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|Feb 23, The Last Crop - Film Screening ----------------------------------------|
|Feb 28, Love Your Farmer Month ----------------------------------------|
|Mar 4, Farm Leasing Workshop for Landwoners ----------------------------------------|
|Mar 14, The Renaissance of Hops and Farmstead Brewing ----------------------------------------|
|Aug 3, Forever Farmland Supper ----------------------------------------|
We need your help to protect the valuable agricultural lands of Washington and Rensselaer counties. These lands are an irreplaceable resource, and safeguarding them is an important part of ensuring the future of farming in the Upper Hudson River Valley. As development pressure builds in the greater Capital district, we must respond by accelerating the pace of our conservation efforts. Our goal is to protect 24,000 acres of farmland by 2020. This will be no small feat. To reach our goal, ASA will need to raise $1.9 million in provate funding over the next four years to leverage around $7.5 million in state and federal awards.
Sponsoring ASA's events and programs is a great way to demonstrate your committment to protecting local farmland while promoting your company to a wide audience of people who care about the future of our community. It's a good deal for everyone!
This year we are pleased to offer four great sponsorship opportunities to support our community programming. We offer a generous package of sponsorship benefits for each of our events and programs and are confident that our members will recognize and appreciate your investment.
ASA’s Landscapes for Landsake Art Exhibition, now in its 15th year, celebrates the beautiful working landscapes of the region. The show is a highlight of the community calendar for the Columbus Day weekend and attracts more than 1,500 art buyers from all over the Capital Region, the North Country, Vermont and Western Massachusetts. Becoming a sponsor of Landscapes for Landsake will provide your business with targeted exposure and recognition by people who appreciate our community, value the many benefits our farms provide and are committed to supporting the local economy.
The goal of this program is to encourage an appreciation for the working landscape and a desire to protect it. Every year we provide families with the opportunity to visit some of the farms we’ve helped conserve to learn about what makes them so special. Your sponsorship allows us to offer programs to area residents and to our more urban communities, such as Troy. In our Make a Connection with the Land series we will offer between 15 and 18 community programs, including Farm Photography for Kids, Gleaning for local food pantries, Nature Hikes, Bike Tours, Farm Tours, and Educational Workshops. Help us provide some terrific programs this year.
Each summer, ASA hosts a sell-out dinner to honor the families who’ve conserved their land. Our Forever Farmland Supper gives the community a festive opportunity to come together and celebrate these families over a delicious, locally sourced meal. By treating the landowners and their family members to dinner and underwriting the event, your sponsorship enables us to show our community’s appreciation for their foresight.
Protecting farmland and fostering a next generation of farmers must go hand in hand, because without farmers the many benefits that farms provide to our community will dwindle. Help us offer several programs to provide support to farmers. Through the Hudson Valley Farmland Network, ASAs serves as a resource to match beginning farmers seeking land with landowners looking to lease or transfer their land to the next generation. In addition to workshops on estate planning and leasing options, ASA also offers trainings for young and beginning farmers on business planning, wholesale marketing opportunities and peer-to-peer mentoring in partnership with SUNY Adirondack and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Each summer, ASA offers paid internships to students and recent graduates. The ASA internship program helps students cultivate skills through real-life experiences. Interns work on various projects and programs based on need and interest. Your sponsorship helps local students gain resume building experiences.
Help a local farmer or landowner learn to steward their forested land safely. The Game of Logging is widely acknowledged as the premier chainsaw safety and productivity training program in the country, offering hands on chainsaw safety training in a competitive environment. Top instructors combine demonstration with participation to teach chainsaw safety, productivity, conservation and cutting techniques. Your sponsorship helps make this program more affordable for farmers.
As a committee member, we’ll be askign you to do a few things. First, we’re asking you to “buy” a table for the event. At $60 per ticket, that means $600 per table. Second, and even more important, we need your IDEAS, your ENTHUSIASM, and your CREATIVITY. (No cooking or washing dishes required!)
Become an ASA Farmland Steward. Monthly giving provides us the security of a donation we can count on and is a convenient way to support our work year round. Join Today!
Make a donation to ASA in memory of or in honor of a loved one. We will be happy to send a personalized card in the mail letting them or their family members know about your thoughtful gift, along with free newsletters and other membership benefits.
A donation of land for conservation purposes is truly one of the best legacies people can leave to their community and to future generations. People can donate remainder interests in land, or conservation easements. Donating land to ASA can also provide landowners with a variety of potential tax benefits.
ASA is a member of EarthShare NY, a statewide federation of the most respected environmental and conservation charities in New York and across the US. You can make a gift to ASA by payroll contribution through EarthShare New York's workplace giving program at numerous private companies, the Combined Federal Campaign (select 27691 on your CFC pledge form) amd many state and municipal government organizations, including the New York State Employees Federated Appeal (select 999-00648 on your SEFA pledge form).
Call us to find out more about how you and your workplace can support ASA through an EarthShare New York charitable giving campaign. You can also visit EarthShare's web site at: www.earthshareny.org
The Latest NEWS
By protecting their land, Albert and Donna Marns gained new security for their family farms future.
“Preserving the agricultural heritage of our community and keeping this land available for farming in the future has always been our goal.” – Carleton Philpott
"We live in a populated area and we are really happy to know that this land will be here, capable of producing food forever." – Annie Metzger