Young Farmer's Coalition Board of Director Elections and Potluck
October 23, 2022
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Grange Hall, Corfu, NY
73 Allegheny Road
Corfu, NY 14036
HostSouthwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program
Autumnal Greetings to all,
We are writing to share the details of our first official chapter meeting on Sunday, October 23 at Grange Hall in Corfu. The event will run from 5 to 7:30 pm at 73 Allegheny Road, Corfu, NY 14036. Mark your calendars and read on for important details!
This season we have been coming together to discuss what this group can achieve, including hosting farmer social gatherings, exchanging knowledge skills and resources, and working cooperatively from bulk purchasing to marketing. Now is the time to nominate board members to turn those ideas into reality!
We are hoping to attract a diverse group of farmers, those who work on farms, and agricultural service providers to serve on the board. Although we are hoping to attract predominantly young farmers, some positions listed are open to all who are passionate about these opportunities with the exception of the "Board Member" position which is reserved specifically for a young farmer.
To formalize the WNY farm community with the mission of farmers supporting farmers.
Why become a board member?
To share your knowledge, experience and expertise in the service of your fellow farmers. To work with great people who share your passion for agriculture and our local food economy. To make a lasting impact in the farming community in WNY.
What is the time commitment?
In a given month, you can expect:
Monthly Board Meetings - 1.5 hours
Monthly Events (April-October) - 4 hours
Other projects/emails/communications - 2 hours
Total monthly commitment: 7.5 hours
Are you still interested? We hope so! The attached document details descriptions of each board position.
If one of these roles sounds appealing to you, please reply to this email with your name and a brief biography you'd like to share with the group. We will be sending out another email in coming weeks with the bios of all who have been nominated for board offices. We will also be opening the floor to nominees on 10/23, and all nominees will be encouraged to stand up and share what they can offer to this organization.
Look out for another email soon detailing the meeting's agenda and to get to know those who have been nominated thus far!
*Please note: we are hoping for a volunteer to help at the event. If you are not interested in running for a position but want to lend a hand, please send us an email.
Many thanks to all those who have joined us this season!
Amy, Bari, Laura, Kelly and Emma
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