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HUDSON VALLEY REGIONAL CONFERENCE WELCOMES NATIONAL FARM FIGURE

Farming Our Future will take place on Saturday, February 23rd at Taconic Hills Central School from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. This conference, now in its second year, will bring together a diverse community and regional audience including established farmers, beginning farmers, interested non-farmers, suppliers, educators, community leaders, industry leaders and students.

 

Jim Slama, Founder and President of FamilyFarmed.org, will deliver the keynote address.  Good Food = Good Business will showcase Slama’s groundbreaking work to develop and implement regional food aggregation facilities that strengthen local food systems and empower family farmers to scale up, gain access to wholesale markets, and become more successful. FamilyFarmed.org‘s national farmer-training project, which has given over 2,500 farmers access to essential information about food safety and how to sell to wholesale buyers, will be a core element of his talk. 

 

How Food Moves is the topic of a panel discussion moderated by Todd Erling, Executive Director of Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation, which will tackle some of the tough questions on how to get more locally grown food into the hands of chefs and consumers, and explore some of the new approaches that could make buying local a whole lot easier.

 

The panel Growing a Farm-Friendly Municipality will be moderated by Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Steve Hadcock, with panelists from American Farmland Trust, Glynwood, and Ancram’s Ag Advisory Council, and will explore opportunities for developing the way your town or county approaches farming, planning, and economic development.  

 

Have land?  For young farmers, sometimes finding viable land to farm can be a challenge.  Landowners will hear, from Columbia Land Conservancy’s Marissa Codey, just what is involved in opening up a parcel for a young farmer in Leasing Land to Farmers: Challenges and Opportunities.

 

Those looking for a unique experience can attend

Farming Our Future – What Role Can You Play? Facilitated by Hawthorne Valley’s Farmscape Ecology Program’s Anna Duhon and Claudia Knab-Vispo, panelists and attendees will examine ways that history, ecology, and culture have intersected to create the environment we inhabit and will learn ways to optimize future interactions.

 

Help Me, Help You is a practical workshop with Farm Credit East’s Emili Ponte and The Carrot Project’s Benneth Phelps that will focus on tools farmers need to make their business attractive for financing and investors. 

 

The “World Café” portion of the program will provide opportunities for attendees to gather around topics of common interest, to share collaborative dialogue and knowledge, and to create possibilities for action. 

 

The children’s program is open to kids ages 5 -13 and is free thanks to a sponsorship by the FarmOn! Foundation. The program includes landscape painting with local artist Nancy Rutter, “Horses and Kids” with Copake’s Lilly Becker, and basketball with Celtics retired player Eric Williams. Space is extremely limited, and advanced registration is required before Thursday at 5 pm.  Register your child 

 

Farming Our Future 2013 is sponsored in part by Ginsberg’s Foods, Valley Energy, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the FarmOn! Foundation, Hudson Solar, Hudson Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council, and The Columbia Paper.

 

Exhibitors and sponsorships are encouraged. Proceeds from the conference will go toward Taconic Hills’s award-winning H.A.R.V.E.S.T. 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, and the Parent Teacher Organization. 

 

The cost to attend is $20 per person for adults and $10 per person for students, with advance registration, and $25 per person at the door.   The full schedule along with registration information can be found online at www.farmingourfuture.org.

 

 

 

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SCHOOL FOOD SUMMIT HUDSON VALLEY FEBRUARY 15

Friday, February 15, events at 1:30, 5:30 and 7:30 pm, Rondout Valley High School, 122 Kyserike Rd. Accord, NY

 

SCHOOL FOOD SUMMIT 2013

 

Celebrating our Children, Food and Future

 

Join national experts, parents, students and community members to identify ways to serve more fresh, locally grown food in school meals, and begin to make it happen.

 

Friday, February 15th

 

1:30-4:30

Kitchen Camp—food service staff

5:30-7:00

Local Food Fair—samplings from Kitchen Camp and tables with farmers, students and organizations

7:00

Songs of Farms and Food—Creek Iverson and Lisa Mitten

7:30-9:00

Local Food Goes to School Panel Discussion

Keynote: Chef Ann Cooper, “The Renegade Lunch Lady”

Chef Tim Cipriano, No Kid Hungry—Share Our Strength

Farmer Bruce Davenport, President of the RVGA

Todd Fowler, National Farm to School movement

Julie Holdbrook, Dir. of Food Services, Keene Cemtral School

Janet Poppendieck,

Free for All: Fixing School Food in America

 

Chris Van Damm, Dir. of Food Service, Rondout Valley Schools

 

Rondout Valley High School, 122 Kyserike Road, Accord, NY

 

CAFETERIA COMMUNITY CLASSROOM

 

More info

 

rondoutvalleygrowers.org

ulstercorps.org

Nicci@fromthegroundup.com 845-687-4124

Deborah.DeWan@rondoutvalleygrowers.org 845-626-1532

 

Sponsors

 

Marbletown PTA

Rondout Valley Growers Association

From the Ground Up

Slow Food Hudson Valley

UlsterCorps

Chefs Consortium

Support provided in part by Community Foundation of Ulster County, Malcolm Gordon Charitable Fund, The New World Foundation, and Rondout Valley Growers.

 

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TedX Manhattan Viewing Party Mid-Hudson Catskill Region

TEDSx Manhattan Changing the Way We Eat

x=independently organized TED event by:

NOFA-NY CATSKILL HUDSON REGION, CATSKILL MOUNTAINKEEPER AND SLOW FOOD UPDERIVA

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE FEBRUARY 16, 2013

CATSKILL ART SOCIETY, 48 MAIN STREET LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY 12758

 10:00 a.m. Registration (Free)

Session I 10:30 a.m.-12:05 p.m.–Inform

LaDonna Redmond: Food Justice

Fred Bahnson: Food and Faith Movement

Simran Sethi: Saving Seeds By Growing Food

Film Clip “Standing Ground” Diane and Marlene Halverson

Gary Hirshberg: GMO’s and Lack of Studies

Tama Matsuoka Wong: Foraging Weeds

Lunch Break 12:15-1:30 p.m.

 Session II 1:30 p.m. -3:20 p.m.—Educate

Anna Lappe:Marketing Food to Children

Annemarie Colbin: How to Think About Food

Peter Lehner: Food Waste and Energy

Steve Wing: Community Health Impacts of Factory Farms

Peter Hoffman: Energy and Agriculture

Bill Yosses: Food Knowledge and How Food Affects Our Health

Break 3:20 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Session III   3:45 p.m.-5:35 p.m.—– Empower

Melissa Greenawalt: The Realities of a Large Company Going Sustainable

Lindsey Lusher Shute: Young Farmers

Cheryl Kollin: Farm to Freezer

Ann Cooper: School Food

David McInerney: Good Food Should Taste Great

Exhibitors: Catskill Mountainkeeper, SlowFood Upderiva Seed Swap, Pure Catskills, Main Street Farm, Sullivan County Food Network….

Door Prizes and Snacks  available

 

 


                     

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NOTES FROM THE RIVER REPORTER ON NOFA-NY WINTER CONFERENCE

Conference 2013

Notes from the NOFA-NY conference; Weekend of activism and organics By Fritz Mayer http://www.riverreporter.com/news/4302/2013/01/30/notes-nofa-ny-conference-weekend-activism-and-organics

Editor of the River Reporter, Narrowsburg, New York

— SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The premier organization that represents organic farming interests in New York State approved a major policy statement at its annual conference last weekend, urging the ban of an herbicide used in conjunction with some genetically-modified agricultural crops. Some 1,300 people, including farmers and residents of the Upper Delaware Valley attended the Northeast Organic Farming Association-New York (NOFA-NY) conference in Saratoga Springs on January 25 through 27, during which about 75 NOFA-NY representatives approved some newsworthy policy resoutions. Among the policy positions adopted was one that the herbicide glyphosate, which is used in connection with genetically modified organisms (GMO), should be banned. Some crops, known as “Round-Up Ready,” have been genetically engineered to be resistant to glyphosate. The resolution said there are “many troubling questions about livestock and human infertility and environmental impacts linked to the production and consumption of Round-Up Ready genetically modified organisms…. ” Concerns about GMO products surfaced several times throughout the three-day conference. One workshop focused on the growing effort of activists to convince officials in the U.S. to follow the lead of more than 60 other countries around the world to require that products containing GMO ingredients be labeled as such. In one workshop, Dr. Michael Hansen of Consumers Union responded to industry claims that GMO seed varieties are more productive than traditional varieties. Hansen said the U.S. Department of Agriculture disputes this, and he cited a side-by-side study done at the University of Nebraska of GMO and non-GMO varieties of soy beans, which found the GMO seeds were 10% less productive. Hansen also responded to industry claims that GMO crops would lead to a reduction in the use of pesticides. He said with most GMO crops, the amount of pesticides used has increased significantly over time. Further, he said the use of glyphosates has resulted in many weed species in the U.S. and elsewhere becoming resistant to it, which has prompted the industry to engineer crops with resistance to other herbicides, specifically 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid and Dicamba.

To read the complete article and get a taste of the action via video courtesy of the River Reporter go to http://www.riverreporter.com/news/4302/2013/01/30/notes-nofa-ny-conference-weekend-activism-and-organics

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