A conference to inspire and educate New Yorkers to support agriculture, strengthen local farm and food economies, and get involved in protecting farmland will be held on Thursday, November 15th at the Hotel Albany in Albany, NY.
The business of growing and selling food is a major contributor to New York's economy. Farms annually sell billions of dollars in farm products, yet NY loses thousands of acres of farmland to real estate development each year.
This conference will bring together farmers, public officials, land trusts and local food and public health leaders to take a serious look at the potential to grow New York’s economy by strengthening connections between farmers and local consumers and protecting the land that is critical to farming.
The day-long conference will begin with remarks from Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times Editorial Board Member, and the author of The Rural Life followed by nine concurrent workshops. THTLT supporter and artist, Loretta Lepkowski will accompany her display of "Family Farms of the Tug Hill Region," which is a collection of paintings featuring various farm families in Jefferson and Lewis counties.