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Yates ag tour includes Potter ‘muck’

You would have a hard time finding someone who likes getting their hands dirty more than Christy Hoepting.

Then again, it is her job — and judging by the ever-present smile on her face Monday, it’s a job she truly enjoys.

Hoepting, a vegetable specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension, led an excursion of what locals refer to as the “Potter muck” during a Yates County legislative agriculture tour. The tour is held every two years.

About 50 people, including county legislators, Extension staff, and other county and municipal officials, got a close-up look at Torrey Farms of Potter, which grows about 1,200 acres of specialty vegetables in a seven-mile stretch from Potter to Gorham in Ontario County. Torrey Farms, which is based in the Genesee County community of Elba, also manages more than 10,000 acres of muck land in Genesee, Orleans, and Niagara counties.

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