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About Ag at CCE

CCE-Onondaga is unique among local organizations in offering a continuum of education and resources that enable it to address food systems issues holistically. By working at a food-system level, we can more effectively respond to cross-cutting needs such as agriculture and food safety, food access and community infrastructure. We offer resources for farmers and consumers that span the food system as we connect, collaborate, and facilitate a robust food system for all.

For Farmers

Information sessions, resources, and workshops on farm production, farm management, and marketing, are offered to help increase the number of farms and the profits farms experience. CCE Agriculture educators are just a call or email away to support farmers' business planning, employee skill development, farmland protection, and technical production goals.  We translate the latest research information from Cornell to real-world practical solutions that facilitate sustainable production practices in dairy and field crops, livestock, vegetables, and fruits.  New or beginning farmers will find information on everything from the business of starting a farm and/or finding suitable land for agricultural endeavors to soil analysis and climate change. We facilitate opportunities for year-round food sales through season extension and added-value products. CCE also works to develop new marketing connections between local farms and wholesale or institutional buyers. From starting an agrotourism site to scaling up farm operations, CCE can help farms develop their goals into realities. 

For Consumers
Strong farmer-consumer connections result in a strong local food system in which consumers identify and appreciate the value of local products.  Foods that are produced and consumed locally, have fewer "food miles" thus reducing the local carbon footprint and strengthening the local economy by keeping dollars circulating in Onondaga County. Through special events, farm tours, publications, and classroom outreach, CCE-Onondaga connects you and your family with the farmers who grow your food.

Last updated February 8, 2024