Cultivating a Thriving Food Network with Headwater Food Hub, Ontario, NY

July 10, 2018

Ontario, NY – Join NOFA-NY and the Headwater Food Hub as we explore how to build and strengthen local food economies. Learn about the relationships, networks, and opportunities that support a sustainable, regional food system in upstate New York. Food hubs do more than just selling produce; they work with producers on multiple levels to build a culture for success.

Headwater Food Hub and NOFA-NY will host several farmers in their areas of expertise through a series of PechaKucha talks, a Japanese presentation style with short, concise, fast-paced slides. Speakers include Denis Lepel from Lakestone Family Farm, Eric Houppert from Deep Root Farm, Ed Fraser of Frasers Garlic Farm, Shannon Prozeller of Cornell Food Venture Center and Daniel Eggert from Harris Seeds Organic.


 “We are excited to present a forum for producers to train each other. Developing strong networks and making connections is the key component to rebuilding a strong local food system.  As food safety regulations become mandatory, small and midsize farms need to be prepared. We want you to know what to expect and what you can do to get your farm ready” said Paul Loomis, NOFA-NY Organic Markets and Beginning Farmer Coordinator.

What does the future look for food safety with small and mid-sized farms? We will discuss when, where, and how to wash and pack your produce with Shannon Prozeller, Extension Support Specialist. The day will end with group discussions, networking opportunities, and amazing food and drinks from local producers. Don’t miss this opportunity to understand and expand our regional food netowrk.

Cultivating a Thriving Food Network will be held Sunday July 22nd from 3:30-7:00 at Headwater Food Hub, 6318 Ontario Center Road, Ontario, NY 14519. Cost: $25

Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Pre-registration and complete details available online: or by calling the NOFA-NY office, (585) 271-1979.