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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

HACCP/Food Safety Plans

April 13 - April 14, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Watertown, NY

This course is designed to provide a hands-on, practical approach to developing food safety plans for your operation. It is ideally suited for plant/corporate management, production, QA/QC, engineering, maintenance, and sanitation personnel.
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Manure Handling and Storage Workshop

April 13, 2017
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Arcade, NY

Local farms and agency representatives with manure handling questions and concerns are invited to join Harvest New York for this in-depth workshop on manure handling and storage. 
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Lamb Processing and Cooking 2.0

April 21, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cobleskill, NY

Use the whole lamb...not just cutting...cooking too!
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Announcements

Alternative Markets for Malting Barley

What will you do if the malting barley you've grown does not meet the specs of your maltster? Plan ahead for an alternative market for rejected barley. This can help minimize economic losses if the crop is rejected based on grain quality 

Harvest NY, together with CCE Erie County, has put together an informative flyer about Malting Barley Alternative Markets. The publication covers market opportunities for rejected barley and potential buyers. Read more...

Upcoming Beef, Lamb, and Pork Processing Workshops

Harvest New York, in collaboration with SUNY Cobleskill, is offering workshops for animal producers on Beef, Lamb and Pork processing to maximize profit! Read more...

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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