The NNY Food Hub is a regional initiative to help local producers expand their production and become more competitive in the marketplace. The hub serves an area that includes Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties.
In 2016, New York State’s agriculture budget funded an effort to launch a food hub initiative across these counties. State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, who is chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, secured the funding.
This Food Hub initiative is off and running, Advisory Committees meet in the Northern, Central, and Southern parts of this region. In 2017, pilot projects began in order to investigate various aspects of developing appropriate business models.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County manages the state grant provided through NYS Agriculture and Markets. An Executive Food Hub Committee oversees the project providing direction and oversight for all activities and decisions related to funding and project implementation. Some activities are being undertaken on a contract basis. For example, this past year certain activities of the food hub were performed by the Development Authority of the North Country and Food Venture Advisors as approved by the Food Hub Executive Committee.
Last updated May 7, 2018