Meeting featured locally produced foods

The Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District 63rd annual meeting was held this past fall at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds in Cortland.

Many individuals, farmers and businesses were recognized for their conservation efforts during the 2013 year.

The focus of the SWCD banquet was to celebrate and provide to the attendees various local foods and wines available in Trumbull County. Smokin’ Bill, who recently retired from Y-103 radio, was the master of ceremonies for the event. John Gabielle provided the wonderful music for the reception and during dinner.

The evening kicked off with a free wine taste featuring Country Porch Winery of Cortland and the Greene Eagle Winery of Mecca.

Then, celebrated local chef Doug Webb and the officers of the Trumbull County Junior Fair served an all-local foods grand buffet featuring grass-fed beef; stuffed papalando peppers from Manna Farm; local cheeses and produce from the Lake to River Food Hub; Southwestern-rubbed braised brisket from Miller Farms Co Op; chicken cacciatore from Charlanne Farm; and sausage-stuffed zucchini, creamy coleslaw, rice pilaf and fresh dinner rolls. Desserts were provided by bake-off contestants.

All of the local foods were coordinated by the SWCD Executive Assistant Kathy Telego.

Executive Chef Doug Webb has been cooking in commercial kitchens for 20 years after his graduation from the Pennsylvania Culinary and is a member of the American Culinary Federation. He was formerly the chef at Alberini’s in Niles and is now the executive chef at the Globe Restaurant in Hubbard.

The speakers for the evening included Christina Perry from 30 Mile Meals discussing the local foods initiative and Dr. Holly Maggiano of Earth Angel Farm, who detailed the projects and events of this nonprofit organization which supports individuals with physical and developmental disabilities in an agriculture setting.

Be sure to stop by Ponderosa on Elm Road in Howland during the month of January to support the Earth Angel Farm program.

Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda was also in attendance and spoke about the work and accomplishments of the SWCD over the past couple of years.

Local artist John Lubinetski painted a rain barrel for 2013 which focused on “Conservation is for All Seasons.” At the banquet, a name was drawn out from the weekly contest winners of the SWCD Facebook Conservation Question of the Week to win the painted rain barrel. The winner was Martha Yoder of West Farmington.

The Trumbull SWCD 63rd annual meeting / awards ceremony event sponsors included ct consultants, Farm Credit Services, CONTECH, Trumbull County Holsteins Association, Manna Farms, Earth Angel Farm, 30 Mile Meals, Charlanne Farm, Lazy B Trailers, Eat’n Park, Panera Bread, Lake to River Food Hub, and Farm Bureau.

The Trumbull SWCD is a political subdivision of the State Of Ohio with local, state, and federal partners and wishes all a Happy New Year.

Mike Wilson is the executive director of the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District and is an associate member of the Trumbull County Farm Bureau.