Albany, NY - The New York State Agricultural Mediation Program (NYSAMP) is pleased to announce that Claudia Kenny has joined the organization as statewide director. Claudia brings over 20 years of experience as a farmer and sustainable food system activist. She and her husband own and operate Little Seed Gardens, a 97-acre family farm in the Hudson Valley region. Claudia has worked on agriculture related projects with diverse stakeholders and has been a mentor to young farmers on farm as well as through the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York mentoring programs.
Claudia obtained her master’s degree in conflict resolution with a concentration in environmental conflict from Antioch University Midwest. She is also a graduate of Mediate Your Life where she was trained in compassionate communication and mediation.
“We are delighted that Claudia is joining our organization. Her combined background is perfect for this position. We look forward to her leadership role and vision for ensuring that mediation will be useful to folks in the agricultural community in resolving conflict, making collaborative plans, and preserving important business and personal relationships.” Charlotte Carter, Executive Director of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, Inc. NYSAMP is one of several state wide dispute resolution programs administered by NYSDRA.
NYSAMP works with mediation service providers in every county in New York. Highly trained and experienced mediators provide effective ways to help people solve problems themselves and to avoid the high costs of escalating conflict or litigation. Those problems include unpaid bills, machinery and supplier credit, farm family-neighbor disputes, and farmer-community relations. More than 900 people in the agricultural community use NYSAMP annually; of over 400 mediations 93% result in agreement. NYSAMP provides the agricultural community an opportunity to communicate clearly, negotiate effectively, and find understandings that can lead to fair and workable solutions. www.nysamp.com