Extension hosting Farm-To-Table info session in Canton
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 2:35 pm

Will Trithart, owner of Big Spoon Kitchen, who is the produce processor for the Farm-to-School pilot program, readies squash for a local school. Photo from Jennifer McCluskey of McCluskey Photography in Canton.

CANTON -- Last fall, public school children in the region consumed over 2,500 pounds of vegetables and fruits grown right here in St. Lawrence County, said a press release from Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County.

The Extension will host an informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Extension Learning Farm to learn more about the ways that CCE is supporting local food systems.

The meeting will update producers and other interested parties on the initiatives occurring throughout 2019 for both the Farm-to-School and Farm-to-Table programs.

These initiatives are wide-ranging with no cost to producers, said CCE.

“Cooperative Extension is committed to brainstorming improved solutions for our regions ag producers. Of these two initiatives, the first will open the doors for additional school markets and the second aims to elevate the profile and knowledge of the diverse, high-quality goodies that are produced in our county,” says Maria “Flip” Filippi, Local Foods Program Leader.

The session will be led by Cooperative Extension Local Foods Team, Ms. Filippi and Makenzie Farmer.

The info session will also feature owner of Big Spoon Kitchen, Will Trithart; Executive Director of GardenShare, Becky Allen; Director of Food Service for SLL BOCES, Artie Frego; and Associate Director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Mike Besaw.

There will be a brief presentation by each organization with ample time for questions.

Though designed for producers, any local food stakeholder is welcome to attend.

Pre-registration is encouraged, not required.

For additional information call Flip at 315-379-9192 ext. 229 or email her at [email protected].

You can also visit the website for information at stlawrence.cce.cornell.edu.