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About Us

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

  • Sustainability

  • Collaboration

  • Inclusion

  • Transparency

  • Innovation



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:


Funding Partners

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

O’Connor Foundation

Scriven Foundation

SUNY Cobleskill 

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 

Amazon Smile

Phoebe Schreiner

Lisa Goss

Pat Sprott

John Rivett

Christina Hunt Wood



Fiscal Sponsors

Workforce Development

Schoharie Land Trust

The 607 CSA

Star Route Farm




Fiscal Year 2020-2021


Fiscal Year 2019-2020

Fiscal Year 2018-2019