The Cornell Cooperative Extension educational system enables people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County (CCE Cattaraugus) has an extensive 4-H program with more than 400 youth participating and many adult volunteers supporting them in a wide range of educational and leadership programs. CCE Cattaraugus' nutrition programs, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, and Eat Smart New York assist people with their everyday meal planning and budgeting for their nutritional needs. Future programs in agriculture are being developed and already include the Cornell Vegetable Program and the Lake Erie Grape Producers Program.
As a Regional Navigator for Farmland for a New Generation New York, CCE Cattaraugus will collaborate with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County to bring additional capacity to assist new farmers in seeking land and farmland owners with starting farm succession planning. They will support new and beginning farmers on how to improve farm profitability through forums, workshops, and individual sessions. These workshops will address topics such as small farm financials, business planning for beginning farmers, social media marketing, and transition opportunities for rural landowners.