For the past 30 years, CADE has been working with entrepreneurs to build a more viable food system.
Photo: Collins Family Farm at SUNY Cobleskill
The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization.
CADE's mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises and related businesses in New York.
CADE works to build a vibrant food system, in which locally owned agricultural businesses thrive and consumers are nourished by healthy sustainably produced food.
CADE is a community of agricultural entrepreneurs and specialists who value
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.
CADE works collaboratively to deliver programming and serve the diverse needs of our farming community:
American Farmland Trust
Appalachian Regional Commission
Chobani Impact Fund
Empire State Development
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
New York Council of Nonprofits
New York Farm Viability Institute
USDA Farmers’ Market and Local Food Promotion Program
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
USDA Education and Workforce Development Program
USDA Rural Business Development
Delaware National Bank
Anne Saxelby from Saxelby Cheesemongers
Christina Hunt Wood
Schoharie Land Trust
The 607 CSA
Star Route Farm