Press release, file photo.
High school students from the GLOW region (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties) will converge on Genesee Community College (GCC) Oct. 20 for the fifth annual Harvest Festival and Farmers Market. Locally produced products from maple syrup to freshly grown fruits and vegetables will once again be available to purchase from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the William W. Stuart Forum. The Harvest Festival is free and open to the public at the GCC Batavia campus.
Students can also explore the many local career opportunities available in agribusiness in the Conable Technology Building. Agribusiness professionals from the GLOW area begin the day with 20-minute, mini presentations running concurrently from 9 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 12:45 p.m. The presentations focus on food processing, technology and the many career opportunities.
• Gina Lee, from Finger Lakes Community College Wine Technology Program;
• Todd Hofheins, from Maple Moon, Attica;
• Jeremy Liles, from Oliver's Chocolates, Batavia;
• Holly Partridge, from Farm to Table, Genesee Valley Education Partnership, Batavia Campus; and
• Peter Metzler, from Porter Farms CSA, Elba.
Finger Lakes Community College, Cornell University and SUNY (State University of New York) Alfred State will also be on hand to offer guidance for completing a degree in an agribusiness related field.
The GCC Veterinary Technology Club is hosting a small petting zoo on the east lawn of the campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..
All attendees are also invited to participate in a collective campus "Crunch" at 12:45 p.m. in the Forum. Across the state, a number of private and public colleges and universities participate in the "New York Campus Crunch." Together, they will bite into an apple simultaneously to affirm their commitment to food that is healthy for people and the planet. Additionally, it celebrates New York being the second-largest apple-producing state in the United States. A free apple will be provided for those who wish to take part.
"With so much going on, Harvest Fest has something for everyone," said Festival co-coordinator and GCC Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Programs assistant Lindsay Carney. "In addition to local artisan food, drink and products, visitors can learn about careers in agribusiness, which include marketing, social media, accounting and technology. Much more than traditional farming field positions. Of course, at this time of year, we again excited to welcome another great group of vendors who will offer some of the very best local products," Carney said.
Vendors who plan to attend include:
• Harrington's, Batavia – vegetables and fruits;
• Harper Hill Farms, Darien – goat milk soaps;
• Hill 'n' Hollow, Pavilion – chutneys and vinegars;
• Maple Moon Farms, Attica – maple syrup;
• Once Again Nut Butter, Nunda – butters and honey; and
• Mama Bucks, Dansville – brittles.
New to the fest this year will be exhibits by Genesee County Park, BCA Ag Technologies, CY Farms, Provitello, and USDA-NRCS. They will join a host of other local businesses that will have displays, including Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County Soil and Water, Oxbo International, Perry's Ice Cream, and Upstate Niagara Milk Cooperative.