The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park is preparing for their 4th annual Open House scheduled for March 22, 2013 from 4-7. This is a family friendly event designed to teach, entertain and promote. While we have had to say goodbye to several of the tenants you met last year, Finger Lakes Biochar, Terrenew and EmphaScience, you will have the opportunity to meet the owners of Ergopep and Finger Lakes Fitness and well as the members of the new Associates Program.
One of the exciting new items that you will see this year is the Advanced Biological Marketing new “growing laboratory”, a greenhouse like space designed to show how different parts of the light spectrum affect growing. You might even get to taste one or more of the 11 new flavors of cheribundi.
The Technology Farm celebrated its 7th anniversary as a research and development park this past November and during that time many new and innovative products have grown from the idea stage to thriving companies. When Greg Woodworth joined the Park in 2007, he came with a set of delicious cookie recipes and a plan to develop a company around those recipes. We learned from Greg that flexibility was vital when starting a new company He is now a proud partner in Stony Brook Partners, and since 2010 oils made from squash seeds have been the main product with a small sideline producing “pepitas”, brined and roasted pumpkin seeds. These are not the same seeds that you roast at Halloween but a plump, flavorful and addictive snack.
Cheribundi started here in 2006 with one product, which at that time was called Cherrypharm. They slowly developed variations around that product but this year they diverged from the path a little to introduce a whole family of teas and fruit drinks. Each one still contains tart cherry juice and adds other ingredients to create new and unique flavors.
Seneca BioEnergy is partnering with local vineyards to pick up and use their waste pomace to create a virgin grape seed oil. Pomace is the product left after the vineyard has pressed out the juice to make wine. It contains the skin, pulp and seeds. Seneca BioEnergy separates the seeds, dries them and over the course of the year presses them into wonderful, healthy oil.
These are just a few of the items you will see when you attend the 4th annual Open House at the Technology Farm, 500 Technology Farm Drive, Geneva, NY 14456. For more information please call 315-787-0070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.