Turning over a new leaf in the New York State market, organic grower Duncan Family Farms is headed for Brockport, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.
One of the leading organic growers in the nation, the Arizona-based Duncan is known for producing greens for spring mix salads, as well as spinach and seasonal offerings. With an emphasis on sustainable farming practices, Duncan will partner with Newstead Ranch, a Clarence-based egg farm which began a $64 million expansion into Genesee and Wayne counties in March.
“The economic momentum in the Finger Lakes is clear—and with this exciting announcement, it continues strong,” Cuomo said, in a statement. “By expanding in Monroe County, Duncan Family Farms will create jobs and encourage further economic activity—helping to continue to push the Finger Lakes further forward.”
The total cost for the expansion of Duncan clocks in at $11.8 million, with Empire State Development offering $865,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. In total, the project is expected to bring 50 jobs to the region.
“We are very fortunate to be able to work with another family farm whose values of caring for their people, the community and the land align so closely with ours,” said Michael Kreher, a family in Newstead Ranch, in a statement. “It is particularly exciting to grow these crops closer to where people are eating them providing a fresher product to consumers in our region.”
Duncan will produce organic baby leafy greens, including spinach, arugula and romaine lettuce, for the surrounding region at the Brockport site; a practice they took up in 1994 in Arizona before expanding to California in 2010. The process Duncan uses is said to bring products to store shelves quicker, while creating a much smaller carbon footprint.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to expand into the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York,” said Caleb Ayers, general manager of Duncan Family Farms Northeast. “Being able to bring new partnerships, commodities and innovation to an area that is steeped in American Agricultural tradition is an absolute honor. We look forward to the future, to the strength and growth it will bring to this business and this community.”