The North Star Food Hub is a regional initiative to help local producers expand their production and become more competitive in the marketplace. In 2015, Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension educators in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence Counties, performed an analysis of opportunities for food hub development in Northern New York. Their report helped spark this project.
In 2016, New York State’s agriculture budget funded an effort to launch a food hub initiative across Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Oswego counties. State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, who was chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, secured the funding.
This Food Hub initiative is off and running! View North Star Food Hub website. This community initiative is administered by CCE of Jefferson County, but shares this effort through a number of partnerships. A newly formed non-profit organization, North Star Food Hub, Inc., is now assisting with the formation of a for-profit organization to market agricultural products in the North Country and to help producers become financially sustainable.
Black River Valley Natural, Inc, is conducting the day-to-day implementation of the food hub’s activities. Visit their website at https://www.blackrivervalleynatural.com/.
Last updated March 30, 2020