St. Lawrence County Cooperative Extension honors employee, board members
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:59 pm

From left are St. Lawrence County Legislator and CCE liaison Larry Denesha, CCE Local Foods Program Leader Maria Filippi, outgoing board member Leigh Rodriguez, and Cooperative Extension Association of St. Lawrence County Executive Director Patrick Ames.

CANTON -- Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of St. Lawrence County honored an outstanding employee and outgoing members of its board of directors at its annual dinner recently.

The association's Director’s Award, for the employee who exemplifies the spirit and ideals of extension, went to Local Foods Program Leader Maria “Flip” Filippi. Her work has advanced the association’s role in serving the local food economy, established the Harvest Kitchen as a viable resource to the community, created the Master Food Preserver Volunteer Program, and provided technical assistance to countless startup food businesses, the announcement of her award said. Filippi facilitates the association’s Local Food Program Advisory Committee, which strives to advance opportunities for local growers and producers.

The Association also honored outgoing members of its board of directors, including Canton’s Director of Economic Development Leigh Rodriguez. Rodriguez completed six years on the board where she brought an insight which enabled the association to advance its financial position and program relevance. The association also recognized Cathy Shrady, St. Lawrence University, for completing her six-year term where she has served as vice chair for the past three years. She was instrumental in establishing SLU’s Sustainability Program which is hosted on association property.

The association welcomes its new board members, Bob Zufall, who operates a certified grass fed dairy farm in Lisbon, and Nancy Badlam of Kaneb Orchards in Massena.