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 and Food Systems, 4-H Youth Development, Nutrition, and Consumer Horticulture. Currently, educators work throughout the county on projects as diverse as connecting farms to schools in Buffalo and elsewhere in the county, providing technical assistance to an agricultural development project in partnership with Journey's End Refugee Services, coordinating Buffalo's Healthy Corner Store Initiative, and connecting farmers to consumers at the Taste NY Market on Grand Island.
CCE Erie educates farmers about business and production best practices including helping new farmers to map their path to starting a farm. As a Regional Navigator, CCE Erie will support new farmers with resources specific to finding farmland; help a senior generation of farmers understand options for transferring their land; and facilitate the connection between the two with one-on-one assistance, workshops, and trainings. Connecting a new generation of farmers with available land can stem the loss of farmland in this urban-edge county, and continue the growth of a vibrant local farming community.