The Sullivan County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) was established by the Sullivan County Legislature in accordance with Article 25AA §302 of NYS Agriculture and Markets Law. The purpose of the AFPB is to:
The AFPB consists of eleven members, identified as either Regular or Ex-Officio, nominated by the AFPB and appointed by the Sullivan County Legislature; and includes at least: four active farmers, one agribusiness representative, one member of the County Legislature, a representative from the Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Commissioner of the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development, the Director of the County's Real Property Services Office, a Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Educator; and may also include an agricultural land trust representative. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County currently provides staff assistance to the AFPB for administrative matters.
Current Board Members
Farmer: John Gorzynski, Gorzynski Ornery Farm, Chairman (Term expires 12/31/22)
Farmer: Dan Brey, Breys Egg Farm (Term expires 12/31/24)
Farmer: Ed Leonardi, Wildcraft Farm (Term expires 12/31/24)
Farmer: Erika Malmgreen, Winterton Farms (Term expires 12/31/23)
Farmer: Eugene Thalmann, Sprouting Dreams Farm (Term expires 12/31/26)
Agri-Business Representative: Dr Joe D’Abbraccio, Catskill Veterinary Services (Term expires 12/31/23)
Soil & Water Conservation District Representative: Willie Hughson (Ex-Officio)
Sullivan County Legislature Representative: Luis Alvarez (Ex-Officio)
Commissioner of Division of Planning & Community Development: Freda Eisenberg (Ex-Officio)
Director of Real Property Services: Chris Knapp (Ex-Officio)
CCE Sullivan Agriculture Educator: Michelle Proscia (Ex-Officio)
All correspondence for the Sullivan County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) should be directed to Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, to the attention of Melinda Meddaugh, Ag & Food Systems Issue Leader, email@example.com or 845-292-6180 ext. 116.
Last updated May 17, 2023