Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE Tompkins) is part of the statewide Extension system involved in developing and delivering educational programs, including work with farmers and researchers to identify needs and seek solutions. The CCE Tompkins agriculture program addresses the following priority areas: Agriculture Economic Development and Markets; Farmland Protection; Future Farmers; Agricultural Environmental Issues; Local Foods; and Community Agriculture Awareness.
As a Regional Navigator, CCE Tompkins staff will collaborate through the existing Finger Lakes Land Link program, including direct outreach to landowners to increase property listings and exploring ways to more closely align or integrate with the Farmland for a New Generation New York website to ensure that future farmers have full access to the information and land listings on both websites. CCE Tompkins will continue to provide guidance to both landowners and farmers in search of land through these web platforms and by providing direct consultation as requested. In addition, they will play a more proactive role in suggesting potential matches. Finger Lakes Land Link was conceived to serve the 14 Finger Lakes counties. To this end, CCE Tompkins will work with extension educators and others in the region to make them aware of the web resources as well as host farmer-landowner workshops. Additionally, they will make site users aware of other workshops in the region that can help them successfully transition farmland and grow new farmers.