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Local Foods

Local FoodsThe trend in local food consumption has been steadily increasing over the past decade. There has been a significant amount of growth in both direct-to-consumer marketing outlets, such as farmers' markets and community supported agriculture, as well as wholesale procurement. Harvest NY Specialists foster this continued growth through innovative programming and targeted business development consultations. With education and outreach on market readiness, good agricultural practices (GAPs) and operation develop, Harvest NY provides support to farmers to understand and implement changes to mitigate the barriers that often stymie the ability of small farms from participating in larger and more diversified markets.






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Buffalo Farm-to-School Program Seeks NYS Grown Produce

Cheryl Thayer, Local Food Distribution & Marketing Specialist

Last Modified: July 11, 2016
Buffalo Farm-to-School Program Seeks NYS Grown Produce

Request for Information for NYS Grown Farm Products
Buffalo Public Schools is seeking input from New York State farmers interested in supplying some of the district's fresh produce needs for the 2016-17 school year, as part of their farm to school initiative. Responses to the attached request for information are due August 15th, 2016.

Buffalo Farm-to-School Project

Cheryl Thayer, Local Food Distribution & Marketing Specialist

Last Modified: July 7, 2016
Buffalo Farm-to-School Project

As part of the Harvest New York Buffalo Farm-to-School (F2S) initiative, 50 or so fourth and fifth grade students from Hillery Park Elementary School visited Burley Berries and East Hill Farms in Warsaw, New York to learn about where their food comes from.

Double Up Food Bucks Western NY Report, 2014-2015

Cheryl Thayer, Local Food Distribution & Marketing Specialist

Last Modified: April 4, 2016
Double Up Food Bucks Western NY Report, 2014-2015

Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) uses existing infrastructure -- farmers markets and EBT - the mechanism SNAP recipients use to receive their benefits -- to improve access to and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income individuals and families and grow the local food economy by supporting purchases from local farmers.

In our 2014 pilot season DUFB was administered at 7 area farmers markets, spanning 3 counties. In 2015, the DUFB program expanded to 15 farmers markets, including a mobile market, spanning five counties.


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Upcoming Events

Field to Pint Craft Brewery Tour (Eastern NY)

June 29, 2017
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Hudson Falls, NY

You asked for more New York craft brewery networking opportunities and Harvest NY listened! We're excited to launch our inaugural New York Field to Pint Craft Brewery Tours, which will follow the life-cycle of a pint of locally brewed beer. Visit fields of malting barley right before harvest, witness craft malt houses in action, see hop bines reaching for the sky, and savor the local flavors brewed by our friendly farm breweries. Come prepared to learn about each integral member of the New York craft brewery supply chain, as well as network with new friends. Bus tour will visit Argyle Craft Malt and Hops, Dry Town Hops, and R.S. Taylor and Sons Brewery.
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Food Safety Modernization Act Seminar

July 14, 2017
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
East Aurora, NY

Harvest New York is offering a 4 hour Preventive Controls for Human Food Overview course. This 4 hour seminar is not a substitute for the material presented during the 2.5 day course, but it serves as an overview of the requirements and can be used to gain awareness of the regulation requirements; as food safety team member training; or as a refresher to enhance understanding. Small- to medium-sized businesses are specifically encouraged to attend.
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FSMA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training

August 1 - August 3, 2017

During this 2.5 day Preventive Controls for Human Food - Qualified Individual course participants will learn principles of food safety; how to develop a written hazard analysis; when and how to develop the appropriate preventive controls; fundamentals of good manufacturing practices; monitoring, corrective action, verification and validation; and how to develop a recall plan. Successful completion of this course will result in the participant being given a certificate and qualify them as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual.
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Industrial Hemp: From Seed to Market

New York is one of many states that has adopted an Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, as permitted by the 2014 Farm Bill. In an effort to provide an understanding of the industrial hemp market, as it stands today, Harvest NY compiled information from both primary and secondary sources of information. The contents within our whitepaper, which focus on the crop from seed to market, is heavily summarized, with links included to more in-depth reference data. The NYS Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program is being administered by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. Reference to their guidance document can be found HERE.

Western NY Food Hub looking for produce farmers!

Eden Valley Growers (EVG) is opening their doors to new produce growers interested in selling through wholesale market channels! Dubbed the Western NY Food Hub, this business diversification will provide qualified growers with immediate access to wholesale markets. Based in Erie County, EVG is a vegetable growing farm cooperative that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Recognizing the increasing demand for locally grown food and the considerable assets the cooperative has, both in terms of infrastructure, sales and marketing, they are eager to provide Western NY farmers with a viable market for their produce. Click HERE to see more information.

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