Local

Groton food hub connects small farmers with distributors

Groton food hub connects small farmers with distributors

A new fresh food hub is coming to the Village of Groton.

The 18,000 square foot facility on Route 222 will connect family farmers with distributors. Products from regional farms will be processed and packaged at the facility by employees of Challenge Workforce Solutions for convenient pick-up by distributors.

Gary Watrous, chairman of the Village of Groton Industrial Development Agency, says the Finger Lakes Fresh Hood Hub will generate economic income for small farmers and jobs for the Groton community.

“This will be one of the largest employers in our community,” Watrous said. “If this is successful, you could easily see that they might have 60 employees up here within two or three years.”

Rick Wilson, owner of Benton Barry Farms, says the distribution hub will help he and other small farmers get a much-needed boost.

“This is going to provide a chance for smaller farmers to aggregate their products and not be dependent on small stands,” Wilson said.

The food hub is expected to complete construction in October.

More Local Headlines

in Local

Pair in string of Ithaca burglaries reach plea deals

Fresh
Phoenix Lovett

Both were taken to jail and are not eligible for bail.

in Local

Astorino begins last leg of campaign with $1M

Astorino

Republican Rob Astorino has raised another $711,000 for his challenge against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and is entering the final weeks of the campaign

in Local

Lansing Schools, ICSD named as tops in region

Local_News41-620x400

Two local school districts were ranked in the top ten out of the 54 school districts in a 6 county region.

in Local

Cornell names ILS Dean as interim Provost

CORNELL LOGO

Cornell University President David Skorton has named an interim Provost

in Local

McDermott, Libertarian candidate for governor, to make stop in Ithaca

McDermott

During interview on Morning Newswatch Friday, McDermott discussed Common Core, Start Up New York program