The 2020 Livingston County Farmer Neighbor Dinner, which will recognize LeFeber Farms as the 2020 Farm of the Year, has a new location and date.
The event is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Avon Drive-in, 1520 West Henrietta Rd., Avon. The event was originally scheduled for March, but was canceled then due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Partyman Catering will prepare and serve the meal, which includes local meats, cheeses, vegetables and dairy products for a unique farm-to-table tailgating experience.
The event has sold out. No additional vehicles can be accommodated.
The Farm of the Year Award is presented jointly by the Livingston County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Livingston County Farm Bureau.
“It’s quite an honor,” David LeFeber told The Livingston County News when the award was announced in February. “We have some really good, outstanding farms and producers here in Livingston County and to be recognized... is quite an honor.”
LeFeber, the Avon town supervisor for the past 18 years and chairman of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors, handles day-to-day operations of LeFeber Farm with the help of a handful of employees, his mother, Lucille, and wife, Andrea.
“I was doing stuff when I was eight or nine years old,” LeFeber said. “... I fed calves in the morning and afternoon. In the summers, I worked on the farm.”
It’s a life LeFeber said he “always knew” he wanted to live and one he’s poured himself into for the vast majority of his life.
LeFeber Farms can trace its roots back nearly 100 years to 1925 when Lawrence and Olive LeFeber rented some acreage from the Wadsworth family off Reservoir Road in Avon.
Today, LeFeber Farms owns about 400 acres outright and cultivates about 1,400 acres in Avon and Geneseo.
“We grow corn and wheat, we have hay for the cows... and a few soybeans,” said LeFeber. “We have 250 milking dairy cows - Holsteins. And we have another 225 heifers... we’re raising to be milking cows at some point in time.”
The Farm of the Year is chosen based on its level of community activity, having a proactive stance toward agriculture, land stewardship, good business practices and integrity and being an advocate for agribusiness in Livingston County.
The award recognizes the variety of farming operations, both large and small dairy farms, cash-crop operations, and even horse farms, based in Livingston County. Past recipients have included Howlett Farms in Avon, the T. Joseph Swyers Farm in Ossian, Triple H Farms in Geneseo, Mulligan Farm in Avon, Leg Up Stables in Geneseo, and Macaulay Farms in Groveland.
The dinner is an annual celebration that recognizes agriculture’s position as the leading industry in Livingston County - and one of the top-performing agricultural communities in New York State - while bringing together farmers and neighbors as a means to foster a better understanding of the vital role played locally by agriculture.