From the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau:
(Ithaca, NY) The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that we have awarded 8 microgrants to small farms and businesses in the Ithaca area to fund projects that will expand agriculinary tourism opportunities throughout our county.
The microgrants will achieve the specific goals of the Agriculinary Tourism program to increase the number of farms, markets, and properties considered “visitor ready,” and to increase visitor access or add new visitor experiences.
Projects range from planting U-pick berries bushes to improving facilities for farm stays to building a “honey-tasting” bar, and many other creative ideas. Though many of the funded projects will require investment greater than the $500 allotted amount, the microgrant will serve as a jumping off point for these exciting agritourism enterprises.
Microgrants were awarded to the following small farms and businesses:
*Sapsquatch Maple Products, a community-supported sugarbush just 10 miles west of Ithaca.
*Bright Raven Farm and Apiary, a raw-honey farm located in Trumansburg, NY.
*GreenTree Garden Supply, Ithaca’s own locally-owned garden store producing organic soil and biochar.
*Shelterbelt Farm, a local producer of pasture-raised meats, fruits, and honey.
*Stick and Stone Farm, organic vegetable and flower farm offering popular CSA option with the Full Plate Farm Collective.
*Here We Are Farm, a brand new produce farm in Trumansburg, NY.
*Blue Spoon Farm, a small-scale farm sustainably raising goats, turkeys, ducks, and geese as well as vegetables.
*Nook & Cranny Farm, a highly-diverse produce farm following organic practives.
These grants are provided by the Tompkins County Tourism Program as an extension of the Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Farm to Fork program – a growing initiative aimed towards integrating Tompkins County farms, farmers markets, and other agriculture-focused businesses into the Ithaca and Tompkins County authentic tourism experiences. In this round of applications, the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau decided to award the grants to the more small-scale operations that would normally not have access to similar funding sources from the county tourism programs and elsewhere.
The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau are very excited about these projects and our growing farm-to-table offerings in the Ithaca area. We are confident that these microgrants and the overall agri- and culinary- tourism program will strengthen Ithaca’s agricultural economic development and further establish Tompkins County as the premier destination for visitors looking for agriculinary and sustainability-focused tourism experiences.
For more information on the Microgrant Program, please contact Agriculinary Tourism Coordinator, Kina Viola at email@example.com.
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