September Events

September 10th – 2-4 pm – What’s the Buzz? Pasture Management @ Ben Wever Farm, Willsboro, NY.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting a pasture and pest management workshop on Saturday, September 10th from 2-4pm at Ben Wever Farm in Willsboro, NY (444 Mountain View Drive). Farm meal free but RSVP a must. Dress for the weather and appropriate footwear for farm walking. RSVP at 962-4810 or 963-7447.

Do you have issues with your pastures-weeds, rotation, what forages to plant, fertilizers to use, biting and annoying flies on animals? If you do, this meeting is for you. Come and learn how to make happier animals, better gains, more milk, more forage, and increase profitability.

  • Pasture/Paddock Rotation – Tiffany Pinheiro SWCD technician
  • New small no-til drill
  • Soil Health Forage Selection – Dr. Kitty O’Neil: NNY Field Crops
  • Biting and annoyance flies on livestock – Ken Wise: NYS Integrated Pest Management Livestock and Field Crops Specialist
  • Demonstration of fly trap technology
  • PAT credits available in 21,31,1a, and 1b

Fly pests can affect animal health, decrease milk production and weight gain, transmit disease causing agents, reduce grazing time, annoy and irritate animals and more.

For more information contact Anita Deming at 962-4810 or

Co-Sponsored by CCE, SWCD and Essex Farm Institute.

September 17-18thAdirondack Harvest Festival @ Essex County Fairgrounds, Westport, NY

Two days, lots of fun! Come see what agriculture is up to in Essex County!

Farms, food trucks, film makers, musicians and Essex Farm Institute will all be at the Adirondack Harvest Festival on September 17th and 18th at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport, NY. On Friday, work up an appetite with a hike in the Lake Champlain Region, then celebrate the Adirondack harvest with music and locally produced food. On Saturday, September 18th spend the day hiking, shop at the farmers market or learn about life on the farm with an afternoon of demonstrations, a movie screening, and a Q & A with filmmaker Ben Stechschulte.

Look for Essex Farm Institute’s table and ask us all your burning questions about what we do and how you can help support our mission.

Click here to see the full schedule, and scroll to the bottom of the page to see what farmers and food trucks will be there.

For more info email Nancy Page at

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.

Link to Cornell Event:

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.

July Events


July 7th – Open House Field Day – Cornell Cooperative Extension Willsboro Research Farm

The Cornell University Willsboro Research Farm will hold an open house field day on Thursday, July 7 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. A tour of the facilities and research plots will leave the main office (48 Sayward Lane, Willsboro, NY) at 2:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Research topics featured at this year’s open house include juneberry nursery development and variety trials, inter-seeded cover crops in field corn, high tunnel production of cherry tomatoes, demonstrations of summer cover crops, adaptive nitrogen management for field corn, and cold hardy wine grapes.

In 1982 E. Vreeland Baker, a Willsboro farmer and entrepreneur, donated his 352 acre farm to Cornell University for agricultural research and demonstration. The facility serves to connect Cornell faculty in Ithaca with the challenges and issues facing North Country farmers. Willsboro Research Farm is managed by the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station.

This event is cosponsored by the Essex Farm Institute ( and is free and open to the public. For more information call 518-963-7492.

July 10th, 2pm –  Farm Walk @ Foppert Farm in Saranac, NY

The Foppert Farm is a small family farm in Clayburg, New York run by Emily and John Foppert, with help from our two little boys.  We bought the farm in May 2015 from the family that had owned and worked it for the previous 100 years.  We have made livestock the focus of farm production: we raise chickens and turkeys, we breed pigs, and we’re working toward having cattle at the center of the farm.  We’re currently raising calves with the hope of finding a market for grass-fed veal; we have a cow (and we’ll soon have another) that we milk to feed the calves; and we have heifers that we’ll keep to build our own herd or sell for replacements.  In addition to keeping animals, we manage our woods closely and rely production from the woodlot to keep the whole enterprise viable and sustainable. 96 Durocher Rd, Saranac, NY 12981

July 24th – 2:30-6:30pm – Basic Rotational Grazing Field Event

This field event will take place on two farms in Essex County that rotationally graze beef cattle, dairy cattle, pigs and poultry. The farmers at both farms will discuss their rotational strategies, successes and challenges. Rich Redman, a retired conservationist from the USDA NRCS, will discuss the importance of rotational grazing to erosion control and pasture best management practices.

Rotational grazing, sometimes also called management intensive grazing refers to systems in which animals are allowed to graze only a small portion of the pasture (a paddock) while other paddocks are rested and allowed to recover. Animals are usually moved frequently anywhere from every few hours to once a day to once every few days. Any species can be rotationally grazed, but the benefits are most studied and best known for cattle. Benefits include increased pasture yield and distribution of forage, leading to rapid weight gain for grassfed animals.

We will meet at 2:30pm on July 24th at Full and By Farm (319 Leaning Road, Essex, NY), a diversified vegetable and livestock farm offering a full-diet CSA year round. Combining ancient, proven cultivation techniques with the latest innovations in sustainable growing methods and resource conservation, they are rejuvenating a local landmark while generating sustenance for the community. Full and By rotationally grazes beef cattle, dairy cows, pigs, broilers and layers. They will talk about the changes they’ve seen in their pastures and fields over the 6 years they’ve been rotationally grazing, permanent fencing versus temporary, watering systems and breeding.

At 4:30 we will continue on to the Harris Family Farm (143 Napper Rd, Westport, NY), a certified organic dairy. The Harris’ ship to Horizon Organic and sell a small amount of milk to North Country Creamery in Keeseville to make yogurt. They milk approximately 50 cows and raise our calves to be replacement heifers. They use management intensive grazing, providing the herd with a new paddock every 12 hours. They make their own hay, grow summer annuals as forage, and rotate crops for soil enrichment. They moved from Alaska in 2014 to start the farm. At the Harris Family Farm we will discuss grazing strategies for the best milk production, pasture management, and challenges such as fencing, water access, and lane way management.

Rich Redman worked with the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service for more than 27 years. He has worked in over 10 counties in New York setting up grazing systems for dairy cows, beef, sheep and Bison herds. He has set up grazing systems for herds as large as 250 head of dairy cattle. He has attended UVM and trained with Bill Murphy, Utah State and trained with Dr. Fred Provenza and attended Penn. State taking a grazing short course. Rich is a firm believer in grazing and was awarded the USDA SCS Conservationist of the year award for his work in Essex County.

This event is free and open to all beginner farmers in the Adirondacks and North Country NY. An intermediate level Intensive Grazing Workshop will follow on August 14th @ Essex Farm.

The program will be held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.