WNY Collaborative Farming: A Workshop

Date(s) - Saturday, Mar 05, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


WNY Collaborative Farming: A Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Participants can attend via Zoom or in person at the Aurora Senior Citizens Center, 101 King Street, East Aurora.

Buffalo Go Green (BGG) and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) are hosting this workshop to explore the potential of collaborative farming in Western New York.

Farmers of all ages, aspiring farmers, and all people interested in supporting a local, resilient, equitable, and ecologically sound food system are invited to participate in this workshop. Participants may come for all or part of the workshop.

There is no cost to participate. Registration is required.

Farm operators Greg and Elisabeth Putney of Rise’N’Swine Farm and Michael and Stephanie Parkot of Always Something Farm will discuss their production models. These two families have entered a collaboration that will strengthen each farm’s bottom line. Andrew Delmonte of Cooperation Buffalo will give an overview of worker-owned cooperatives. Ian McSweeny of Agrarian Trust will explain Agrarian Commons, a community-based approach to land ownership and stewardship.

After the presentations, attendees are invited to stay for a light lunch and a more in-depth conversation about how these replicable models could be implemented in Western New York to continue building a farming and food system that boosts community, equity, prosperity, and quality of life. Whether expanding on existing efforts, or creating new ventures, attendees can expect a conversation about how collaborative and inclusive approaches can help farm families improve their ability to make a decent living while contributing to a healthy and vibrant food system for Western New York.

Register online or contact Jolie Hibit (716) 652-5400 ext 176 / jah663@cornell.edu. For persons with disabilities requiring accommodations, please contact Jolie five days prior to the event.