Sharing Farm Experiences with New Yorkers Showcases Achievements, Successes and Challenges of Multi-Generational Agribusinesses
A group of New York growers, farmers and agribusiness leaders today unveiled www.GrowNYFarms.com. The statewide group is building awareness of the impact agribusinesses have on New York State, including:
- Local suppliers and the diverse infrastructure that support their seasonal and year-round operations;
- Various crops and products provided to families as a result of these farms; and
- Progress that’s been made over the past 20 years to improve benefits, compensation, and accommodations provided to New York’s agricultural workforce.
“The state’s farmers and their employees are all working toward the same goal – to provide the very best products to New Yorkers as well as consumers across the country and world,” said Brian Reeves, President of the New York State Vegetable Growers Association. “Locally-sourced crops, vegetables, dairy and other products find their way to our neighbors’ kitchens thanks to the competitive wages, benefits and accommodations provided to our employees – our extended family. These multi-generational businesses have come a long way over the last 30 years, constantly working to improve the way we manage and retain employees while complying with a host of government regulations and customer requests.”
The website features a series of videos that allow visitors to:
- Visit a dairy farm in Washington County that milks 1,100 cows three times a day,
- Learn why yellow onions thrive in the Black Dirt region of Orange County, and
- Consider the science behind the creation of 65 apple varieties in Saratoga County.
More videos will be unveiled over the course of the coming weeks on both the website and Grow NY Farms’YouTube Channel.
Grow NY Farms announced the launch of their Twitter account @GrowNYFarms in March, which is aimed at sharing the experiences of New York farmers and their employees. New York State is home to more than 35,000 farms on 7.2 million acres of land that support nearly 160,000 jobs.
In the coming weeks, agricultural issues will be moving to the forefront of discussions at the Capitol, and across the state with regional roundtables and legislative hearings scheduled for this month and next.
Maureen Torrey, a twelfth generation farmer located in Elba (Genesee County), said “My family has been farming in New York State since 1803. We take great pride in our work, and are proud of all of our employee family. We invite state legislators to visit our farms, and ask that they get to know the long-term, hard-working people we employ. They have many options for agricultural employment, but they share our passion for farming and it is a key ingredient in our success.”