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Owera wins double gold, silver medals at San Francisco Wine Competition

For the second time in two years, Cazenovia’s Owera Vineyards has won two medals at the annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

4-H tractor safety and certification course to be held for youth 14 and 15 years old seeking employment on farms

Did you know that in New York State, farm employees must be 16 years old in order to be hired to operate farm equipment or machinery? Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension will soon be hosting the 2015 4-H Agriculture and Tractor Safety Certification Program available to 14 and 15 year-olds interested in gaining employment on a farm.

Madison Field Crops Meeting scheduled for March 17

The annual Madison County Field Crops Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Empire Tractor, 2893 Route 20 East in Cazenovia.

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Trees for Troops makes a stop at Critz Farm

Eight members of Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 met at Critz Farms in Cazenovia last week to help out with a cause that hits close to them — to provide Christmas trees to America’s military troops and their families during the holiday season.

Second farmer’s market coming to Cazenovia

Cazenovians love their local farmers market so much that they want it available more than once a month. So two local entrepreneurs have created a second farmers market that will host its inaugural market on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the showroom of Cazenovia Cutblock on Route 20 East.

Federal disaster loans available for small businesses

SBA announces loans available for recovery from two weather incidents

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna recently announced Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes in several counties in New York’s 22nd Congressional District as a result of two weather incidents.

Cazenovia receives nearly $10K in farmland protection grant funding

The town of Cazenovia recently was awarded $9,700 by the state agriculture department under a new program designed to help municipalities amend local regulations that affect agricultural land and farm operations. The grant will assist Cazenovia as it works to revise various sections of its zoning law to align recommendations made in the Town of Cazenovia Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan.

Open Enrollment for Madison County Agricultural District is October 2014

October has been designated as Madison County's “open enrollment” period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district.

Series of four educational equine workshops to be held this October in Madison County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County and partners, including the NYS Center for Equine Business Development, are pleased to announce registration is now open for its first ever October Equine Series.

‘National Farm Safety and Health Week’ highlights safe workplace environments

New York Farm Bureau and the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) are recognizing “National Farm Safety and Health Week” which runs Sept. 21 to 27. The theme this year is “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters.” It serves as an important reminder for the nearly 36,000 farms in the state that strive to provide a safe workplace environment for their family members and employees.

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Henneberg Brewing Co. tasting room in New Woodstock approved by town planning board

Grand opening event set for this Saturday

This Saturday, Cazenovia’s first farm brewery and tasting room will open to the public for tastings and tours. Henneberg Brewing Co., owned by John and Maria Henneberg and located on their 97-acre farm in New Woodstock, received its final site plan approval last week from the Cazenovia Town Planning Board after more than one year of work.

Town zoning board rejects Owera appeal, says winery must abide by stated hours of operation

ZBA also rules winery event tent is not a building and therefore cannot run events past approved hours

Owera Vineyards’ three-season event tent is not an indoor building, as the winery owners claim, but an outdoor facility; and all events held at the winery — whether in the tent or not — must abide by the prescribed hours of operation as approved by the town planning board in 2012, hours which are enforceable by the town. This was the decision of the Town Zoning Board of Appeals, issued Monday, Aug. 25, at the ZBA’s regular monthly meeting, in response to an appeal by Owera seeking to overturn a town zoning enforcement officer determination concerning allowable facility events.

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Empire Brewing Co. receives $200K USDA grant for farmstead brewery in Cazenovia

Side Hill Farmers, Kriemhild Dairy Farms also receive funding

Empire Brewing Co.’s farmstead brewery in Cazenovia — slated to open in spring 2015 — last week received a federal boost to its ongoing creation with the award of a $200,000 USDA rural development program grant. The money will be used toward the brewing, marketing and bottling of the company’s new line of craft beer containing ingredients from its Cazenovia farm.

Cazenovia, Nelson business projects recommended for $1.5 million in state funding

Route 20 hotel, Owera Vineyards and Route 20 agri-tourism business all make the cut

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council last Friday recommended three dozen business projects as top priority for $26.6 million in state funding as a way to bolster the region’s economic growth — and three of those projects, worth nearly $1.5 million, are either in or have direct ties to Cazenovia. There are also two major projects just down the road from Cazenovia in Hamilton.

Local spinners and fiber artists to compete in state fair

The Cherry Valley Country Spinners and Fiber Artists of Cazenovia will be competing at the New York State Fair this year in the annual Sheep-to-Shawl contest. On Sunday, Aug. 31, five teams of five members each, all from New York state, will prepare, spin, ply and weave a whole sheep's fleece into a full length shawl in the space of four-and-a-half hours.

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