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Parties & Openings

Nov. 11 - Chatham
PS21 Gala

Nov. 4 - Pittsfield
NAACP Awards Dinner

Oct. 29 - G. Barrington
Halloween At L'Atelier

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Farm-To-Table With Purpose in Roxbury

Rachel Louchen reports from Roxbury. Farm-to-table dinners are fairly regular occurrences in our region, but Litchfield County’s Sustainable Healthy Communities (SHC) annual Farmer’s Table dinner served an important cause: the farmer. On Saturday, August 6, Toplands Farm was host to the annual dinner, which benefits the farmers directly, explained committee member Cynthia Oneglia [at left with fellow committee member Eileen Liwin].“The dinner benefits the farmer by supporting programming over the winter and helps the initiative throughout the year.” Said initiative of SHC is to promote sustainable agriculture, local food, and active healthy lifestyles in the communities of Northwest Connecticut. Other SHC programs include the Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Market, implementing student-maintained gardens at local schools and the current development of the food hub. The annual dinner has taken place at other farms throughout the county previously and this year’s location, a 650-acre farm that produces meat and eggs, is also notable for its huge collection of antique tractors, some over 100 years old.

Steven Lander and writer Constance Leisure; Kimbra Lien, Ed Dina and Nikki Hine, who works at Toplands Farm.

Bill and Lesley King, farmers/owners of Back 40 Farm in Washington, with Julie Bailey of the event committee.

Joan Burgess and Anna Gill; Tim Armbruster, who helps restore the collection of antique tractors, and his wife, Kelly Armbruster, who grew up on the farm, where her father, Ken Murphy, is the farm manager.

Peggy Capozzi and Donald Capozzi with their cousin, Nonie Diebold, owner of Toplands Farm and host of the dinner with her husband, Dudley Diebold.

Restaurateur Philippe Bernard, owner of Saju Bistro, Osteria al Doge and Osteria Laguna, with Mike McGill and committee member Pucci McGill; committee member Tim Walch and Nick Sedelnik.

Sally Taylor and Michael Maddalena; Ed Cady, Jr., Julie Cady and farmer Rick Distel of Hedgelawn Farm in Washington.

Ben and Stephanie Paletsky of South Farms in Morris with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

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