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Sleeping Lion Farm

"The Institute has provided me with the guidance and resources I need to start transitioning my cattle farm into a regional food business and helped me clarify my business and career goals and put them within reach."
- Mike Parker


Mia’s Cocina  

For many years, María Bído tucked away her dream of starting her own businesses. However, despite the COVID-19 Pandemic and finding herself unemployed, she saw the opportunity to open Mía’s Cocína. María began to navigate what would be necessary to achieve the goal of starting her own business. With the help of her family and friends, they steered her to SUNY Cobleskill and the Institute for Rural Vitality. Today, Mía’s Cocína is a full-service catering company in New York City and Schoharie County providing delicious authentic Puerto Rican cuisine for weddings, sweet 16's, birthday's and corporate events. Maria also offers cooking classes and has been showcased on CBS News and Fox News.  

“With the help of the Institute, Mía’s Cocína was born and I was able to prepare my food and sell it at the Sharon Springs Harvest Festival! I had an unbelievably successful weekend and realized this was exactly what I needed to continue doing. The Institute for Rural Vitality has supported me and my business venture every step of the way.”

 - Maria Bido 

Maria Bidos's CBS News Story