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Northeast Beginning Farmers Project
November 20, 2013, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY
Harvesting Opportunities in New York is a conference for people who care about New York agriculture and want to work together to grow local food economies, protect farmland from development and support the next generation of farmers. Conference participants will include: farmers, public officials from all levels of government, land trusts, local foods and public health leaders, local food advocates, institutional food-service managers, agricultural organizations and concerned citizens.
The morning program features keynote speaker Andrew McElwaine, President of American Farmland Trust, followed by 12 concurrent workshops, including CLC’s Marissa Cody who will be presenting as part of the New Models of Farmland Affordability workshop. Workshop topics include:
• Real World Success in Connecting Local Food & Public Health
• Emerging Models of Farmland Affordability
• Planning for Locally Produced Beer, Wine & Spirits
• Engaging the Public in Saving Farmland
• Bringing Locally Grown Food to the College Campus
• Growing Opportunities for Farmland Conservation Funding
• Land Access Strategies for the Next Generation of Farmers
November 3, 2013, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Chaseholm Farm, 115 Chase Rd Pine Plains NY 12567
The Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition and Chaseholm Farm invite you an afternoon of letter writing action and end of season gathering.
This is a chance to learn more about the new Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) and to submit comments about these rules to the FDA. Now is a crucial and limited time in which the FDA is accepting feedback before passing a final draft of the food safety rules which can then go into effect. These rules cover all aspects of produce farm operation – from testing of water and soil amendments, to training regimens to value-added activities. The rules have the potential to significantly impact operation cost and management strategies on all farms.
There will be detailed info about the FDA rules and people on hand who will be able to answer questions and talk about how the rules might affect your farm. Their will be letter writing materials ready and all letters will be collected and mailed the following week. Their will be good food and good beer (thanks to generous support from Farm Credit East!) and a warm kitchen and/or warm dairy barn in which to gather and share news from the summer, hopes and organizing possibilities for the upcoming winter.
During this process the FDA is only accepting personalized commentary on specific rules – no form letters or online petitions you can click to sign. Comments and concerns must be submitted by November 15th!
You can find out more here and here.
RSVP and questions to Jordan Schmidt.
October 14, 2013, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Hudson Water Front Park
A new project with Vermont Sail Freight is sailing 15 tons of shelf-stable foods from family farms in Vermont and the Adirondacks for sale along the Hudson and down into NYC. The boat will be docking be in Hudson for an event on October 14 from 3-6pm, and Kingston for event Oct 17. Sail Freight’s mission is to revitalize our regional food economy through ongoing relationships with family farms and the sailing community, and to share the spoils of this integrated model with citizens all the way along the Champlain-Hudson supply chain.
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