EAST AURORA, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) is hosting two online workshops for anyone looking for a place to start an urban farm or market garden in the City of Buffalo.
The workshops will be on Saturday, May 16 and Saturday, May 23 from 10:00 am – 10:45 am. Each session will include a presentation and time for questions. A description of each workshop follows:
Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Selecting Property for Farming: Choose Wisely
Selecting a suitable property is critical to the success of an urban farm. Size, soils, site history, infrastructure, neighborhood, and zoning are all factors that need to be considered. Caitlin Vore with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Program will talk about these factors.
Saturday, May 23, 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Buffalo City Auction: Advice for Buyers
Finding affordable land is a major challenge for new farmers. The estimated value of a farm in Erie County surged from just over $400,000 in 2012 to nearly $700,000 in 2017 (2017 Census of Agriculture: New York). Property values in the City of Buffalo have been on the rise too, but there are still bargains to be had at the City of Buffalo auction. The ins and outs of the auction will be discussed by Amhad Nieves of the Buffalo Information Sharing Collaborative.
For more information: Contact Kathleen McCormick, CCE Erie Agriculture Educator email@example.com.
This workshop is part of CCE Erie’s work as a Regional Navigator in American Farmland Trust’s Farmland for a New Generation program (FNG-NY). The focal point of the FNG-NY program is the New York Farmland Finder, a website that helps link farmers seeking land and landowners who want to keep their land in farming. Website users can post a farmer or farm profile, search for farmers or farmland, learn about upcoming events and browse resources.
About Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie): CCE Erie helps residents and communities put knowledge to work to solve real-life problems with research based solutions in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Nutrition, and Consumer Horticulture.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities; and provides equal program and employment opportunities.
— Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County
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