Agriculture in Onondaga County
- Getting Started In Food Production
- Farm Resource Center
- Food and Agriculture Marketing
- Agricultural Land Uses and Issues
Even though Onondaga County is classified as a metropolitan county, approximately 35% of the land or 150,000 acres is owned or rented by farm operators. The 2007 Census of Agriculture reported that there were 692 farms managed by 1,109 farm operators. In 2007, farm sales totaled over $135 million. Milk sales and sales of cattle and calves accounted for 89% of gross farm sales. Onondaga County ranks in the top 4% of all counties with dairy cows nationwide. Within NYS, Onondaga County ranks first in acres of strawberries, fourth in poultry and eggs, seventh in wheat for grain, ninth in corn for grain, and tenth in grain production and fruits and berries.
Cornell Cooperative Extension supports consumer’s desires to purchase local foods through the Turnpike Market Trail. For a list and location of local farm markets click here.
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Looking for crop, processor, or hauling information? Want to be more sustainable and expand your growing season? Look here for educational resources and contact information that can get your farm started or help it succeed.
Local Producers and consumers can find a directory of resources, including a list of local businesses supporting local foods, funding programs for the farm and community development, and partnership/ marketing opportunities for farmers, businesses, and consumers.
- Get home compost bins and rain barrels for cut rate prices!
- Cover Crop mini-tutorial – Integrating Cover Crops into the Home Vegetable Garden
- Dairy Robotics, Grazeway and Windmill Farm Tour
- Farmer in Your Backyard
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County presents: 4-H Paper Clover Sale and Youth Public Presentations