Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's all about the farms this week

For the next five days, it's all about farms and open space in our household.

Tonight, the Handsome Husband and I are off to Saratoga PLAN's annual fundraiser, Feast of the Fields. Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) describes itself this way:

We are a land trust, directly protecting and managing land and water resources through conservation easements and outright acquisition of property.
We are an advocate for smart growth, encouraging comprehensive regional planning to preserve and enhance our quality of life.
We are a collaborative conservation partner, working closely with landowners, developers, government agencies and community organizations throughout the region.

The tickets are a bit pricey but we decided to make it a mutual gift to each other in honor of our 29th wedding anniversary this week. We had a lot of fun the last time we attended and the food was very, very good.

Feast of the Fields is sold out for this year. Watch for information next summer and get in on a good time for a good cause for September 2014.

Next up is Farm Aid at SPAC on Saturday. We managed to score four tix on day one of the sales at the SPAC box office, so my sister Mary and our son Tom will be joining us for this afternoon and evening bonanza of food and music. This, too, is a sold out event. I am hoping, hoping, hoping for dry weather!

Probably not so exciting to you, but I am looking forward to spending  Monday evening, September 23, 2013, at the town hall in Malta (NY). As the newest member of the Open Space, Agricultural, and Trails Committee, I can take no credit for the hard work these folks have done in support of farms and open space in the Town of Malta over the last few years. For example, a Right to Farm Law was updated and adopted in 2011.

But on Monday, the committee will be speaking about additional farmland and open space conservation techniques that the Town of Malta could adopt. I will be there to support these latest proposals. This 6:30 PM workshop with the town board is open to the public. If you are a local and you are interested, please join us.

It's all farms, all week, baby!