BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — A farm in Nichols is doing its part to ensure the safety of food in New York State.
Thanks to a grant through the
state’s Grown and Certified Farmer Block Grant Program, Jordan Farms opened a
new New York State Inspected poultry processing facility. The new plant will
allow owner and operator Justin Jordan to process poultry organically not only
for his farm, but for other local farmers as well. Jordan says processing
chickens organically helps ensure the safety of the food.
“As a whole from the very day the chicken is born until the day it finds its way into the freezer, we can track every single step of the bird’s life.
Jordan Farms becomes one of only 2 poultry processors who are part of the New York State Grown and Certified Program. Farms accepted into the program adhere to the highest food safety and environmental sustainability criteria. Cornell Cooperative Extension Agricultural Economic Development Specialist Laura Biasillo says this is part of New York’s effort to have the safest food supply in the world.
“Whether it’s a project like Justin’s where he’s looking at processing poultry. Whether it is fruit and vegetable farm looking at how they properly wash and pack and sanitize their product. This is really a project that’s really helping them reach those high food safety standards.”>
Jordan plans to process approximately 5 thousand chickens and 300 turkeys each year and sell the meat in local outlets such as the Broome County Regional Farmers Market. This is an increase from about 600 chickens and 35 turkeys a year with his old setup.
He says this grant will help them go from a hobby farm, to a full-time independent farm.