|Sonia at home with Lois,|
one of her two overly affectionate hens.
Over sixty years ago, my family joined the farming community in Delaware County. My grandparents, a young couple with two small children, bought a dairy farm on Elk Creek Road. This farm was their American dream: a place to raise their family, earn a living and grow old. My grandmother still recounts the day they arrived on the farm, not sure exactly what they were doing but determined to make a good life of it. Their hopes and dreams reflect those of many existing farmers committed to keeping the family farm and of new farmers looking for a different quality of life, one from which they can sustain their families and become part of a like-minded community.
With a background in marketing and communications, and a passion for agricultural economic development and local food systems, I will lead the Pure Catskills buy local campaign and continue the Council’s efforts to provide production and marketing education of local farm products; offer regional technical assistance; and support a new economic viability initiative to enhance the campaign through the development of an online marketplace.
Personally and professionally, I am committed to enabling the economic viability of Catskills agriculture for future generations of my family, my neighbors’ families, and our communities.
I look forward to working with you towards this goal! Please feel free to contact me with questions or ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-865-7090, extension 217.