Sustainable Agriculture Presentation a Blooming Success

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On March 3, 2011 the Science Cafe planning committee at SUNY Oswego hosted a panel presentation that focused on practical advice and information about land and water use related to sustainable agricultural practices.

The event was held at the McCrobie Auditorium in Oswego, NY and over 100 people attended the event. James Edelstein, board president of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) and owner of Wyllie Fox Farm in Cato, NY gave the keynote speech. A panel discussion with regional and local experts followed Edelstein’s talk. The panel consisted of John DeHollander (Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District), Nancy Weber (Oswego County Farm Bureau), J.J. Schell (Cornell Cooperative Extension), Jean Siracusa (Happy Bee Heirloom Farm), and Katie Stout and Ryan Magann from Grindstone Farms.

There was a vigorous discussion of sustainable farming practices, soil and water conservation information, and details on how to become certified organic. Both Mr. Edelstein and the representatives from Grindstone Farms provided information on the challenges and opportunities associated with organic farming.

The event was hosted by the Science Cafe planning committee at SUNY Oswego that represents an ad hoc group including faculty, staff, students and community members and underwritten by the Syracuse Section of the American Chemical Society. In addition to the ACS Syracuse Section and the SUNY Oswego Science Café planning committee, the event was sponsored by the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations in cooperation with NOFA-NY.

Community members interested in receiving information about future sustainability events can register as a member of the list serve–“SUNY Oswego Go Green Resources”–by contacting Thad Mantaro at [email protected]