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Long Island Cheese Pumpkin Project

November 14, 2016

IMG_5635The Long Island Cheese Pumpkin Celebration was held this past Saturday and we were lucky enough to be a part. Held at Jimmy’s No. 43 in NYC, the event gave great insight into not only this special pumpkin but also what it takes to bring something like this back to life and back into the hands of consumers.

Ken Ettlinger and Amy Goldman Fowler, pioneer advocates for seed saving,  plant breeding and heirloom fruits and vegetables led the discussion amongst many other important influential players in our food system. Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Seed Library, Johanna Kolodny, food systems consultant, Derek DiGuglielmo, founder of Eat Local NY, Steph Gaylor owner of Invincible Summer Farms and founding member of the consortium, Jim Richards cask master at Blue Point Brewery and panel moderator extraordinaire Laura Luciano, who is also a founding member of the consortium and influential food writer.img_4801-copy

In addition to the lively and educating discussion, the event allowed us to taste the Long Island Cheese pumpkin prepared by several contestants in a judged portion. Winner Maya’s Jams put together a delicious oreo style cookie filled with cream and their Long Island Pumpkin jam.

Amy Goldman Fowler, was busy signing books from her beautiful collection of coffee table growers guides. Amy’s writing has appeared in such publications as Martha Stewart Living and Organic Gardening. She has been profiled by the New York Times, Washington Post, New York Sun, Organic Style, and Horticulture. In addition, she has appeared on Martha Stewart Living TV and PBS’s The Victory Garden.

img_4790 Ken Greene displayed the brand new 2017 seed art calendars and seed packets. We made sure to pick up cheese pumpkin seeds to share with our friends and favorite Hudson Valley chefs. img_4792

A well-attended, fun, informative, and organized event that truly showcased how it takes a team of like minded individuals who are dedicated to the preservation of our food heritage to bring something like the Long Island Cheese Pumpkin back to life. img_4789

Upcoming events

October 19, 2016


Jason Foscolo, principal food law attorney at The Food Law Firm, will lead workshops and join panel discussions at Pace Law School,  Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture.

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University will host a panel discussion on the career of food law for anyone interested in the field.

At Catskills Farm and Food Conference, Cornell Cooperative Sullivan County, food business entrepreneurs, and community members near and far will have the unique opportunity to learn proven strategies to help them add value to farm products. Jason will lead a special workshop on FDA compliant food labeling, designed to empower the DIY food business entrepreneur. There is still an opportunity to register for this. Don’t miss out!

Arcadia’s Veteran Farmer Program is a multilayered, hands-on educational program that develops new farmers; capitalizes on the growing market in local, sustainably grown foods; and encourages entrepreneurship and job creation. This robust program helps pay veterans to learn how to farm, helps them find affordable land, provides easy market access for the food they produce to satisfy public demand, and reinvigorates the farm sector with skilled new growers, eager to begin their next phase of life. In keeping with the objectives of the program, Jason will be leading a workshop on the comprehensive legal risks of farm businesses.


June 14, 2016

china_630_0Join us on June 17th, 2016 at 8:30 am – 12:00 pm at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. Hosted by The Accelerator, powered by the Orange County IDA. 

The conference is open to growers, food manufacturers, equipment suppliers, distributors, regulators and academia. The event will focus on challenges facing the food manufacturing sector with a keynote focus on new food safety regulations and process techniques. A thought-provoking panel discussion will be held with industry leaders from prominent Mid-Hudson Valley food manufacturers. There will be networking opportunities before and after the program. The event is free, but registration is required.

To register, visitwww.mhvfoodprocessingconf.eventbrite.com

To learn more, contact Melanie Schouten at 845-234-4449.

Food Law on the Road: Panel Discussions at the Local Food Association

November 18, 2014

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Jason recently returned from a great event with the brand-new Local Food Association, held in Chicago, Illinois. The group is the first ever trade association for local and regional food businesses.

Jason was on two panels at the eventUnderstanding Legal and regulatory Considerations for your Local Food Business, and Building Transparency and Trust in Production and Sourcing Practices.

Our firm and the Local Food Association are now planning to host a course of two to three hours in duration, tentatively titled “Food Law for Food Business Executives.” Stay tuned for details.

Food Safety Rules: How Will They Affect You?

June 6, 2013

Mark your calendars for June 20th at 6pm. We will be presenting about Food Safety on behalf of the Amagansett Food Institute at The Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton. Great for not only farmers and food entrepreneurs but anyone interested in learning more about where their food comes from. See you there! 

Science and Compliance-Developing a Food Safety Plan

May 21, 2013

Mark your calendar for June 6th from 11:30am-12:30pm. Along with Dr. Michele Pfannenstiel of Dirigo Quality Meats, we will be hosting a live audio conference designed to provide food industry professionals with the essential information they need to begin building a comprehensive food safety plan. Get started with a thorough grounding on the law and the science of food safety, as we explain how to gain a thorough understanding of the legal consequences of a food-borne illness outbreak, the major components of the Food Safety Modernization Act and provide an overview of HACCP.

Sign up here! You dont want to miss this.