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Governor Cuomo Nominates Richard Ball as Commissioner of Agriculture

Richard Ball, Schoharie County farmer and longtime friend of American Farmland Trust, has been nominated by Governor Cuomo for the position of Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Ball and his family own and operate Schoharie Valley Farms, which grows vegetables, small fruits and greenhouse plants on 200 acres of fertile farmland along the Schoharie Creek. Schoharie Valley Farms wholesales and retails its produce from its farm market, The Carrot Barn, as well as through brokers and to restaurants in New York City.  “Richard is a powerful advocate for agriculture and local food economies,” said David Haight, New York State Director of American Farmland Trust. “We look forward to working with him to build stronger relationships between farmers and food consumers and grow the business of agriculture in New York State.”

Richard Ball visits Voorheesville Elementary School Farm to School (F2S) program.

Richard Ball and Voorheesville Elementary student, Gabrielle Dowd, plant butternut squash seeds which will go to farm to harvest as part of Voorheesville F2S.

Richard Ball with seeds planted at Voorheesville Elementary School F2S program.










Learn more about the Voorheesville Farm to School (F2S) Program here:

Voorheesville Farm to School Webpage

Schoharie Valley Farms - Producer of Voorheesville F2S Program (pdf)






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