The NNY Food Hub, based out of our office, 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 included $1 million for an effort to launch food hubs across these counties. State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, who is chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, secured the funding. In the fall of 2016, two new Local Foods Specialists, Remy Cline and David Puccia, were hired to spearhead this regional effort.
The Food Hub initiative is off and running with Advisory Meetings held in the Northern, Central, and Southern parts of this region. Pilot projects have begun and two student interns, one each from Cornell and Syracuse Universities, joined us this summer. A VISTA volunteer is also assisting with the project.
Last updated August 10, 2017