Farms, Food and Photography with ASA: Cannon Cattle Ranch

March 22, 2014 — 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Instructor: Ellie Markovitch Member:72. | Non-Member:80. | Materials Fee: 15 Enrollment Max: 12

Dear Students of the Farms Food Photography class,

Due to recent snow fall and ice, the Denison Farm will not be ready for our group by March 22. Since it is Maple Season in New York, we have arranged a great visit at Cannon Cattle Ranch Farm. Matt and Peggy will give us a tour of their sugar bush. We will have our class, capture the light of great views. We will cook a delicious lunch using local produce and Cannon’s Maple Syrup.

Cannon Cattle Ranch, 551 Otter Creek Rd., Johnsonville, NY 12094
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More about the Farm:

It’s maple sugaring season! Join us for a tour of the 391-acre Cannon Cattle Ranch, a 115-cow dairy operation located in Pittstown. In addition to producing high quality milk, owners Matt and Peggy Cannon have a small productive sugar bush that yields an average of 40 to 50 gallons of top-notch maple syrup annually. We’ll take a tour of the sugarhouse while Matt boils a batch of sap in the evaporator and learn more about his sugaring operation. We’ll also take a walk to the dairy barn to visit the cows and calves and see the milking parlor.

Matt and Peggy have worked hard to make their farm a success and in 2011 they decided to protect the farm from development and make sure it was available for future generations of farmers by conserving it with ASA. Otter Creek flows through a portion of the Cannon property into the Tomhannock Reservoir, creating a wetland area rich with wildlife habitat. The Cannons also took steps to protect this portion of the farm through the Federal Wetland Reserve Program. New York is rich with wonderful small family farms and the Cannon Cattle Ranch is a great example right here in our own backyard. Come see for yourself!

Please remember to prepare yourself for the weather. The farm yard and barn could be muddy so be sure to wear sturdy, water proof shoes and bring warm clothes in case it gets cold!

Looking forward to seeing all of you Saturday
Please call me if you have any questions
Ellie 518-250-9024

The Arts Center is teaming up with the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) for this unique from farm to table program: Farms, Food, and Photography. Get up with the farmer and experience daybreak on the farm. You will meet teaching artist Ellie Markovitch of early in the morning at Denison Farms, one of ASA’s conserved farms. ( )In this participatory class, you will experience the new day breaking, learn how to capture it best with your camera, even get your hands dirty by doing some of the farm work yourself! You’ll help Ellie prepare your farm to table lunch and enjoy it together while documenting it all with your camera. After the class, you can review the photos you have taken, and select the best to submit to Ellie for selection for the ASA Farms, Food, Photography exhibit in August featuring the work from teens and adults who have participated in the ASA classes and camps. Then join us at the Arts Center for the opening featuring a food tasting at the August Troy Night Out to remind the community of the important role farms and food play in our lives. Don’t forget to bring your camera! CLASS INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL ONE AND A HALF HOUR IN THE DIGITAL ARTS LAB AT THE ARTS CENTER ON FOR EDITING AND PHOTOSHOP HELP. For more information visit: