Untapped Potential – Managing Trees and Woods on Your Farm

  • Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Want to get more from your woods? Examine the methods to assess forest resources and discuss common woodland activities such as cutting firewood, harvesting logs for mushroom cultivation, and support for wildlife and long-term forest health in the Cornell Small Farms Woodlot Management online course:

Farm Woodlot Management

September 23 - October 28, 2019

Enroll and register here https://smallfarmcourses.com/p/bf-150-farm-woodlot-management

Webinars on Monday Evenings

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST

Woodlots are a common feature of most farms in the eastern US, and are often overlooked for the value they might bring to the landowner and to farm enterprises. Farmers and woodland owners need to recognize the potential values of their woodland resource, be familiar with common ways a woodland can add value, and identify how the woodland will support the interests of the owner.

During this course, we will examine the methods to assess forest resources and discuss common woodland activities such as cutting firewood, harvesting logs for mushroom cultivation, and support for wildlife and long-term forest health.

After completing the 6-week course, including hands-on practice, students will:

  • •Describe the type, quality and potential of woodlands on your property
  • •Connect attributes of the land correspond to the interests and needs of the owner for common woodland products of value
  • •Be able to select trees that can be grown for a future crop and remove trees useful for firewood
  • •Make informed decisions, knowing what actions the owner can pursue and what activity they should contract through a forester
  • •List resources available to inform their decision-making

The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our online course platform. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the interface of the course for 6 weeks each year to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.

Meet the Instructor:

Peter Smallidge is the NYS Extension Forester and the Director of the Cornell University Arnot Teaching and Research Forest. He coordinates ForestConnect, Cornell’s Forest Resources Extension Program, by providing leadership for education to enhance the sustainability and stewardship of private forest lands in New York. His applied research addresses sugarbush management, forest production, and vegetation management of native and invasive plant species.

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QuickBooks for Farmers

Monday: September 23 - November 1, 2019

Are you a beginning farmer? Or are you a current farmer with the desire to switch to an online accounting system? Then our quick guide to Quickbooks is for you. Learn the software's basic features, such as sales tax, inventory, invoicing, adjustments, and year-end procedures. Register Now!

Starting at Square One

Tuesday: September 24 - October 29, 2019

So you're thinking about starting a farm, but feeling overwhelmed by all the decisions? This course was designed to assist new and aspiring farmers in taking the first steps in thinking through farm start-up (whether you already have land access or not). Register Now!

Overview of Online Courses

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce that our suite of online courses has moved to a new, more user-friendly platform. Now registrants have permanent, year-round access to their course content. The tiered pricing, based on household size and income level, makes access to the courses more equitable.

Our program offers more than 20 online courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. These courses cover a range of technical and business topics any farmer needs to succeed.

Experienced farmers and extension educators guide students through about six-week-long courses that include weekly live webinars, videos, and resources. From the comfort of your own home, connect with instructors and other farmers and access all the content at a flexible pace. If you aren’t able to attend the webinars in real-time, they are always recorded for later viewing.

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About Us

The Cornell Small Farms Program helps farmers get expert assistance to facilitate all phases of small farm business development, from initial growth to optimization to maturity. The program is housed at Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and works collaboratively with Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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Last updated September 13, 2019