A note from the Cornell Small Farms Program:
If you want an insider's glimpse at production techniques on well-managed small farms, check out the videos posted on the Cornell Small Farms Program's YouTube channel
. These concise, high-quality videos showcase everything from seeding to weeding on family-run vegetable and berry farms, all aspects of pastured livestock production, cheese-making, marketing, and more.
If you think these videos are a great resource, please consider supporting the videographer's effort to produce more free clips! Until Dec. 27, 2013, he's running a crowdfunding campaign called "Small Farm Videos: Learn How Successful Small Farms Produce Good Food."
. This campaign will fund editing time to make 15-20 new clips from the hours of uncut footage he has, including installation of a new orchard and demonstration of all aspects of tree fruit management, farming with draft animals, and building and growing in a hoophouse.
Even if you can't contribute, please share the campaign
with your networks to generate support!
Nearly a million people have watched the existing videos, and the featured farmers have received thousands of comments from people who found the clips helpful in a very practical way: new farmers have developed the confidence to start their farms or tackle a specific farm task while experienced farmers have gotten new ideas to improve their operations. A typical comment received is: "I want to thank you for all the generous and detailed information you have shared with the public. It has helped us two city-gone-country people."
Perfect for alternative Christmas gifts, check out the cool perks available to contributors, including hard copy "sneak previews", Associate Producer credits on all the videos, free beginning farmer online courses, and more! Gift yourself or the new farmer in your life with extraordinary new farm videos this year!
The campaign ends in Dec. 27, 2013, so please support it by contributing money or spreading the word through your social networks now!