From our surveying conducted so far, we know that scaling up (production and otherwise), e-commerce, agritourism, and the state of dairy are pressing issues for our region's farmers.
CADE is launching its Emerging Markets Training Program, or EMTP which allows CADE to continue providing market research and networking opportunities for farmers in the Central NY region. We are excited to launch a multifaceted program that allows us to work across the supply chain with strategic and renowned partners such as Lenox Hill and The Teaching Kitchen®, The Common Market, Upstate NY Growers and Packers, Headwater Food Hub, Central New York Institutions such as Hartwick College and Masonic Care Community, and the crucial members on the ground, growing our food - farmers like you.
By working together and collaboratively across the food supply chain, our goal is to identify and secure emerging markets through our training program, EMTP, while providing ripe materials and services to support our growing agricultural community for their market needs.
Amidst a global pandemic and continued disrupted food supply chains, and FDA related food-recalls, our community will collaboratively build a strong supply chain unlocking new partnerships with new markets for our farmers, and accessibility for consumers from small town farmers markets to institutions. CADE, with partners, will host a variety of webinars and learning topics that will be free and open to the public to learn.
CADE IS RECRUITING
20 FARMERS & 15 INSTITUTIONS
TO BE EMTP PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
Participation registration is rolling, and we encourage any farmer interested in learning more about the Farm to Institution movement, desire to launch or expand their farm into wholesale readiness, and receive technical assistance on emerging markets from CADE to apply. Those with the desire to enhance market opportunities with a certification are encouraged to apply, as stipend funding is available to assist with certification costs.
The program is primarily self-guided with direct support from CADE staff, opportunities for collaborative learning with peers and mentors, and should be expected to be completed in 12 months. CADE recognizes the seasonality of farm businesses and food service kitchens, and expects that during your peak season, demands of program participants will be lighter touch.
The Teaching Kitchen ® at Lenox Hill
The Teaching Kitchen at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is our ground-breaking program that helps nonprofit organizations with government-funded institutional food services (senior centers, early childhood centers, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, home-delivered meals and more) to serve more fresh, healthy and local food – without raising costs. The Teaching Kitchen builds upon Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s experience serving 400,000 meals annually to low-income New Yorkers through our model farm-to-institution program.
Partner Food Hubs
We are a nonprofit regional food distributor on a mission to connect communities to good food grown by sustainable family farmers. Gain access to a network of local farms and to some of the best foods our regions have to offer!
Since 2008, The Common Market has distributed local foods from over 300 sustainable family farms and producers to 1,800+ schools, hospitals, eldercare facilities, workplaces and community organizations. In that time, we estimate over 58 million meals have been served that include these fresh, healthy foods.
The Common Market serves customers in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Texas, and soon Chicago regions and is ready to partner with your organization. Interested in sourcing local? Ready to join us in support of vibrant regional food systems?
As a Certified B-Corp Headwater Food Hub believes in the power of business to create positive change. Their Food Hub model works in partnership with farmers, processors, and customers of all types to think, plan, and act together collaboratively. The business model seeks to build a collective success and a path towards a more socially, economically, and environmentally just food system.
Upstate Growers and Packers is a farmer-owned statewide marketing cooperative selling all grades of produce from all sizes of farms to all types of wholesale & retail buyers. Growers grow everything from apples to zucchini. The line of items also includes several value-added products that we continue to develop.