Agricultural Stewardship Association
2015-2016 Annual Report of Appreciation Hand Melon Farm Conserved July, 2015
ASA exists to protect our community’s working landscape of farms and forests, connect people to the land, and promote a vibrant future for agriculture in the region.
Highlights Conserved a total of 1,139 more acres of productive land on six farms in Washington and Rensselaer counties to ensure availability of this land for future agricultural use. Adopted ASA’s five year Farmland Conservation Plan to conserve an additional 8,400 acres which will bring total acreage conserved in perpetuity for agriculture to 24,000 acres in Washington and Rensselaer counties by 2020. In collaboration with Comfort Food Community in Greenwich and the Squash Hunger program at Capital Roots in Troy, expanded a gleaning initiative to harvest excess produce from local farms after the main harvest is over. In its first season, volunteers harvested more than 2,300 pounds of produce for local food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. Provided support for young and beginning farmers by hosting training sessions and farm matchmaking services in collaboration with
Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, American Farmland Trust, SUNY Adirondack and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Sold a conserved property on Breeze Hollow Road in Hoosick that was gifted to us by Castanea Foundation as part of our Gifts of Real Estate Program. Proceeds from the sale will be used to further ASA’s mission. Thank you, Castanea Foundation! Accepted the transfer from American Farmland Trust of George Houser’s original 26-acre easement in Easton that launched farmland conservation in Washington County. Celebrated our 25th Anniversary with a Champions Brunch and the release of a stunning video about ASA produced by awardwinning documentary filmmaker, David deVries with the assistance of John Oakley.
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At ASA, one of the most important ways that we measure success is in acres. Acres of good, conserved farmland that will be there forever to provide food, jobs, and a high quality of life for our farming communities in Washington and Rensselaer counties. By that and any other measure, ASA’s fiscal year 2015-2016 was a good one. We conserved another 1,139 acres of productive farmland on six farms. That brought our total to 16,763 acres as of March 31, 2016. (And we’re currently working on another 2,800 acres, but that’s next year’s story!) Good is good, but it’s not good enough. We’ve set our sights on conserving a total of 24,000 acres by 2020 and once we do that, we are setting a target to conserve a total of 50,000 acres of farmland in Washington and Rensselaer counties over the following few years. This is our estimate of what it will take to ensure that this area remains the agricultural powerhouse of the Hudson Valley, providing food and milk to the over 60 million people who live within a five hour drive of our farms. (Today, our two counties produce more food, measured by market value, than any other two counties in the Valley.) But we don’t just conserve acres of land. In order to ensure a future for farming here in the Upper Hudson Valley, we also provide educational resources to new farmers and find land for beginning farmers. We help support our urban neighbors in the Capital District by helping to harvest and distribute excess food from local farms. And we help connect people to the working landscapes all around us through our Landscapes for Landsake Art Sale & Exhibition each October and our numerous programs for adults and children.
The Glean Team
We at ASA, including our staff, our board members, and our fabulous volunteers, love this work. It’s meaningful, it brings people together, and it’s fun. But none of it would be possible without your support. And for that, we are so very grateful. We hope you enjoy perusing this Report and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events or on one of our conserved farms over the coming year. With gratitude,
Katherine Roome, Teri Ptacek, Chair, Board of Directors Executive Director
Land Conservation Hand Melon Farm,
Healy Lake Farm,
Hand Melon Farm is famous for its melons and also produces over 140 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and ornamental fall gourds on 419 acres. The farm has been in the Hand family since 1908 and has been operated by the original land owner’s grandson, John Hand, since 1990. It took John a long time and some soul searching to conserve his farm. John heard news of another melon farm selling out to a developer in 2007. That farm was going to be turned into a mall and a parking lot. John’s reaction? “I couldn’t imagine that happening here”. John knew that conserving his land was going to be a lengthy process, but with the proceeds he would receive from conserving his farm, he could make some major investments in the irrigation system, solar panels and ensure that his family legacy would carry on. “It’s an exciting time on the farm,” John says, “It has taken six years but it’s all coming together at the same time.” Over the years, John has generously hosted several events for ASA, including our Forever Farmland Supper and Tour de Farm.
Sophia Healy, an artist, novelist and native Vermonter, fell in love with the Town of White Creek when she first visited in the early 1960’s, so much so that she started renting a house there and eventually purchased the 1788 farmhouse. But Sophia yearned to unite the farmhouse with the surrounding acres that had originally been part of the farm. In 1992 she got her wish and mortgaged her house to buy the surrounding land. During the school year she taught art at Bennington College, while in the summer she farmed with a neighboring farmer, raising dairy cows, pigs and trotting horses. In 2015 Sophia realized another dream: the protection of just over 114 acres of her farm’s land including 36 acres of upland woodlands, 2,400 feet of frontage along Little White Creek and productive fields rented to a local dairy farmer. She donated the easement on the property to ASA, with costs for the transaction and stewardship covered by the New York State Conservation Partnership Program* and Castanea Foundation. As Sophia shows a visitor around her beautiful land and farmstead, including a smokehouse, pig shed, horse barn and corn crib—as well as an artist studio where she makes handmade paper from cotton and linen rags—it is clear how thrilled she is that this farm will forever be protected.
Funding for this project was made possible by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund administered by the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the Open Space Institute.
* Funding provided by New York’s Environmental Protection Fund and administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the State Department of Environmental Conservation
An enduring legacy Deep Roots Holsteins Farm,
Scotch Hill Farm,
When a neighboring farm came up for sale, Hudson Falls dairy farmers Albert and Donna Marns knew right away that they needed to try to buy it. Good quality farmland is at a premium in this corner of Washington County where the Marns currently milk 200 cows on their 340-acre Deep Roots Farm. Not far from Queensbury, farmland in their area is in demand for housing lots. They had already seen a neighboring farm fall to a developer and didn’t want to see it happen again. “When they built a house on that neighboring farm, I cried,” says Donna. Donna and Albert worked with ASA and the Town of Kingsbury to apply for state and federal farmland protection funding that would allow them to purchase the neighboring farm and protect it, as well as much of their own farm. Their application was successful. The project was finalized in 2015, bringing Donna and Albert the relief of knowing that the future of the farm is more secure now. Proceeds from the sale of their development rights will help the farm expand and upgrade the operation with a new barn and milking parlor. “It’s going to leave our sons in a better position because they’ll have more efficient facilities,” says Donna.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Maurice Sendak? For most people, it’s the book “Where the Wild Things Are”. Originally published in 1963, this awardwinning book has sold tens of millions of copies and is as popular today as it was more than 50 years ago. When Maurice and his colleague Arthur Yorinks set out to find a property where they could host workshops for their Night Kitchen National Children’s Theatre, they came across the 148-acre Scotch Hill Farm property in Jackson. They fell in love with it and used the farm as a retreat when the children’s theatre ended. Now owned by Lynn Caponera, the executrix of Maurice Sendak’s estate and president of his foundation, Scotch Hill Farm is home to the In The Night Kitchen Farm, a non-profit that grows and distributes fresh produce to those in need. In the past seven years, they have donated over 7,500 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Regional Food Bank and more recently to local food pantries in Salem and Cambridge. “It is really important to me that the farm remain how Maurice and Arthur wanted. Maurice believed that nurturing and food go hand in hand,” Lynn said. She has many fond memories of gardening with Maurice and is dedicated to keeping the farm as a creative space for people to enjoy the open and beautiful views, but most important, as a source of fresh, healthy food for the community. Lynn donated an easement on the farm in December 2015. A portion of the transaction costs were covered by an anonymous donor through ASA’s Forever Farmland Fund.
Funding for this project was provided by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund administered by the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service.
Deep Roots Holsteins Conserved October 2015
Land Conservation cont. Breese Hollow Property,
Hoosick — Gift of Real Estate
Breese Hollow is a 116-acre property near the Vermont border in Hoosick that was generously donated to ASA by Castanea Foundation as part of our Gifts of Real Estate Program. The property is comprised predominantly of mixed woodlands with some working fields and rises more than 1,000 feet in elevation. It was originally part of the Stearns Farm, and is across the road from the main part of the farm that was protected by Castanea Foundation and ASA in 2011. The property was sold subject to a conservation easement, and the proceeds will go towards furthering ASA’s mission. Thank you, Castanea Foundation!
Transfer of Houser Easement from American Farmland Trust (AFT),
Easton dairy farmer George Houser Jr. was a founding member of ASA. Along with Pam Cali, Jim Perry and others, George dedicated himself to incorporating ASA as New York’s first local agricultural land trust. The American Farmland Trust (AFT), a national conservation organization, was just opening its first office in the Northeast when George contacted the group about conserving his land and launching ASA. In 1987, George protected the first part of his farm by donating a conservation easement on 26 acres located at Route 40 and Cheese Factory Road to AFT. It was the start of a 16-year journey that would eventually lead to the protection of a majority of his entire farm through additional easement acquisitions by ASA. “George really wanted to do this easement with the thought that it would be a model and serve as the foundation for ASA,” recalls Bob Wagner, AFT’s Senior Policy and Program Advisor. In the fall of 2015, AFT transferred the easement to ASA, bringing the total number of acres protected by the Housers and stewarded by ASA to 1,030. George died in the fall of 2014, but his legacy to conservation lives on.
Brotherhood Farm Conserved between 1993 - 2009
Hand Melon Farm Conserved July, 2015
Stewardship Every conserved property is visited by ASA annually ASA takes most seriously its long-term responsibility to ensure that all landowners of protected properties adhere to the terms of their agreements in perpetuity. Lucky for field staff, that means visiting every magnificent conserved farm (109 properties and counting!) every year. In addition to annual site visits, ASA staff also serves as a resource to address landowner questions about their easements, assist with the notification and approval process for certain activities on the land, and promote good land stewardship practices by hosting workshops and programs based on feedback from our easement landowners. In FY2015-16, ASA was pleased to offer workshops on farm and forest management, beekeeping, maple sugaring, estate planning and farm transfer. We also continue to offer the very popular Game of Logging training series, which provides life-saving techniques on chainsaw safety and proper tree felling. Many of these outreach programs would not be possible without the support and collaboration of other local partners as well as our funders and supporters.
Farmland Access Young/Beginning Farmers
ASA stepped up support to young and beginning farmers by hosting farm tours on an organic vegetable operation and a dairy farm using alternative forage crops and robotic milkers. ASA also hosted two very well attended networking gatherings for young and beginning farmers featuring local foods. We partnered with SUNY Adirondack and Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer two Farm Business and Marketing Workshops for beginning farmers to review their business plans and provide instruction on scaling up for wholesale markets. ASAâ€™s goal is to be a substantial resource for these farmers in order to ensure a next generation of farmers on the land.
Hudson Valley Farmlink Network
We continued to work with American Farmland Trust and other partners in the Hudson Valley on the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network to connect farmers looking for land with landowners. As part of these efforts, ASA hosted a workshop on Farm Transfer and Estate Planning, listed farm properties on the farmland finder website and worked on matchmaking activities. Hudson Valley Farmlink Network is coordinated by American Farmland Trust with primary funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Outreach and Education Gleaning
Farm Photography Programs
Forever Farmland Supper & Landscapes for Landsake
Other Programs & Events
With funding from the NYS Conservation Partnership Program, ASA and Capital Roots teamed up to address hunger while connecting area farmers with new market opportunities. Part of that funding supports a project called Squash Hunger. Squash Hunger gleans produce from area farms and distributes it to local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. A group of volunteers lovingly known as the “Glean Team” harvested over two tons of fruits and vegetables for donation, including Comfort Food Community in Greenwich. Thank you to The Alleged Farm, Jen Ward’s Our Farm and Saratoga Apple and the Glean Team!
The Hand Melon Farm hosted our sold out Forever Farmland Supper. The night’s delicious, locally sourced food was prepared by the Chef ’s Consortium. We are grateful to John Hand for hosting the event and providing the beautiful (and conserved) landscape for the evening. The event featured a live auction that raised over $6,000. Many thanks to those who donated items and to the lucky people who took them home. Our 14th Annual Landscapes for Landsake Art Sale & Exhibition was our biggest to date, netting $50,500 for farmland conservation. The show was curated by artists John and Gigi Begin and the featured artist was Clarence King.
Adults and children learned how to take great photos of their favorite farm animals and landscapes. Our Farm Photography for Kids program gives children a unique opportunity to visit some of our region’s most interesting farms, learn what goes on and learn how to take great photos. We are grateful to professional photographers Dona Ann McAdams and Cliff Oliver who taught the fundamentals of photographic composition, techniques and lighting for getting that perfect shot. We transitioned our Farms, Food and Photography Camp from a two-week to two one-week programs. Instructor Ellie Markovitch provided captivating instruction to Capital District kids. In addition to photography programs, we held a Bird Walk led by Steve Sanford at the White Oak Farm in Buskirk, partnered with Honest Weight Food Co-Op to teach “Can to Preserve the Land” workshops, and hosted the ASA Equine Auxiliary Unit at the Chestnut Ridge Farm in Cambridge for a dinner and presentation by special guest and Dressage Foundation Century Club member, Betty Osborne. Also, the Troy Family YMCA day camp program took two trips up to Washington and Northern Rensselaer counties to visit Sunset View Kernal Acres and the conserved St. Croix Farm. We teamed up with Battenkill Books and author Marcia Reiss for a special talk celebrating Marcia’s new book “The Apple: More than Something to Eat” at the Historic Barns of Nipmoose.
Troy YMCA Day Camp St. Croix Farm Conserved since 2008
Celebrating 25 Years ASA turned 25 in 2015 and we hosted several Silver Anniversary Celebrations throughout the year. In July, Lynn Caponera of the conserved Scotch Hill Farm in Jackson hosted a Champions Brunch for ASAâ€™s founding members and major supporters. Over 100 attendees enjoyed a delicious brunch of local, seasonal foods prepared by Chef Dan Spitz. Attendees were treated to the very first showing of a new ASA film by David deVries and John Oakley. Thank you, Lynn, Dan, David and John for making this such a special day!
Scotch Hill Farm Conserved December, 2015
Financial Position Revenue & Support $837,124
Consolidated Statement of Financial Position for the year ended March 31, 2016 ASSETS Current Assets
Fundraising Events 10.8%
LIABILITIES Accounts payable
Other Income 5.9% Investment Income 1.3%
22,298 $ 1,646,722 $
NET ASSETS Unrestricted
Total Net Assets
Total Liabilities & Net Assets
Easement Acquisition 12.7% Programs 73.0% Fundraising 2.6%
Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets for the year ended March 31, 2016 REVENUE AND SUPPORT Contributions
Management & General 11.8%
Farmland protection happens year in and year out, and your support makes this work possible. Thanks to you, productive farm soils have been conserved along with woodlands, wildlife habitat, scenic views and the many other benefits farms provide. Through our outreach programs, people of all ages are able to visit local farms and make a connection to the farmers and land that feeds them.
With deep appreciation,
Tara M. Nolan, Treasurer
Total Revenue and Support
11,261 $ 837,124
EXPENSES Easement Acquisition Programs
Management and General
Change in Net Assets
Includes $161,300 in deferred revenue related to an easement acquisition.
ASAâ€™s financial records have been audited by Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci, Certified Public Accountants. P.C.. A complete copy of the FY 2015-2016 audited financial statements may be obtained by writing or calling ASA.
Thank You! We couldnâ€™t have done it without you! ASA is grateful to the individuals, foundations, businesses and partners whose generous contributions have supported our work over the past year.
25 Years 107 Farms 16,673 Acres Foundations / Grants Anonymous (3) Castanea Foundation Charles R. Wood Foundation Gordon Foundation Horowitz Family Foundation Knafel Family Foundation LARAC The McCarthy Charities, Inc. New York State Conservation Partnership Program* Nordlys Foundation, Inc NYS Agricultural Society Foundation Price Chopper's Golub Foundation Richard Hogan & Carron Sherry Foundation Inc. Robert H. Wentorf Foundation, Inc. TASK Foundation The Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Inc. The Review Foundation Verizon Foundation Harvest Hero Anonymous (3) American Farmland Trust Lynn Caponera Earthshare Albert H. Garner and Annie Paulsen James and Cheryl Gold Rensselaer County Katherine and Hugh Roome Saratoga Casino Hotel John Umlauf Champion Anonymous (1) IBM Phantom Laboratory Don Pompliano and Kathy Taylor Salem Farm Supply, Inc. Carole Lewis Mary Ellen Williams Cream of the Crop Anonymous (2) Allenwaite Farm, George Allen Joseph Cali
Capital Tractor, Inc Currin Compliance Services Gina and Stephan Deibel Breanna Lundy at Edward E. Jones Financial Farm Credit East Philip Gitlen and Melody Mackenzie Golde Engineering, P.C. Terry Griffin & Peter Deming D. Nancy and Kenneth Johnson Kelly & Sellar Ryan, PLLC, Attorneys at Law Diane Kennedy Jeannine Laverty Josh Levy & Pam Magnuson Maryann McGeorge and Susan Sanderson Margaret Meath Nolan CPA Services Claudine & John Hedbring, Odd Duck Farm Owl Pen Books Elliott Rebhun Tarah Rowse and Scott Manley Courtney and Peter Simon Stewart's Shops Robert Taylor TCT Federal Credit Union The Chazen Companies The Fort Miller Group, Inc. Anne and Ethan Winter Benefactor Anonymous (5) Norm Allen Sarah Ashton and John Mooney Vance and Shawn Bateman Battenkill Veterinary Bovine Matthew Bender Linda and Douglas Bischoff Cindy and Timothy Bulger Cambridge Valley Machining Alexander Ewing and Winnifred Senning Ann Frisino Glens Falls National Bank Frederic Guile KC Consulting, Erich Kranz and Martha Culliton Joan and By Lapham Tupper Limbert Meika Loe and Matthew Alinger Cynthia and Jack Parillo Remus Preda, Peoples United Bank Wealth Management Lois and Don Porter Teri Ptacek William Ralston and Joan Bleikamp
Richland Farms, Sherry and Tammy Skellie Marcia and Charles Reiss Ingrid and Peter Schaaphok Barbara Simoneau and Joe Caron Sally and Jeff Small Timothy Smith Rebecca Sparks Toolite Farms, LLC, Dick Tooley and Jason Tooley United Way of the Greater Capital Region Anne Van Ingen and Wes Haynes Elizabeth Lynne Van Nest Kenneth Vittor and Judith Aisen Washington County Farm Bureau Kathleen and Tim Wiley Nancy Winter Steward Anonymous (4) Barbara J Ahern and W Conard Holton Alan Brown Realty and Lewis Waite Farm Archdale Agricultural Products Battenkill Veterinary, PC Sharon Bedford and Fred Alm Tracey and Don Boyd Arthur F. Brod, Jr. Richard Bump Patty and Tim Burch Caffry & Flower, Attorneys at Law Gordon Chaplin John Cogan, MD Kerri Culhane and Jason Black Bill Eberle David Ebershoff Bertram Freed and Caroline Eastman Susan and Stephen Griffing Judy and Noel Hanf Elisabeth and Hein Holtkamp Claudia Kavenagh and Joel Giller Rebecca L Keim and Nathan T Pruitt Vincent Kelleher Janet and Bernice Kuhl Shirley and Roy Lerman Doris and Mitch Levinn Josh McHugh Rebecca and Thomas Meath
Mary Ann and Terry Mitchell Kean L. Bouplon at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Moses Farm North Bennington Variety, Galen Rhode Pattison, Koskey, Howe and Bucci, CPAs, P.C. Collen Quinn & Jim Rodewald Rudolph Rauch Glenwood Rowse and Vicki Webberley Edith Schiele Caroline Serotta Lee Shapiro and Patrick Gill Sherman Farm, LLC, Tim Wiley The Chronicle The Noxon Family Erin Tobin and Roger Bearden Kay and Jim Tomasi Town of Pittstown Molly Turlish Wel-Dun, Inc. Wiley Brothers Michael and Katherine Zdeb Sustaining Anonymous (7) Randall W. Adams Agard & LaPan Land Surveying Carolyn and Bob Akland James Alcott Sandra Allen and Stephen Smoller Debbie and Bo Andersson Andland Farms, Howard Andrew, Jr. and Howard Andrew Raymond Armstrong Assoc. Grocers of New England Deb Balliet Battenkill Conservancy - NY Andrew Beers and Elizabeth Meer BHP Supermarkets, Inc. Gus and Susan Birkhead Black Creek Valley Farms, Donald and Tracy McEachron Blakemore Farm, Cynthia and Larry Blakemore Booth's Blend Compost Paula Brewer Clinton Brock Brown's Brewing Company Tena Bunnell
* Funding provided by New Yorkâ€™s Environmental Protection Fund and administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the State Department of Environmental Conservation
Jill and John Burwell Janet and Peter Calabrese Cambridge Auto Parts, Inc. Cambridge Pacific, Chris Belnap Cambridge Village Market Cannon Cattle Ranch Farm, Peggy and Matt Cannon CaroVail Davis Cherington Alane and Matthew Chinian Rebecca Christner and Carter White Steve Chuhta and Suzanne Fariello Beth and Jim Clark Rae Clark Kerry and Eric Clingen Sue and John Corey Harold Craig Crandall's Corner Farm, Stephen Holbrook and Julie Callahan Creek Farm, Selena and Skip Clark Jenness and Gary Cunningham Thomas Curren Eleanor Darcy Arlene and Steve Davie Mildred Davis Lydia Davis and Alan Cote Gloria Dawley Luke Deikis and Cara Fraver Fred and Monica DeMay Cara Demu Dill Abstract Company Carole and James Dilley Sally M Dodge and Dale R Guldbrandsen John Dojka, Jr. and Janet Britt Patricia and John Donnelly Nancy Downing Empire State College Anna and Gerard Falotico Jacquie and Jon Farbman Louis Ferrari and Rob Levy Cathy Firman Ann Fitzgibbons and Sandy Hackney George E. Foster Fra-Mar Farms, Carl Cipperly Joann and William Frazier Camille and Jerry Freedner Fronhofer Tool Company John and Connie Gilbert Megan and Jeff Galbraith Kerry Giles Rae and Robert Gilson Ari Gradus and Diana Reh Gradus Rulyn and Tom Graves Carol and George Green Jamie Greenberg and Mary Anne Chiariello Dorothy Halligan Carol Hand Hand Melon Farm, John Hand Ina Harney Megan and Brian Harrington Sophia Healy Barbara Hennig
Christina and Richard Hernandez Joseph Hess and Patricia Foley-Hess Hi Brow Farms, Kim and Jay Skellie Katharine Highstein David Hochfelder and Ann Pfau Kathleen and Allan Hoerup Homespun Occasions, Paul Rosenberg Philip Houser Tobey Hank Howard Pat and Jack Isgro Patty and Bill Keating Karen Kellogg & Mark Youndt Christina and John Kelly Maureen Kennedy Kenyon Hill Farm, Donna and Mike Nolan King Wealth Management Group Koval Bros. Dairy, Christopher Koval Heidi and Chris Krahling William Krattinger and Molly McDonald Sharon and Jurgen Kruger Carol and Ron Kuhr Margaret and Lars Kulleseid David Kwasniak Bonnie Lamb Ruth and Sandy Lamb Faith Lambparker Jo Ann Lancaster Landview Farms, Jane and Roland Walker Carolyn Lansberry Lewis Waite Farm, Nancy and Alan Brown Long Days Farm, Deborah Jaffe and Edwin Schiele Mack Brook Farm, Kevin Jablonski and Karen Christensen Main Care Energy Main Street Pediatrics, PC Alice Mairs Mannuccio Mannucci Mary Lou Mattingly Kevin McCarthy Laura and John McDermott Barbara and Bill McGovern Ronald McLean Naomi Meyer and Ron Renoni Lester Migdal Alexandra Morgan Eileen and Frank Musso New Minglewood Farm, Chris Lincoln and Tammara Van Ryn Tara Nolan Dari and Richard Norman Gregory Nosal O'Brien Insurance Agency Robert O'Connor, DVM Patricia and John Paduano Faith and John Parker Sarah Pawlick William Penny Perry's Orchard,
Anita and Jim Perry Elnora Peters Penelope Poor Elizabeth Porter Sally Proudfit Mara Ptacek R. P. Hubbell & Company, Inc. Carol and Burton Richmond River Brook Junction LLC, JoAnne and R. Harry Booth Margery Robertiello, E.A. Dolores Romack Rose & Kiernan Insurance, Christopher Greagan Gretchen and James Ruhl Judith and Michael Russert Colleen Ryan and Eric Hoppel Arlene and Dave Sampson Anne and Herbert Sanderson Anne Savage and Michael Myers Paula Sawyer David Schmidt Dottie Schneider Caroline Seligman and George Jolly Majken and Robert Sellar Geraldine Shanley Donna and Donald Skellie Carla Skodinski and Michael Fieldman Howard Smith Susan and Steven Smith Louise and J.B. Sobing Gail and Joel Solomon Hank Stebbins Sandy and Harry Stein Hannah E. Stevens Ruth and John Stevens Janet and Clifford Stewart Julia and Robert Stokes Stone Wall Hill Farm/The Berry Patch, Dale-Ila Riggs and Don Miles Strawberry Fields Farm and Nature Preserve, Judy and Jeffrey Leon Martha Strohl & Tom O'Connor Angela and William Sturgis David Suttle William Throop, III Throop Integrity Builders, Carol and Mitchell Throop Tiashoke Farms Fred Tomkins Annette Van Rooy and Hippe Hiemstra Mary Ward Rey Wells and Sheila Wahl Mia Westerlund Ann and Tim Whalen Marge and Don Wilbur Tauno Wirkki Meg and Rob Woolmington Jan Wolski James Woods Laura Yaun and Michael DeNardis Sharon and Lewis Zankel Jessica and Stuart Ziehm
Supporting Anonymous (6) 3-Corner Field Farm, Paul Borghard and Karen Weinberg 9 Miles East Farm Nancy Ames Deborah and Herb Anderson Felicitas and Ronald Anderson Michael Anderson Andrew Pate Design, Andrew Pate and Anastasia Nute Judith and Roger Armstrong Caroline Ashton Judy Austin Rancourt Brian Banker Frank Barrie Kathleen and Joel Batha Nancy and Bob Battis Peter Subers and Rob Bauer Trent Beckwith Heather and Jay Bellanca June Besek and Bill Farley John E. and Phoebe E. Bevis Renee Bouplon and Todd Rollend Evelyn Braymer Curtis Breneman and Miriam E. Pye Bill Briggs Brotherhood Farms, Earline Houser Mary Jo and David Burton Anne E. Burton Jacki and Kevin Chamberlain Richard Cochran Jocelyn Cole Rand and Freya Condell Patricia B. Coon Stephanie and John Copeland Barbara Coughlin and John Fallon Nancy and Ken Crosby Amy Davis & William Ambrose Katie De Groot and Jon Harris John and Debra Dempsey Denison Farm, Justine and Brian Denison Charles Dewey Judy DeWitt Michael Dirac and Maria Gomez Maryrita Dobiel Wendy Duvall Ronald Edsforth and Jo Devine Raymond and Marti Ellermann Deborah Esrick Priscilla Fairbanks Mary and Joe Finan Cathy Firman Babette and John Furman Gary Gala Joshua Gala Galerie St. Etienne, Hildegard Bachert and Jane Kallir Elizabeth and Alan Gee Owen Goldfarb and Priscilla Fairbank Jennifer Harmon Charles E. and Sally S. Hauck Carolyn and Donald Henry
Michael Hochanadel Home Depot Foundation Ellen Kelly-Lind and Gary Lind Leonard Kerr Betty Ketcham Michelle Kimball Sandra Kingsbury Arlo Klinetob Dorothy and Robert Kuba Evan Lawrence Holly and Mark Lawton Linda LeClair Catherine and Kim Littell Joyce and David Lukas Christine and Stephen Lulla Carol and Joe MacDonald Ed Mager Stephanie and David Mahoney Marble Roase Farm, Sue Evans Martinez Family Realty, LLC Barbara and John McDonald Samuel W Miller Adele and John Miller Monks of New Skete Allison and James Moore Diane and Mike Morency Ellen and George Mulvaney Eileen and Frank Musso Annette Nielsen and Dan Garfinkel David Owen & Barbara Freund Phillip and Janet Pasco Jane and John Pattison Miriam W. Peters Peggy and William Piche Judy and Paul Pontiff Preble Realty, Christine and Robert Preble Tom Rees and Katie Farrell Rebecca B. Resnick Maralee J. Rice Cheryl Roberts Mary Ellen & William Robinson Anne and Peter Rokeach Craig and Susan Roods Barney Rubenstein, MD and Sandra Scroggins Robert H. and Carol L. Ryan Schoolhouse Boatworks, Carol and Bob Clay Denise Shirley Rowland Sinnamon Norma J Skellie Christine and Edward Smyth Susan and Stephen Snyder Karyn and Michael Sobing Harold Spiezio, Jr. Michael Squires Alexandra Stevens Margaret Sweet The Bunker Hill Inn, Laura Coldwell Bill Tomkins and Kathy Nichols-Tomkins Anne Torrens Ann and David Townsend Ellen K Viereck Paul Walker and Dale Dusman Martin Wasserman Caroline Welling and David McGuire
Karen Weltman and Jon Sterngass Susan and John West Rae and David Whitehead Kathy and Jeff Wilde Wilson Homestead Old Books, Sally and Joe Brillon Elaine Winslow Mary Withington Elana Yerushalmi Kamenir and Steven Kamenir Barbara Zimmer Brian Zweig Friends Anonymous (3) Lorraine Merghart-Ballard and James Ballard Battenkill Books Ronnie Benware Tammy and Patrick Boire Kathy and John Braico Jennifer and David Braucher Matilda Brett Gretchen Browne Lorraine and Carl Brownell Nancy and Al Budde Jonathan Carp and Deborah Stayman Janice M. Cipperly Linda Coollick Garden Design Marjorie and Peter Geiger Tanya and Michael Goldstein Ellen and Edmund Green Anna Maria and Walter Grom Diane Guendel Jennifer Hamilton Travis Hamilton William Hamilton Jan Haney and Jeremy Peters Happy Hill Farm, Patricia Nestle Harvest Basket Herbs, Andrea Grom Marjorie Herrington Tim Holmes and Sue Quillio Marcia Hopple Ruthanne Hunter Joint Venture Farm, Maryann and Gary Brownell Susan Kenyon J Kinsley Joan K. Lowe, E.A. Mary Laedlein and Dale Hall Susan Las Jane Luskin Barbara and David Mallek Darcy May Richard Mazzaferro Suanne and Todd McLenithan Theresa and James Migli Sarah Miller and Nathaniel Corwin Sara D. Nolan Carolyn Paine Jody Porter Jay Portnoy Holly Rippon-Butler Jane and Kenneth Robbins Marjorie Robertson
Jean and Leonard Robinson Joan and Karl Ruger Janet Stark Jonathan Tenney and Bethene Trexel Lisa Towne Cynthia and Kent Wian Jeannette Wing Marilyn Zaborek Cynthia Zielaskowski Monthly Linda and Douglas Bischoff Amy Davis & William Ambrose Dorothy Halligan Diane Kennedy KC Consulting, Erich Kranz and Martha Culliton Long Days Farm, Deborah Jaffe and Edwin Schiele Ronald McLean Tara Nolan Anne Savage & Michael Myers Edith Schiele Louise and J.B. Sobing Erin Tobin and Roger Bearden In Honor Of Len Barot Jenny Harmon Ashley Bridge and Luke and Iver Goldreyer Caroline Serotta The Bunnell Family Tena Bunnell Brian and Justine Denison John Fallon and Barbara Coughlin Joan Erich Cynthia Zielaskowski Connie Kheel Ruth Leys and Michael Fried Sarah Kingsbury Sandra Kingsbury Horace and Grace Klein Alice Mairs Ruth and Sandy Lamb Bonnie Lamb Lee Ligon Jenny Harmon Elana Mark Carol Brownell Teri Ptacek Debra K. Balliet Joe Robertson Marjorie Robertson Katherine Roome Debra K. Balliet Elliott Rebhun Paul Ruger Cynthia Zielaskowski Gretchen Sibley Kenneth Robbins John and Joann Tarbox Charles E. & Sally S. Hauck In Memory Of Gertrude D. Allen Cindy and Timothy Bulger Richard and Richard Allan Duval
Wendy Duvall James W. Blaauboer William Keating Ron and Leslie Bouplon Renee Bouplon Alexandra B. Stevens Ron DeWitt Judy Dewitt Elektra David Ebershoff Jim Garland James Alcott Jon Giles Kerry Giles & Tony Vecchione Jene Highstein Katherine Highstein Ruth Hill Ann Frisino George Houser, Jr. R. Harry and JoAnne Booth Philip Houser Tobey Jack and Pat Lamb P. & J. Isgro Robert Lohnes Joe and Carol MacDonald Horace Milton Philip Houser Tobey Don and James Moody Steve Chuhta and Suzanne Fariello John Edward Niles Sophia Healy Brigitta Nosal Margery Robertiello Michael & Tanya Goldstein Maddi Ryan Theresa and James Migli John Stark Janet L. Stark Jane and Dave Suttle Kathleen and Joel Batha Mary Ann and Terry Mitchell Evelyn Tarricone Ronnie Benware Walter and Ella Taylor Robert Taylor Donated Goods & Services Abbott Farm The Alleged Farm Argyle Cheese Farmer John and Gigi Begin Heather and Jay Bellanca Beatrice Berle, Berle Farm Betterbee Birch Hollow Farm Jeffrey Bowers Brownâ€™s Brewing Company Brunswick Community Center Capital Tractor Lynn Caponera, Scotch Hill Farm Chick & Hen Baking Company Sean Clancey T.W. Collins Photography Todd Collins and Bill Thomas Consider Bardwell Farm Cornell Cooperative Extension Crandallâ€™s Corner Farm, Stephen Holbrook and Julie Callahan
Denison Farm David DeVries Rodney Dow Easton Dairy Fat and Happy Catering Co. Nan Fitzpatrick Chef Philip “Fitzy” Fitzpatrick Flying Pigs Farm Gardenworks Farm Goldreyer Carpentry Good Fence Farm, Katie DeGroot Hand Melon Farm Town of Hartford Harvest Basket Herbs, Andrea Grom Tim Holmes and Sue Quillio Hoosick Grange Margaret and David Horn Kane Jilek Joint Venture Farm, Maryann and Gary Brownell K.A. Sunset View Farm Kings Bakery Lawrence White Lewis Waite Farm Liberty Ridge Farm Catherine and Kim Littell Scott Mann The Maple News Leah McCloskey Kyle McPhail Mediation Matters Doug Moore Moses Farm Glenn Nesbitt Nolan CPA Services Rich Norman NYS Agricultural Mediation Program John Oakley The Old Station Inn Cynthia and Jack Parillo Peckham Industries Liza and David Porter R’Eisen Shine Farm Retirement + Benefits Partners Christophe Robert and Shannon Mason Round House Bakery at Pompanuck Farm Erika Sellar Ryan & Matt Ryan RuBen Hill Farm Larry Sconzo Margaret & Steven Silverberg Slack Hollow Farm Slyboro Cider Sperry’s Restaurant Chef Dan Spitz St. Croix Farm SunKiss Ballooning Sweet Beet Bistro T-D-J Farm, Tom and Diane Jilek Tiashoke Farms Victory View Vineyard Mary Ellen Williams Marine and Alexander Zagoreos Volunteers Deb Anderson
David Armbruster Rick Lederer-Barnes Mark Bascome Gigi and John Begin Olivia Begin Gabe Begin Leslie Bender Beatrice Berle Linda and Douglas Bischoff Judy and Jay Bridge Nancy Brown Leila Bruske Ed Bruske Devin Bulger Cindy Bulger Rachel Burke Holly Rippon Butler Abby Campbell Matt and Peggy Cannon Lynn Caponera Melissa Carll Emma Chinian Matt and Alane Chinian Thomas Christenfeld Mary Collins Todd Collins & Bill Thomas Anna Courtney Jilek Ian Creitz MaryDee and Clem Crowe John and Minnette Cummings David deVries Elizabeth Ellard Kate Farley Sirell Fiel Cathy Firman Lindsey Fisk Betsy Foote Angela Ford Luke & Iver Goldreyer Liz Gordon and Thomas Christenfeld Diana Gradus Dave Green Lane Green Terry Griffin Claire Harten Marlene Hayes Delaney and Marleigh Hill Dave and Margaret Horn Diane and Tom Jilek Kamber Jilek Kurt Jilek Zena and Thom Jones Annelise Kelly Ian Kelly Diane Kennedy Tom Kerr Connie Kheel Carole Lewis Nina Lockwood Carly Lynn Quimby Mahoney Donna and Albert Marns Amy Maxwell Alyssa McClenning Helen McIntosh Naomi Meyer Adele and John Miller John Mooney John and Eva Moore Dana Moseley
Carolina Murray Glen Nesbitt Kathy Nicholls-Tomkins Lila Nolan Bridey Nolan John Oakley Randy O’dell Cliff Oliver Jennifer and Mike Palulis Angela Pasternack Joe Palange Lisa Randles Jack Rath Marge Reilly Ron Renoni Todd, Bella & Zach Rollend Annie Roome Salem FFA Steve Sanford Danielle Sass Christina Scanlon Jim Schanz Lawrence Sconzo Maddie Skellie Dan Spitz Sandy Stein Marilyn Stephenson Ruth Stone Teri Teitelbaum Joanne Tilley John and Peg Underwood Upstate GIS VOSCA Jesse Waheman Sheila and Ray Wahl Mary Ellen Williams Lawrence White Jared Woodcock Franklin and Phoebe Ziehm Stuart and Jessica Ziehm Ben Zipperer
2015-2016 Board of Directors Katherine Roome, CHAIR, Greenwich Sean Quinn, CO-VICE CHAIR, Easton Mary Ellen Williams, CO-VICE CHAIR, Greenwich Noel Hanf, SECRETARY, Jackson Tara Nolan, TREASURER, White Creek Travis Allen, Valley Falls Art Brod, Easton Beth M. Clark, Glens Falls Liz Gordon, Easton Greg Hansen, Easton Brian Harrington, Cambridge Breanna Lundy, Argyle Gerry Magoolaghan, Salem John Moore, Valley Falls Rich Norman, Greenwich Cynthia Parillo, Pittstown Dave Sampson, Troy Erika Sellar Ryan, Greenwich
Staff Teri Ptacek Executive Director Renee Bouplon Associate Director Annmarie Boduch Office Manager Ashley Bridge Outreach Coordinator Janet Britt Easement Steward Katie Jilek Communications & Outreach Manager
Harvest Hero: $5,000+ Champion: $2,500 - $4,999 Cream of the Crop: $1,000 - $2,499 Benefactor: $500 - 999 Steward: $250 - 499 Sustaining: $100 - 249 Supporting: $50 - 99 Friends: $1 - 49
Chris Krahling Project Manager
Interns Kate Farley Caroline Murray
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ASA’s Gifts of Real Estate Program One of the greatest gifts to ASA are “tradelands”, real property donated outright or bequeathed to ASA. ASA becomes the owner of the property at the time of conveyance or upon death if conveyed in a will, with the understanding that the property will be sold and the proceeds used to further ASA’s mission. ASA evaluates each property to see if it meets the criteria for a conservation easement or whether it might be used for another purpose by the organization (such as a demonstration farm or forest). If the property meets ASA’s conservation criteria, then the property will be sold subject to a conservation easement. If the property does not meet the criteria for a conservation easement, such as a residence or a small vacant parcel, then it will be sold without conservation restrictions. Gifts of Real Estate can be located anywhere, including outside of ASA’s service area or in other states. If you’d like to learn more about ASA’s Gifts of Real Estate Program, contact Renee Bouplon or visit us online at agstewardship.org.
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