WNY Food Hub Grower meeting set

EAST AURORA — Eden Valley Growers (EVG), a farmer-owned cooperative and the owner/operator of the Western NY Food Hub, invites you to attend an information session on how they provide technical assistance and support for farmers interested in selling to the Western NY Food Hub.

Eden Valley Growers, along with their project partners Cornell Cooperative Extension and Field & Fork Network, will host the meeting on Jan. 19 at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 21 S. Grove St., East Aurora. The meeting will be in the Dard Hunter Hall.

The Western NY Food Hub sources fruits and vegetables from growers around Buffalo and in the 12 counties of Western New York — Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Monroe, Livingston, Allegany, Wayne and Ontario. Products are sold and distributed predominantly to wholesale buyers in Buffalo, and to buyers across the entire state of New York, as well as the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

The agenda will include:

¯ Information and background on EVG and the development of the food hub;

¯ What EVG can offer/what EVG is looking for, to include specific criteria;

¯ How the project team can help growers that want to sell to the hub through training and technical assistance with regards to GAP certification, post-harvest handing, packing, sorting, etc.

¯ Q&A

Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

For more information and to reserve your spot at this free meeting, RSVP to Dave Walczak by Jan. 17 at 992-9721 or email dnwedenvalley@roadrunner.com.