Poughkeepsie, NY … The Dutchess County Agricultural Advisory Committee continues its 2021 Farming in Dutchess Virtual Series throughout July and August, convening local agricultural stakeholders to discuss topics of interest surrounding local agriculture.
All sessions are free and held virtually via Zoom, and a question-and-answer session for audience members will follow each discussion. Preregistration online is required, and attendees will receive sign-on credentials to view the meeting upon registration. More details about these events, including timing, speakers and how to register for each session is available at: https://bit.ly/FarmingInDutchess.
Upcoming summer sessions include:
Pathways for Agricultural Education – Thursday, July 29th
This discussion will focus on the educational “pipeline” that individuals can follow in pursuit of a career in agriculture, including formal schooling (K-12 and college-level), as well as informal educational opportunities and continuing education for adults. Click here to register.
Local Foods and their Importance – Tuesday, August 3rd
Local food has seen a resurgence in the area as residents are increasingly concerned with where their food comes from. This topic will discuss the current state of the local fresh food market and talk to farmers and agri-businesses about what the future might hold. Click here to register.
Agricultural Land/Uses Under Pressure – Wednesday, August 11th
Agricultural operations often feel pressure from outside entities, including the pressure to sell and/or develop land, to minimize perceived nuisances because of neighbor complaints, or to educate local governments on the rights and operations of farms. This topic will discuss these pressures and give farmers some ideas on how to negotiate them. Click here to register.
Matt Sabellico, Chair of the Agricultural Advisory Committee and owner of Sabellico Greenhouses & Florist, said, “The work we are doing here for Dutchess County agriculture feels so very important. It gives me a deep sense of accomplishment knowing we are working to aid established farms and up-and-coming ones to be successful. It all begins with knowledge. Getting relevant information into the hands of farmers, municipal staff, and members of the public gives the Dutchess County agriculture community the tools necessary to not only survive but thrive. Dutchess County is truly an incredible place to farm.”
The summer series of agriculture discussions will conclude on Thursday, August 26th, at 8 a.m., when County Executive Marc Molinaro, County Legislature Chair Gregg Pulver and the Dutchess County Agricultural Advisory Committee will host the 6th annual Agricultural Forum, which convenes local farmers, elected officials and representatives from agricultural and land conservancy organizations. The event will be held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, where local farmers are participating in the 175th Duchess County Fair.
Additional agricultural information and resources are available on the County’s agriculture webpage.