Celebrating our past and envisioning a sustainable local food system for the future
Recently we received a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant for $33,000 to help build a community/commercial kitchen in the basement of our headquarters in Liberty. The EaT (Entrepreneurial & Teaching) Kitchen will provide a commercial kitchen for new businesses, and training and assistance for those who want to add value to their farm products. This is a small project, but will connect to all the other great work being done throughout the region that will help build this sustainable food system we envision.
In closing, we know we can build a successful and thriving local farming industry, through education and combining resources with partners throughout the region. We must ensure that the products that are grown here result in profits for the farmers and other producers who can return those profits to our local economies. I am pleased to see our farms flourishing again to serve the needs of our New York and Pennsylvania communities by providing them with real, farm-fresh food. Cornell Cooperative Extension stands poised and ready to continue to provide leadership and vision for helping to build a sustainable local food system.
[Greg Sandor is executive director of Cornell University Cooperative Extension Sullivan County.]