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Town of Grand Island: Agriculture resource guide in the works

Sat, Feb 23rd 2019 07:00 am

The town government will receive citizen input and hold an open dialogue on agricultural and farming activities in the town at a public information meeting scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Grand Island High School.

The Town of Grand Island is in the process of preparing “A Resource Guide for the Protection and Promotion of Agriculture and Farming.”

The project, which is funded through a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, is meant to develop a plan that will further the recommendations of the town’s newly adopted comprehensive plan; build a consensus among the town’s farmers, agricultural business representatives, residents and town officials; provide a framework to preserve the town’s agricultural heritage and existing farming activities in the community; and to promote and enhance opportunities for new or expanded agricultural activity of any size or scale on Grand Island.

Saying that an essential part of the effort is public participation, planners are inviting residents and other interested parties to attend the informational meeting, which will include a brief presentation about the project, followed by interactive participation at breakout sessions to gather public input on farming on Grand Island and farming-related issues and opportunities that may exist in the town.

The town’s Agriculture and Farmland Planning Committee is encouraging residents to attend to the meeting to learn about this project, discuss their thoughts on the extent of agriculture in the community, and identify the needs and concerns of farmers and residents alike to help the town prepare an effective plan for the future of agriculture and farming on Grand Island.

For further information on this meeting or the project, contact Wendy Salvati, WWS Planning, at 716-870-2724 ([email protected]), or Sheila Daminski, chairperson of the Farmland and Agriculture Planning Committee, at 716-514-6544 ([email protected]).

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