Public Invited to Farmer-Neighbor Dinner In Ellington

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ELLINGTON – Local agricultural producers from throughout Chautauqua County will share their passion for farming with neighbors and friends at the fourth annual Farmer Neighbor Dinner,  Tuesday, Aug. 13 at “The Grandview of Ellington,” 1116 W. Hill Rd.

The program will begin at 5:00 pm with appetizers and an opportunity to visit with vendors. A dinner buffet featuring local foods will start at 6; followed by award presentations to recognize local leadership, excellence and innovation in agriculture. The evening will conclude with guest speaker Catharine Young, who will share her new role as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Food & Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech and opportunities for the food and agriculture industry.

The Farmer Neighbor Dinner is also an opportunity to help foster communication between the farming community and the general public.

Dinner for the evening will feature locally grown food products, prepared and served by Robert Cross and his staff of 3-C’s Catering of Kennedy, NY.

This event is a collaboration between Farm Credit East, Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District, Chautauqua County Farm Bureau, Western New York Crop Management Association, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, with support from many local farms and businesses.

Tickets for the Farmer Neighbor Dinner are available for $20 per person by contacting Cassie Pinkoski at the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District, Jamestown (716) 664-2351 Ext 116 or To help sponsor the program with a monetary donation, local food donation, or if an organization or business wishes to exhibit, please contact Lindsay Eckman, at 1-800-929-2144 Ext 2518 or

Chautauqua County is home to over 1,225 farms that produce a diverse offering of grapes, milk, meat, crops, produce, honey, maple syrup, and more. Along with the many agribusinesses and support agencies that serve farm families, agriculture is responsible for an economic impact of over $300 million.

A limited number of tickets will be available.

The Farmer Neighbor Dinner is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua) in line with the County’s 20/20 Comprehensive Plan. CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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