Local Economies

Buying locally made products keeps dollars circulating in the region and creates new jobs.

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 increase wages. These benefits, combined with those provided by large businesses, drive the region to greater self-reliance.

Click on the pages below to learn more about our work to create thriving local economies.

 

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...
April 23-24, 2018, Saratoga Springs City Center: ANCA’s juried wholesale gift shows feature the region's best handmade and locally sourced goods and specialty foods. The Adirondack Buyer Days shows are great opportunities for retailers to buy directly from artisans, meet the producers and learn the stories of their unique wares.
The fourth annual Made in the Adirondacks Fair is scheduled for Saturday, July 22 from 10am-5pm at Adirondack Experience (formerly Adirondack Museum) in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. This fair, free with museum admission, hosts artisan vendors from all over the Adirondacks. Shop from over 50 talented vendors featuring products such as paintings, furniture, specialty foods, sculptures, clothing, stained glass, and...
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...
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 2017-18 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. Best practices...
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