By Debra J. Groom

The Onondaga Grown campaign for 2016 is underway!

It’s time for everyone in Onondaga County to learn about the hard-working farmers in the county and exactly what these farmers grow for us to eat, plant in our yards and use for holiday decorations.

The 2016 campaign kicked off Wednesday in Lysander at the Reeves Farm. County officials praised the first year of the campaign in 2015, thanked many people for helping create the program and get it going last year and got everyone enthused for another great year.

"We started out last year and didn't know where it was going to go," said county Legislator David Knapp of the 2015 Onondaga Grown campaign. "But it took on a life of its own."

"This program is economic development," said county Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon. "It is education, activity and habit. Education is what farming means to this area. Activity is what the Onondaga County Ag Council is doing. And habit (of buying local) is what we need to support our farmers and producers."

After the speeches, everyone at the kickoff was treated to some Onondaga County foods – Hofmann hotdogs and coneys, Gianelli sausage and locally grown onions and peppers. The farm site smelled like the best part of the Midway during the State Fair.

Facts About Onondaga County Agriculture

Agriculture is the third largest economic sector in Onondaga County

Our county is home to over 650 farms!

In New York State, Onondaga County is ranked

#7 in dairy

#3 in poultry

#10 in fruit

#16 in vegetables

#10 in field crops

…and #1 in You-cut -Christmas trees!

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An old Farmall tractor with the Onondaga Grown logo at the Reeves Farm kickoff event.

onondaga grown 001Workers from Karen's Catering at Julie's Place on James Street cook up Onondaga County food for the event.