June Events



June 11th, 2-6pm, Farmer Farm Walks @ Tangleroot Farm (2pm) and Black Kettle Farm (4pm)

EFI’s first two farm walks will take place on June 11th @ Tangleroot Farm and Black Kettle Farm. These two farms are both in their second season, and can share the unique realities of the first seasons of a business. Join us for one or both, the farms are only 3miles apart.

Following the walk at Black Kettle Farm, Lakeside School @ Black Kettle Farm will be holding its annual Barn Dance with food from Northern Feast Catering’s Food Truck.

Tangleroot Farm @ 2pm – Adam Reed and Susan Cerny have done an incredible amount of work in just two seasons to get their farm up-and-running. Tangleroot Farm in Essex is a market garden style farm with 2 acres in biologically intensive vegetable production. They serve the Essex, Chestertown, Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs communities through their 60 member CSA, wholesale and 4 farmers markets.  They will speak about the specialized tools and practices they are using to minimize soil disruption and increase yield per square foot of field space while simultaneously increasing organic matter and soil health. 1835 NYS Rt. 22, Essex, NY 12936

Black Kettle Farm @ 4pm Josh Smith began farming at Black Kettle Farm last year. The farm currently has 40 acres of pasture, 1/2 an acre in cultivation, and well-established orchards and perennials. Josh is training two horses for work in harness to make hay and raise perennials. He is currently growing herbs, mushrooms and is planning to plant 2 1/2 acres to apple trees and berries. Black Kettle Farm also hosts Lakeside School, a birth to 3rd grade Waldorf School, and Josh will speak about farm based outdoor education and day care as well as land access (leasing versus purchasing). 6 Leaning Road, Essex, NY 12936

June 13th, 3-7pm – Basic Chainsaw safety and use @ Mace Chasm Farm

Need basic chainsaw skills to clear small trees and brush safely this spring? Want to make sure your equipment is in good shape and used correctly? Join us for a workshop lead by local logger John Foppert @ Mace Chasm Farm. John will take participants through the basics of chainsaw safety and maintenance, and then head to the woods to practice felling small trees and bucking logs.

Space is limited to farmers in the Adirondacks and North Country NY, to sign up email your name and a few words about your level of chainsaw knowledge to essexfarminstitute@gmail.com.

About the trainer: John Foppert lives with his wife and two sons on a farm in Clayburg, New York.  He has worked in the woods professionally since he graduated from Paul Smith’s College in 2009, both as a logger and a consulting forester.  He currently owns his own logging business, Foppert Logging, and is the co-owner of Pekin Branch Forestry, which manages 20,000 acres in northern New York and Vermont.