Agriculture and Farmland Protection Public Focus Meeting. - September 2019Grand Island Farms, Inc. is hosting a Agriculture and Farmland Protection Public Focus meeting on Wednesday, September 18th at the Golden Age Center at 6:30 p.m.
The Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan Committee have been working for two years, first on getting a grant and then on developing the plan for protecting agriculture on the Island. They are addressing the protection of viable farmland and green space from development, as well as protecting and growing commercial and hobby farming. The Resource Guide will provide all of the findings of the Committee on the current and recommended future state of farms on Grand Island. They will present it to the community for public feedback on September 18th. Your attendance and feedback are critical for its successful completion and moving to its final step of identifying changes needed in current Town code. If you want less development and more farms, or are interested in having your own poultry or livestock, please plan on attending. Facebook Page.
Grand Island Farmers Market. - July 2019The Grand Island Farmers Market will return, and has moved to Thursdays, starting July 11th. This season they will be located at the Western New York Welcome Center on Alvin Road, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The market will be in operation through mid October. See flyer.
G.I. Farms Inc. Arbor Day Info. - April 2019Join Grand Island Farms Inc. and the Taste NY Grand Island store for another FREE educational seminar focusing on Arbor Day and the do’s and don’ts of tree planting. It will be held at the WNY Welcome Center on Alvin Road from 11:00 a.m. - noon. In the recent years Grand Island's tree population which consists mostly of ash trees have been devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer. We hope providing our neighbors the knowledge needed to plant trees will encourage them to do so. Presentation will be held by Grand Island Farms Inc. member Steve Birtz. Steve has worked on the Committee that was formed addressing the Emerald Ash Borer issue on Grand Island. Limited amount of a variety of trees which will be bare root 3 year transplants will be available on a first come first serve basis to people attending the event. Flyer.
Intro to Composting - March 2019From Garbage to Garden, Intro to Composting will be held at the WNY Welcome Center on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Grand Island Farmers Market.
Spring Farmer's Market - April 2018A Spring Farmers Market hosted by Grand Island Farms, Inc. will be held at Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road on Sunday, April 8th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Indoor Farmer's Market - February 2018
Kadi Barnes of Lunar Wild Organics sells plant based skin care and herbal products.
An indoor farmers market, sponsored by Grand Island Farms, Inc., was held on Sunday, February 4th at the Knights of Columbus hall. There was a wide variety of home made products from pickles to Valentines day goodies, and "tea bag wallets", for those who want a cup of tea on the go. Homemade chili and other items were available to satisfy anyone's taste buds.
Nick Bauman raises chickens, has bee hives & plans to raise goats soon.
Tim & Sue Hanlon make maple syrup.
John Pedlow of Pedlow Farms has brown, white and green eggs and also builds wooden picnic tables.
Mary Stewart photos.
G.I. Farms Inc. Farmer's Market - January 2018Grand Island Farms Inc. is hosting an indoor Farmers Market at the Knight's of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road on Sunday, February 4th at 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. There will be food, crafts, and all of your usual farmers market products - eggs, honey, maple syrup, herbs and herbal products, teas and accessories, baked goods and more!
Seed Starting Basics - January 2018G.I.Farms Inc. is hosting a seminar on "Seed Starting Basics" in the Community Room at the Grand Island Library, Thursday, January 25th, 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Ready to jump in and start growing your own flowers and vegetables? Finding it hard to know exactly where to start or how to do it? Starting seeds indoors in the winter is an inexpensive way to grow your own flowers and vegetables. Steve Birtz, one of Grand Island Farms, Inc members and growers will be hosting a class to show you just how easy it is! Join us at the Grand Island Library to watch a demonstration and ask questions. Hope to see you there!
This is the first in an educational series that will be hosted by Grand Island Farms, Inc at the Library monthly. Additional classes will be announced in February. If you have anything you would like to learn from your local farmers - please message us through our Facebook site - gifarms.
Christmas at the Farm - November 2017
Mary Stewart photos from the November 25th date.Grand Island Farms, Inc, 2487 Long Road, is hosting a holiday shopping event which includes local small businesses and farms products on Saturday, November 25th and Saturday, December 16th from 11am-2pm. Get some unique and tasty gifts while enjoying freshly prepared food and beverages, in an old barn converted into a Christmas store! Pick out your Christmas tree and warm up by the fire afterwards. See flyer.
Farmer Fest - April 2017
A Farmer Fest was held at E & H Enterprises Greenhouse at 555 Ransom Road on Saturday, May 6th. A combination of plants and homemade items were available at the event. Beautiful plants from the greenhouse included hanging plants and plants ready to put in the garden. Other items available were natural honey, herbal products, maple syrup, herbs and baked goods from the farm vendors. Smoked chicken legs, sausage and home made chili was on the menu to satisfy everyone's appetite.
Kelly Roulley and Amanda Thompson of Thompson Farms.
Sheila Daminski of Island Dreams Farm.
Kadi Barnes of Ferry Village Herbals
Mary Stewart photos.
Farmer Fest - April 2017
Grand Island Farmers Market is hosting a Farmer Fest on Saturday, May 6th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 555 Ransom Road. Vendors will have many different items including: flower baskets, plants, local meat, eggs, honey, syrup & jellies, teas and baked goods. There will be lunch items available for purchase and live music. See flyer.