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No Farms No Food® Rally & Lobby Day

Highlights of the Rally & Lobby Day

On March 30, 2011, 200 farmers and food advocates came together at the Capitol in Albany, making more than 120 visits to New York State legislators. Filmmaker Anna Mumford of Letitia Productions shares the highlights of the day.

The No Farms No Food® Message

David Haight, New York Director, American Farmland Trust, discusses the importance of the No Farms No Food message in conveying the value of a stronger farm and food economy, the availability local food, the need to protect farmland and the environment.

Assemblyman Bill Magee

Whether in rural Upstate or in the center of Manhattan, all New Yorkers have an interest in the future of farms and food. State Assemblyman Bill Magee, Chair of Committee on Agriculture, speaks on the is vital role agriculture plays in New York’s economy.

Senator Patty Ritchie

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie, Chairperson of the Agriculture Committee, provides a budget update and announces her introduction of a Senate Bill, the Farmer Regulatory Relief Act.

Commissioner Darrel Aubertine

New York’s Commissioner for the Department of Agriculture & Markets thanks Governor Cuomo’s administration and the support of organizations like American Farmland Trust for their continued attention to protecting the state’s farm and food systems.

Reverend Robert Ennis Jackson, Brooklyn Rescue Mission

A community can play a vital role in improving their own food network. Rev. Jackson explains how a farmers market in his community has helped to spur development and given community members a taste of fresh, healthy food.

Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau

The landscape has changed throughout New York, and buying food locally can has a positive impact on the state’s farm and food economy. “We have to support agriculture while agriculture is still left in this state,” explains Morgenthau.

Richard Ball, Schoharie Valley Farms

Farmer Richard Ball talks about the present-day challenges of New York agriculture: economic viability, food security, and the next generation of farmers.

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