Jim Degen Creates Commemorative Bowl for Gov. Rell

CT Governor Jodi Rell and Jim Degen
CT Governor Jodi Rell and Jim Degen

On November 18, Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell received the “Farmland Preservation Legacy Award” from Working Lands Alliance, a statewide coalition dedicated to raising awareness of the need and importance of saving Connecticut’s farmland.

The Craft Center’s own Jim Degen was called upon to turn a bowl to give to the governor for the occasion.  The bowl itself is 12½” in diameter and 3″ deep, inscribed on the bottom for the occasion, and, of course, signed by Jim.  It is made of Connecticut grown cherry and has a textured and ebonized treatment on the outside surface.

The coalition’s members include farmers, environmentalists, anti-hunger advocates, chefs, and historic preservationists.

“Governor Rell’s unwavering support for farmland preservation has led to a dramatic acceleration of land protection activity and fueled an increase in high quality farm applications to the state program, demonstrating her firm belief in the long-term future of a viable agriculture industry,” said Terry Jones, WLA Chairman.