Local Economies

Our local economies rely on locally owned small businesses. ANCA is uniquely positioned to provide direct support for these small-scale local businesses, which also create jobs and diversity of income for local communities, and increased wages. These benefits, combined with those provided by large businesses, drive the region to greater self-reliance.

ANCA's Local Farm Grant provides seed or refinancing capital to improve farm viability by addressing gaps in the local food supply chain, increasing opportunity for value-added processing or securing business development services.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some critical stress points in our local food system. To bolster local food security and ensure the resilience and sustainability of our local farms, ANCA has announced a its 2020 Local Food Security Grant program.
ADIRONDACK BUYER DAYS CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THREAT The 34th annual Adirondack Buyer Days, scheduled for March 31-April 1 at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, has been cancelled in the interest of protecting event participants and their families, slowing the spread of the virus and allowing would-be attendees adequate time to retain their travel expenses. ANCA...
The Drive for 25 Farm to School Grant works with schools, communities and farmers to build healthy Farm to School programs with strong local food procurement in cafeterias. The program enables school districts in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to purchase New York State grown and minimally processed food items to serve in K-12 public school meals. During the past...
July 21, 2019 from 10am-5pm at Adirondack Experience (formerly Adirondack Museum) in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. Included with museum admission. A day-long arts and crafts celebration inspired by the Adirondack region. Learn more about this event
Working with stakeholders in the Keeseville area, ANCA applied for and received a federal planning assistance award for 2016 called Local Foods, Local Places that is building the momentum around local food by connecting this movement with the broader community and revitalization efforts. The project worked with a wide variety of Keeseville residents, businesses and organizations to ­integrate existing revitalization...
ANCA works directly with farmers, food entrepreneurs, and not for profit organizations to access funding; develop and integrate infrastructure; and help grow opportunities in the local economy. Projects have included food hub development, supply chain coordination, business startup support, and grant writing assistance. Recently, the USDA awarded ANCA a $95,000 grant to help establish The Hub on the Hill food...
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