Main Street Farms Opening a Second Farm In Cortland


Contact Person: Allan Gandelman



Main Street Farms Looking For Community Support of their Expansion into Cortland

Homer, NY June 24, 2013 

Main Street Farms began in 2010 around a simple idea. That communities small and large could find ways to feed themselves by growing food on "Main Street" and by teaching people how to grow their own, cook their own, and support their community in doing it.

Their first farm, located in Homer, NY is one of the most forward thinking farms in the region and has grown quickly since it's launch. They grow lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, and other veggies in greenhouses, using aquaponics tanks that raise fish, and use the water to fertilizer their crops. 

Their new farm in Cortland takes a more traditional approach to farming and puts the plants in the ground. But by no means is this your average farm. This farm isn't located in a bucolic valley surrounded by rolling hills. It's a farm located right in the heart of the City of Cortland. In a neighborhood that garners more news about methamphetamine production than food production, they will be opening Cortland's first sustainable urban farm. 

"We think growing food is as much about nourishing our community as it is about nourishing our bodies. We want to help improve Cortland, literally from the ground up." says Allan Gandelman, Main Street Farms founder and CEO. 

At the planned one and a half acre farm, Main Street Farms will have an on-site farm stand, a low-income community supported agriculture program, a teaching kitchen, and educational programming. 

So far MSF has gathered the support of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Seven Valley Health Coalition, Sustainable Cortland, Cortland County Community Action Program (CAPCO) and several local schools. Much of the expense of starting the farm will come from Main Street Farms own funds, as well as grants, but the amount is a little bit short of their total need. 

In order to raise the difference, they are turning to the very community they are looking to support, by raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter, and other crowdfunding sites allow entrepreneurs, artists, and anyone with an idea, get funding through small contributions from family, friends, and strangers. Contributors are rewarded with "perks", similar to the PBS telethon. For Main Street Farms' campaign, contributors are rewarded with fresh veggies, fish, music downloads, private locally sourced dinner, and more. 

In 2012, projects around the globe raised nearly $5 billion in this manner. Main Street Farms goal is a more modest $10,000. The money raised will be used to pay for an electrician and a plumber to hook up electrical and water lines, drip irrigation for the whole farm, hand tools, wheelbarrows, seeders, fertilizer, and more.

To learn more about Main Street Farms and their new farm coming to Cortland, check out 

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Main Street Farms is an urban aquaponics farm, organic plant nursery, and education center in Homer NY, devoted to sustainable agriculture and local food security. They are a 2013 winner of the Slow Food CNY Snail of Approval award for providing safe, clean, and fair food.