The Conservancy's biggest annual event is a wonderful chance for you to connect with friends new and old and celebrate what your support has accomplished in the past year. In addition to special announcements and awards, recent projects are highlighted and there's a preview to the coming year. Optional field trips to conserved lands follow the program.
27th Annual Celebration
Farmland Forever? The Future of New England Agriculture
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday, September 17!
A special thanks to Stan Fry and Brad Malt for hosting everyone at the historic Stone Barn, a Peterborough landmark. And, in case you missed it, you can view some of the footage at our YouTube channel or see the online photo album on Facebook.
Recently appointed president of American Farmland Trust, John Piotti has been at the forefront of agricultural issues in Maine since the early 1990s -- when most people dismissed farming as having no future. From 1995 to 2006, he managed all the farm programs for Coastal Enterprises, Inc. He was a founder of Maine Farmland Trust in 1999, and then served on its board. He became the Trust’s CEO in 2006 and served until this summer.
John is past chair of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and a past director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. He has also served in Maine’s State Legislature, where he chaired the Agriculture Committee and later served as House Majority Leader. He holds three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in engineering, public policy and management.
Everyone enjoyed seeing the inside of the barn; time for socializing and reconnecting kicked off the morning; the 2016 conservation awards were presented to Diane Schott and couple Oliver Mutch and Janice Miller; and Executive Director Ryan Owens' and John Piotti's remarks were so inspiring.