The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park

Our Neighbors at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station Welcome a New Director

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As of January 1, 2015, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) welcomed a new Director in apple-breeder, Susan Brown. She succeeded previous Director, Dr. Tom Burr after having been the Associate Director at the Station for over a year, making the transition smoother.

This week marks her first official week as the Goichman Family Director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. In this article on the NYSAES website, you’ll read about her goals and vision for where she sees the Experiment Station heading in the future.

The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station has been instrumental in building up the Technology Farm over the last 10 years. We are excited to have them as a resource for our tenants and are looking forward to working with Dr. Brown in the future.

To learn more about NYSAES and what it does, please click here.

If you are interested in learning more about the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park, or are an entrepreneur with a small business looking for space, please feel free to contact our Executive Director, John Johnson at

Tech Farm to Be Represented at the Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty Good Karma Networking Event

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Are you looking to make some new connections in the Finger Lakes? Then you should plan on attending the Good Karma Networking Meeting on December 8th from 11am-1pm. The event is presented by the Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty and will be held at Ventosa Vineyards.

The public and FLCB members are welcome to attend this luncheon and panel discussion to learn how “farm-to-table” works from a panel of experts representing all parts of the process. Talk with growers, farmers, small producers, distributors and local support systems. And finally see the end result of local flavor with restaurants and retailers utilizing local products. Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty (a.k.a. FLCB) is a 501(c)3 membership organization committed to promoting local food and products that define the region’s cuisine and communities.

Panel Speakers Include:

  • Thom Trause, producer of Ithaca Soy, which is distributed by Regional Access.
  • Klaas Martens, a local Organic Grain Farmer who has his product in NYC markets for restaurant use.
  • Brent Maynard of, an alternative way of distribution.
  • Alexandra Smith, Entrepreneurial Support from the Tech Farm in Geneva on supporting local producers startups.
  • Isabel Bogadtke and Christopher Bates of F.L.X. Wienery in Dundee, which utilizes various local food products.
  • Ben Whickham of Bostrom Farms, meat farmer and local retailer owner himself.
  • Dana Stafford of Regional Access, Large Distributor in the Finger Lakes Region.

Where: Ventosa Vineyards, 3440 New York 96A, Geneva, NY 14456. When: Monday, December 8th 11am-1pm. 11:00-11:30 Open networking featuring free samples of local food, products, wine and other beverages. 12:00-1:00pm Open panel discussion, with a chance to submit your own questions before the discussion begins. Price: $25 per person covers networking, lunch, beverages, and the panel discussion. Purchase tickets online by clicking here, or RSVP and pay at the door by emailing:

Come to the Technology Farm 5th Annual Open House!

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Join us at the Technology Farm’s 5th Annual Open House!

tech farm portrait 4The Technology Farm 5th Annual Open House is coming up quickly! This year’s Open House event will be taking place Friday, November 7th from 4-7pm. We are excited to announce this year’s event and show you all of the exciting things our tenants have been working on in the past year.

The Tech Farm Open House is a great opportunity to learn about what the entrepreneurs and small businesses at the Technology Farm are up to. This year, we have begun construction on the campus’s first new building which will house the Finger Lakes Community College’s Viticulture center and hired a new Executive Director, John Johnson, to help us move into the Technology Farm’s Phase 2 of expanding the park. We hope to see you there!

At the event, several of our tenants will be doing demonstrations and tastings. We have also invited several local wineries to do tastings at the event, including Zugibe Vineyards, and Ravines Wine Cellars. As an added bonus, several more local wineries and businesses have generously donated gift baskets, wine, and other fun goodies for door prizes. The door prizes will be raffled off throughout the event.

We, at the Technology Farm are very excited for this year’s Open House and we hope to see you there!

For more details about the event, check out our Facebook event page, here!

The Tech Farm is Getting Ready to Grow and We Need Your Help!

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The Technology Farm…9 Years Later
A survey to kick off Phase 2 for the Tech Farm

Since 2005, the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park has been home to many businesses. “Phase 2” of the Tech Farm is to continue a similar trend in growing the campus as well as to attract new companies to become tenants here.

We are asking you to contribute to our future. Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey. You will be helping us move forward with our goal and we will keep your suggestions in mind while we move forward.

Please contact Alexandra Smith at if you have any questions.

The Tech Farm Welcomes Alexi Smith as New Entrepreneurial Support

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The Technology Farm welcomed Alexandra Smith to the Technology Farm Team on April 21st.  Alexi’s official title is Entrepreneurial Support and her position is funded by the Certified Business Incubator Grant the Park received last year.

Alexi graduated last spring from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY with her B.A. in Communications and a minor in Theatre Arts. Although she is new to the Tech Farm, she is not new to the area. She completed two communications internships at Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station with Gemma Osborne as her supervisor. During her senior year at Nazareth, Alexi served as a Communications & Development intern at Lifetime Assistance, a non-profit organization that helps developmentally challenged individuals become more functional within society. After graduation, Alexi helped in developing marketing promotions at Darien Lake Amusement Park and served on the original marketing project team for Craigs Station Ventures, a value-added milk processing enterprise started in 2013 by eight Livingston, Wyoming and Genesee County dairy farm businesses and partnered with Dairy Farmers of America.

For the next two years, Alexi will be working with tenants, Tech Farm stakeholders and visitors from the front desk just outside the Executive Director’s office. Her goal is to assist tenants with anything they need in order to operate more efficiently as well as increase the Tech Farm’s social media footprint. Job one for the next two years: find compelling ways to make more people aware of what the Tech Farm is and its important contributions to our regional economy.

The Technology Park is Start-up NY

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startuplogo2Start-Up NY is a new program designed by Governor Cuomo to attract businesses from all over to relocate, start up or expand in New York State through affiliation or partnership with public and private universities, colleges and community colleges. The program allows businesses to operate on or near academic campuses tax free for ten years and is intended to promote entrepreneurialism and create jobs. The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park is part of Start-Up NY as one of the campuses businesses can operate under Governor Cuomo’s program.

The Technology Park is a financially self-sustaining entity whose mission is to foster the creation, retention and expansion of agriculture, food and biotechnology research enterprises. The Technology Park is flexible enough to support companies that are all different and unique working to promote agriculture and food in New York State.

The current building is home to many start-up companies using the space to conduct research and development, production trials, and even full scale production for delivery to large box stores. The Park’s 72 acre campus currently has many unoccupied shovel ready building sites. It is time for the Park to add new buildings to these very desirable sites located on the campus. Now that the Cornell Agriculture and food Technology Park is part of Start-Up NY, it is ready to grow, build and connect.

The Park’s campus is located near the Food Venture Center and The Agricultural Experiment Station of Cornell University allowing the tenants access to Cornell’s research and agricultural assets. The Experimental Station works to safeguard New York’s production of fruit and vegetables, develop new crops, enhance food safety for customers, and promote economically viable farming solutions. The Technology Park collaborates with Cornell in an Intellectual Property Advantage Zone. For both entities this allows for commercialization and private ownership of intellectual property, assistance with identifying financing, potential investors and other business services, access to Cornell’s library system, as well as recruitment opportunities.

To be eligible for Start-up NY a business must support the mission of the college or university they wish to partner with. The enterprise needs to be a new business in New York State, a company relocating to New York, a company that is expanding, or a graduate of an incubator to participate in Start-Up NY. The company must also not be located in an area where they compete with local businesses. To be eligible to be part of the Technology Park the company must have some affiliation with agriculture or food.

If you are a business looking to join Start-Up NY go to You will find the application form under “Eligibility” follow the application procedure. After your application to Start-Up NY is completed you can download an application to the Technology Farm at: Send the application to John Johnson at or mail it to: The Technology Farm Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park 500 Technology Farm Drive Geneva, NY 14456.

Groundbreaking for FLCC Viticulture Center

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2013-10-24 13.25.27On October 24, 2013  about 150 guests gathered at the Technology Farm to officially break ground for the new Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture Building which will house the Viticulture and Enology program, the only program of its kind in the Northeast.  Senator Michael Nozzolio, Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Regional Director of Empire State Development, Vinnie Esposito, joined Dr. Tom Burr, Director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and Dr. Barbara Risser, President of FLCC along with other Ontario County officials to celebrate the beginning of construction on the new greenhouses at the Station and the new Vit. Building. Currently housed in the Flex Tech building the Viticulture program has grown so quickly that it is bursting at the seams.  Professor Brock and all of his students are very anxious to move into this larger space.  This new facility will provide a wine-making lab, grape crush pad, classrooms, and a teaching vineyard to provide an educated work force for the ever growing winery industry.  An educated workforce is vital for the continued growth in quality of Finger Lakes Wines.

Quantum Loop joins Tech Farm Family

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GENEVA, NY, August X, 2013 – The Tech Farm has added a new tenant that should further

enhance its reputation as a successful incubator for high-potential local businesses. Sam Weiner, the president of Quantum Loop Solutions, moved in August 1. His business will build software systems for small wineries, helping them to streamline their operations to make, sell and market wine.

Weiner has used 20 years of software development experience to create an app called NuSale, “The Merchant’s Mobile Manager.” Using this app, a winery can sell its products via a mobile device at a festival, for example, online or at the winery. When the transaction is processed, it accesses one overall database that tracks inventory. “The winery business is under appreciated and under served,” said Weiner. “The main thing I am doing is helping them sell.”

Weiner’s move to The Tech Farm follows a successful start in the High Tech Rochester business incubator. While there, Weiner won third place in a regional business plan competition, which enabled him to participate in a program about applying lean manufacturing principles to a high-tech start-up. After interviewing owners at 25 wineries, Weiner adjusted his customer focus to what he calls “grape to glass” functionality.

Weiner moved his business to The Tech Farm because “it is in the middle of wine country.” While he is pleased about being near local wineries, he also is excited that Finger Lakes Community College’s Viticulture Program is housed at The Tech Farm and will build its new facility on the south end of the Tech Farm Campus in 2014. He hopes to become a student in the program and introduce his software as part of the curriculum.

Weiner, a West Bloomfield native, is the business’s only employee though he hopes to add jobs. He already has five local wineries under contract with more business in the offing. He expressed enthusiasm about market potential by citing a July 6 New York Times infographic showing that there are 405 wineries in New York State alone out of 9,000 wineries in the U.S.

The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park, better known as The Tech Farm, opened in 2005 to foster the creation of innovative technologies and economic growth in the food and agriculture industry. Its flexible policies regarding the development and ownership of intellectual property make The Tech Farm business-friendly and give its tenants a competitive advantage. Eleven emerging companies reside at its Pre-Emption Road location including some that have grown exponentially since they moved into The Tech Farm.

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Mike Coia, the guiding light behind Seneca Bio-Energy and Finger Lakes Natural Oil, has entered into a new venture with one of his partners, Linda Hunsicker. Together they have created a new bi-monthly magazine, Finger Lakes Woman featuring articles about this region.  This month’s issue which is their second to come out features articles about The Smith, The Wine Industry, Fine Dining, Health and Wellness oh and an article about 2 of the women that make up the Tech Farm Family; Cindy Day from Seneca Bio Energy and Susan Noble, Executive Director of the Technology Farm.  You can pick up a copy here at the Tech Farm or in many spots around the Finger Lakes.  Please take a look at it as it is full of wonderful articles with minimal advertising.

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