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You Can Read Or Download Our Fall-Winter 2014 Newsletter

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Our Fall-Winter 2014 Newsletter is now available on our website. Inside, you will find stories about two farm families protecting their land; a successful farmer-landowner partnership in Ghent; the Greenagers’ accomplishments this summer; our community outreach with Conservation Advisory Councils; the vision for Hudson’s North Bay; the latest volunteer ambassador profile; our Board’s exciting Annual Fund challenge that can double your contribution; and much more.
Our members and supporters will receive their copies in the mail the next few days. You can also pick up a hard copy in our store at 49 Main Street, Chatham, open Mo – Fr, 9:00 – 5:00 pm.
As always, we look forward to your feedback. Happy reading!

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Fall-Winter 2014 Newsletter

Newsletter-Cover-page-reduc   The Fall-Winter 2014 Newsletter is available for download.

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CLC Application Receives NYS Farmland Protection Grant Award

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On October 20, 2014, Governor Cuomo announced the 2014 Farmland Protection Grants. The Columbia Land Conservancy’s application to protect 212 acres of Ronnybrook Farm in Ancram was among the 21 projects statewide that received funding.  A separate application by the Dutchess Land Conservancy will protect an additional piece of the farm to the south. With these grants, the dairy operation and associated farmland will be permanently protected. Scenic Hudson Land Trust will also contribute funds toward this project.
Protecting family farms and Columbia County’s rural identity is at the core of our mission. We hope you will continue supporting our efforts so together we can further this mission.

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Annual Fund Challenge – Double The Impact Of Your Gift Today

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Our Annual Fund Drive is officially under way, and we have a great challenge for you!

If you increase the amount of your gift from last year, every dollar over and above last year’s amount will be matched. If you did not contribute in 2013, every dollar you contribute will be matched thanks to this $100,000 challenge from our Boar of Trustees! 85% of our annual budget comes from individuals like you. Help us protect what you value!

Now you can double the impact of your gift thanks to this exceptional challenge. Please consider a generous gift to our annual fund and help us to broaden the pace of conservation throughout the community: call 518 392 5252, or Click here to  donate today.

We can’t do it without you!

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Support CLC when you shop at Amazon.com

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Did you know you can support CLC through AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support CLC every time you shop on Amazon.com, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to CLC.
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. Then search for Columbia Land Conservancy on the list of eligible organizations and make us your charity of choice.
It costs you nothing, and will help us keep Columbia County Rural.

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Ties to the Land: Planning for the Future

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Saturday, November 8, 2014; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties will host a facilitated workshop on succession planning for keeping forests, farms and fields in the family.
In the first half of the program, Dr. Shorna Allred, Associate Professor at Cornell University, will help participants gain information about the elements and structure of a succession plan. The second half of the workshop will will include panel discussions with local land trusts, tax attorney, and land owners —all with experience helping woodland owners plan for the future of their land – to explore specific tools for implementing a succession plan.
Pre-registration is required by November 5. The cost is $25/person; $40/couple; and $10 for each additional family member. Refreshments will be provided. Please, register online or by calling 518-622-9820.

 

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NY Veterans in Agriculture Summit

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014 from 9:00am – 3:30pm
NYS State Fairgrounds; Syracuse, NY

Are you a veteran farming in New York State, or an organization serving farmer veterans? The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce an interactive meeting just for you.
The Veterans Summit will offer an opportunity to meet others interested in supporting veterans getting into agriculture; better understand the support services available to veterans and those interested in agriculture; and design programs and pathways to help veterans enter agriculture.
The meeting is free and lunch will be provided. Registration closes on October 26th.
To register, click here. If you prefer, you may also register via phone by calling 607-255-9227. General questions about the Veterans Summit should be directed to this email.

 

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