Participants with retail locations within the Burnt Hill- Ballston Lake School Districts are invited to participate in map/brochure
Burnt Hills, NY (1-25-2019) A new publication “Grown and Made in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Locale” is in the planning stages through the efforts of the BH-BL Business & Professional Association (BPA) Visioning Committee and the Town of Ballston Farmland Protection and Preservation Committee (FPPC). The publication will feature a directional map highlighting retail agricultural businesses and related cottage industry sites in the locality of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District.
“The BPA is collaborating in this initiative in recognition of local farming as integral to our local business culture,” said Dacey Bonney, BPA Visioning Committee Chair. “With ‘Buy Local’ trending and the popularity of agricultural tourism, we envision we are meeting a need for local residents and visitors alike. We see the project as impacting the entire community in a positive manner.”
“The committee is diligently compiling the list of growers and artisan ‘makers’ with retail locations on their properties,” said Kelly Jasinski, of the FPPC. “The response has been enthusiastic. So far we have a score of participants including a new winery, agricultural event venues, several farmers, a weaver, and a candle maker. Residents and visitors will also be directed to horseback riding lessons, tack and equine supplies, a seasonal farmer’s market, seasonal produce, homemade jams, flowers, baked goods, farm fresh eggs, hay, cornstalks, pumpkins, raspberries, wood-fired maple syrup, honey, and grass-fed beef, chickens and pigs. It’s a concerted effort and there is room for more. We don’t want to miss anyone.”
The brochure is expected to be launched in the spring of 2019. The project is planned to heighten awareness of and increase commerce of growers and artisans working in the BH-BL area to a targeted audience of residents and visitors.
“The agricultural community sees this as a marketing opportunity that is in line with our mission of advancing farming here,” said Scott Draina, Chairman of the Town of Ballston Farmland Protection and Preservation Committee. “The field of agriculture has, historically, always been a major source of business and plays a vital role in the Town of Ballston and we hope it will always continue to be. The brochure is a way to strengthen and sustain those agricultural businesses while also promoting the area, in general. It's really a win-win for the whole Town.”
To receive a registration form to be included in the brochure, contact committee member Joanne DeVoe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518 573-0773. There is no fee to participate. The deadline for filing an application is February 28, 2019. The committee needs ample time to coordinate the participants’ descriptions with the map “footprint”. The deadline is firm.