Community Response to COVID-19

As we adjust to the COVID-19 health crisis and recognize its far-reaching impacts, it is clear how much our communities and local farms depend on each other.

Many organizations throughout our region and state, including CLC and our partners, are coming together to find ways to support farmers and maintain emergency food supplies.  We offer a list of some of these efforts and resources below.

We will keep this page updated with new information and opportunities as available.

Last updated: 6/19/2020

What can I do to support local farmers?
  • Purchase food from local farms. New York State considers farms and farmers markets to be essential during this time. Local farms are still open, but you may have to be flexible to purchase their products.  Find your favorite farms online or call to see if they are taking pre-orders for pick up or offering delivery services while we all practice social distancing (see below for links to local farms). 
  • Sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share.  CSA memberships offset some of a farmer’s early operational costs and allow them to invest in their growing season, while you enjoy fresh food as it is ready for harvest.
  • If you are leasing land to a farmer, please consider waiving rental payments until this crisis has passed and the local farm system has stabilized. 
  • You may also consider paying for needed improvements to your land so your tenant can invest in capital projects necessary to sustain their operation.
  • Donate to American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund, and other relief funds that support farmers.
  • Familiarize yourself with agricultural policy recommendations, such as the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s “Statement on Covid-19 and its Impacts on the Farm and Food System, the New York Farm Bureau’s current “Action items," and the National Young Farmers Coalition’s “Action Network."
Where can I find help if I’m a farmer?




Where can I buy local food during this time? 
What can I do to support local emergency food relief?

The closing of schools that provide free lunches and rapidly increasing unemployment have led to a clear and growing need for emergency food relief in our community, and across the country.  Donating to organizations connecting available food to those who need it is a crucial step in supporting relief efforts.