Right-to-Farm Seminar on Thursday August 18 @ 6 PM

The GI Farms Cooperative will host a free seminar on “Your Right to Farm: How to Join an Agricultural District.”

The seminar will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Grand Island Memorial Library.

The seminar will discuss the application process and legal benefits of adding a property at no cost to a New York state-certified agricultural district. Ag district enrollment is available to property of any size where any farming activity occurs and includes crops, fruits, vegetables, horticultural specialties, livestock, maple sap, aquaculture and bee products. Ag district enrollment occurs once a year between Sept. 1 and 30. Forty family-owned farms on GI are in an Erie County agricultural district and want others to join them.

The NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets has many resources about Agricultural Districts available on their web site HERE along with a helpful FAQ brochure.

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