Cornell Agriculture Food and Technology Park, also called the Technology Farm, is an incubator with strong ties to Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Science and the Agricultural Experiment Station. Residents at the Tech Farm typically go through a research phase at Cornell University to see if the business has a viable product before entering the incubator. Companies take advantage of being located in the Finger Lakes Region, with its extensive vineyards and apple orchards. The incubator has an atmosphere of entrepreneurial support, with businesses relying on each other to build on best practices in the Agricultural Manufacturing Industry.
Sitting in the middle of a 72 acre apple orchard in Geneva, The Park opened in 2005 with one lab, 4 offices, an administration suite and 3 tenants. In the summer of 2006 we began developing the inside of the building adding to the existing facilities, 13 more offices , another lab and 4 production facilities. The entire campus is a Certified Business Incubator and is shovel ready for new buildings.
The mission of the park is to provide a campus for research and development in the areas of food and agriculture. The Technology Farm is exceptionally business-friendly.
There is room for private development as well as another Park building.
CheriBundi Inc. was the first tenant of the Technology Farm. CheriBundi strives to use the natural benefits of tart cherry juice to provide a product that will aid in recovery, pain management, and improved sleep habits. The benefits of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and melatonin present in cherries, have positioned CheriBundi in the juice market for customers interested in the body’s natural recovery process, or those interested in participating in athletics. CheriBundi is notable for having supplied their product to both the NFL Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and the NHL Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods, also a resident, is one of America’s only artisan makers of culinary squash seed oil. The oil is handcrafted from squash seeds; it is made in small batches at the Technology Farm in Geneva. The squash seeds contain Vitamins E and A, lutein and other beneficial phytochemicals that give squash their bright color. Sold in specialty food stores from Boston to Seattle, Stoney Brook has received favorable reviews by food editors of the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Wall Street Journal. The oils are also free of GMO and agents used in chemical extraction.