On Thursday, October 24, The Watermark at East Hill will host a presentation on modern farming in Connecticut. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the retirement community, located at 611 East Hill Road in Southbury.

The presentation will feature guest speaker Karen Kalenauskas, President of the Litchfield County Farm Bureau, who helps run her family’s farm in Watertown. She will discuss the changing face of agriculture within Connecticut and what it takes on a daily basis to keep local farms, large or small, up-and-running.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about farming and how it affects the local economy,” said Michelle Bettigole, Executive Director of The Watermark at East Hill. “Farming is still a vital industry in the region, and we hope guests of the presentation will leave with an appreciation and understanding of the hard work and dedication it takes to operate a farm.”

The Litchfield County Farm Bureau is part of the statewide Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, a non-profit, 5,000-member organization dedicated to farming and the future of Connecticut farms. The association was formed in 1919 and has since served its members by advocating for agriculture and education on issues that keep farm families productive and in business.

Kalenauskas, along with her brother, currently manage Kalenauskas Farm in Watertown. The farm, which has been in her family for 99 years, currently produces beef, hay and sawdust, in addition to selling live animals including sheep, goats, llamas, rabbits and poultry. In addition to her role at the farm, Kalenauskas also worked for the Southbury Training School for nearly 35 years.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact The Watermark at East Hill at 203-262-6868.