Monday, May 7, 2012

Preparing for the WNYLC Annual Meeting

Landscaping in the rain!
We are excited to be hosting the Annual Meeting for the Western New York Land Conservancy this Friday, 6:00-8:30pm. It is not farming, but it is land related. WNYLC is an important organization that is dedicated to preserving land and natural habitats in Western New York. As hosts, we are happy to draw upon the property's history and landscape, which is a mix of farmland and wetlands.

The RSVP was on Friday May 4, but we heard it was in the newspaper today, so we thought we would keep you posted.

The event program includes the organization's annual meeting, awards, and a presentation by guest speaker Andy Zepp, director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust. His theme is "Strategies for Landscape Scale Conservation."  We are looking forward to hearing about his ideas. This is an important mission and we hope people are moved to contribute to help WNYLC reach their year-end donation goal of $50,000. Small bites will be catered by Farmers & Artisans, a local foods market and bakery, whom we adore.

In preparation, we have been busy bees completing landscaping projects and cleaning up. There is nothing like the anticipation of 60 visitors to make you think it is probably time to dust and polish. As it happens, this event is in right in the middle of planting season. Whew - we just hope we don't accidentally mulch the carpet and vacuum the hops. We certainly won't get much sleep this week. Having a deadline has made us hustle to get those beautification projects done. Bree is planning to join the board of the WNYLC in July. (Luckily, that is after planting.) For her, it is a useful way to put her background in non-profit management to some use.

We are often asked if we will host events or tours. We would like for people to experience the pretty property and learn about the history and, so, we are working toward that goal. We hope that this trial-run of being first-time hosts will give us good ideas for doing that. For now, though, we are honored to be hosting this important organization and hope their guests enjoy the meeting and its natural setting!

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