Scott Chaskey, Vice President of the Sylvester Manor Board and Director at Quail Hill Farm, was honored as “Farmer of the Year” at the Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association of New York (NOFA-NY) Winter Conference, which took place last weekend in Saratoga Springs from January 24 to January 27.
The conference featured dozens of workshops for beginner to advanced farmers on topics ranging from seeds and soils to marketing and distribution. Representatives from Sylvester Manor led a worksong workshop attended by over 50 farmers. The workshop taught attendees how to use song as a tool on diversified small farms.
The Sylvester Manor Worksongers, a band comprised of both current Sylvester Manor farmers and farm crew alumni, also performed during the conference opening ceremony. The Worksongers brought all 1300 conference participants to their feet with traditional New York fiddle tunes, southern blues, and even their very own “Farm-Reggae” blend.