Thursday, July 10, 2014
"No one ever hit him," she told me. "We all knew to watch for him and we drove slowly. He died of old age."
No one likes change. But I do wonder: can we save some of THIS before it's too late? Can local governments fund programs to purchase the development rights for farms like these?
Saratoga County used to do that, used to have a very successful Farmland and Open Space Fund. It conserved farmland, created trails, and protected natural areas.
Money troubles caused them to stop funding the program. But now the county's economic picture has changed. Money isn't so tight this year. I hope the supervisors bring back this program.
Because once all of this is gone, it won't ever be coming back. And I, for one, will sorely miss it.
I am asking for the support of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors for a modest investment of $500,000 in the Farmland and Open Space Fund in the county’s 2015 budget. Will you join me? Please call or email your town supervisor soon. They start putting the budget together in August. Thank you.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
This is a self-driven tour that is open to the public. Click here for a printable brochure and directions to each farm. If you've never met that lovable loser, retired thoroughbred Zippy Chippy, this weekend is your chance.
Several of the featured farms are in the thoroughbred biz in one way or another, so local racing fans may find this tour fun and informative. And if there is anyone in your family who is smitten with horses, this is a Must Do event.
For those of you who can't make either tour, please check back here after the weekend. I will try to get some good photos to share with you.
Wherever you live, I hope your weekend is filled with lots of things you love to do in the out of doors.
Monday, July 7, 2014
The weather was absolutely perfect Sunday evening for enjoying an outdoor concert. And what could be better than Sonny and Perley in Saratoga's Congress Park. Playing string bass with them last night was Bobby Kendall, from Troy, NY. They sounded great together.
There was a good-sized crowd there for the concert. (A few should NOT have brought their dogs with them, but that's a grumble for another time.)