Farm Open House for military veterans

Event for veterans who are either aspiring to be or are currently farming

The afternoon will be filled with learning about managing a small strawberry and grazing farm. (Courtesy Photo)

WARSAW, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension will host a Farm Open House at Burley Berries for Military Veterans who are curious about, aspiring to be or are currently farming. Active and Retired Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend to learn about the opportunities available for military veteran farmers. The June 25 event will be held at Burley Berries 6335 Route 20A East in Warsaw, NY 14569 from 2-5pm. The afternoon will be filled with learning about managing a small strawberry and grazing farm.  Hands-on activities will be incorporated throughout the day during the field walks for both children and adults.  Following the field walks families will be able to participate in an on farm scavenger hunt.

Agenda will include:

  • 2:00pm-2:45pm: Growing Strawberries for Beginners (equipment, financials, varieties, other)Megan Burley, Owner Burley Berries
    • Hands-On Activity:
      • Pick strawberries to take home
      • Strawberry Plant Journal Activity
  • 2:50pm-3:30pm: Pasture Walk, Lynn Bliven, CCE Allegany
    • Hands-On Activity
      • Butter Making
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm: Family Scavenger Hunt
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm: Dinner

There is no fee for Veterans or their family members if they preregister for the event.  Pre-registration by June 23rd is required to guarantee a meal. Fee for walk-ins will be $5/person. For more information or to pre-register contact Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 ext. 18 or email lao3@cornell.edu.

The Open Farm Day is co-hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Allegany, Erie and Wyoming Counties and supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22882.

—Cornell Cooperative Extension Allegany County

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