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Celebrating Local Agriculture

In this exciting webinar, we showcase several communities’ experiences and provide you with examples of how to create your own “celebration” of agriculture.

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Read About the Speakers

Andrew Defresne
Executive Director, Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, Inc,

Andrew Dufresne is the Executive Director of the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, Inc., a non-profit organization. He retired from Cornell Cooperative Extension in 2006 after a 33 year career with positions in Steuben, Jefferson and Chautauqua Counties as an agricultural extension educator and Executive Director.

Andrew has been involved in the formation of the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt Heritage Area, the first agriculturally focused Heritage Area in the New York State Heritage Area Program under the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation

Jaime L. O’Neill
Planner, Saratoga County, NY

Jaime L. O’Neill, is a planner with Saratoga County who has been working for over 9 years in Saratoga County on farmland protection as well as Agricultural Districts program and Open Space planning across Saratoga County. Ms. O’Neill has leveraged over $2.5 Million dollars in farmland protection funding from New York State Farmland Protection Grant Program for Saratoga County to purchase the Development Rights to several farms in the county and serves as staff to the County’s Land Preservation Committee who oversees the County’s grant program that has invested $3.8 Million dollars in farmland and open space conservation to date. This will be her second year serving as Co-Chair of Sundae on the Farm along with Paula Schafer, CCE of Saratoga County.

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