MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. The Stone Barns Center located in Pocantico Hills received a substantial federal grant this week to help train more than 1,000 farmers from across New York State.
United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D New York) announced Tuesday that the center will receive $735,130 awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"This is a great investment for Westchester County farms and New York's entire farming industry," Senator Gillibrand said in a statement released by The Stone Barns Center. "New York is home to the hardest working farm families and the finest locally-grown produce. When we support New York's farms, we can help these businesses thrive, create more jobs, and connect more families and businesses with fresh, healthy produce."
The Growing Farmer's Initiative is a program by The Stone Barns Center that will allow farmers to learn about management, sustainability, and other essential farming skills at the center. The government hopes the farmers will then be able to build their own farming and trading network and essentially boost the regional and state economy as a result.
"There is a strong and vibrant corps of young people in New York who are dedicating themselves to a career in farming," said Jill Isenbarger, executive director of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, in a press release. "Stone Barns is committed to equipping this new generation of farmers with the technical skills and support they need to produce healthy food and steward the land that provides it."
The money will be allocated through the Center's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development programs and will train farmers over a three-year period.
The center, located in Pocantico Hills, features 80 acres of farmland and offers classes and programs to both experienced and beginner farmers.
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