Local Produce, Ag Jobs Highlight GCC's Harvest Festival and Farmer's Market

Locally grown fruits and vegetables, including varieties that are cultivated organically, will be featured during a Harvest Festival and Farmer's Market at Genesee Community College on Thursday, October 4, 2012.

Batavia, NY-Locally grown fruits and vegetables, including varieties that are cultivated organically, will be featured during a Harvest Festival and Farmer’s Market at Genesee Community College on Thursday, October 4, 2012. The market in the Forum of the Batavia campus will have produce and other locally-made goods for sale, and is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Vendors who plan to offer their harvest include:

•Lee Farms, Kent – organic beef, tomatoes (subject to change)
•Harper Hill, Darien – goats milk soaps
•Harrington’s, Batavia – vegetables and fruits
•Hill ‘n’ Hollow, Pavilion – fruit vinegars, chutneys and sauces
•Roanoke Apple Farm, Stafford – apples
•GCC CEO Club – apple cider syrup and protein snacks

Children and animal enthusiasts will be delighted by the small animal “meet and greet” featuring bunnies, goats, a calf and a miniature horse, which will be grazing on the east lawn of the campus under the watchful eyes of students from the Veterinary Technology Club.

The market is part of a one-day Harvest Festival geared toward students who are considering careers in agriculture, bioengineering, conservation, environmental science and green technology. The festival will feature a keynote speech from James Kingston of Monroe Tractor, as well as a panel discussion with former NYS Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Nathan Rudgers, who is the current Director of Business Development at FarmCredit of Western NY and nearly a dozen local experts covering a range of issues that deal with agriculture, including large animal concerns, getting products to market, ridding crops of pests and the finances of agri-business.

For more information, contact GCC College Tech Prep Project Director Debbie Dunlevy at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6316, or via email: dkdunlevy@genesee.edu.

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