The Town of Grand Island is in the process of preparing A Resource Guide for the Protection and Promotion of Agriculture and Farming. This project is being funded through a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The purpose of this project is 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.
An essential part of this effort is public participation. Therefore, the Town is inviting residents and other interested parties to attend a Public Information Meeting for the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. This meeting is being held at the Grand Island Senior High School from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The meeting 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 intent of this meeting is to allow participants to provide comments and hold an open dialogue on agricultural and farming activities in the Town. Are residents aware of the farming activity that exists? Do they support it? Are there other farming enthusiasts in the community who would like to be involved? The Town’s Agriculture and Farmland Planning committee is strongly encouraging residents to attend this 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. Without input and support from the community, this plan cannot be a success.
For further information on this meeting or the project, contact Wendy Salvati, WWS Planning, (716) 870-2724 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sheila Daminski, chairperson of the Farmland and Agriculture Planning Committee at (716) 514-6544 (email@example.com).