2002 ON-FARM TWILIGHT MEETINGS IN EASTERN NEW YORK

Tues., June 18, 6:00 pm at Albert Sheldon’s farm on Route 22, about 2 mi. south of the light in Salem, NY.
The meeting will focus on sweet corn under row cover, potato late blight forecasting and post-harvest storage considerations.  The Sheldon operation consists of a large wholesale potato crop with long term storage facilities, wholesale sweet corn, and recently a seasonal retail stand which carries their crops as well as purchased commodities.  For several years they have been one of the sites for a scouting program done by John Mishanec's eastern NY IPM program.  The program is working on creating recommendations for scouting row cover sweet corn  and using on farm weather station data to forecast for potato late blight.
 

Thurs., July 18, 6:00 pm at Paul and Sandy Arnold’s farm,  South Valley Rd, Argyle NY.
The meeting will focus on a general seasonal overview, post-harvest washing station considerations.  The Arnold's are a direct market organic vegetable and fruit operation.  They attend 4 farmer's markets a week.  The farm consists of small fruits, apple orchard, vegetables, and limited poultry production. 1+ miles south of Argyle village take right onto Lick Springs Rd. take first right onto west valley Rd. then take first left onto South Valley Rd. farm on left (look for signs).
 

1:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, July 21, 1:00 pm Identification and Organic Management of Vegetable Insects and Diseases
Buttermilk Falls Organic Farm in Schaghticoke, NY.
Janet Britt will host a NOFA-NY workshop on Identification and Organic Management of Vegetable Insects and Diseases from 1:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, July 21.  We will tour the farm's diverse vegetable crop fields, identify insect and disease problems we find, and discuss organic control options.  Typical pests of
various crops will be covered, even if we don't find them on site. References for pest identification will be given so that farmers can be prepared to check for them in their own fields.  Brian Caldwell, NOFA-NY Farm Education Coordinator, will lead the discussions.

This workshop is free and open to all.  It will focus on commercial organic farming methods.  We encourage, but do not require, pre-registration.
Call 518-734-5495 to pre-register.

Directions:  Buttermilk Falls Organic Farm is located at 333 Buttermilk Falls Road in Schaghticoke, NY.  Buttermilk Falls Rd is south off Rt 67 between Schaghticoke and Mechanicville.  We are about 25 miles northeast of Albany and about 10 miles north of Troy.  From the north take Rt 87 south to Malta exit. Turn south on Rt 9, then east on Rt 67 through Mechanicville.  About 3 miles east of Mechanicville make a right on Buttermilk Falls Rd, we are 1/2 mile on the right.  From the south take Rt 87 north, take exit for Rt 146 (Clifton Park and Mechanicville) Turn right on Rt 146 east, follow into city of  Mechanicville.  Follow signs for Rt 67 east. Follow directions above.  From the west take Thruway to Amsterdam, stay on Rt 67 east through Mechanicville, follow directions above.  We are about an hours drive from Amsterdam.  From the east take Interstate 90 to 787 north at Albany.  Take exit for Troy and Bennington (Rt 7 east) At the first light after the bridge, turn left on Rt. 40 north, Oakwood Ave.  Follow Rt 40 north about 10 miles.  At the juncture of Rt 40 with Rt 67 (just before you get to the village of Schaghticoke) turn left on Rt 67 west, go about 2.5 miles, make a right on Buttermilk Falls Rd.  Go 1/2 mile on the right.

Tues., August 27, 6:00 pm at George Armstrong and Tom Fleming's just south of the intersection of route 22 and 40 in Granville, NY.
The meeting will focus on pumpkin spacing and direct-seeded vs. transplant, also a trial of disease resistant cucurbits. The operation is direct market mixed vegetables and wholesale/ direct market pumpkins. They attend two farmer's markets a week.

For more information, Contact:
Colleen Converse
Ag Program Assistant
CCE Washington County
415 Lower Main St.
Hudson Falls NY 12839
Voice (518) 746-2560
Fax (518) 746-2419
cnh2@cornell.edu