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November 12, 2012

Family farms to be topic of talk

Protecting and preserving local farmland will be the topic of a talk Saturday in Delhi sponsored by Farm Catskills. 

Jim Oldham of Equity Trust, an organization focused on family farms, will give a presentation titled “Saving Farmland for Farmers” at 2 p.m. at Delaware Academy in Delhi. 

“We’re pleased to be able to host this event to address an issue of great importance to our community,” Farm Catskills’ President Amy Kenyon said in a media release. “Equity Trust is a great resource for farmland protection options.

During the past 20 years, the group has responded to requests for assistance from 21 states and two Canadian provinces, and provided consultations to more than 30 farmers, close to 25 land trusts and community farm groups, as well as a dozen land owners and potential farmland investors interested in partnering with farmers.”

Oldham will discuss Equity Trust’s 20-year history of farm protection projects, and the tools available to communities that are interested in protecting farmland and supporting rural economies. The program is free and open to the public. Time will be provided for questions.

More information about Equity Trust’s work is available on its website at www.equitytrust.org. More information about Saturday’s program is available from Kate Ryan at 746-6503.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the state Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, a partnership of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance.

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