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November 6, 2011

Farm Briefs: Nov. 6, 2011

Farm Fest to be held at Conroys Organics

WEST CHAZY — On Saturday, Nov. 12, Conroys Organics will host a festival to celebrate local and organically grown foods and wines.

Conroys Farm Fest will be held at 8173 Route 9, West Chazy, from 12 to 4 p.m. The Festival will showcase a wine tasting featuring both red and white organic wines along with locally grown wine including Stone House Vineyards and Hid-In-Pines Vineyard. Also offered will be samples from The Bakery at Conroys Organics, raw and natural food samples of local organic cheeses, meats and juices.

An aerobatic demonstration will accompany outdoor activities including a petting zoo, hay ride and bounce house. Families can enjoy entertainment and ghost stories by Gordie Little.

Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. Questions about grocery shopping for dietary concerns and common food allergies can be answered in an open forum with Mary Bushey and Danielle Giordano.

"It is nice to all be on the same page in support of our local movement," said Melissa Provost of Country Dreams Farm.

In 2004, Conroy Organics brought local organic and natural foods, Conroy natural beef, artesian breads and pastries, local crafts and imports to the North Country year round. Today, customers enjoy a wi-fi café, grocery and feed store, baked goods on-site and a wide variety of local, organic and imported spirits. Conroys Organics supplies local and regionally supplemented available products. For more information, contact Jenny Scotto at 562- BEEF or visit www.facebook.com/con roysorganics.

Scholarships to organic conference offered

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is offering farmer-education scholarships to cover registration costs to its annual winter conference.

The conference will be held from Jan. 20 to 22 in Saratoga Springs. Through funding from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, the Risk Management Agency of the USDA and NOFA-NY's Farmer Education Fund, NOFA-NY offers scholarships to aspiring, new and experienced farmers as well as to teachers and student groups.

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