Local Expert in Sustainable Agriculture to Be Guest Speaker at Fairfield Organic Town Farm Meeting



Contact: Marilyn Miller

Phone: 203-257-4394

For Immediate Release:    Legendary Organic Farmer Annie Farrell to Speak at Pequot Library June 30th

Annie Farrell, nationally-recognized ‘legendary’ organic farmer and expert on sustainable agriculture, is the featured speaker at a program highlighting plans for the Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm (FOTF). The meeting will take place Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 7:00PM in the Pequot Library Auditorium, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT. The program is being held in partnership with the Pequot Library.

Ms. Farrell was hired by Jesse and Betsy Fink to restore the Millstone Farm in Wilton, CT which was saved by the Finks from commercial development in 2006. Ms. Farrell transformed the farm into a model sustainable organic farming enterprise using biodynamic-French intensive farming techniques.   Today, the Millstone Farm provides fresh vegetable produce to some of Fairfield County’s best farm-to-table restaurants including “The Boat House” and “Le Farm” in Westport as well as “The School House” in Cannondale Crossing.

Annie first gained local notoriety when she collaborated with Paul Newman and Michel Nischan, to launch “The Dressing Room” restaurant.  She has also designed farms for other celebrities including Dave Matthews and Annie Leibowitz.  ABC News dubbed Annie, ‘the farmers’ farmer’. The FOTF is hoping to have Annie’s guidance in designing Fairfield’s aspiring organic teaching farm.

Dr. Ray Poincelot,  Fairfield University Professor Emeritus, founder and editor The Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and member of the FOTF Advisory Board, calls Ms. Farrell a “national treasure.”

Analiese Paik, founder and editor of the Fairfield Green Food Guide (www.fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com), and member of the FOTF Board of Directors, will emcee the event. The Fairfield Green Food Guide is a free online consumer resource for finding local sustainably grown food, farm-to-table restaurants, farmers’ markets, farm stands, green grocers, CSAs and green food events in Fairfield County. Ms. Paik is a regular monthly guest on News Channel 8’s ‘Good Morning Connecticut’ weekend show.

Pamela Jones, FOTF founder and president will update progress in finalizing the farm site, and will detail plans for future farm fundraising activities. Says Jones, “The goal of the Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm is to create a working farm and organic educational center on town land in Fairfield, CT. The farm’s mission is to celebrate Fairfield’s agrarian roots by redefining our community for the 21st century through sustainable agriculture and responsible environmental stewardship. By creating this non-profit community-based agricultural resource and teaching center, Fairfield will become part of the greater global environmental movement.  Annie Farrell is our inspiration and role model.  She is also a delegate to the 2010 Terra Madre convention to be held in October in Torino, Italy.  It is an honor and privilege to have her as our first featured guest speaker.”

There will be many opportunities to help with the Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm. Anyone interested in learning more about plans for the farm is encouraged to attend. Please visit the farm’s website at www.fairfieldorganicteachingfarm.org.

FOTF Logo Design:  Jennifer Cole

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