For the past 25 years, CADE has been working with entrepreneurs to build a more viable food system.

 

The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization.

OUR MISSION

CADE's mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises and related businesses in New York.

OUR VISION

CADE works to build a vibrant food system, in which locally owned agricultural businesses thrive and consumers are nourished by healthy sustainably produced food.

OUR CULTURE

CADE is a community of agricultural entrepreneurs and specialists who value

  • Sustainability
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusion
  • Transparency
  • Innovation

OUR APPROACH

CADE works to increase the “Triple Bottom Line” of agricultural development by:

  • Increasing profit margins of farm business through efficient production systems, effective marketing and distribution programs and sound business principles;
  • Promoting sound environmental production practices such as low input, organic, grass-based livestock production, watershed runoff protection, and improved distribution of the lower “food-miles” thus reducing energy consumption; and
  • Engendering positive social outcomes such as job creation, generational farm transition, positive connections between farmers and consumers, health benefits of local foods, and locally circulating dollars.

OUR PARTNERS

CADE works collaboratively to deliver programming and serve the diverse needs of our farming community: