New Leaf Associates, Inc., of Ithaca, New York, USA
New Leaf Associates provides research, publishing, data analysis and technical services to farm and food organizations, agencies and businesses across North America. New Leaf specialize in regional agriculture development and food system planning — from simple assessments and evaluations of local supply chains, to our specialty crop agriculture industry cluster retention and expansion program (ACRETM) — a new program based on our work in the Concord Grape Belt of western New York and Pennsylvania.
295 Hook Place
Ithaca, NY 14850
Agriculture and food systems have been the central focus of Duncan Hilchey’s entire professional life. He was raised in Huntsville, Alabama, the son of a tenant-farm cotton picker and an entomologist. After several youthful dalliances in organic gardening and small livestock production, he discovered that his contribution to agriculture and food systems was not going to be in farming. His first job after receiving his B.S. in agricultural education at the University of New Hampshire in 1981 was as a VISTA volunteer with the Central New Hampshire Agricultural Marketing Project, where he established one of the first mobile farmers’ markets in the U.S. catering to low-income and senior housing facilities. He also co-authored a publication on organizing grower cooperatives.
Amy Christian, Managing Editor
Amy is president of New Leaf Publishing and Consulting and managing editor of its publications. Amy draws her editing and production skills from many years of work in the private sector, including Fortune 500 companies. But her roots are solidly in the New England countryside. Growing up in New Hampshire she helped her father produce maple syrup every spring. She graduated salutatorian of Pinkerton Academy and entered Wellesley College, taking coursework in political science. After developing an interest in human services, she transferred to Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology and majored in human service planning.
Banner photos include a Cape Cod cranberry bog; a cranberry “screen house” used to grade fresh cranberries; farmland near Lake Placid, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains; Montmorency cherry trees on the Mission Peninsula of northern Michigan; the historic Round Barn in the South Mountain Apple Belt of Adams County, Pennsylvania; the “Sea of Grapes” district of the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt, near Erie, Penn; a field of cabbages near Shortsville, NY, home to one of the world’s largest sauerkraut factories. All photos copyright by Duncan Hilchey.
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