Glen Fall Festival highlights importance of town agricultural land


Tracie Soper took a rose out of the bucket of flowers she had and put it within the bunch she was holding in her left hand. 

Soper, a florist in Glen, was creating one other bouquet inside The Glen Conservancy’s barn on Saturday, the place a number of tables had been set as much as showcase the numerous objects folks should purchase inside the town. 

Inside the conservancy, kids might draw pumpkins utilizing pastels, and folks might buy cookies from native bakers, flowers from Soper, and scenic paintings by space artists. Outside, folks have been handled to native music and will peruse crafts, baked items and produce on the market by different distributors. 

“This is to draw attention to what the town of Glen is all about,” mentioned Michelle Egelston, a member of Glen Families Allied for Responsible Management of Land (Glen FARMLand), who helped arrange Saturday’s Glen Fall Festival in about 20 days.

One of the most important traits that makes up Glen is its agricultural land, Egleston mentioned. 

Glen FARMLand has been pushing to maintain mega-solar initiatives off agricultural properties within the space. The objective of the group’s pageant was to display the importance of protecting these properties for agricultural functions, Egelston mentioned.

There is presently a 250-megawatt solar energy era facility proposed for building in Glen. It was introduced in 2020 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as one of 21 large-scale photo voltaic initiatives chosen statewide to fulfill New York’s objective of getting 70% of its energy from renewable vitality sources by the top of the last decade.

The proposed photo voltaic panel farm would span roughly 2,000 acres of land, and can be succesful of supplying energy to roughly 65,000 properties. Informational boards have been posted all through the barn with venture representatives close by to reply residents’ questions and settle for suggestions on the plans.

Egleston mentioned the venture would wreck the sweetness of Glen. 

“We have all these hills looking down over the majestic valley,” she mentioned. 

Not solely would that be ruined, however life in Glen, the place many individuals rely on folks working in agriculture, can be too, she mentioned. 

Soper, who operates Glen Cottage Farms on Route 161, believes that large-scale photo voltaic initiatives can intervene with meals sustainability, she mentioned. 

She mentioned with local weather change inflicting many wildfires out West, the Northeast and farms in New York could also be referred to as on sooner or later to assist meet a better demand for meals. 

“It’s only a matter of time before we’re called upon to provide food where there might be deficits,” she mentioned.

People exterior of Glen additionally got here to help Glen FARMLand, like Wilta Holloway from the town of Florida. She and three different artists, Lorrie Tesiero from the town of Amsterdam, Marilyn Van Allen from the town of Amsterdam and Connie Zevola from the town of Amsterdam, every introduced paintings to promote and likewise loved testing some of the opposite distributors. 

Holloway mentioned the difficulty Glen is going through is all to acquainted to her, as she too is a farmer who resides in a town with comparable points. She mentioned the large drawback is the developments are placed on prime farming land, destroying it. 

“You’re never going to get a crop there again,” she mentioned. “We’ve got enough solar.”

She mentioned you may’t miss the massive photo voltaic arrays alongside Route 30. 

“When you see all that solar, it’s disgusting,” she mentioned.

However, not everybody in Glen is towards giant photo voltaic initiatives. Tanya Cioffi mentioned she is on the fence in regards to the situation. She mentioned whereas it could be ugly to take a look at, it’s as much as the property house owners what they wish to do with their land. 

“We got enough people telling us what to do,” she mentioned.

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