Activity Summary - 2019
Center for Farm & Food Entrepreneurship
- In partnership with NYSERDA and National Grid, hosted the second annual Agricultural Solutions Fair on March 14, 2019
- Over 120 farm business participated, along with 24 public and private agencies that
provide grant, loan and technical assistance services to farms
- Completing third year of operations for the Mohawk Valley Farm & Food Business Incubator; in that time,
- Nearly 60 workshops for incubator clients and the farm/food business community
- Over 300 workshop attendees
- Actively working with 30+ incubates on business plan development, marketing assistance,
networking, access to credit, buyer relationships and access to production/processing
- SUNY Cobleskill’s dairy processing center will open this summer and will be used in
part as a shared processing space for incubator clients
- The campus’s newest retail facility—the Carriage House Café & General Store—is now
serving as a hub for market and product development research for Farm & Food Business
- Summer, 2019: SUNY Cobleskill faculty and students will work with area farm and food
producers and regional institutional food buyers to develop an online tool to facilitate
high-volume food purchases.
- Coming 2020: SUNY Cobleskill will launch a one-year online certificate program in
Farm & Food Entrepreneurship
- Collaboration with researchers at SUNY Albany on several research grant proposals
aimed at better understanding opportunities and challenges for regional farm and food
- Schoharie Fresh farmers’ market continues to operate year-round, hosting 31 Schoharie County farm and food producers
- Fellowship: Dr. Sophie Ano will be working through May, 2019 to coordinate market research/retail
pilot efforts through the campus’s ag/food retail facility; market research services
will be offered to Farm & Food Business Incubator clients and conducted by SUNY Cobleskill
- Fellowship: Dr. Ben Weikert has developed Open Educational Resources related to livestock selection/judging
and production for K-12, collegiate and Incubator business audiences
- Fellowship: Professor Steven Weir will work closely with area farm and food producers to develop
relationships on their behalf with GrowNYC and the New York City Green Market system.
This program will create opportunities for SUNY Cobleskill students to participate
in farmer training programs on behalf of GrowNYC and to take on novel urban agriculture
Center for Community Advancement
- Summer, 2019: Grant-writing student interns to assist local municipalities/businesses applying for state and other grant opportunities.
In 2018, SUNY Cobleskill grant writing interns were instrumental in bringing over
$5 million in NY State CFA awards to Schoharie County.
- In partnership with the Bassett Healthcare Network, SUNY Cobleskill students and faculty
are coordinating Schoharie County’s Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program, providing
access to nutritious foods for area families.
- Provided facilitators/space and planning assistance for the 2018 Schoharie County Tourism Summit and will help to coordinate post-summit grant writing and planning efforts.
- Institute coordination of Schoharie County’s “Respect for All” campaign as part of
a larger county marketing/branding strategy initiative.
- Fellowship: Dr. Mary Guerrant and students in the Applied Psychology program are collaborating with community partners
to assess and build effective strategies for substance abuse prevention in Schoharie
- Fellowship: Dr. Gail Wentworth and students in the Applied Psychology, Early Childhood Education and Animal Science
programs are offering inter-generational day programming opportunities (“Generations
Together”) on campus for area residents in partnership with a variety of external
partners including the Center for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Research at Albany Med,
NY Home Health and many others. A recent article about the success of this program
can be found here: www.timesjournalonline.com/article.asp?id=104345
- Fellowship: Ms. Emma Paden has developed and implemented mobile equine-assisted therapy programming for the
benefit of SUNY Cobleskill students and the larger community; the College’s horses,
students and programming are “on the road” to area schools, nursing homes, hospitals
and other agencies/organizations.
- Match-making between SUNY Cobleskill academic programs and community service needs
Center for Business Development
- Pursuing START UP NY partnership with Empire State Greenhouses (ESG), which promises to create 75 direct jobs in Schoharie County
- Managing START UP NY partnerships with Asset Exchange Infrastructure (AXI Systems),
Digital Gameday and Serious Brewing
Center for Rural Legal & Policy Services
- Albany Law presence at SUNY Cobleskill monthly (with free consultation appointments)
- Rural law fellow working to develop educational materials covering common legal issues faced by rural and farm businesses
- Fellowship: Albany Law faculty have completed a significant analysis of legal service deficits/needs
in Northeastern rural communities and of attorney perceptions of practicing law in
rural settings; findings will be used to develop programming to better educate local
government officials about policy and legal processes and to create a pipeline for
agricultural and other students at SUNY Cobleskill into law school.
Center for Art & Culture
Art exhibit, “RuralVitality, A Story Told Through Trees,” opened the month of December
2018 at the Fenimore Museum in Cooperstown. The exhibit brought different perspectives
of rural life together in the use of poetry, metal smithing, ceramics, glass, painting,
- Developing a relationship with Aunt Karen’s Farm, a non-profit organization in Otsego
County that provides artist residency programming in an agricultural/rural setting
- Partnership to include collaborative “art-i-culture” programming and agricultural
immersion opportunities for SUNY Cobleskill and K-12 students and other audiences
- Institute-sponsored “Respect for All” initiative in Schoharie County
- Co-sponsored “Stereotyping” programming with Iroquois Museum in November, 2018
- Funding for on-campus artist residency program and regular “arts and culture” travel opportunities for SUNY Cobleskill students
- Fellowship: Professor Kayla Vaughn is revitalizing and restoring the College’s art collection
and has created a database of College-owned works. Her efforts have laid the groundwork
for SUNY Cobleskill to more meaningfully impact the regional art and culture ecosystem
and for the campus’s Grosvenor Gallery to better serve community art interests.