Cornell Cooperative Extension Essex County

The mission of Cooperative Extension Essex 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 works closely with growers, farmland owners, community members, and land trusts to ensure families receive support in transitioning farmland. CCE Essex, which leads the farmland protection board for the county, supports the board in conducting meetings designed to facilitate conversation and project planning with the larger community. CCE Essex is leading the creation of an updated Farmland Protection Plan for the county. Finally, staff 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. 

Regions Served

North Country, Essex County

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Are you thinking about starting a small farm? Do you already have a farm that you're looking to expand? Invest in your professional development and you'll see the returns in your business. The Cornell Small Farms Program offers a suite of more than 30 online courses, primarily taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. 

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Farm Beginnings is a foundations course developed for experienced farmers, gardeners, and farm workers who want to build their own farm businesses focused on food, herbs, or flowers in the Northeast. The course is focused on providing business training for land-based farm operations and is primarily focused on serving BIPOC, immigrants, and historically underrepresented communities in farm business ownership. Applications close on Sunday, October 29th! 

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