The GI Farms Cooperative will host a free seminar on "Your Right to Farm: How to Join an Agricultural District."
The seminar will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Grand Island Memorial Library.
The seminar will discuss the application process and legal benefits of adding a property at no cost to a New York state-certified agriculture district. Ag district enrollment is available to property of any size where any farming activity occurs and includes crops, fruits, vegetables, horticultural specialties, livestock, maple sap, aquaculture and bee products. Ag district enrollment occurs once a year between Sept. 1 and 30. Forty family-owned farms on GI are in an Erie County agriculture district and want others to join them. Coming soon, the co-op will host a seminar on backyard livestock with help from Cornell University.
The GI Farms Cooperative is a nonprofit association of family farm owners dedicated to preserving and protecting the right to farm on Grand Island. The group connects members with resources needed to grow their small farms and better the community, including making GI-grown products available at a new Farm Market Store at 2487 Long Road.
For more information, call 716-773-5648 or visit www.GIFarms.org.