What is the Summit About?
The Summit is a VERY interactive meeting for farmers, educators, farm agency and anyone else concerned or invested in a vibrant and thriving small farm sector in New York. At a previous meeting in 2006, participants identified the most promising opportunities and critical barriers affecting small farmers. In response, the Cornell Small Farms Program launched 5 Statewide Work Teams/Initiatives in the areas of: Local Market Access; Livestock Processing Issues; Expanded Use of Grasslands; Farm Energy Issues and Beginning Farmer Support. These work teams conducted extensive research and hosted workshops, produced handbooks, and organized meetings with policy makers to prepare specific recommendations necessary to advance progress in these areas.
Why Should I Attend?
Your opinions and creative thinking are needed to help us shape future efforts supporting NY Small Farms. At the upcoming NY Small Farm Summit, you, along with other farmers, agency representatives and farming advocates will prioritize what needs to happen in the next two years to enhance the viability of NY small farms. These priorities will have both local and statewide impacts on research, extension and policy efforts. The Cornell Small Farms Program will provide funding to support selected activities and help other groups secure funding to execute the plan.
Your feedback “from the field” is very important in determining how investments are made in the immediate future. Come out and help shape your future.
The Summit is free to attend and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, contact your regional host site.
Eastern NY (Albany County): Tom Gallagher firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-765-3500
Northern NY (St Lawrence County): Bernadette Logozar email@example.com 518-483-7403
Western NY (Erie County): Lynn Bliven: firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-268-7644
Central NY (Ithaca): Violet Stone email@example.com or 607-255-9227