Farm Registration Information

    Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Broome, Chenango, Cortland, and Tioga counties are excited to be partnering on the 4-County Farm Trail this year. This year’s trail weekend is Saturday October 1st & Sunday October 2nd, 2022. This event has been a success in the past and participating farms have really been able to educate the public about their farms and local agricultural all while bringing awareness to their own farm/stand. Through this event we are encouraging families to visit as many farms as possible during the weekend, with farms providing activities at each destination and the sale of farm products (typically families visit 3 farms a weekend). We hope that you will participate in this year’s event, the more farms we can have the better and more successful of an event this will be.  Below is more specific information if you would like to participate in this event.

    Participation Eligibility

    • Any active farm enterprise in Broome, Chenango, Tioga and Cortland Counties able to meet participation requirements are eligible to participate in the 4-County Farm Trail:
      • Food crops: large and small fruits – berries, apples, grapes; all varieties of vegetables and herbs; chickens, ducks, geese, eggs; dairy products – milk, cheese, and yogurt; livestock – beef, pork, venison, lamb, goat, rabbit, fish; hops and barley for craft brewing; honey and maple products.
      • Field / fiber crops: Plants, livestock for feed, fiber, or hides; hemp, alpaca, sheep, goat, rabbit, or cattle.
      • Farm-related business processors: cideries, wineries, breweries, beekeepers, farm stands, agritourism operations, food/feed processors, equine boarding / training, and value-added producers.
      • Note: Farmers’ markets play a key role encouraging shoppers to visit participating farms on the 4-County Farm Trail. As such we list farmers markets in the Farm Guide

    Guidelines & Procedures:

    • All farm visits are free; no farm may charge an admission fee. If farms would like to charge for a guided tour, tastings etc, they may do so. A knowledgeable host or two to greet guests and answer questions about the farm must be available from 10a.m.to 4p.m. A minimum of two people is highly recommended! Over the year’s relatives, friends, and neighbors have proven to be very good volunteers.
    • Participating farms may provide sample tastings of their farm products as they would at farmers markets following recommended food safety guidelines. Visitors, especially with children, enjoy an animal interaction, visual or tangible, such as a farm tour or petting zoos. Other farm-related activities with educational value may be about your farm, farm methods, business practices, the environment, your community, etc. Your farm listing in the brochure and your website should reflect your plans for the day. Farms across the four counties encompass a lot of territory, and visitors will rely on this information to plan their tour, the number of farm visits averaging around three per day.
    • 4-County Farm Trail Event Materials: Includes pre-printed brochures to be handed out and mailed to many residents of the 4 counties, farm trail lawn signs, social media posts and boost

    Event Assistance

    With four counties in the picture, there is a considerable amount of territory to cover. We encourage participating farms to help place brochures in key locations to libraries, daycare centers, nursery schools, senior centers, and especially farmers’ markets, locations not normally on a commercial distribution list. Please let your farm liaison know how you can help.

    Participation Guidelines

    • All registration materials must be received by Monday, July 11, 2022.
    • Registration must include:
      • Completed and signed registration form either in print or online;
      • A check for $50,payable to ‘CCE Broome County' or via credit card;
      • Certificate of Insurance: All farm participants must provide proof of general liability insurance covering their respective operations for a minimum of $1,000,000 for participation in the farm trail. Most farms carry appropriate coverage, especially those that frequent farmers’ markets, and may need only an insurance rider for farm trail. If you are not familiar with obtaining insurance coverage, contact your insurance agent for further assistance;
      • Memorandum of Understanding
      • Mail to:

      Brian Aukema
      c/o Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County
      840 Upper Front St
      Binghamton, NY 13905

    Outreach

    • Brochures to distribute and have to hand out in schools and other locations throughout the year
    • Our staff will be working with TV stations and paper
    • Facebook page with over 3000 likes at this time
    • CCE-Broome, Chenango, Cortland, and Tioga websites and social media
    • Individual farm websites participating
    • Press releases. This will be through both electronic and print
      • This year we will also be promoting a new hashtag for people to share pictures #farmtrail

    • CCE 4-County Farm Trail 2021 Coordinators

Contact

Brian Aukema
Agriculture Team Lead
bja14@cornell.edu
(607) 584-9967

Last updated May 24, 2022