Graham Savino, right, directs volunteers before unloading a truck at of sanitary supplies from NY Ag & Markets
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Graham Savio, Ag Team Leader, speaks to volunteers who will unload the truck.

Volunteers unloading a truck of safety supplies from Ag & Markets destined for NY Farmers
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Volunteers unload a truck of safety supplies destined for Tompkins County farmers

Paul Gier  and Peter Hoyt (right) from Tompkins County Farm Bureau unload materials
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Paul Gier and Peter Hoyt (right) from Tompkins County Farm Bureau help unload the truck

containers of hand sanitizer on a table
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Hand sanitizer

Free Masks & Sanitizer For Farmers

(Ithaca NY, May 8, 2020) The NY State Department of Agriculture & Markets is working with Cornell Cooperative Extension county offices across the state to distribute hand sanitizer and face masks to farms and farmworkers to help ensure their safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. In Tompkins County, a partnership of several local ag groups, community organizations and government agencies is now at working together to distribute these materials to local producers.

Materials were received and unloaded by volunteers on Friday, May 8 at a central location in Ithaca, then divided up and transported to rural pickup locations across the county.Products including gallon jugs and 2-oz bottles of sanitizer, and 5-packs of cloth masks will be available this week for pickup by agricultural producers at the following six sites, on the days and times listed below:

  • Ithaca & Danby farmers may pick up supplies at theEddydale Farm Market on Wednesday May 13, Thursday May 14, and Friday May 15, during market hours (9 AM – 4 PM). Check with the cashier to obtain sanitizer and masks for yourself and your farm’s employees.
  • Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses farmers may pick up supplies at the Enfield Community Building – Code Office on Wednesday May 13 (9-11 AM) and Thursday May 14 (9-11 AM). Please call code officer Alan Teeter in advance at 607-277-0266 to let him know when you will come by, so he can bring sanitizer and masks out for you.
  • Lansing farmers may pick up supplies at the Lansing Town Hall on Wednesday May 13 (11 AM – 2 PM), Thursday May 14 (11 AM – 2 PM) and Friday May 15 (10 AM to Noon). Please call the clerk’s office at 607-533-4142 to leave a message in advance to schedule an appointment during the times listed above. Staff will bring the sanitizer and masks you need to a table in the building foyer.
  • Farmers in Groton may pick up supplies at Howard Farms on Thursday May 14 and Friday May 15, from 8 AM to 6 PM each day. Park in front. Sanitizer and masks for pick-up will be on the table just inside.
  • Farmers in Caroline may pick up supplies at Rosebarb Farm on Thursday May 14 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Park in front of the opened main barn door. Sanitizer and masks for pick-up will be on the table just inside.
  • Farmers in Dryden may pick up supplies at the TC3 Farm Big Red Barn on Wednesday May 13 and Thursday May 14 from 11 AM to 2 PM each day. Volunteers will be on site to hand-out sanitizer and masks.

Each farm may pick up approximately one gallon bottle of sanitizer for every two farm employees, five masks per employee, and one 2-oz bottle of sanitizer per employee. (These numbers may vary based on availability.)  Producers will be asked to provide their farm name, and to fill out a state-mandated reporting form indicating the amounts of each item claimed by your farm. They will be able to scan a QR code with their phone to fill out the reporting form touch-free on their own device, or can choose to fill out a paper copy on-site.

Any producer in Tompkins who has not received an email from CCE with details about the distribution in their town should contact Graham Savio, Agriculture Team Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County at or Monika Roth at to ensure that all local farms are included on this and any future distribution lists. You may also call (607) 272-2292 x126 or x159 – staff are working from home but the information will be forwarded to them.

Partners on this effort were: Tompkins County Farm Bureau, Tompkins County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Tompkins COVID-19 Food Task Force, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, the CCE South Central NY Dairy Team and the Cornell Farmworkers Program.

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Graham Savio
Agriculture & Horticulture Issue Leader
(607) 272-2292 ext 159

Last updated May 14, 2020