ROME, NY – Members of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County were at Collins Creamery in Rome on Monday to celebrate the launch of the agricultural marketing cooperative with the Queens Chamber of Commerce.
The new partnership will connect products from the Mohawk Valley with buyers in upstate New York.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, closures, event cancellations, transportation issues, and food shortages or surpluses have put pressure on many local farms. This initiative will help local farms operate more efficiently and at lower cost.
Deputy Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, and Deputy Catalina Cruz, D-39, supported this collaboration, which took time and perseverance to establish.
“I think it’s so important to understand that when you have a great idea and come up with that proposal, if we don’t get it right first, we try, try again, and that’s what Cornell Cooperative Extension did” , Buttenschon said. “They see the importance of taking our great farmers to this beautiful Mohawk Valley and connecting them with people in town.”
The partnership is expected to strengthen the agricultural economy of the Mohawk Valley and New York City.