About the Program
New York State Grown & Certified is the first statewide, multi-faceted food certification program designed to strengthen consumer confidence in New York products, address food product labeling, and assist New York farmers so they can take advantage of the growing market demand for foods locally grown and produced to a higher standard.
source: NYS Grown & Certified
Participating in New York State Grown & Certified tells consumers that you adhere to higher standards in terms of food safety and environmental stewardship, making consumers more likely to purchase your products. Meet your customers’ growing demand for foods that are locally grown and produced with higher standards. Whether you are a grocery retailer or a restaurant in New York State, it’s easy to connect with New York State Grown & Certified growers and producers.
HVADC is partnering directly with Hudson Mohawk Resource Conservation & Development Council (HMRCD) to create a one-stop-shop for farmers interested in pursuing certification through the G&C process. HMRCD, whose territory will cover the Capital District REDC (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, and Schenectady counties), will help farmers apply for state funds for capital improvements related to food safety, identify sources of financing and provide access to technical assistance.
For the Mid-Hudson region, the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County for participation in the New York State Grown & Certified Agricultural Producer's Grant program.
If you are interested in the Grown and Certified Program or becoming GAP Certified and would like assistance with the planning process please contact HVADC Program Associate, Jennifer Bock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-432-5360 x303.