Envisioning The Farm: New Ag Committee

 Members of the Agricultural Committee get a farm tour. Here they are in Bill's Gathering Barn that was renovated in 2017 by volunteers; It was originally the Slaughter House on the Pitney Farm.

Members of the Agricultural Committee get a farm tour. Here they are in Bill's Gathering Barn that was renovated in 2017 by volunteers; It was originally the Slaughter House on the Pitney Farm.

The Board of Directors of Pitney Meadows Community Farm created an Agricultural Advisory Committee recently to guide the organization in best uses and execution of agriculture projects and goals that will be the agricultural model for PMCF and for agricultural education.  This committee will promote, encourage and advise the farming operations on Pitney Meadows Community Farm. 

The first meeting of this PMCF Agricultural Advisory Committee took place in mid-March. Local farmers, ranchers, non-profit advisors and extension staff were on hand to discuss the various possible agricultural uses of the farm and make some decisions on what the farm start-up entailed. The group first walked around PMCF to look at the various outbuildings, barns and fields. 

The committee identified two areas for farm production at this time: growing for institutional markets, including Skidmore College, schools and local food pantries, as well as having a smaller market garden model, which will demonstrate and teach people how to have a successful 1-2 acre market garden. The farm project will need tractors and implements, irrigation and electricity and the committee discussed various funding options. Our Spring Fundraising Appeal will go towards funding the farm start up. 

The committee will continue to be built based on applicant's qualifications, expertise, knowledge and experience in working with the greater region’s agricultural and food communities, and non-profit community farms with the goal of guiding the development of a self-sustaining community farm. The committee will also be tasked with assisting the Board in incorporating agricultural education to beginning & intermediate farmers, school groups, backyard gardeners and the community at large.

 Committee members left to right: Bill Pitney, Kevin Jablonski, Ian Murray, Michael Kilpatrick (Chair), Kim London, Clay Wright, Joshua Rockwood, Paul Arnold, Sandy Arnold, Robert Arnold (photographer), Crystal Stewart (called in), and Jared Woodcock (arrived later)

Committee members left to right: Bill Pitney, Kevin Jablonski, Ian Murray, Michael Kilpatrick (Chair), Kim London, Clay Wright, Joshua Rockwood, Paul Arnold, Sandy Arnold, Robert Arnold (photographer), Crystal Stewart (called in), and Jared Woodcock (arrived later)