A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community
The Farmers’ Museum Conference on Food & Farming 2017

Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Free for all to attend!

The mission of The Farmers’ Museum’s annual conference A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community is to inform and inspire farmers as well as the public, unifying and driving the agricultural economy in Central New York.  

The Farmers’ Museum recognizes the importance of contemporary farming and is committed to providing resources and networking opportunities for regional farmers to connect with information, potential partners, and prospective customers. The Farmers’ Museum desires to be an active member of the farming community, educating people about useful practices from both yesterday and today.  

At the same time, this conference will empower the public to become engaged consumers, providing opportunities for people to learn more and get involved. It is in fostering a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the various processes involved in farming, as well as the issues farmers face today, that we support and stimulate the agricultural evolution that is so vital to the health and well-being of our citizens, our animals, and our land. We start local to go global, becoming a dynamic force in the agricultural movement that will shape the 21st century.

This is an exciting time at The Farmers’ Museum – we shake the dust off the crops and usher in a new season of outreach and advancement! Thank you for your support and participation!

The first half of the conference will take place in the Louis C. Jones Center,
located in the Main Barn at The Farmers’ Museum.

8:30 – 9:10 AM Check-In & Exhibitor Visits

9:10 – 9:15 AM Welcome and Introduction of [Update from Albany] 
Danielle Henrici (Director of Education, The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum)

9:15 – 9:30 AM Update from Albany

9:30 AM Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Danielle Henrici

9:30 – 10:15 AM Keynote Speaker
Origins Café on WWOOFING, the Youth Food Movement, and the Future of Food

10:15 – 10:30 AM Break and Exhibitor Visits

10:30 – 11:00 AM FFA & 4-H Presentations

11:00 – 12:15 PM Panel Discussion on Trends in Agriculture 
Craig Haney, Challey Comer, Rebecca Morgan, and MacKenzie Waro
Moderated by Dr. Jason Evans, SUNY Cobleskill

12:15 – 1:00 PM Lunch & Exhibitor Visits

1:00 – 4:00 PM Breakout Sessions

*** Breakout sessions take place in the Louis C. Jones Center (LCJC) and Crossroads Café at The Farmers’ Museum as well as the Fenimore Art Museum (FAM) Auditorium. Please feel free to jump tracks according to your interests. You may refer to the Breakout Speaker Bios you received for details.



Schedule is as follows:


Session 1 (1:00-2:00 PM)

Track 1: Science & Technology - LCJC
Food Tasting - Cornell Sensory Division

Track 2: Production - Crossroads Cafe
Maple Syrup 
Vernon Verona School
Keith Schiebel

Track 3: Business - FAM Auditorium
Getting Started
The Piggery
Heather Sandford


Session 2 (2:00-3:00 PM)

Track 1: Science & Technology - LCJC
Innovation - Fage

Track 2: Production - Crossroads Cafe
Meat and Produce
Hessian Hill Farm
Jess and Liz Goblet

Track 3: Business - FAM Auditorium
Craft Beverage Boom
KyMar Farm Distillery
Ken Wortz



Session 3 (3:00-4:00 PM)

Track 1: Science & Technology - LCJC
SUNY Cobleskill 
George Crosby

Track 2: Production - Crossroads Cafe
USA Ambassador
Ilyssa Berg

Track 3: Business - FAM Auditorium
Diversifying Revenue
Bovina Valley