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NY Potato Growers, Farm Show Celebrating 32 Years of Service by Melanie Wickham

Melanie Wickham
For 32 years Melanie Wickham has served the Empire State Potato Growers, Inc. as executive director, representing the group in the best light at local, state, regional, national and international gatherings. 

She has also been  the driving force behind Empire Farm Days, the largest outdoor agricultural trade show of its kind in the Northeastern U.S.  The show is held at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, N.Y. 

Now ready for new opportunities and more time with family, Wickham leaves huge footprints to fill, making two job opportunities open.

Wickham has set a high standard for advocacy and administration on behalf of the nonprofit group representing New York State potato growers managing more than 20,000 acres of potato crop for seed, fresh market sale, and processing.

"It will take two people to fill the roles Melanie Wickham has held for 32 years with the Empire State Potato Growers and Empire Farm Days," said Empire State Potato Growers President Karl Hofmann, Springville, NY.

Wickham has logged countless miles and hours over her 32-year tenure on behalf of Empire Farm Days to make it a one-stop agricultural education event packed with equipment, exhibits, field demonstrations, seminars, and learning opportunities designed to enhance the efficiency, profitability and sustainability of all types of agriculture enterprises.

"Melanie is always quick to credit the growers, sponsors, and her teams for the success of Empire Farm Days," said Hofmann, who has served on the Empire Farm Days committee and been involved with the growers association for most of Wickham’s career.  "This is our opportunity to thank her for her devotion and service as she transfers the reins to new management."

Job descriptions and application instructions for those interested in applying to become the executive director of the Empire State Potato Growers or manager of the Empire Farm Days show are available by contacting mwickham@nypotatoes.org or Kfhspuds@aol.com.


Art Reception at Books, ETC.

Dec 8 – Art Reception for Collin Arend and John Cieslinski: On Friday, December 8, at 6:00 pm, Art Reception for Collin Arend and John Cieslinski at Books, ETC. Collin is a photographer with both color and black and white photographs.  John is a collage and drawing artist.   This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 585-474-4116 or email at books_etc@yahoo.com.


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Dec 5 – Here’s to Your Health Product Party and Auction: On Tuesday, December 5, at 6:30 PM, Here’s to Your Health Product Party and Auction at Books, ETC. Come and enjoy the party and the fun. Learn about the great products from Shop.com. Free snacks and beverages will be offered. Plus, each guest will be given $1,000 in free “auction money.” This paper money can be used to bid on all the products being offered. This event is free and open to the public at Books, ETC., 78 W. Main St., Macedon NY. For more information call John at 585-474-4116 or email books_etc@yahoo.com


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