The mission of Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Essex) is to enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. Extension staff and volunteers deliver education programs, conduct applied research, and encourage community collaborations. Extension educators connect people with the information they need on topics such as commercial and consumer agriculture; nutrition and health; youth and families; finances; energy efficiency; economic and community development; and sustainable natural resources. CCE Essex's ability to match university resources with community needs helps them play a vital role in the lives of individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout Essex County.
As a Regional Navigator for Farmland for a New Generation, CCE Essex will work closely with growers, community members and land trusts to ensure landowners receive support in transitioning farmland. Staff will lead a GIS mapping project to identify all farmland in the county, indicating if the land is actively farmed or may benefit from transition, among other factors, to help link new farmers to available land. CCE Essex, which leads the farmland protection board for the county, will support the board to conduct meetings designed to facilitate conversation and project planning with the larger community. Finally, staff will conduct farm visits to ensure the strong relationships necessary to create trust and share resources for farmland transition are built with as many landowners as possible.