Resolution J1296-2013

Honoring Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards upon the occasion of its designation as recipient of the 2013 Business of the Year Award

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  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 23, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards upon
the occasion of its designation as recipient of the 2013 Business of the
Year Award by the New York State Agricultural Society

WHEREAS,  The agricultural industry is part of the foundation upon which
our distinct American heritage is built; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body  takes  great  pride  in  acknowledging
outstanding  individuals and businesses associated with the agricultural
industry which clearly contribute to the spirit of  excellence  that  so
distinguishes the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern and fully in accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards upon the occasion of its designation
as  recipient  of  the  2013  Business of the Year Award by the New York
State Agricultural Society; and
  WHEREAS, The auspicious Business of the Year Award was created by  the
New  York  State Agricultural Society in 2001; its aim is to promote New
York's food system and recognize the quality, leadership and  innovation
demonstrated by New York agribusinesses; and
  WHEREAS,  Owners Oscar and Melinda Vizcarra operate the farm alongside
their three children, Amanda, Andres, and Oscar Jr.; today, they contin-
ue to expand with recent developments including  a  Community  Supported
Agriculture  program,  100-Mile Radius Meals and a new wedding and event
venue; and
  WHEREAS, Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, located in the  Town  of
Gasport, Niagara County, was founded in 1894 by Julius and Augusta Beck-
er; from its roots as a livestock, fruit and vegetable farm, the Vizcar-
ra  Family  has expanded the business to include a winery, microbrewery,
tours and private events; and
  WHEREAS, Becker Farms is a 340-acre working fruit and  vegetable  farm
that  has,  for the past 100 years, harvested its own fruits and vegeta-
bles to provide fresh produce and  a  wide  variety  of  products;  this
thriving Farm proudly sells its products directly to the public; and
  WHEREAS, Innovation, industry leadership, progressive management and a
true  love  of fruit and vegetable farming have kept the Vizcarra Family
farming for five generations, and have justly earned  them  a  New  York
State Agricultural Society 2013 Business of the Year Award; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that those family-
owned and operated businesses which enhance the well-being and  vitality
of  their  community  and  have shown a long and sustained commitment to
excellence certainly have earned the recognition and applause of all the
citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Becker  Farms  and  Vizcarra  Vineyards  upon the occasion of its
designation as recipient of the 2013 Business of the Year Award  by  the
New York State Agricultural Society; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Vizcarra Family.

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