Agricultural education topic of banquet Oct. 4

Published Sep 22, 2017 at 4:00pm

LEONARDSVILLE — The resurgence of agricultural education in secondary schools will be the featured topic at the Upper Unadilla Valley Association’s (UUVA) annual banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at The Horned Dorset Inn, 2000 Route 8. Cost is $45 per person, including tax and gratuity.  Beverages are additional.  Reservations must be made by Sept. 23.  For reservations, call 315-855-4368 or 315-855-4403. A check for the total number of reservations needed should be made payable to “UUVA” and mailed to association President Larraine McNulty, 156 Pritchard Road, West Winfield, N.Y. 13491.  

The featured speaker will be Eric Bugbee, Mount Markham Central School District’s new high school agricultural education teacher and advisor for students participating in the National Future Farmers of America Organization. As part of the evening’s activities, the UUVA also will present its annual awards for historic preservation and conservation.

Mount Markham added the position of agriculture education teacher to its 2017-18 budget following a Board of Education study that engaged the community in its decision to bring agricultural education back for the first time in nearly three decades. The new program includes studies in animal, food and environmental sciences, agribusiness, agritourism, equipment repair, leadership and communication skills.  

Bugbee, who attended Waterville schools, earned a bachelor’s degree in technology from SUNY Cobleskill and is enrolled in the master’s in science education program at SUNY Oswego. He worked for about 10 years in various positions at Colgate University, served as a teaching assistant at Morrisville State College’s Wood Technology Department, and also has worked for Broedel Energy LLC in Hubbardsville.

The banquet’s four-course dinner features an appetizer choice of either lobster corn chowder or a roasted beet salad with red wine berry vinaigrette, goat cheese croquette and spiced pecans for the appetizer; a seasonal salad with crumbled bleu cheese; a main course of either pan roasted breast of chicken with proscuitto, madeira and farro or a salmon entree; and for dessert, French apple cake with caramel sauce. 

The UUVA has worked for nearly five decades to help preserve and protect the natural and historic resources of the Upper Unadilla Valley, a region that includes areas in and around Bridgewater, West Winfield, Leonardsville, Unadilla Forks, and West Edmeston.

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