Buying Local: Your purchasing dollars do the local economy a lot of good and are a smart choice environmentally.
Dollars spent on food products grown local, bounce around in the local economy more so than those spent on purchases transported thousands of miles. Discerning chefs can find produce that was still in the field only hours before taken to the kitchen.
Local Agriculture Helps the Economy of Niagara County and New York
211 Niagara County farms reported a total of 1865 workers and a $16.1 million payroll in 2007. Jobs ranging from fruit packing to veterinary services multiply your purchasing dollars well beyond the $103 million for value of agricultural products from the county.
Farmland: A Finite Quantity
Every time a building lot is placed on farmland and every time land is taken by eminent domain, our land resource is reduced. Greater than 800 farms crop about 100,000 acres of land. Yet, Niagara County has lost 1800 acres of farmland per year in recent years. Much of it has been replaced by activating idle acreage but it is obvious that this won’t go on. Ask about farmland protection planning and what you can do to protect farmland.
For More Information
Stop by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Niagara County, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, NY 14094 Agriculture Information is presented here as a part of the programming offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Niagara County. Call: 716-433-8839 x221 Office Hours: 8:30 – 4:30 pm, M-F
This site was created and maintained by funding from an Agri-tourism Grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Niagara County, 4487 Lake Ave, Lockport, NY 14094. For questions about this site or agriculture in general call 716-433-8839.