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Please Note: The Office Will Be Closed in Observance of the Following Holidays in 2024
New Year's MONDAY, JANUARY 1
Martin Luther King Day MONDAY, JANUARY 15
Presidents' Day MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Memorial Day MONDAY, MAY 27
Juneteenth WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
4th of July THURSDAY, JULY 4
Labor Day MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Columbus Day MONDAY, OCTOBER 14
Veterans Day MONDAY NOVEMBER 11
Thanksgiving THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Day after Thanksgiving FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Christmas WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25
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Join fellow community gardeners, farmers and urban ag partners for a seed swap, dinner and panel presentation!
Salt City Market, South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY, USA
484 South Salina Street Syracuse, NY 13202
Who? Community gardeners, backyard gardening enthusiasts, farmers, and partners in urban agriculture.
When? Wednesday, March 6th, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where? Salt City Market Community Room. There's a very small parking lot in the back of the building.
6:00-6:15: Sign-in, stop by the seed table (take as many as you'd like!), grab dinner
6:15-6:30: Syracuse Grows Annual Meeting Presentation
6:30-7:15: Panel Presentation: Back to Basics
NYFB Regional Agricultural Forum- Syracuse
February 21, 2024 · Barbagallo's Tavern
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us for the NYFB Regional Agricultural Forum, a series of in-person gatherings designed to bring together members of the agricultural community to discuss key issues, share insights, and foster collaboration.
Wednesday, February 21
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM - 7:10 PM
Dan Palladino, NYFB Board of Directors, District 5
7:10 PM - 7:25 PM
Congressional Farm Bill Update
7:25 PM - 8:25 PM
Public Policy Update
Jeff Williams, Director of Public Policy
8:00 PM - 8:20 PM
Scott Keyes, Director of Member Advocacy & Insurance Partner Relations
8:20 PM - 8:30 PM
Steve Ammerman, Director of Communications
TREE SALE TIME!!!!!!
The Onondaga County Soil & Water Tree Sale is now underway. Forms can be obtained by emailing email@example.com Details are on the form. Order now as the deadline to submit an order is March 12th!!!!
Corn Day will be held on February 21st from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326.2.25 NYSDEC pesticide applicator credits can be earned (cat. 1a, 10, 21, or 23), as well as 2.5 Certified Crop Advisor credits (2.0 IPM, 0.5 CM). Sign-in, coffee, refreshments, and our sponsorship Trade Show start at 9:30, and talks will begin at 10:30. Those seeking DEC credits must arrive and sign in before 10:30.
Dairy Day will be held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on April 3rd and at CCE Saratoga on April 4th (50 W. High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020) from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Registration for each event is $50 per person, and the deadline to register for Corn Day is less than two weeks away – so reserve your place at these great events today! To register and for more information, go to https://bit.ly/cnyagday24 or contact the CNYDLFC Program (firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-866-7920). For sponsorship information, please go to http://bit.ly/cnyagdaysponsor24.
Earth Day Cleanup
Saturday, April 20, 2024
Help give Downtown Syracuse a spring cleaning! Every April, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse organize's one of the biggest Earth Day clean-ups in the city. You're invited to roll up your sleeves to continue our beautification efforts in Downtown Syracuse. We look forward to the Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 20, 2024.
Throughout the morning, Downtown Committee staff will meet volunteers at designated locations in Downtown Syracuse. We'll provide gloves and trash bags, and outfit you with stylish, green t-shirts. We'll also give you a voucher to redeem at a Downtown Syracuse restaurant to enjoy lunch.
Earth Day is a reminder for us to be better stewards of our earth
Expand Your Knowledge of and Connection to Underutilized FruitDo you want to learn more about lesser-known fruit? This course will help you determine whether incorporating uncommon fruit into your operation is the right decision for you. We’ll walk you through all aspects of this decision, from possible fruits and appropriate site selection to marketing and profit potential, plus the advantages to including woody perennials into your farm plan. Many of these fruits can be successful in a forest farming setting, so are attractive to people with an interest in agroforestry. Expand your understanding of these promising crops and how they could improve your farm’s ecosystem while possibly also supporting your bottom line.
This course is designed as a companion to the BF 122: Berry Production course, but you do NOT have to take BF 122 before taking BF 123.
Target AudienceBeginning to Intermediate: Farmers with a few years of commercial horticulture experience will get the most from this course but all are welcome to participate. This course will also be beneficial to very small-scale orchardists/gardeners, permaculture growers, and those with an interest in agroforestry.
Upon completion of this course, you will know:
In 2024, this course will be offered live for 6-weeks on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 PM (Eastern) from February 27 – April 2. While we encourage live attendance, so you have the opportunity to engage with presenters and ask questions, all webinars are recorded and posted in the online classroom to watch anytime. Once enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely, and can return to participate in the live webinars in future offerings of the course if you wish. Join us!
FEBRUARY 13, 2024
Albany, NY Governor Hochul Announces Permanent Protection of 14,600 Acres of Ecologically Unique and Historically Significant Adirondack Forests, Wetlands, and Watershed
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a historic agreement with The Nature Conservancy to permanently protect more than 14,600 acres of ecologically rare and culturally significant natural resources in the Adirondacks through two conservation easements and a research consortium initiative with New York State. This collaboration will provide new public recreational access in the Raquette River corridor and establish a first-of-its-kind freshwater research preserve to advance shared knowledge of freshwater ecosystems. The agreement permanently protects the Follensby Pond watershed and habitat that is situated in Haudenosaunee and Abenaki homelands and served as the base of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ‘Philosophers’ Camp.’
“New Yorkers and visitors to this special region of the Adirondacks have long recognized the singular beauty and significance of Follensby Pond and the Raquette River,” Governor Hochul said. “In collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and many partners, we are preserving a unique natural resource so that all New Yorkers can enjoy this treasured and historic region for generations to come."
The ecologically, historically, and culturally significant property is located primarily in the town of Harrietstown, with a portion in the town of Tupper Lake, in Franklin County. The 14,645-acre parcel was first purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 2008 and includes 10 miles of frontage on the Raquette River and the 958-acre Follensby Pond. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and The Nature Conservancy entered into contracts for the State to purchase the two easements that will achieve a crucial balance between providing enhanced recreational opportunities in an area adjacent to State Forest Preserve lands and protecting a globally rare ecosystem while recognizing the long-term relationships that Indigenous People have with the region. The easements recently went under contract and are expected to close in early 2024.
February 07, 2024
DEC Releases Environmental Bond Act Draft Eligibility Guidelines to Support Planting 25 Million Trees by 2033
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released for public comment new proposed eligibility guidelines to improve, expand, and assess the state’s forestry efforts on public and private lands under the historic $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. The guidelines will help support implementation of Governor Kathy Hochul’s initiative to plant 25 million trees by 2033 by building capacity for production of plant materials and investing in a comprehensive data tracking and management system for forestry projects.
“Growing New York’s next generation of forests is vital to ensuring community resiliency and fighting climate change, and the guidelines released today are an important step in advancing Governor Kathy Hochul’s commitment to plant 25 million trees by 2033,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “The modernization and expansion of our tree nursery capacity and a new tree planting database will ensure our aggressive tree planting efforts directly benefit communities statewide, and I encourage New Yorkers to provide input on this Bond Act-supported initiative.”
To further achieve New York’s climate goals, Governor Hochul’s 2024 State of the State Address and Executive Budget included $47 million to support a new goal of planting 25 million trees statewide by 2033. This goal will invigorate our state’s tree planting efforts, send an unmistakable market signal to private nurseries, advance efforts to meet the Climate Act’s net-zero goal, and grow the state’s vital forest products industry. Capital investments through the Bond Act and other state sources, and multi-year annual grants to municipalities to plant trees in support of resilient reforestation and urban forests, are key components of this initiative.
The draft eligibility guidelines available for comment enable the public to provide input on the implementation of Bond Act funding for forestry and community health benefits as part of the $400 million directed towards ‘Climate Change Mitigation.’ Once finalized, the criteria will guide funding allocations DEC will use to undertake State-administered forestry projects. Additional eligibility guidelines will be developed to include grant opportunities for locally administered initiatives.
The guidelines support building capacity by repairing and/or updating capacity to produce seedlings and bare-root trees through the upgrade and modernization of seed production facilities such as DEC’s Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery. Investments would also support the development and modernization of greenhouses using renewable energy to provide expanded seed processing and storage capabilities, and create a Forest and Ecosystem Health Lab facility to promote ecosystem health, enhance carbon sequestration, and support scientific research.
To assist with tracking the progress made with these upgrades and other ongoing forestry initiatives, the guidelines support investing Bond Act funding to create a database for tracking forest stand asset creation, tree planting, inventory, assessment, management and monitoring, and data dashboards reporting on acreage and type of land conserved. The database will help meet New York State’s 30 x 30 goal to conserve 30 percent of the state’s land and water by 2030 and mandates for modelling forest carbon sequestration and storage that contribute to achieving New York State’s climate goals. The database would also enhance collaboration among DEC programs, stakeholders, and other partners by providing a platform for sharing information and coordinating landscape-wide reforestation efforts, particularly in disadvantaged communities, on both private and public properties.
The full eligibility guidelines are available in today’s Environmental Notice Bulletin. Public comments on the draft guidelines may be submitted in writing to: Division of Lands and Forests, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12223, or by email to email@example.com. Public comments will be accepted through Friday, March 8, 2024.
In Case of Emergency
In case assistance is needed at an agricultural spill, and it's after office hours (4:30 p.m.) you can call Mark Burger directly at 315-415-5057.
Onondaga County Soil & Water
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