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STURBRIDGE, MA - Good
news for foodies: Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner F. Philip Prelli
is working to bring more Connecticut-grown food to tables in local
schools and restaurants.
Expanding programs to
bring the fruits of the field to more community tables is a key strategy
for agriculture in the state and throughout New England, Prelli told a
sizeable opening-session crowd at the 2009 Harvest New England
There’s a diverse,
ever-changing market. That’s how we’re going to grow it,” he said.
Commission of Agriculture Doug Peterson amplified Prelli’s optimism
about positive signs for those who want local produce and meat.
After visiting farms,
farmers markets and agricultural fairs over the past six months,
Peterson said, “I have an intuitive feeling inside of me that we are in
the middle of an agricultural renaissance.”
If we play our cards
right, all of you sitting here stand to be in a growth industry for the
next decade,” he predicted.
The Harvest New England
conference brought together an estimated 800 participants to talk about
how farmers can market and grow their businesses. The annual gathering
was held Feb. 24-26 in Sturbridge, Mass.