Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Thanks to Farm to Market Manager Challey Comer for capturing our local dairy farmers talking politics on their terms -- over ice cream!
Pictured are Council board member and Agricultural Program Committee Chair Sally Fairbairn, her son and dairy farmer Jake Fairbairn of Lazy Crazy Acres (LCA) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillbrand. The three met up over LCA's homemade ice cream (a co-inspired recipe by Jake and wife Karen). All were on hand at the Delaware County Fair on August 18 to partake in a roundtable discussion centered on New York State agriculture. The first New York Senator to sit on the Senate Ag Committee in over 40 years, Gillibrand is listening to farmers throughout New York, bringing their ideas and concerns to light in national food policy. She's also a champion of bringing farm fresh products to schools, decreasing childhood obesity and addressing the economic crisis of the State's agricultural community. We look forward to working with her more in 2011-12 in crafting a strong 2012 Farm Bill.