Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties announces the staff addition of Shannon Kirch as the Otsego County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan Implementation Specialist. Shannon is the market manager of the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market and will continue in her role there. Cornell Cooperative Extension and Otsego 2000 believe the two positions are complementary.
The new Otsego County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan was adopted in September 2017, by the Otsego Board of Representatives to maintain, grow, and explore new agricultural opportunities and to help strengthen existing and new farming operations. In 2018 Shannon plans to focus on three main initiatives: secure agricultural funding for the plan through state and private grant opportunities, build capacity for one-stop agricultural services in the County through website resources, and finally, help farmers better market their products by aggregating and networking with local communities.
If you are a farmer, potential partner, or would simply like learn more about the plan, you can contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 607-547-2536 ext. 227.