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Erie County announces new initiative to support local farmers, producers

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 15:43:45-04

ERIE COUNTY (WKBW) — The Erie County Office of Agriculture announced the launch of a new initiative to support local farmers and producers Tuesday.

The Erie Grown Passport was launched in partnership with several organizations and is designed to promote the purchase of local and regional farm products.

Erie Grown was launched in April 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 and to help support the need to buy local produce and to increase direct-to-consumer sales. The Erie Grown Passport further helps support that mission with the possibility of winning a prize for supporting local.

“It’s now more important than ever to support our agricultural sector and one of the most effective ways to do that is to purchase local farm products. Buying local fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, honey and flowers not only supports our farmers, farm workers, and their families but also strengthens our economy,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this Erie Grown Passport to guide you to familiar farms and farm-related businesses and also help you plan to explore some growers you may never have visited before. We are all in this together, and together we can support our agricultural community.”

The initiative runs from August 18 to October 18, you can find more information on the county's website here.