-         Where to buy Local Products in the Town

-         Town of Ithaca Agricultural Facts

-         Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan (adopted 2011)

-         Agricultural Land Preservation Program (adopted 1999)

-         Agriculture Committee

-         Agriculture Maps

-         Agricultural Zoning 

-         Farming Links



Announcements / Upcoming Events

East Hill Farmers Market

Wednesday evenings from 4pm to 7pm

on Pine Tree Road next to the Rite Aid store

For more information, visit www.ithacamarket.com or

www.facebook.com/ithacamarket

 Support local farmers, artisans, bakers, food entrepreneurs, all from within a 30 mile or less radius of Ithaca. 

 The East Hill Farmers Market is an official satellite of the main Ithaca Farmers Market, so if you shop there you will recognize some of the vendors, but you will also find new vendors who are not able to get space at the busy/full Saturday and Sunday markets so they exclusively sell at this location.  Lots of variety available every week. 

 Though the growing season has been slow, there are plants for sale (both flowers and vegetable transplants), there are greens and some remaining root crops, plus meats – poultry, maybe beef, and eggs, and there is a great variety of yummy baked goods, and take away food for dinner if you don’t want to cook. Lovely crafts are also available.  Stop by and check it out. 








Prior to World War II, agriculture was a major economic sector and the predominant land use in the Town of Ithaca.  Despite the formidable barriers to farming presented by terrain, soils, and the climate, the Town produced and exported significant amounts of wheat and other agricultural products beginning around 1800.  Throughout the 19th Century, potatoes, hay, tobacco, grain, fruit, and dairy and meat products were sent to market from numerous Town farms.  Although agriculture in the Town has declined since the end of World War II, it is still the predominant land use in several portions of the Town. 

 

Farmland, and the farmers who work the land, contribute to the well-being of all Town residents.  In addition to the direct contribution to the local economy through production and employment, local farmers also make significant indirect contributions to the local economy through the purchase of equipment and supplies and through their relatively low demands on the costly public infrastructure.  The rural character of the Town – enjoyed by Town residents and essential to the local tourist industry – is provided largely by local farmers and the State Parks.  Perhaps most importantly, farmers in the Town of Ithaca have established a tradition of stewardship of the land and its resources. 

 

Agriculture in the Town of Ithaca reflects agriculture in the region.  Even though the number of farms is relatively small (approximately 24 farms), agriculture in the Town is surprisingly diverse.  Enterprises include dairies, vineyards and wineries, direct-marketed produce (via area farmers markets, U-pick tree fruit and vegetable crops, farm markets, or roadside stands), field crops, forest crops, landscaping and nursery stock, Christmas trees, greenhouses, horses, beef, chickens, fiber products, hydroponic produce, orchards, CSA’s, and even a “corn maze sound garden”.

 

 

   

 

For more information, please contact Michael Smith,Environmental Planner at:

607-273-1747







Subpages (1): Agriculture Committee