60 Attend Rural Lands-Rural Towns Workshop

June 15, 2017
Parmalee Farm Pavilion, Killingworth, CT

Over sixty partners, planners and friends gathered in an outdoor pavilion at Killingworth’s town owned Parmelee Farm for CTRC&D’s Rural Lands Rural Towns Workshop/Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Thursday morning June 15th.

This breakfast lunch forum with CT home baked pies from Freunds Marketplace and locally made mouthwatering Redneck Donuts, hosted practicing conservations, planners, and farmers to showcase new practices and projects for long range rural land use planning, agriculture, housing, conservation and economic growth strategies.

Speakers included: Pat Young from the Eight Mile Wild and Scenic Watershed, Drew Goldsman &Cythnia Fowx from the Nature Conservancy, Dan Mullins, Eastern CT Conservation District, John Guszkowski, AICP – Northeast CT Innovation Project – CME, Deb Surabian, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Julianna Barrett, Ph.D., UConn- Sea Grant Program and Amanda Freund, CowPots – Turning Manure into Moola. An inspirational video conference message was presented by Congressman Joe Courtney who has been a terrific supporter of CTRC&D over his tenure for Connecticut’s 2nd District. Awards for project innovation and support for CTRC&D were presented by Senator Blumenthal’s and Senator’s Murphy’s office to Jim Hyde and Ray Covino for NRCS’s Soil Health Initiative, Tom Morgart, NRCS State Conservationist, Bruce Hyde and the CT Chapter of the American Planning Association, and Pride’s Corner Farms. Several attendees took part in an afternoon tour of the Lavender Farm and the CTRC&D Farm Energy project.

The forum was sponsored generously by Fitzgerald and Halliday, Earthlight Technologies, Energy Resources, Fuss and O’Neill, and PurePoint Energy.