One of the best things about living in Hudson is being surrounded by working farms and having access to restaurants and markets committed to bringing locally produced food to our dinner plates. This a rare and ideal circumstance that needs to be preserved and nurtured. Next Saturday, February 23, there is a daylong event devoted to exactly that subject: Farming Our Future--Growing Food, Farms and Community. Intended for local and regional farmers, educators, farmers' market managers, agricultural students, providers of goods and services, and consumers, the event features keynote speaker Jim Slama, founder and president of FamilyFarmed.org. There will also be workshops and panel discussions on such topics as getting local food into the hands of chefs and consumers, how people have interacted with the farmscape over time, leasing land to farmers, making an ag business appealing to investors, and growing a farm-friendly municipality.
Farming Our Future 2013 takes place at Taconic Hills Central School, 73 County Route 11A, in Craryville. Registration is $20 online or $25 at the door. Morning refreshments, lunch, and an afternoon snack will be served. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check the website for the complete schedule.