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2024 Winter Lecture Series-Program Three: Get Down & Dirty: Farming in the Adirondacks

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society is pleased to announce the third program in their 2024 Winter Lecture Series: Get Down & Dirty: Farming in the Adirondacks, a panel discussion presented by local farmers. Farms participating in this event are Harmony Hills Farmstead (Malone, NY), Little Big Farm (Sugar Bush, NY), North Country School & Camp Tree Tops Farm and Garden (Lake Placid, NY), Wild Work Farm (Keene Valley, NY). The discussion will be moderated by Aaron Thomas, Farmland & Stewardship Specialist with the Adirondack Land Trust.

Harmony Hills Farmstead, producers of quality meats, is owned and operated by Todd and Michelle Asselin of Malone, NY. The Asselins purchased their farm in 2004 with a vision to raise their own livestock in a humane and environmentally safe manner. Today, they are successfully raising their own beef, pork, and poultry. Learn more about Harmony Hills Farmstead at https://www.harmonyhillsfarmstead.com/
Little Big Farm in Sugar Bush, NY is owned and operated by Jeffrey and Marissa Dupra. They produce fresh and dried herbs, eggs, pumpkins and vegetables. Their produce is grown using organic, permaculture methods. Their goal is to move toward a sustainable agricultural model where the farm becomes a closed loop of production and everything that lives is nourished by everything that dies. Waste of all manner is reduced, reused, repurposed, recycled and rejuvenated. Learn more about Little Big Farm at https://www.jeffreywanzerdupra.com/little-big-farm

The North Country School & Camp Treetops Farm and Garden program offers students and campers hands-on learning experiences. By being active participants in the farm’s daily activities, campers and students come to understand not just the hard work it takes to grow, care for and raise food, but the importance of knowing where their food comes from. Students and campers gain these perspectives through a range of activities, chores, and learning experiences—caring for resident barn animals, growing, tending to, and harvesting the farm’s crops and learning about the benefits of organic, sustainable farming practices. Erica Burns, who grew up on a farm near the Genesse Valley, will be representing the North Country School where she works as Barn Manger and Riding Instructor for the school. Learn more about The North Country School & Camp Treetops Farm and Garden at


Wild Work Farm is a three-acre farm that operates on collectively-owned leased land in Keene Valley. The farm is owned by Lissa Goldstein who operates the farm with a crew of 4-5 other farmers. Wild Work Farm supports the community by providing locally produced high-quality fruits and vegetables. Before starting Wild Work, Lissa managed Sole Food Street Farms, an agricultural social enterprise in Vancouver, British Columbia. She and her husband, Steve, moved to the Adirondacks in 2017 to continue the family tradition of producing food at Rivermede Farm in Keene Valley. Learn more about Wild Work Farm at https://www.wildworkfarm.com/

All 2024 Winter Lecture Series programs are free and open to the public and will be held at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts auditorium at 7:00 pm. A raffle for a basket of goodies will be held at each event in support of the Historical Society’s Winter Lecture Series.

The final program in this year’s Winter Lecture Series will take place on Thursday, April 18th. The program, Lake Placid Steamboats, Fancy Hotels, and the Gilded Age, is an all-new historical photo tour presented by RJ Potter, retired radio and television broadcaster and former educator.


March 21
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Lake Placid Center for the Arts
17 Algonquin Drive
Lake Placid, NY 12946 United States
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