Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference







Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

This conference is for people who care about New York agriculture and want to work together to grow local food economies, protect farmland from development, promote environmental stewardship on farms and support the next generation of farmers.

Conference participants will include:

  • farmers
  • public officials from all levels of government
  • land trusts
  • local food and public health leaders
  • institutional food-service managers
  • agricultural organizations
  • environmentalists
  • conservation professionals
  • concerned citizens

For more information go to https://www.farmland.org/harvesting-opportunities or contact:  email newyork@farmland.org or call (518) 581-0078.

Conference Tracks will include:

Conference Tracks will include:

Track 1: Save Farms in Your Community

  • A. Farming in the City & the Country: Land, Economics, & Public Benefits
  • B. Eminent Domain: Strengthening Protections for Farmland in Your Community
  • C. Growing Resources for Farmland Conservation Funding

Track 2: Buy Local

  • A. Farm to College: Value Chain Collaboration from Farmer to Student
  • B. Food Hubs: Building the Supply Chain
  • C. Farm to School: Bringing Local to the Lunchroom

Track 3: Keep Farmers on the Land

  • A. Increasing Farmer Access to Publicly Owned Farmland
  • B. Using Agricultural Conservation Easements to Aid Farmers in Securing Land
  • C. Investing in Helping Farmers Find a Farm

Track 4: Agricultural Stewardship in a Changing Climate

  • A. Climate Change and New York Agriculture
  • B. Improving Soil Health to Increase Farmers’ Productivity and Resilience
  • C. Alternative Perspectives on Agriculture, Local Food and Climate Change

Track 5: Spread the Word

  • A. Communicating About Agriculture with Non-Farming Audiences
  • B. Telling Stories to Promote Agriculture & Local Food Part 1
  • C. Telling Stories to Promote Agriculture & Local Food Part 2

Track 6: Local Agriculture and Land Use Leadership Institute

  • A. Connecting Land Use Planning, Farmland Protection & Agricultural Economic Development
  • B. Identifying Productive Farmland in Your Community
  • C. Effective Leadership: Building Strengths and Recharging Your Vision