The Valley Table publishers Jerry Novesky and Janet Crawshaw were honored at the Orange County Land Trust’s (OCLT) 25th Anniversary Benefit Reception, June 8 at Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis.
Jim Delaune, Land Trust executive director, presented the 2018 Louis V. Mills Conservation Leadership Award to Novesky and Crawshaw, acknowledging the couple and the magazine “for inspiring a new generation of farmers, restaurateurs, and conscious diners” over the past two decades.
John Novi, chef/founder of the famed Depuy Canal House and a nationally-recognized farm-to-table pioneer gave a tribute to the magazine founders. Novi said, “I am honored to act as Chair this evening in which we celebrate Janet and Jerry for their incredible contributions to the local food traditions and agricultural heritage of the Hudson Valley.” Crediting the magazine for also supporting living artists, Novi presented a framed print of a farmscape painted by Novi.
Novesky and Crawshaw received an original woodcut print by local artist Flavia Bacarella.
Formed in 1993, the non-profit Orange County Land Trust has protected 6,000 acres of land from development, including important farmland, tracts of contiguous forest and diverse habitats, and watershed buffer lands. In addition, the land trust owns and manages 13 nature preserves and stewards nearly 10,000 acres of land each year, ensuring their conservation values continue to be protected. The Land Trust was accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2013, meeting and exceeding the commission’s high standards for land conservation.