The Local Fair @ Cornell is sponsored by the Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, the Cornell Small Farms Program and the Farmers Market at Cornell. The goals of this year's Fair are to:
- Celebrate the productivity and ingenuity of the Finger Lakes region, including our capacity to support thriving, resilient communities;
- Educate, increasing awareness and understanding around local and regional food, fiber and energy systems, and local economies;
- Connect, highlighting campus-community partnerships that are vital to fulfillment of our Land Grant mission. This includes helping improve the quality of life for NYS residents and communities through research based knowledge that is relevant to their needs and concerns;
- Encourage greater collaboration and innovation in support of the above goals.
A special theme of this year's Fair, Local Ideas that Work!, coincides with the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Morrill Land-Grant College Act, paving the way for the founding of Cornell University. Read more about this legacy here, including how an expansive view of libraries, and their role in improving society played a key part in Cornell University's founding. We'll also be hosting a panel presentation and community conversation on Seed Saving for Health and Resilience. Check here for more details