BUFFALO, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) has set its sights on a new official home, an Educational Facility, to expand program offerings for the Erie County community.
The Educational Facility will continue agricultural pursuits on the farm property previously owned by Dave Winters, located next door to the recently relocated Providence Farm Collective in Orchard Park. Plans for the site include an educational building, agriculture research trials, on-site teaching gardens, and youth learning facilities.
Jack McGowan, CCE Erie Board President shared his enthusiasm for the project “Board members, staff, and volunteers have been defining requirements and searching for a suitable site for a few years. We are excited to have accomplished the first step in owning the land, which moves us toward our vision of a home for CCE Erie where we can offer hands-on learning in an interactive setting to all members of our community.”
CCE Erie offices are presently located on the East Aurora Roycroft Campus in the Print Shop building. CCE Erie owned the Print Shop from 1952 to 2015 when the building was sold to the Roycroft Campus Corporation. “In the 1950s, many long-time Erie County farm families donated funds toward the purchase of the Print Shop. The CCE Erie Board of Directors seeks to honor the vision of those donors by building a new educational campus with room to grow experiential learning,” Diane Held, CCE Erie Executive Director commented.
Now that the land has been acquired, CCE Erie is working with an architecture firm to develop detailed project plans and to obtain the necessary approvals and permits from the Town of Orchard Park. CCE Erie will also launch a capital campaign to raise the funds needed to complete construction.
The Open House will take place on Saturday, October 30th, 2021, 10 AM – 12 PM at the property located on Burton Road, south of Powers Road, in Orchard Park. Draft schematics of the Educational Building will be available for viewing, and attendees are invited to walk the land and talk with Board members and staff.
RSVPs for this event are encouraged by October 29, 2021 to Jolie Hibit, email@example.com, or (716) 652-5400, ext. 176
About Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) uses local experience and research-supported solutions to build stronger communities. CCE Erie provides educational programs to county residents in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Food Systems, 4-H Youth Development, Nutrition, and Consumer Horticulture.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County