CLC Conservation Partners Celebration
This past Saturday, we hosted the annual Columbia Land Conservancy Conservation Partners Celebration. The event was attended by 76 people, easement holders and other supporters of the Columbia Land Conservancy. The CLC does a wonderful job of protecting environment, plants, and animals of Columbia County, watching over nearly 23,000 acres of land under easement. They work to also maintain the agricultural integrity of Columbia County. Through the farmer match program and other agricultural supports, the CLC is involved with 25 farms and over 1000 acres of farmland. The Conservancy also offers year-round workshops and educational outreach to people in the area.
Each year, the CLC celebrates its supporters with an annual gathering, which we hosted this year at the barn. We have worked hand in hand with the Conservancy for the past few years while developing this property.
The event was organized by Elizabeth and others at the land conservancy. It was catered by Gigi Hudson Valley, and featured amazing fare, including crab cakes, local vegetables and cheeses, and assorted crostinis. Beverages were crafted and served by Farm to Glass Tours, with seasonally inspired cocktails and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks.
Here Heidi, from the CLC and Kelley, from Farm to Glass Tours, discuss event logistics at the barn prior to the gathering.
The party gets going.
Peter Paden, Executive Director of the CLC, welcomes everyone, and Ian says a few words.
The party transitions to the (almost complete) Passive House.
It was wonderful to meet other CLC supporters in the area, to share our vision and hear what others are doing. Thanks to everyone involved!