FARMERS, EDUCATORS, ENTREPRENEURS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS MEET TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF FARMING – Forum on Farming tackles tough topics with an eye toward the future

FARMERS, EDUCATORS, ENTREPRENEURS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS MEET TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF FARMING – Forum on Farming tackles tough topics with an eye toward the future

February 25th 2012
Taconic Hills
Craryville, NY

Craryville, New York, October 19, 2011 – The First Annual Farming Our Future will engage the agriculture community to think about its work toward Growing Food, Farms and Community in the context of a rapidly changing local, regional and global food system.  Just as the Hudson Valley sits at the crossroads of the consumer market positioned between the New York Metro area and New England, area farmers sit at the crossroads of the future of agriculture.

“We have a rich agricultural history of being on the forefront of innovation; for centuries farmers and agriculture professionals in our area have created new models for growth and progress.” Says Anna Duhon, Cultural Research and Outreach Coordinator at the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program and Steering Committee Member.  “As we enter a new era of farming, Farming Our Future will offer attendees a unique opportunity in which to forge new approaches, inspire fresh ideas, share practical techniques and engage a whole community in the process of growing food, farms and our community,” says Steve Hadcock, Beginning Farmer and Market Development Educator for Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension, who is also a member of the Steering Committee.

The forum is scheduled for February 25th 2012 and will take place at Taconic Hills in Craryville, Columbia County New York in their state of the art facility.  “We’re thrilled to host this important conference, which comes on the heels of implementing five new agriculture classes which were filled to capacity almost overnight,” said Sandra Gardner who was instrumental in spearheading the award winning agricultural program the H.A.R.V.E.S.T. club and a new agricultural department at Taconic Hills.

Farming Our Future will include topics that farmers are talking about now, in a way that is interactive, informative and meaningful, and will bring together local and regional farmers, educators, farmers’ market managers, agriculture students, providers of goods and services, and consumers who care about the future of agriculture.

For more information please contact: Karen DiPeri at karendiperi@gmail.com, 518-329-0890.

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