The Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program helps individuals and businesses improve productivity and sustainability through resource management, adoption of new technologies and practices, improved marketing strategies, and business management skills. CCE shares research-based information to support the production of a stable, safe, and affordable food supply in economically and environmentally sustainable ways.
Current urban programming includes:
- NYS DEC funded Environmental Justice–Green Gems grant project: working with urban partners to encourage healthy urban gardening practices through collection and testing of paired soil and edible portions of garden plants.
- Communi-Tree Stewards: collaborating with the Buffalo City Arborist, Wendel Companies, and Re-Tree to train a class of 13 people who will then perform supervised field work to help maintain trees in their neighborhoods.
- Buffalo Farm to School: spearheading Farm to School work to increase the purchase and consumption of local farm produce. This work is in collaboration with the Buffalo Public School District, Massachusetts Avenue Project, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and Grassroots Gardens of WNY.
- Journey’s End Refugee Services Urban Farm: providing technical assistance and training to refugees managing this farm.
- ROOT – Refugee Onsite Occupational Training: training refugees, in cooperation with Journey’s End Refugee Services, who are interested in working on local farms, and connecting them with farmers in need of a workforce.
- Beginning Farmer Discussion Group: hosting multiple trainings on a variety of topics – business plans, soil health, securing funding, marketing. Beginning farmers from urban farms are participating.