August Events


August 4th 6:30-8:00PM – Summer Grower Meeting, Sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Willsboro, NY Research Farm in collaboration with EFI.

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Location: 48 Sayward Road, Willsboro, NY @ The Cornell Willsboro Research Farm.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting a grower field meeting on Thursday, August 4 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Cornell Willsboro Research Farm in Willsboro, NY (48 Sayward Lane, Willsboro, NY) in cooperation with the Essex Farm Institute. Growers are invited to join the discussion of on-going vegetable production projects including cherry tomato training and high tunnel production, leaf mold resistant variety trial, summer cover crops, and this year’s vegetable disease challenges. Guest speakers include Amy Ivy of the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program, Judson Reid of the Cornell Vegetable Program, Mike Davis of the Cornell Willsboro Research Farm and Christine Smart, Cornell Professor of Plant Pathology.

Free and open to the public, includes light refreshments. For more information contact Amy Ivy at or (518)570-5991. Sponsored in part by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program. Funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is supported by the New York State Senate and administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Learn more at And by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Free and Open to the public. The program will be held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

Questions contact: Amy Ivy at

August 21st, 2:00-6:00PM  – Pasture Walk and High Density Rotational Grazing Workshop with Meg Grzeskiewicz @ Essex Farm

Essex Farm (2503 Rt 22, Essex, NY) offers a year-round, full diet, horse powered, free choice CSA membership. They produce grass-fed beef, pastured pork, chicken, eggs, fifty different kinds of vegetables, milk, grains and flour, fruit, herbs, maple syrup and soap. They also provide a farm to door option for New York City households, and have a Farm Store on site.  Kristin is the author of The Dirty Life, On Farming Food and Love.

Essex Farm has rotationally grazed beef cattle, dairy cows, pigs, poultry, sheep and horses for the last 13 years. The workshop will begin with a presentation on high-density rotational “mob” grazing by Meg Grzeskiewicz, owner of Rhinestone Cattle Company. Meg’s presentation will focus on using cattle to improve land, selecting for the best grass genetics, and managing grazing to eliminate purchased inputs. A pasture walk and Q&A session will follow.

This event is rain or shine, and only open to those who are actively farming. Please dress appropriately. Registration is greatly appreciated: email your farm name and the number in your party to The event is free to those farming in the Adirondacks and North Country, NY. A $25 donation would be appreciated from farmers from outside this area.

Meg has a degree in livestock science and management from West Virginia University. She interned for mob-grazing expert Greg Judy in Missouri, author of No Risk Ranching and Comeback Farms: Rejunvenating Soils, pastures and Profits with Livestock Grazing Management. She also interned on ranches and veterinary clinics in Montana and Texas, and now owns the Rhinestone Cattle Company (RCC) in Colden, NY. RCC’s goal is to revitalize the Northeast’s beef industry by using and teaching the principles of natural, low-input management. RCC aims to make 100% grassfed beef available and affordable for consumers, and profitable for those who produce it. The management practices she uses and endorses are based on the work of a number of livestock innovators, including: Joel Salatin, Ian Mitchell-Innes, Greg Judy, Kathy Voth (Cows Eat Weeds), Steve Kenyon, Jim Gerrish, Doug Peterson, Allen Savory and Temple Grandin.

August 29th – Public Forum – 5:00 PM (food) 6:30 PM (forum) – Resilient Farms, Resilient Community: How can agriculture help the Adirondacks fight climate change @ The Whallonsburg Grange Hall, Essex, NY

This event is free and open to the public!

Special Guest: Anthony Flaccavento

Essex Farm Institute’s first Public Forum will be held on Monday, August 29th at 6:30 PM at the Whallonsburg Grange (1610 NY 22, Essex, NY). Special guest Anthony Flaccovento, organic farmer, small business owner and community activities, will speak about how communities and farms can work together to fight climate change through healthy agriculture. Q&A with Anthony and EFI’s staff will follow the presentation.

Come for dinner, stay for the talk – Northern Feast Catering will start serving food at 5pm in the parking lot of the Whallonsburg Grange.  Sweet and Savory Crepes made by Marla Gilman using local ingredients!

Copies of Anthony’s new book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up, will be for sale following the event.

Anthony Flaccavento is an organic farmer, small business owner, author and activist from Abingdon, in the Appalachian region of Virginia. A pioneer in the local foods and sustainable development movements, he has worked for over 30 years to strengthen the economy and food system throughout Appalachia and beyond. In 1995, he founded Appalachian Sustainable Development, which in turn launched social enterprises including farmers markets, a regional food hub, and sustainable forestry and wood products businesses. Anthony left ASD in 2009 when he started his consulting firm, SCALE, Inc, to help catalyze and strengthen healthier, more sustainable economies and food systems in both rural and urban settings. SCALE works with communities around the US, as well as in Canada and, most recently, Australia.

Anthony writes and speaks about the economy, sustainable development, and farming, food and rural issues, including pieces in Huffington Post, the Washington Post, the Progressive Wing, The Nation, Solutions Journal and other outlets. His Healthy Food Systems: A Toolkit for Building Value Chains has been utilized by scores of communities across the nation, and his first full length book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up (University Press of Kentucky) was published in June of 2016. Anthony also produces a weekly five minute You Tube series, “Take Five with Tony”, that clearly and directly tackles these complex issues, around which he also periodically mobilizes and leads advocacy campaigns. He was the Democratic Candidate for US Congress in Virginia’s 9th District in 2012. Anthony has a BS degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science and a Masters in Economic and Rural Development. He is happily married with three wonderful, grown children.