“To cultivate, foster, and promote interest and participation in agriculture, the production of healthful food, good nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
To establish and conduct seminars and research projects for individuals in the agricultural industry in organic farming and “alternative agricultural methods” and act as an interpretive center for “sustainable organic gardening and biodynamic farming,” good nutrition and a healthful life plan.
To provide for the delivery and holding of lectures, exhibitions, public meetings, classes and conferences calculated directly or indirectly to advance the cause of agricultural education whether general, professional or technical.”
In addition to research plots, CARI operates a commercial garden and two greenhouses certified organic by NOFA New York Certified Organic, LLC. CARI also raises organic crops such as soy, wheat, corn and in 2018 will have a license to grow Industrial Hemp from New York State. The income from gardening and farming supports the programs of the Institute.
CARI’s seminars and field days are open to the public, either free or for a small charge. These educational programs provide information about organic and sustainable agriculture methods, as well as marketing opportunities and other matters of interest to farmers, gardeners and others. CARI plans to organize a training program for students, returning Veterans and others interested in learning about Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture in conjunction with local colleges.