Farm Film Fest VI
Sunday, March 16th 1:00pm - 10:00pm
Crandell Theatre - 46-48 Main Street, Chatham, NY
Join us for the 6th Farm Film Festival that will run on March 16, 2014 at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham, NY. The festival is sponsored, by Columbia Land Conservancy, Chatham Film Club and the Chatham Agricultural Partnership.We hope to see you at the festival!
Northeast Beginning Farmers Project
February 22, 2014, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville, NY
WHO WILL FOLLOW IN OUR FARMERS’ FOOTSTEPS?
Succession planning is the topic of the upcoming FarmingOurFuture Conference. ”Succession” refers to farmers handing the reins to the next generation, or to the next farmers, and stories about succession from the Hudson Valley and the Tri-State region will be highlighted in the keynote speech by Don R. Rogers. Rogers, an expert in the field of helping 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.
Conference speakers will share practical strategies and some intriguing new concepts for ensuring that farms will continue to thrive in our region for many years to come. Workshops scheduled throughout the day will cover topics related to succession planning, bee-keeping (because bees are the best at succession planning), the restaurant-community link to locally produced food, farmer-training programs, and vital skills training for new farmers.
Morning refreshments, lunch, and snacks are provided with a $20 registration fee.
November 20, 2013, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY
Harvesting Opportunities in New York was 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 included: 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 featured keynote speaker Andrew McElwaine, President of American Farmland Trust, followed by 12 concurrent workshops, including CLC’s Marissa Cody who presented as part of the New Models of Farmland Affordability workshop. Workshop topics included:
• 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 welcomed participants for an afternoon of letter writing action and end of season gathering.
This event was a chance to learn more about the new Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) and to submit comments about these rules to the FDA. It was a crucial and limited time in which the FDA accepted feedback before passing a final draft of the food safety rules which could 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 were both detailed info about the FDA rules as well as people on hand who were able to answer questions and talk about how the rules might affect a farm. There were letter writing materials ready and all letters were collected and mailed the following week. Great food and beer were served (thanks to generous support from Farm Credit East!) and a warm kitchen and/or warm dairy barn in which we gathered and shared news from the summer, and our hopes and organizing possibilities for the upcoming winter.
During this process the FDA was only accepting personalized commentary on specific rules – no form letters or online petitions you can click to sign. Comments and concerns had to be submitted by November 15th.
You can find out more here and here.
October 14, 2013, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Hudson Water Front Park
A new project with Vermont Sail Freight sailed 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 docked in Hudson for an event on October 14 from 3-6pm, and in 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.