Agriculture has been an integral part of the Western New York landscape over the past 200 years. With the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, the productive farmlands of Western New York were then only a few days travel from New York City. The increased demand for land fueled more scientific farming methods and new inventions. The industrial farming revolution eventually would bring the economies of scale full circle beginning with the internal combustion engine and ending with the introduction of chemical pesticides which would make the farming industry one of the world’s worst polluters.
Much like our ancestors, food and agriculture continues to play an essential role in our daily lives impacting our health, culture, economy and environment. The Growing Working Groups works to strengthen and support this role by securing vacant urban land for farming and community gardening, while educating the broader community on gardening, farming and food in general.
Hungry to learn more? Get involved!
- Come to an upcoming meeting to discuss this group’s role in the WNYEA Action Agenda
- Read the previous meeting recaps and meeting minutes
- Sign up for the listserv to join in the discussion and get meeting reminders and alerts
REFERENCES & FURTHER READING:
- Agriculture, Farms & Farming in Western New York – ALLWNY.com
- American Farmland Trust Action Network
- Buffalo in Bloom
- Community Action Organization of Erie County
- Cornell Small Farms Program’s Guide to Urban Farming in New York State Farmland Information Center
- Farmland Protection Toolbox
- Field & Fork Network
- Gardening Resources – Cornell University
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