Katharine Petronis – President
Dr John Sconzo – Vice President
John is a graduate of Dartmouth, and attended medical school at Columbia University, specializing in anesthesiology. He has practiced in the upstate NY area for over 25 years.
With food as his passion, John has taken many trips to different culinary destinations, shows, and events, frequently bringing members of his family. He counts many legendary chefs and food writers as friends. Docsconz.com, is the blog where he chronicles his travels, which is a fascinating read in all things culinary and slow food related.
John is concerned about the local food economy, and food policy on a national scale. He can be seen frequently attending the different local farmers markets, conversing with the vendors, many who call him by name. His is also the co-founder/treasurer of Slow Food Saratoga Region.
Billie Taft-Sitler – Treasurer
Currently, Billie is a Vice President and Corporate Banking Officer at Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Transitional Services Association Board of Directors and a member of the Community Hospice Associate Board.
A life long horse enthusiast, Billie and her husband, Justin are in the process of starting a horse farm at their Greenfield Center residence. The farm is known as Granite Stables LLC and is currently home to 3 horses and 3 dogs.
In her free time, Billie actively trains and shows horses on the local and regional Morgan show circuit.
Barbara Glaser – Secretary
Sandy has always had a passion for traveling, and to date has been in every U.S. state as well as almost 20 countries. Many of the travels has been due to presenting with Paul at organic farming conferences, and every trip included farm visits to broaden their knowledge of agriculture. Organizing conferences and workshops is a skill Sandy enjoys and she has been on the Steering Committee for the New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference for 10 years. Sandy has managed The Sustainable Farmers’ Network since 2004; it is an organization that has been helping regional farmers network through tours, workshops, bulk buying and information sharing. In addition, she has been on many boards and committees for the farmers’ market associations handling finances, marketing, special events and promotions.
Sandy has worked with Michael Kilpatrick for many years to launch the start of their dream to turn the Pitney Farm into a Community Farm which creates opportunities for farmers and the community to work and learn together on conserved farmland.
Paul’s passion has been to teach and train people of all ages how to be successful, profitable farmers. Since 1995, Pleasant Valley Farm has hosted over 40 interns from all over the world who lived/worked on the farm, with many of them succeeding in the agricultural field.
During Paul’s thirty years as a farmer, he has served on numerous agricultural committees and boards. This includes Cooperative Extension’s Ag & Horticultural steering committees, farmers’ markets Boards for 21 years, Founder and President of the Federation of Farmers’ Markets of New York State, as well as being on the Ag Center committee for the Washington County Fair for 17 years. Paul has been a long-time presenter at conferences across the United States and Canada and hosted numerous tours of Pleasant Valley Farm, including the Farm Aid one in 2014. Consulting and mentoring farmers throughout the country, as well as working with major seed companies and Extension on trials and product evaluations have been an important mission in serving agriculture.
Michael has interned at several notable farms including Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm in Virginia. Over the years he has collaborated with the Arnolds, Eliot Coleman, Adam Lemieux and others in the sustainable farming movement. He has served on several congress members’ agricultural committees.
Currently he is helping small farms become sustainable and effective businesses, researching four season farming and season extension, and developing tools for small farms. He has been working on the Pitney project for 5 years now with the Arnold’s.
Michael splits his time between Germantown, OH and NY state, working on two farm start-ups. He and his wife Savannah have a one year old daughter, Charlotte.
Kim Feeney London
Our Advisory Council
Thomas R. Kershner
Suzanne Balet Haight