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DePeyster man named NOFA-NY organic farmer of the year

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DEPEYSTER — Bittersweet Farm operator Brian Bennett has been named the Northeast Organic Farmer Association of New York’s 2014 organic farmer of the year.

It is the first time a north country or St Lawrence County farmer has been chosen for the award, according to a news release from the Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Bennett is a full-time farmer who produces vegetables and livestock. In addition, he works as a mentor to new farmers and teaches hands-on sustainability to area students and volunteers. He has worked as a workshop coordinator for the Local Living Festival and as a vegetable specialist for North Country Grown Cooperative.

He and his wife were instrumental in helping to establish the Ogdensburg Greenmarket farmers market and both have served on the Canton Farmers Market board of directors.

Mr. Bennett will be presented with the award at NOFA’s Winter Conference Jan. 24 to 26 in Saratoga Springs. For more information about NOFA, go to their website www.nofany.org or contact Ann Bennett annmb@localnet.com.

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