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Harvesting Opportunities in New York 2013 Conference Inspires & Educates

Last month, at American Farmland Trust’s (AFT) Harvesting Opportunities in New York conference over 200 participants gathered to focus on issues surrounding local farm and food economies and farmland conservation. It was an exciting day of great speakers, standing-room-only workshops and delicious food and drink, along with much high-spirited networking.  

David Haight, New York State director for AFT kicked off the day’s events by celebrating the diversity of the energetic crowd. “Those with us today include farmers, land trusts, local leaders, planners, foodservice professionals, distributors, economic development specialists, child care and emergency food providers, farmers market managers and state leaders including legislators, and representatives from the state Comptroller’s office, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Department of Health, Empire State Development and SUNY,” said Haight. “Together we are a spicy group with shared values. We are here to highlight opportunities, discuss challenges and spur action.”   Read more …


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