Climate of Change:
NOFA-NY’s 2019 GALA

Friday, August 23 • 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Locust Grove • Poughkeepsie, NY

 
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Supporting organic food and farmers, human health, and the well-being of the planet.

Please join NOFA-NY for an evening of inspiring speakers, a farm-to-table dinner, open bar, and silent and live auctions to support the organization’s programming for organic farmers and consumers in New York State.

 

 

Featured Speakers

 
Isabella Rossellini runs an organic farm in Brookhaven, NY in association with the Peconic Land Trust. Her book about raising heritage chickens entitled  My Chickens and I  is published in the USA by ABRAMS Books.  Ms. Rossellini grew up in Paris and Rome. When she was 19, she moved to New York City, working as a translator and journalist for RAI-Italian Television. She began a modeling career at the relatively advanced age of 28, appearing on numerous covers of magazine such as  Vogue ,  Elle ,  Harper’s Bazaar,  and  Vanity Fair.   An enduring style icon, she began a 14-year run in 1982 as the exclusive spokesperson for Lancome. When she turned 40 years old, an age considered too advanced to represent beauty industry, her contract was not renewed. Isabella launched her own cosmetics brand Manifesto but in 2016 Lancome hired her again as a spokesperson with the specific intent to promote inclusiveness and fight against ageism.  Ms. Rossellini made her cinematic debut as an actress in 1979 in the Taviani brothers’ film  Il Prato  (The Meadow) and has appeared in numerous other films, including the American features  Blue Velvet ,  White Nights ,  Rodger Dodger ,  Cousins ,  Death Becomes Her ,  Fearless, Big Night  and more recently in  Joy.  She has worked with directors including Robert Zemeckis, David O. Russell, David Lynch, Robert Wilson, Taylor Hackford, Marjane Satrapi, and Guy Maddin.  She is also a successful television actress and filmmaker, with a keen interest in animals and wildlife conservation. Her award-winning series of shorts , Green Porno ,  Seduce Me,  and  Mammas  offers comical and scientifically insightful studies of animal behaviors. She toured in 50 different cities with a monologue based on her shorts written with Academy Award winner Jean Claude Carriere. This year she is touring her new theatrical show,  Link Link Circus,  that deals with animal behavior and cognition.  Isabella is completing her master’s degree on Animal Behavior and Conservation at Hunter College in NY and has a PhD  honors causa  from the Science faculty at University of Quebec at Montreal.  Ms. Rossellini’s philanthropic interests embrace preservation of her family’s extraordinary cinematic heritage, including the films directed by her father, Roberto Rossellini, about whom she has written, and those featuring her mother, Ingrid Bergman.  Ms. Rossellini is a mother of two and resides in Bellport, Long Island.

Isabella Rossellini runs an organic farm in Brookhaven, NY in association with the Peconic Land Trust. Her book about raising heritage chickens entitled My Chickens and I is published in the USA by ABRAMS Books.

Ms. Rossellini grew up in Paris and Rome. When she was 19, she moved to New York City, working as a translator and journalist for RAI-Italian Television. She began a modeling career at the relatively advanced age of 28, appearing on numerous covers of magazine such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair.

An enduring style icon, she began a 14-year run in 1982 as the exclusive spokesperson for Lancome. When she turned 40 years old, an age considered too advanced to represent beauty industry, her contract was not renewed. Isabella launched her own cosmetics brand Manifesto but in 2016 Lancome hired her again as a spokesperson with the specific intent to promote inclusiveness and fight against ageism.

Ms. Rossellini made her cinematic debut as an actress in 1979 in the Taviani brothers’ film Il Prato (The Meadow) and has appeared in numerous other films, including the American features Blue Velvet, White Nights, Rodger Dodger, Cousins, Death Becomes Her, Fearless, Big Night and more recently in Joy. She has worked with directors including Robert Zemeckis, David O. Russell, David Lynch, Robert Wilson, Taylor Hackford, Marjane Satrapi, and Guy Maddin.

She is also a successful television actress and filmmaker, with a keen interest in animals and wildlife conservation. Her award-winning series of shorts, Green Porno, Seduce Me, and Mammas offers comical and scientifically insightful studies of animal behaviors. She toured in 50 different cities with a monologue based on her shorts written with Academy Award winner Jean Claude Carriere. This year she is touring her new theatrical show, Link Link Circus, that deals with animal behavior and cognition.

Isabella is completing her master’s degree on Animal Behavior and Conservation at Hunter College in NY and has a PhD honors causa from the Science faculty at University of Quebec at Montreal.

Ms. Rossellini’s philanthropic interests embrace preservation of her family’s extraordinary cinematic heritage, including the films directed by her father, Roberto Rossellini, about whom she has written, and those featuring her mother, Ingrid Bergman.

Ms. Rossellini is a mother of two and resides in Bellport, Long Island.

Isabella Rossellini

Onika Abraham is the Director of Farm School NYC, whose mission is to train local residents in urban agriculture in order to build self-reliant communities and inspire positive local action around food access and social, economic, and racial justice issues. Onika is a grower and educator, with more than 15 years of experience as a senior nonprofit manager and an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from City University of New York. A Farm School NYC teacher before she was the Director, Onika has always been drawn to growing and teaching.  Onika is one of the co-founders of Black Urban Growers and has helped organize three national Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conferences. Her commitment to this work continues in her efforts to recruit Farm School NYC students that reflect the diversity of New York City, especially those from low resource and socially disadvantaged communities, and help them achieve their professional farming goals.

Onika Abraham is the Director of Farm School NYC, whose mission is to train local residents in urban agriculture in order to build self-reliant communities and inspire positive local action around food access and social, economic, and racial justice issues. Onika is a grower and educator, with more than 15 years of experience as a senior nonprofit manager and an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from City University of New York. A Farm School NYC teacher before she was the Director, Onika has always been drawn to growing and teaching.

Onika is one of the co-founders of Black Urban Growers and has helped organize three national Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conferences. Her commitment to this work continues in her efforts to recruit Farm School NYC students that reflect the diversity of New York City, especially those from low resource and socially disadvantaged communities, and help them achieve their professional farming goals.

Onika Abraham

Scott Chaskey is a poet, farmer, and educator who has worked the land for the Peconic Land Trust at Quail Hill Farm—one of the original CSA farms in the country—for 30 years. He is past president of NOFA-NY, and a founding Board member of The Center for Whole Communities (Vermont), and Sylvester Manor Educational Farm (Shelter Island, NY). In 2013 he was chosen as Farmer of the Year by NOFA-NY.  This Common Ground , a memoir, was published to critical acclaim by Viking/Penguin, and in 2014 Rodale published his most recent book,  Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds.

Scott Chaskey is a poet, farmer, and educator who has worked the land for the Peconic Land Trust at Quail Hill Farm—one of the original CSA farms in the country—for 30 years. He is past president of NOFA-NY, and a founding Board member of The Center for Whole Communities (Vermont), and Sylvester Manor Educational Farm (Shelter Island, NY). In 2013 he was chosen as Farmer of the Year by NOFA-NY. This Common Ground, a memoir, was published to critical acclaim by Viking/Penguin, and in 2014 Rodale published his most recent book, Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds.

Scott Chaskey


 

Support our Programs

Founded in 1983, NOFA-NY is the premier statewide organization growing a strong organic and sustainable agriculture movement in New York State. NOFA-NY provides education and assistance to local organic and sustainable farmers; connects consumers with organic and sustainable farmers; advocates policies that support a sustainable food and farm system at both the state and federal levels; and, is the largest USDA-accredited organic certifier in New York, certifying over 1,000 organic operations in the state.

We believe that organic is for everyone—and you can help us grow!

 
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healthy food access

With your help, we will revitalize our Neighborhood Farm Share Program to subsidize Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for those in need.

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Education

We support farmers in all stages of their career paths, beginning to advanced, through educational events, technical assistance, resources, and networking opportunities.

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Advocacy

With your support, NOFA-NY can amplify the organic farmer voice to shape policy in Albany and Washington, DC.