Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Local food entrepreneur passed away yesterday

With sadness, we pass along this announcement from Regional Access:

Regional Access
March 30, 2011
Dear Friends and Colleagues,  

It is with a heavy heart and an incredible sense of disbelief that I write to share the news that our founder, mentor and patriarch, Gary Redmond, unexpectedly passed away yesterday.   

From those who knew him well from his many years of diligent, smiling commitment to the work he loved most, to those who may have only recently made his acquaintance-my condolences go out to you as well, for Gary's touch and vision were both singular and enduring.     

In this time of mourning, I am thankful for that vision and for all of the opportunity Gary created, both within our immediate community and the greater region that he so deeply believed in.   His ability to connect producers with markets and to forge fast friendships through a common belief in great food has, and will continue, to impact us all.   

Please know that I, along with my incredible Regional Access family, will be striving to uphold, strengthen and grow Gary's clear vision of creating a sustainable regional foodshed for the Northeast.   

For those able to attend services, they will be held at Greensprings Natural Cemetery at 293 Irish Hill Rd in Newfield, NY this coming Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 2pm.  Please wear seasonal attire (it's 10* colder in Newfield and it's really muddy!).   

For directions to Greensprings, please follow this link:

A celebration of Gary's life will follow the services at Regional Access located at 1609 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY.  We will have some food and drink to share however, additional contributions would be appreciated. If you'd like to do that, please contact us via email on Friday or check for updates via Facebook as we are still finalizing arrangements in the midst of continuing our day to day work.  Your outpouring of support has been amazing and humbling. 

We look forward to sharing smiles, stories and tears in honor of this beautiful friend, father, and community leader.    


Dana Stafford
General Manager
Regional Access

For more about Gary Redmond, see Eating Ithaca's podcast interview with him, from 2009.

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