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FreshLocalWNY is a project of Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board (STW). The mission of STW is to help coordinate and enhance activities in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties, so as to promote social, physical, and economic development in those counties. 

STW has taken the lead in assessing the existing assets of the regional local food system. STW develops strategic responses, program and project opportunities, and identifies financial resources and partners to grow the local food economy with an overarching goal of developing the food economy in the southern tier is to increase market demand and increase consumption for locally grown and produced food products.

 Some projects of STW include the Food Producer Survey, From the Ground Up branding campaign (FreshLocalWNY webpage, Local Food Guide, social media marketing), the Meat Processing Study, development and support of the Southern Tier West Regional Farmers Market Network, the Regional Food Hub Study, regional trainings, and SNAP support for farmers markets.

For more information on Southern Tier West visit www.southerntierwest.org