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We are a farmer-led nonprofit group that awards grant funds for applied research, outreach education, and economic development projects that help farms across New York become more profitable and sustainable
Project profiles
Berry Growers Learn About Fixed Spray Systems for High Tunnels
The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is an invasive Asian fruit fly. It represents a serious challenge for fruit growers in the Northeast. Fall raspberries grown in high tunnels are particularly vulnerable to SWD, requiring multiple insecticide applications. Traditional methods of application are not fully effective, as well as expensive and difficult to execute. A recent NYFVI project, led by Cornell Professor Gregory Loeb of Cornell and tested at Stonewall Hill Farm owned by Dale-Ila Riggs, found that a fixed sprayer system worked well in tu ... Read more

NYFVI and NYSFI Collaborate to Provide Social Media Training
Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are of increasing importance in business marketing, but many farmers lack familiarity with these new opportunities. As both agricultural enterprises and, often, direct retail marketing outlets, it is especially important that greenhouses engage in effective marketing. Recognizing this, Karen Hall, Director of the New York State Flower Industries, applied for and received a small grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute to present workshops designed to, as Karen says, "help our m ... Read more