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May 27, 2014

State funds to help grow local farm markets

Twenty thousand dollars’ worth of seed money has been allotted to grow two local farm-to-market programs, according to a media release from the governor’s office. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $350,000 in funding through the state’s FreshConnect Farmers’ Market program earlier in May to help increase access to fresh, local produce. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County will receive $10,000 through the program to fund the Bullthistle Farmers’ Market, offering farmers and craftspeople in Chenango County and western Otsego County a market for their goods. 

The Corbin Hill Food Project, which connects upstate farmers with customers in New York City, will also receive $10,000. 

The Corbin Hill project’s upstate base is the 95-acre Corbin Hill Road Farm in Schoharie County, near Carlisle. Fruit and vegetables grown on this farm are joined by produce from other participating upstate farmers to be trucked down to New York City. 

Local participating growers include Middlefield Orchards, Signal Hill Farms in Cherry Valley, Solstice Hill Farm in Cobleskill, Barber’s Farm in Middleburgh and The Carrot Barn in Schoharie.

All farms participating in the program have made a commitment to sustainable agriculture, according to the Corbin Hill Food Project’s website. 

The program offers farm shares to low-income families and individuals in Harlem and the Bronx. More information is available at corbinhillfoodproject.com. 

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