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STW to Host Western NY Food Hub Meeting Jan. 20

Potential Local Farmers to Learn About New Sales Opportunities

Farmers and growers from the greater Southern Tier West region, including Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties and the Seneca Nation of Indians, are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 20 in Salamanca to learn about new sales opportunities through the newly-established Western NY Food Hub.

The Western NY Food Hub is operated by Eden Valley Growers and will source vegetables and fruit from farmers in the 12 counties of WNY. The food hub will provide an opportunity for  smaller growers to participate in an expanded market economy. Eden Valley Growers is committed to strengthening the economy for the region’s farmers and is pleased to be able to work with farms of all sizes with the Western NY Food Hub. The meeting will present topics to include history of the food hub, organizational structure and distribution network of Eden Valley Growers, criteria required to sell to the food hub, farmer payment policies, and free trainings to help growers meet criteria and increase their capacities. There will be adequate time for questions and answers with the project personnel as well as networking and strategizing next steps.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Center for Regional Excellence, 4039 Route 219, Room #100 (BOCES).

The meeting is hosted by Eden Valley Growers, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Field & Fork Network, and the site host is Southern Tier West and Fresh Local WNY. Sandwiches and beverages will be provided. RSVPs are appreciated so that organizers can plan to accommodate everyone.

Please RSVP for the meeting to Kimberly LaMendola at klamendola@southerntierwest.org or call (716) 945-5301  ext. 2211. For more information about the Western NY Food Hub, please contact Dave Walczak at Eden Valley Growers, dnwedenvalley@roadrunner.com or Cheryl Thayer of Cornell Cooperative Extension at cbt32@cornell.edu .

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