The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring the success of our local farmers and food producers, as well as building connections between our farms and our buyers (restaurateurs, chefs, bed and breakfast owners, and more). The Harvest Schuyler Initiative was born from this commitment, is generously sponsored by Alternatives Federal Credit Union and the Schuyler County Farm Bureau, and is now managed by Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County, Details cited below reflect standard operating procedures in the past, some of which may evolve in 2020 and beyond, but many of which will likely remain intact. Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County with additional questions here.
hARVEST SCHUYLER initiative components
1) Weekly E-Newsletters: during the produce season a weekly newsletter goes out to a select mailing list, featuring classified-style listings of available produce from area farmers as well as items that chefs and bed and breakfast owners are seeking. Schuyler County farms and producers may submit content and chefs/bed and breakfast owners/restauranteurs may submit lists of wanted items for these newsletters free of charge!
2) November Social Event: featuring a menu of small plates and drinks prepared with as many local ingredients as possible. This event is always a sell-out with very limited seating.
3) January Networking Event: Farmer-Buyer Speed Networking. The objective is to make connections between farmers who offer produce, meat, cheese, and more, and those who are looking to source these ingredients locally. Farmers and producers will be seated at tables around the room, with signage indicating what they are looking to source and purchase locally. Restaurants and buyers will then circulate from table to table, discussing what they grow, what they could potentially grow, and more. When the bell rings, attendees will move on to the next table.
more about our sponsorS
Alternatives Federal Credit Union has a culture of leading with our values. We have diverse employees whose perspectives, experiences and knowledge help the Credit Union meet its mission and vision. A casual dress work environment, a living wage, great benefits, participatory decision-making structures, opportunities for advancement, and access to financial education and expertise, all help to create a supportive work environment. Some of us have worked here for over thirty years, some ten or twenty, and some started this year.
Schuyler County Farm Bureau gives farmers and non-farmers alike the opportunity to be part of an organization dedicated to supporting and enriching agriculture. It provides an opportunity for individuals interested in the food system, land issues and rural living to join together and make their voices heard. We are active within the political system on a broad range of issues that concern every New Yorker, from taxation, conservation to local food availability. We believe that a strong, viable agricultural industry is beneficial not only to our economy but also to our local communities and our consumers.