When farmers retire, what happens to a town’s landscape and local businesses? This webinar addresses how towns and counties like yours are attracting new farmers and new families to their communities. This session examined several county programs.
Read About the Speakers
Marissa Codey, Senior Land Protection Manager, Columbia Land Conservancy
Based in New York’s Hudson Valley, Marissa Codey coordinates the Columbia Land Conservancy‘s farmland protection efforts as well as other agricultural initiatives such as a Farmer Landowner Matching Program and additional agricultural support programs. She has been with the Conservancy since 2003, and in addition to her work with the farming community, during that time she has completed a variety of conservation easement and land acquisition projects as well as community outreach efforts. Prior to her work with the Conservancy, she served as the Executive Director of the Central Indiana Land Trust. Marissa received a Master of Science in Environmental Science and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Michelle Hughes, Project Director, Greenmarket’s New Farmer Development Project
Since 2004, Michelle Hughes has worked to identify new immigrant farmers with agricultural experience and to assist them in establishing their own economically and environmentally sustainable farm businesses in the NYC region. As Project Director with the New Farmer Development Project, Michelle locates farmland, works with a farmer advisory committee to manage the NFDP microcredit loan fund, directs farmer training and develops new marketing opportunities for farmers.
Previously, she co-managed an organic vegetable CSA in New Jersey, managed agricultural programs for at-risk youth, and worked with rural farmers in Bolivia as a Peace Corps volunteer. She is also a Spanish interpreter and translator. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and a minor in Agroecology.