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Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County purchases 107-acre farm

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga recently purchased a 107-Acre farm in Candor, NY.

This land will become the new headquarters and center for hands-on education. It will be a community and demonstration farm as well as host to 4-H and other regional events. Executive Director Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County T Hanson said this new opportunity allows the organization access to farmland.

"It's a really exciting opportunity for Cornell Extension in Tioga County," Hanson said. "We have traditionally not had access to farmland and our principle mission is to have hands-on education for youth, for families, but for farming and as you know the economic vitality in Tioga County is driven by agriculture."

The property is located at 343 Case Hill Road, Candor, NY and consists of 75 acres of open pasture and 32 wooded acres. Along with the Farmhouse, there is also a 30'' x 30' two-story car garage and an indoor riding arena. Hanson said this new farm will allow the use of the research coming from Cornell and the ability to apply those techniques on land and use it as a demonstration.

"The proximity is only 30 minutes south of Cornell campus so we love that we have access to the researchers and they can easily get down to the farm," Hanson said. "The reason we chose it is we've been looking for land for some time to be able to get out and have some demonstration community garden aspect and this came on the market and it was just ideal and move-in ready."

Hanson said all are all invited to the new farm ribbon cutting to celebrate the fact that this property is a community asset for the entire region.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County will host a Ribbon Cutting, and Open House on Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. at the new farm in Candor.

Registration for the ribbon cutting is available here.

Steph Shtoyko

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