The Cattaraugus County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, along with the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, the Cattaraugus County Farm Bureau, the Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board will host the Fourth Annual Cattaraugus County Farmer-Neighbor Dinner on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the West Valley Fire Hall, 9091 Route 240, West Valley, NY.
The Cornell Small Farms Program announced on February 2, 2015 that they received a 3-year grant, from USDA’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP), to assist Veterans and Advanced Beginning Farmers (3-9 years of farming experience). View more information on these services.
New Western New York local foods site! FreshLocalWNY.org has a local food guide, WNY Harvest Chart and more about local food in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.
Historical data from the National Weather Service indicates that many areas of Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties will have their first frost of the season within the next two weeks. While it’s sad to see the traditional gardening season come to an end, you may be able to extend your gardening season a bit longer with careful attention to the weather forecast and a little extra work to protect tender plants.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners in Cattaraugus County will present a free gardening lecture series called “Wednesdays in the Arboretum”.
Every Wednesday evening, beginning July 9 through August 20, 2014 there will be two lectures at the Nannen Arboretum at 28 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville, NY from 7:00-8:30 PM. There are informational and exciting programs planned for each evening. Master Gardeners and other local experts will be conducting the classes.
At the ribbon cutting of the USDA Headquarters People’s Garden in April 2010 plans were already in place to install a beehive on the roof of the Whitten Building as well as a “bee-cam” so anyone anywhere could learn about bee activity. USDA’s newest ‘buzzing’ residents were welcomed on Earth Day but the bee cam was put on hold. 18 gallons of honey later, that idea has finally come to bee. See what the bees are up to on any given day by viewing the video buzz.
The Census of Agriculture is conducted every 5 years, for the same years as the Economic Census and the Census of Governments. Starting with reference year 1997, the agriculture census has been conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). For 1992 and earlier years, the census was conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau or its predecessors. The Census of Agriculture accounts for all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them.
Various Employment Positions will be available for those working to work as a field hand at Canticle Farm.
Allegany County 4-H has attended District Dairy Bowl for the past several years. This year the our team consisted of the following 4-H members: Megan Jozwiak (14, Hinsdale), Elana Emerson (14, Cuba), Molly Emerson (17, Cuba), Lily McGovern (17, Belmont), Josh Deichmann (18, Belmont), Michael Deichmann (17, Belmont) , Alyssa Santangelo (17, Cuba), Elizabeth Burrows (18, Cuba), Logan Torrey (11, Angelica), Noah Santangelo (13, Cuba), Kyla Jozwiak (10, Hinsdale), Alexis Deichmann (11, Belmont), Zach Deichmann (14, Belmont), Josie (13, Rushford) and Kimmi Litchner (14, Rushford).
The 4-H horse program is off to a good start with our educational contests. On February 15th at the Ellicottville Central School we kicked off our year with public presentations. We set up a special room for the Regional Horse Communications (a contest where youth speak/Present on a horse topic in front of judges. The winners go on to represent our County at the Region contest held this year in Cuba, NY on April 5th.