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Olive Crews (maiden name: Olive Mathewson) is a resident of West Oneonta, New York. She grew up on a dairy farm in Westford, New York, before majoring in math at Hartwick College in Oneonta. She began teaching math to high schoolers in South Carolina…

Wilfred (Willy) Bruneau, along with his wife Joan Bruneau, is the owner and operator of Middlefield Orchard. Growing up in New England, Willy has not always been in agriculture; he had a previous long career in the high tech industry, working for IBM…

Kathryn Smith Mollach was born in 1936. She spent her early childhood in Delaware County, then moved with her family to Cooperstown, New York in 1945. The Smith family were cauliflower farmers. Kathryn discusses farming and the local farming…

Rebecca (Becky) Gretton of Springfield, New York grew up in rural Brockport in the western part of the state. She attended the State University of New York at Fredonia before beginning her career in Cortland County as an itinerant music teacher for…

Kenyon Parsons was born in Cooperstown, New York in 1966 to dairy farmer and teacher Kenyon Day Parsons and SUNY Cobleskill Professor Maryanne Rocket Parsons. With his four older sisters, Mr. Parsons worked on his father’s dairy farm in Sharon…

Scottie Baker, an antique-lover and retired teacher, shared her passion for the environment and all it provides with her late husband, Dave Baker, who worked for New York DEC Parks and Recreation and Interior Trails in the Adirondacks. In 1967, the…

Matthew Wichowsky has always been a farmer. He was born in Cobleskill, New York and moved around to different homes during the early part of his childhood before settling in Dutchess County, New York, or more specifically in Lagrangeville. He grew up…

Bill Elsey is originally from Chicago, Illinois and has been Springfield Town Supervisor since 2009. In addition, he owns and operates a rare book dealership, Leatherstocking Books. Bill’s career path and involvement in local politics have been…

Keith Schue is an environmental activist living in Cherry Valley, New York. Mr. Schue was born in California, but grew up in Virginia. He moved to Florida and worked as an engineer after finishing college at the University of Virginia. After…

Stewart Anderson is a native upstate New Yorker, who has lived in Herkimer County for thirty-plus years. He and his wife Kay live in Richfield Springs, New York. Mr. Anderson, a longtime resident of Herkimer County, has witnessed changes in the…
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