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 is 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 Food Hub Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from the four county region, is helping to set priorities and direction. In addition, Field Goods, LLC has been retained to assist producers, expand markets, and conduct the day-to-day implementation of the food hub’s activities. Visit Field Good’s website by clicking here (www.field-goods.com).
Last updated May 2, 2019