort Baptist Farm is a Black owned, family-run CSA farm. They were established in 2017, on unceded land of the Cayuga Nation.

The Baptist Family enjoys the outdoors and farming is the ultimate outdoor endeavor. Fort Baptist Farm values people over profit- and community and connectivity are ingrained in our practice of food sovereignty. Fort Baptist Farm believes that everyone should have access to great food; and they are excited to bring fresh organically produced food from the farm to the table.

About the presenter:
Dee Baptist enjoys dirt and cultivating and nurturing growing things – what better profession to exercise this love for the Earth than that of Farming. Although she demonstrates a number of competencies in administration, international relations, global development, and diplomacy; her love for the outdoors and the ability to manage her own time while contributing to her family and community is of paramount importance to her. Farming and agriculture provide that space where Dee feels at home expressing herself while connecting to the work that her ancestors have done for thousands of years.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Hemlock Grove Farm

August 15 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
An Organic Orchard for the Local Market
@ Hemlock Grove Farm
180 Walding Ln, West Danby, NY 14883

Join us for a tour of Hemlock Grove Farm. 2021 NOFA-NY Farmer of the Year Brian Caldwell will discuss his integrative system for managing pests and disease, while maintaining healthy soils and producing flavorful apples, chestnuts, hazelnuts, and other tree crops. Hemlock Grove Farm markets directly through an apple CSA and through sales to local friends and businesses.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Jamesport Farmstead

August 17 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Intro to No-Till Organic Management (Co-hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County)
@ Jamesport Farmstead
1192 Main Rd, Flanders, NY 11901

Join us for a tour of Jamesport Farmstead, and learn about benefits of no-till practices on a certified organic farm. See the impact of different management practices on soil loss during a rainfall simulation demonstration. Hosted by CCE Soil Scientist, Debbie Aller, and Ryan Lertora of Jamesport Farmstead.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Garden of Eve

August 31 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Intro to Organic Farm Sales
@ Garden of Eve
4558 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901

Join us for a tour of Garden of Eve and learn about this farm’s journey from growing an ambitious garden to selling organic produce through farmer’s markets, farm stands, and CSA, hosted by Farmer-to-Farmer Mentor, Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht, of Garden of Eve Organic Farm.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Rootwork Herbals

September 8 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Farm Tour: Rootwork Herbals & The Jane Minor BIPOC Community Medicine Garden (Co-hosted by Groundswell)
@ The Jane Minor BIPOC Community Medicine Garden
40 Burns Rd, Brooktondale, NY 14817

Rootwork Herbals is the love, work, and play of community herbalist, Amanda David. Rootwork Herbals has evolved organically over the years to include various projects within herbalism that seek to build mutually beneficial relationships between people, plants, and planet. The Rootwork Herbals community has grown in include an herbal product line available at Bramble, herbal health consultations, a BIPOC free clinic, educational offerings such as the People’s Medicine School and Woke Without the Work, a BIPOC community garden, and the facilitation of BIPOC sanctuaries at various herb/agriculture conferences.

The garden is a sanctuary for folks to come together to connect with the Earth, the Plants, the Community, and with themselves. The garden has communal beds for all to freely enjoy, tend, and harvest, as well as individual beds for folks to steward as they like. The garden also has a community herb drying shed, as well as a lending library of herb books and tools. Classes, work parties, food and medicine mutual aid and garden events happen regularly throughout the growing season. 

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Featherbed Lane Farm

September 11 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Meet Your Farmer: Featherbed Lane Farm
@ Featherbed Lane Farm
35 Featherbed Ln, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Join farmer Tim Biello to learn more about his vegetable and livestock farm that is run in large part with draft horse power. Featherbed Lane Farm has five acres in vegetable production, and strives to run a successful farm business that produces nutritious foods, builds soil, cares for their livestock, stewards the land, respects employees, and contributes to its community. They run a 90 member free choice CSA and farm stand. Farmers are welcome to come with questions about CSA management, crop planning and marketing for the CSA, farming with draft horses, or any other details of interest.

The field days in this series are open farm days intended to strengthen the connection between farmers and their surrounding communities. Meet Your Farmer events uplift how NOFA-NY farms prioritize the health of people and planet through ecologically sound innovations, and show the impact of purchasing directly from farmers. This open farm day starts with an hour that is focused on production and is intended for farmers, gardeners, or anyone interested in the technical aspects of farming. The remaining time is open to the public and includes a farm tour and information on ways to connect with regional food and farm businesses.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Twin Oaks Dairy

September 22 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet Your Farmer: Twin Oaks Dairy
@ Twin Oaks Dairy
3185 NY-13, Truxton, NY 13158

Join farmers Kathie and Kirk Arnold on a tour of Twin Oaks Dairy LLC, which has been shipping certified organic milk since 1998. Rotational grazing is a foundational principle of the farm that keeps soils covered and sequestering carbon. They recently started planting trees in some of their pastures in a foray into silvopasture. This is their second year in making compost using the Elaine Ingham Bio Complete composting recipe and process. 

A new 136 stall freestall barn for the milking herd was built in 2016. It features a a double 12 rapid exit parallel parlor, automatic sort gate, alley scrapers, automatic side curtains, insulated cathedral ceiling, ventilation chimneys, waterbeds, activity system, and a feed pusher robot. Calves are group raised on milk for three months using mob feeders. Once weaned, calves are on pasture for the grazing season as are all other heifers and dry cows.

The field days in this series are open farm days intended to strengthen the connection between farmers and their surrounding communities. Meet Your Farmer events uplift how NOFA-NY farms prioritize the health of people and planet through ecologically sound innovations, and show the impact of purchasing directly from farmers.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Browder’s Birds

September 28 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Intro to Organic Poultry Farming
@ Browder’s Birds
4050 Soundview Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952

Join us for a tour of Browder’s Birds and learn about this farm’s journey to becoming Long Island’s first certified organic and pastured poultry farm, hosted by Chris Browder.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Restoration Farm

October 13 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Intro to Organic Cover Crops (Co-hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County)
@ Restoration Farm
140 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Rd, Old Bethpage, NY 11804

Join us for a tour of Restoration Farm and learn about the many benefits organic cover crops, including soil health, weed control, tillage reduction, erosion prevention, forage for chickens, and pollinator habitat for bees. Hosted by CCE Soil Scientist, Debbie Aller, and Caroline Fanning and Dan Holmes of Restoration Farm.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

photo credit: Early Girl Farm

October 26 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Intro to Soil Health and Soil Carbon Proxy Testing (Co-hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County)
@ Early Girl Farm
279 South Country Rd, Brookhaven, NY 11719

Join us for an on-farm demonstration of the NOFA/Mass soil carbon proxy protocols. Learn how soils support life and store carbon, and hear about one farmer’s journey to rehabilitate depleted soils. Hosted by Long Island Organic Transition Educator, Whitney Beaman, CCE Soil Scientist, Debbie Aller, and Patty Gentry of Early Girl Farm.

Registration is required. Space is limited.


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Thanks to our sponsors, supporters, and members, we are able to offer all of our field days free of charge. If you’d like to support our educational programming, you can donate here.