Celebrating Agriculture in Chautauqua County: Farmer Neighbor Dinner Tickets Available

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Article Contributed by
Lisa Kempisty, Extension Community Educator

Local agriculturalists from throughout Chautauqua County would like to share their passion for farming with neighbors and friends at the 3rd Annual Farmer Neighbor Dinner. The community is invited to attend the upcoming Chautauqua County Farmer Neighbor Dinner on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at “The Grandview of Ellington”, 1116 West Hill Road, Ellington, NY. The program will begin at 5:00 pm with appetizers and an opportunity to visit with vendors; 6:00 pm enjoy the dinner buffet featuring local foods; followed by award presentations to recognize local leadership, excellence and innovation in agriculture. The evening will conclude with laughter featuring guest speaker, Paul Trowbridge, retired farmer who authors a humorous farm column “A View From the Tractor Seat” sharing his life experiences on his family’s western NY farm where he and his family are beekeepers, raise some livestock, and grow and sell organic seed and hay.

Chautauqua County is rich in agriculture, and this event is an opportunity to share in celebration of our community’s farmers that work tirelessly to produce safe, wholesome food for us all to consume. The Farmer Neighbor Dinner is also an opportunity to help foster communication between the farming community and the general public.

Dinner for the evening will feature locally grown food products, celebrating Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s “Chautauqua Grown” Farm-to-table directory (www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua). The meal will be prepared by Robert Cross and his staff of 3-C’s Catering of Kennedy, NY.

This event is a collaboration between Farm Credit East, Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District, Chautauqua County Farm Bureau, Western New York Crop Management Association, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, with support from many local businesses.

Tickets for the Farmer Neighbor Dinner are available for $20 per person by contacting Debra Kelley, at the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District, Jamestown (716) 664-2351 Ext 102 or dkelley@soilwater.org. To help sponsor the program with a monetary donation, local food donation, or if your organization or business wishes to exhibit, please contact Lindsay Eckman, at 1-800-929-2144 Ext 2518 or lindsay.eckman@farmcrediteast.com.

Chautauqua County is home to over 1,500 farms that produce a diverse offering of grapes, milk, meat, crops, produce, honey, maple syrup, and more! Along with the many agribusinesses and support agencies that serve our farm families, agriculture is responsible for an economic impact of over $300 million. Our community is fortunate to enjoy rural landscapes that are preserved by our farming operations along with access to wholesome, locally produced foods and fiber.

We welcome you and your family to join us on the evening of Tuesday, August 14th for this upcoming celebration of agriculture at the 3rd Annual Chautauqua County Farmer Neighbor Dinner and program!

Purchase your tickets soon, as a limited number of tickets will be available.

The Farmer Neighbor Dinner is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua) in line with the County’s 20/20 Comprehensive Plan.  CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua  Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

All are invited to the 3rd Annual Farmer Neighbor Dinner on August 14th at “The Grandview of Ellington” to celebrate agriculture in Chautauqua County, and visit with local agricultural producers to learn more about agriculture in our area.