FARMING OUR FUTURE
has been postponed until 2017
2014 Conference Highlights
Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets along with Congressman Chris Gibson, New York State Assemblymember Didi Barrett, along with State Senator Terry Gipson and Assemblymember Peter Lopez, as well as several other local officials,hosted a round table discussion providing a great opportunity for dialogue.
Stories about succession from the Hudson Valley and the Tri-State region were highlighted in the keynote speech by Don R. Rogers. Don, an expert who has helped farmers move their operations into the future, began his career with Cornell Cooperative Extension before joining Farm Credit East, the number-one financial-services cooperative for the Northeast agricultural industry. He’s worked with more than 2,000 farm operators and owners on everything from family farms, to labor management, to funding.
Panels and Workshops
Farm to Chef Success – Learn how chefs and farmers are connecting, and how its benefiting the local economy and our health.
Beekeeping 101 – Find out what’s happening to the honey bees–how you can start your own hive–plus plenty of resources to help.
Strategies for Accessing Farmland – Learn how to find land to farm, protect existing land, matching land with farmers and more…
Bridging the Gap -- Learn vital aspects of transitioning your farm successfully.
Engaging the Community in Agriculture – As a member of our community you play an important role in the future success of our local farms. Learn from leaders in this field how to take part in the conversation.
Our Next Generation– Engaging Youth is critical to ensuring our next generation is prepared to continue farming.
Children’s Programming– Kids learned about beekeeping, how to make honey granola treats, craft activities, bee stories and more, thanks to Farm On! Foundation for their support of the children’s program.
HARVEST Workshop — View presentations on past and future projects of the HARVEST club.
Ginsberg’s Foods is the conference Platinum Sponsor. Gold Sponsors include: Berkshire Farm & Table, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Columbia – Greene Media, Farm Credit East, Farm On! Foundation, and Valley Oil.
The Event Committee
Karen DiPeri – Event Producer, DiPeri & Co.
Stephen E. Hadcock – Beginning Farmer and Market Development Educator Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program, Cornell University Cooperative Extension
Marissa Codey – Conservation and Agricultural Programs Manager, Columbia Land Conservancy
Todd M. Erling – Executive Director, Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation
Sandra Gardner – Director of Instruction and Staff Development, Taconic Hills Central School District
Christie Hegarty – Agriculture Teacher Taconic Hills High School
Tracy Lerman- Sustainable Food Systems Consultant
Virginia Martin – Farm to School Consultant
Emili Ponte - Farm Credit East, ACA
Karen Preuss – Director of Marketing and Communications, Hawthorne Valley Association
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Proceeds from the conference will go toward Taconic Hills’s HARVEST Club (Healthy Agricultural Resources by Volunteers & Educators in Science & Technology), a program that engages youth in the process of growing healthy fruits, flowers, and vegetables in a school-based garden, Friends of Shakespeare, Operation Wallacea Scientific/Environmental Research Expedition and the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).