2022 Field Day Season

We look forward to seeing you at the farm!

NOFA-NY’s 2022 Field Day Season will offer a mix of in-person, on-farm field days and webinars. Stay tuned for all of our upcoming events or sign up for our eNews to stay in the loop.

Upcoming Events

photo credit: Rock Steady Farm

Thursday, July 14 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Twilight Farmer Gathering
@ Rock Steady Farm

41 Kaye Road, Millerton, NY 12546

Join Rock Steady Farm and the Agricultural Justice Project for a fair farming meetup! This gathering will be pot-luck style to share more than just a meal. Together we plan to exchange stories on cultivating our social justice values in our farms and build connections to keep supporting each other in this work.

Pot-Luck Guidelines: We invite you to bring a dish that you and your farm team enjoy to nourish you throughout the season. A good potluck guideline is to bring 3x the amount of food you would eat on your own. Please clearly label the ingredients for your dish and designated serving utensils so people can make their choices and we avoid cross contamination. Cold served foods are preferred because we do not have the capacity to heat food.

For more information including COVID-19 safety guidelines, accessibility, and parking please click here. Please review Rock Steady Farm’s Community Agreements before attending.

RSVP is helpful but not necessary. Email Jon at jon@agriculturaljusticeproject.org if you think you’ll be there, but please come if you can, even if you didn’t RSVP.

photo credit: Cornell

Monday, July 25 from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tools and Tactics for Soil and Weed Management in Vegetable Production
Thompson Research Farm
133 Fall Creek Rd., Freeville, NY 13068

Come to the Cornell Organic Research Farm in Freeville to get updates on the latest research in weed management, cover crops, and reduced tillage and interact with researchers and other farmers. Learn about methods that help production while improving soil health and making your farm more climate resilient. Topics will include: new weed control technologies, weeds and climate change, long-term effects of tarping, soil health across different cropping systems, comparison of different mulch types, and cover crop breeding.

Snacks and dinner will be provided. Please register by July 15 to help ensure there is enough food.

This field day is part of the 2022 Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Field Days in partnership with Cornell.

photo credit: Cornell Cooperative Extension

Tuesday, July 26 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Soil Health Trailer
@ Brady Farm

150 Ford Ave., Syracuse, NY 13207

Join us at Brady Farm for a Soil Health Trailer demonstration with Fay Benson of Cornell Cooperative Extension. The Soil Health Trailer is a rolling lab equipped with a simulator that illustrates how rainfall affects various types of soil. This visual presentation will show how certain management practices, such as cover cropping, protect and enhance soil health. Participants will gain a better understanding of why these practices are so effective at preventing runoff, controlling erosion, and locking in the important nutrients that improve crop yield.

After the demonstration, Fay and members of the Brady Farm staff will lead a farm tour to further discuss soil fundamentals and why healthy, properly managed soil is vital to field and land sustainability. The event will take place at Brady Farm which is a six-acre, non-profit vegetable farm, located in the middle of Syracuse. It uses organic and regenerative practices to rebuild its urban soils.

This field day is funded by Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, which supports training for urban farm apprentices and expanding access to healthy produce in the City of Syracuse.

photo credit: Norwich Meadows Farm

Tuesday, September 13 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
High Tunnel Production
Norwich Meadows Farm
105 Old Stone Rd., Norwich, NY 13815

Join Zaid Kurdieh at Norwich Meadows Farm to learn about his 250+ acre vegetable and fruit operation. Norwich Meadows Farm has more than 210 high tunnels in production and 60+ employees. During peak season, Norwich Meadows Farm is present at 12 farmer’s markets each week, has 450+ CSA members and supplies more than 200 high-end restaurants in addition to wholesale customers. 

While at the farm, you will get a chance to tour the high tunnels and hear about the benefits and challenges they have had using them. You will also hear from USDA NRCS on their Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Farmers are welcome to come with questions about high tunnel management, crop planning and marketing, financing, or any other details of interest.

Past Events

Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
@ Groundswell Incubator Farm

24 Helens Way, Ithaca, NY 14850

In this two day course, produced by Groundswell, you’ll learn basic carpentry skills under the guidance of two instructors. The small group will work together to build two waist-height raised bed for the Groundswell Incubator Farm. You’ll learn the basics of following a carpentry plan including measuring, cutting, and fastening. You’ll use hand tools and power tools including the following: circular saws, drills, drivers, hand saws, and hammers. No prior carpentry experience is needed! This course is aimed for beginners who want to learn in a collaborative environment with emphasis on sharing skills.

2022 Field Day Sponsors