~ Eating Local in the Adirondacks & Beyond ~
In conjunction with the Mid-York Library System Grassroots Regional Read: "A Dirty Life" by Kristin Kimball, the Old Forge Library held a panel discussion entitled "Eating Local in the Adirondacks and Beyond" on October 7th. The panelist included: Peter Ostrum, Lorelle Sherman, and Star Livingstone. 
Dr. Peter Ostrum is a large animal veterinarian and senior partner at the Countryside Veterinary Clinic of Lowville, NY.    Dr. Ostrum enjoys working on small and large dairy farms concentrating on dairy production medicine, nutrition,  NYSCHAP (New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program) and embryo transfer.  Working closely with farm owners and their families has been a great source of satisfaction for Dr. Ostrum as the family farm has evolved over the past 25 years.
Lorelle Sherman is a dairy farmer who was raised on a dairy farm in the Catskills near Hobart, NY.  
She received a Bachelor's Degree in biology and chemistry at Mars Hill College in North Carolina.  Lorelle and her husband Eric and their 3 children relocated to Lewis County NY in April 2005 from Delhi, NY, where they farmed since 1998. "Head Water Registered Holstein" dairy farm is significant for their care and breeding of their registered Holsteins.  The Shermans are milking approximately 60-70 cows and raise their own young stock.
Star Livingstone has lived in Woodgate at “The Barn”, her family homestead, for over 20 years.  An organic farmer, she likes experimenting with different growing methods: stone spirals, hugels, garden towers and more. She grows a variety of vegetables and is raising chickens and ducks.  She is passionate about  organic foods : they are  not only better tasting but organic food is more nutritious than ordinary produce and it may help to lengthen people’s lives and prevent disease.

Close to 50 people spent Tuesday evening at the Old Forge Library listening to three experts present information about regional food production,  health issues related to diet, and various methods of food production.  After the formal presentations the panelists opened the discussion to the audience for questions and comments.  The Q&A session was lively and lasted almost an hour and a half!
 (Note: This program was made possible in part by funds provided by the Mid-York Library System and the NBT Bank.) 


photos by Izzie Worthen