BUFFALO, N.Y. -- "Room at the Table," a detailed plan to
strengthen and enhance Erie County farmlands and the county's $9.9
billion food system, will be presented to members of the Erie
County Industrial Development Agency March 28 at 8:30 a.m. in the
IDA offices, 143 Genesee St., Buffalo.
The plan was developed by eight graduate students in the
University at Buffalo Department of Urban and Regional Planning at
the request of the Erie County Department of Environment and
It offers detailed strategies to assure economical and viable
agriculture in Erie County, promote access to local food by county
residents, ensure lasting food security, promote the overall health
and wellness of residents, promote agritourism and educate the
general public about the Erie County food system.
The students worked for several months in the fall of 2011 under
the direction of nationally recognized food security researcher
Samina Raja, PhD, associate professor of urban and regional
planning in the UB School of Architecture and Planning.
They were assisted by input from a number of farming, academic,
county and private entities, including the Lexington Food Co-op,
American Farmland Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Promised
Land Community Supported Agriculture and planning experts from UB,
Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.