Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County is among 20 organizations across New York that will serve as regional navigators helping link prospective new farmers with retiring farmers who want to keep land in agriculture.
Farmland for a New Generation New York was launched in October and funded in the fiscal 2018-19 state budget. Its online resource center, www.nyfarmlandfinder.org, lists available farms across the state. The goal, according to the AFT, is to help new and existing farmers, including many traditionally underserved populations such as immigrants, refugees, people of color and indigenous people, to find farmland in New York.
The program is coordinated by the American Farmland Trust with New York state, Cornell Cooperative Extension, land trusts and agricultural organizations. The website currently lists over 120 farm properties available in New York and 200 farmers looking for land. AFT connects each website user to the nearest regional navigator who can provide local knowledge and on-the-ground support. Regional navigators share local expertise, holding one-on-one sessions or workshops to help prospective farmers find land and help owners find someone to keep farming on their land.
No farms are currently listed in Oneida and Madison County, with the nearest available in Herkimer and Chenango counties.