Celebrate Earth Day with Heroic Foods in village

BROADALBIN — In recognition of Earth Day, the First Presbyterian Church of Broadalbin, will host a light dinner on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and a special program. The community is invited to attend.

This is the church’s fourth annual Earth Day Celebration and this year the mission focus will be military veterans. Pastor Linda Martin and Kathy Sieg are the event organizers.

This year’s Earth Day free will offering will be matched by the church’s Swears Matching Fund and will again be donated to Heroic Food Farm school, located near Hudson.

Ryan O’Sullivan, veterans coordinator and program manager for Heroic Food, is the guest speaker for the event. His presentation will focus on the work of Heroic Food and impact on veterans.

Ryan served nine years as a sergeant in the Marine Corps, on active duty from June 2001 through February 2010.  He was stationed with the 1st Marine Division as a field artilleryman and light-armored reconnaissance. He served three tours of duty in Iraq and a deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary unit in Okinawa, Japan.

Today O’Sullivan is currently finishing his A.A. in political science at SUNY Dutchess and is one of the founders of the Veterans Resource Room on the DCC campus. He occupies positions on three veteran advisory committees to the following governing bodies: Dutchess County Legislature, New York state Senate (41st Dist.) Sue Serino, and state Representative (18th Dist.) Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.  A certified peer mentor through the PFC. Dwyer Foundation, a nonprofit peer mentorship program for transitioning veterans, and worked for a veterans center, (counseling center for combat vets) for 2 years.

Founded in 2012 by Leora Barish, Heroic Food offers a tuition-free training program open to all military veterans. Trainees live on the Heroic Food Farm located on 20 acres just 2 miles outside of Hudson. The training program curriculum was developed in consultation with the Hawthorne Valley Learning Center, the Cornell Small Farms Program and the Farm Veteran Coalition.

Reservations would be appreciated by calling (518) 883-8086, but are not required.

If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation for Heroic Food, please mail a check to the church at P.O. Box 86, Broadalbin, NY 12025.

By Chad Fleck

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