Want Local Food? Got to have Local Farmland!
Our food comes from farmland—and we are losing farmland fast. New York State has lost half a million acres of farmland to suburban sprawl since the 1980s. That’s the equivalent of 4,500 farms. We have to stop losing farmland now. Don’t let concrete be the last crop.
Local Food is at Risk!
More than 80 percent of the fruits and vegetables grown in New York State, and nearly half of our meat and dairy products, are produced on land near sprawling cities. This food lies directly in the path of an ever expanding suburban wave of housing developments and shopping malls.
|When farmers sell the food they grow directly to the customer they make more money and their farms are more profitable. Financially successful farmers won’t be forced to sell farmland for development.|
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American Farmland Trust’s I Love My Farmers Market celebration.
American Farmland Trust, The Culinary Institute of America, and Fabulous Beekman Boys Screen Film to Raise Student Awareness About Dairy Farming in New York State
The Fabulous Beekman Boys Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of Beekman 1802 joined American Farmland Trust (AFT) and The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to host a screening of The First Season, a powerful documentary about dairy farming in New York State, followed by a panel discussion, to raise CIA students’ awareness of issues facing dairy farmers. more…