Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
- Jessica Olenych, coordinator for Common Ground Educational Consulting, will talk about watershed education and a grant funding available for watershed bus tours to the New York City Watershed;
- New York State Assemblymember Cliff Crouch, who represents the 107th District and sits on the Agricultural Committee, will talk about agriculture and forestry topics; and,
- New York State Senate candidate Dave Sager for the 42nd District (STILL TENTATIVE as of 11 a.m.).
Monday, October 25, 2010
The season change impacts few activities in the watershed. If anything, the weather steels us against hunkering down as you will find more reasons to leave your house than to snuggle by the fire throughout the winter.
Take, for example, the "Made Here: Local Producer Meet n' Greet" scheduled for Wednesday, October 27. Presented by Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce at CCE-Sullivan offices in Liberty, the evening event (7-8:30p) brings together all who "farm it, stock it, serve it or want to do so in the future." Kings in the Kitchen will demonstrate live a deliciously easy recipe made up of a choice of locally raised ingredients. EnviroEnergy will speak about hay pelletizing an alternative to transform fallow land into sustainable pellets for fuel. For more info, call the Chamber at (845) 791-4200.
The two-part workshop "Managing for Success" is a "must do" on Thursday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for anyone who's thought about starting or improving a farm business. Sponsored by the Watershed Agricultural Council and hosted by CCE-DC in Hamden, the course is designed to help farmers determine priorities, understand decision-making mechanics, and plan for the future.
For loggers and foresters, Game of Logging: Level 1 comes to Middleburg on Friday, October 29. This all-day workshop focuses on chainsaw safety and open-faced felling techniques. To register, contact CCE Greene County (518) 622-9820.
And if you're looking for a weekend thing, try the 14th Annual Fall Quilting Weekend at Frost Valley YMCA in Denning. Like I said, you can always find something to do in the watershed region, even if it's simply sit still!
And as an update, the Council's Biomass Feasibility Grant deadline has been extended to November 15th. Here is an interview I did with Josh VanBrakle, Wood Products Utilization and Marketing Specialist at the Watershed Agricultural Council. He shares details about the biomass grant and how you can obtain an application. See you in the watershed!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Of course, the locavore movement emphasizes local food security for different reasons than wartime propaganda campaigns did: a changing climate, an end to cheap oil, and a difficult economy, rather than the need to feed and maintain armies.
Pioneers of the New Normal
My 10-Mile Diet in a Global Food System
8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
- Kelly Coughlin, Rosehaven Inn, Hunter: she and her husband, Sean Byrne have been renovating distressed properties over the last 27 years, including two Bed & Breakfast Inns: the Fairlawn Inn (Hunter), Rosehaven (Haines Falls) and Curran's Restaurant & Suites (Tannersville).
- Bill Eklund, Eklund Farms, Stamford: a 4th-generation dairyman, Eklund has expanded his agricultural enterprise to include an organic dairy farm, a machinery-truck parts
business, a gravel-topsoil mine, and a mobile meat-processing operation.
- Cheryl Lins, Delaware Phoenix Distillery, Walton: In 2009 out of a passion for this distinct spirit, Lins navigated the maze of bureaucracy surrounding alcohol production.
10/27: Jessica Olenych, Common Ground, Arkville
11/3: Denise Warren, Stone & Thistle Farm, East Meredith
11/10: Ginny Scheer, Executive Director of the Manhattan Country School.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
- include workshops, conferences or field days,
- have an associated cost of $100 or more.
- a training to obtain a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets 20C license for the production of a value-added product in a certified or commercial kitchen,
- visiting a farm outside of the region to attend a workshop on an innovative grazing system to improve the quality of your grass-fed meat.
- traveling to a national conference on food systems development to learn about improving local food connections with institutional buyers such as schools and hospitals.
Each applicant must provide specific details related to the educational opportunity and the product or production method to be developed as a result of the awarded funding. A total of $3,250 in funding is available. Scholarship funding will be provided on a competitive basis. Funding must be used within one year of award. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain application materials by visiting the Scholarships and Grants section of http://www.purecatskills.com/.Applications must be POSTMARKED October 20, 2010. No hand-deliveries, faxes or emails. Scholarships will be awarded November 10.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Wednesday, October 20: Local Government Day, Hunter; Farm Renewable Energy Field Day, Schoharie; Woodstock Farm Festival; Deadline for Pure Catskills Educational Scholarship
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I've got my feelers out for the 20th District's U.S. Congressman Rep. Scott Murphy who sits on the Ag Committee. I'm also reaching out to a farmland protection planner in Binghamton. We'll see what shakes out.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Program is again funding field trips for groups studying the New York City watershed and working landscapes. The grant is open to:
- Any organization, community group, professional association,
- 4th through 12th grade classrooms,
- or other interested party,
- within the New York City area, Croton Watershed (Putnam, Dutchess, Westchester counties),
- and the Catskill/Delaware watershed (Greene, Delaware, Sullivan, Schoharie, Ulster counties).
You can apply for up to $3,000 toward field trip expenses. The deadline for application is November 1, 2010 at 5 p.m.
Quickly download the Guidelines and applications from the Watershed Agricultural Council's website or contact Jessica Olenych at Common Ground Consulting at (845) 586-1600.
Last year, 865 people from 18 environmental , municipal and school groups participated. Since its inception, the bus tour program has funded 94 bus tours, bringing 4,200 people to the NYC watershed to learn about working landscapes' role play in water quality.
The purpose of the Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Program is to raise awareness of the New York City water supply system from source to consumption. A group can visit environmental education facilities such as Clearpool Education Center or Frost Valley YMCA, or custom-design a field trip based on the group's educational objectives. Visits can be arranged to include New York City reservoirs, model forests, county parks, wood products businesses or other appropriate locations.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Columbus Day Monday, 10/11: Two Lark in the Park hikes: Long Pond to Mongaup Pond, Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower, Escarpment loop over Acra Point; more details can be found on the 10/7/10 post. The photo at left gives you a sense of what you can see (the Ashokan Reservoir) from High Point Mountain.
Tuesday, 10/12: Farmers Markets (Oneonta)
Wednesday, 10/13: Woodstock Farm Festival, Piglet to Platter workshop (East Meredith)
Thursday, 10/14: Small Farmer Panel Discussion (Yorktown Heights)
Friday, 10/15: Farmers Markets (Liberty, Hobart), Trained Logger Certification: Forest Ecology, Silviculture & BMPs (Agroforestry Center, Acra)
Saturday, 10/16: Farmers Markets (Kingston, Oneonta, Saugerties, Pakatakan)
Sunday, 10/17: Farmers Markets (Callicoon, Franklin & Rosendale)
FYI: Local Government Day (Hunter), rained out by last week's flood event, has rescheduled for Wednesday, October 20 at the Doctorow Center for the Arts. If you didn't register for the first date, consider joining us next week. I'll be moderating the late morning panel on public/private partnerships; Watershed Agricultural Program participant Bill Eklund is also on the panel.
For more ideas on what to do in the New York City watershed, check out the Pure Catskills webcalendar, the Watershed Agricultural Council's event page, County Chambers of Commerce or Tourism websites (Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester) or the town of your choice (such as Yorktown Heights). See you in the Watershed!
Friday, October 8, 2010
If you have an interest in expanding your ruminant livestock base, or are new to breeding and raising goats, this meeting is free and open to you. Bring a lunch and enjoy visiting this pasture-based farm.
The Doig’s are members of the American Boer Goat Association, as well as the Empire State Meat Goat Producers Association; learn more about their farm ahead of time by visiting http://www.lanarkfarm.com/.
To sign up, contact Kim Holden at 607.865.7090. This event is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County and Watershed Agricultural Council with funding from NYC DEP, USDA and other sources.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
"Conservation Opportunities & Resources for Farmers" a panel discussion at Hilltop Hanover Farm, Building F, Yorktown Heights
Cost: Free, refreshments provided
RSVP by October 12
Wondering what you, your farm and forestland might be missing out on? A diverse panel of speakers representing various local agencies and organizations will briefly highlight resources and opportunities relevant to farming, forest management, land conservation, environmental protection and alternative energy.
The topics include:
• Hilltop Hanover Farm Fall Programs and Calendar of Events. Lucille Munz, Farm Director, Westchester County
• Water Quality Protection Programs for Farm and Forest Lands in the NYC Watershed. Carrie Davis, Agricultural Program Coordinator, Watershed Agricultural Council
• Cornell's Resources for Soil Health Management. Anna Snider, Resource Educator, Westchester County Cornell Cooperative Extension
• Converting to organic? Looking to conserve wildlife habitat, wetlands and protect water quality? NRCS Programs can help. Sarah Kron, Resource Conservationist, USDA-NRCS
• Get connected with idle farmland and other producers: Farmer-Landowner Match Program and the Farmer Network. Eileen Hochberg, Director of Conservation Outreach, Westchester Land Trust
• County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and you. Lauri Taylor, District Manager, Putnam County SWCD
• Alternative energy opportunities for farmers. Violet Stone, Communications Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program
Improve your farm's sustainability, productivity and conservation efforts; this program is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Taste of the Catskills, Food, Wine, and Beer Festival is a family-friendly event that will showcase the food, beer, and wine of our region. With a variety of vendors including farmers, value-added food producers, and restaurants, attendees will learn how food travels from farm to fork. For the kids, check out the corn maze, Catskill Puppet Theater, hay mow crawling tunnels and more. Taste of the Catskills entertainment runs all day long; on the schedule are Michael Herman, Uncle Rock, Smokin' Aces Blues Band, Catskill Mountain Boys Bluegrass Band, Tremperskill Boys, Ira & Laurie McIntosh, and John Scarpulla with Brian Shafer.
For more information, visit the Taste of the Catskills website or show up either day with the kids; doors open at 10 a.m. at Maple Shade Farm, 2066 County Highway 18, Delhi. Look for the bright yellow, 1880's barn on Back River Road -- you can't miss it!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Conservation Planner will aid in the development of Whole Farm Plans (WFP), out key tool in addressing water quality issues on the farm. A Bachelor’s Degree in agronomy, environmental science, agriculture, natural resource management or related or an Associate’s Degree in similar field of study and at least four years relevant field experience will be considered. AEM Planner certification preferred. Salary is in the mid-$40,000’s commensurate with experience. Please send resume to Cheryl Marion, Watershed Agricultural Council, 33195 State Highway 10, Walton, NY 13856; or e-mail email@example.com. EOE.
Review of applications will begin October 8th.
P.S. Two other Agricultural Program positions will come online through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County in the coming weeks.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Lark in the Park is 10 days of events celebrating the 106th birthday of the Catskill Park, or everything green that affectionately falls within the "Blue Line." This week captures all the fun, outdoor recreation reasons of why we live in in the Catskill Mountain Region. Organized by the Catskill Center with the help of many outdoor enthusiasts, this week celebrates everything Catskills Green!
Here is a listing of the dozens of Lark Events offered. To sign up for an event, contact information is provided with each listing. You can always email or call The Catskill Center for more information (845) 586-2611.
Tuesday, OCTOBER 5 at 4 p.m. Strutting with Strollers at the Ashokan Reservoir: Join Catskill Mountainkeeper Regional Director Aaron Bennett, and his sons Hudson and Samuel (and their stroller) on a walk along the Ashokan Reservoir; 2-miles, Easy; For more information, contact (845) 701-7612.
Wednesday, OCTOBER 6 at 9 .am. Trout and Mud Ponds: Hike to Russell Brook Falls and two secluded ponds in a nice 5-mile loop. Discover options for camping and longer hikes. Rain may cancel; 5-miles, Moderate; For questions and reservations, email Ralph Bressler.
Wednesday, OCTOBER 6 at 10 a.m. Catskill Mountainkeeper End-to-End Hike on West Kill: Join Wes Gillingham and Aaron Bennett of Catskill Mountainkeeper on an ascent of West Kill Mountain, the sixth highest Catskill peak (3,880'); 8-miles, Difficult. Pre-registration is required by 10/4 to (845) 701-7612.
Thursday, OCTOBER 7 from 6-8 p.m. "Outdoor Recreation in the Catskill Park" at the Catskill Center: Talk and Presentation by NYSDEC Region 3 Director Willie Janeway and author Marty Podskoch! Willie will cover the history of the Catskill Park and discuss the connections between the Park's recreational resources and the regional economy. Marty, author of Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore, will present a slideshow on the region's fire towers and sign books afterward refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact (845)586-2611.
Thursday, OCTOBER 7 at 9 a.m. Vly and Tunis Ponds: Hike to two small, very secluded ponds on this 5.5 mile out and back hike. Pass by a remote area of the Beaverkill on the way to Tunis Pond. Some off-trail hiking and bushwhacking required. Moderate-Difficult; For questions/reservations, email Ralph Bressler.
Thursday, OCTOBER 7 at 9:30 a.m. Hike "Section 2" of the Dry Brook Ridge Trail: Learn what it takes to maintain a trail in the Catskills from Catskill Mountain Club Board member Laura Battelani; 5.8-miles, Moderate-difficult; Pre-registration is required (after 10/5) to 845-586-3101.
Thursday, OCTOBER 7 at 11 a.m. Paddle the Cannonsville Reservoir: Join Catskill Mountain Club board members and members of the Andes Hikers "paddling group" on a canoe and kayak paddle on the Cannonsville Reservoir, opened just last year to recreational boaters! 8-10 miles, Easy-Moderate; Pre-registration is required by 10/5 to (845) 686-3534.
Friday, OCTOBER 8 at 9 a.m. Neversink Unique Area: Hike one of the newest sets of trails maintained by the NY/NJ Trail Conference. Several waterfalls and views of the Neversink Gorge grace the hike; 5-10 miles based upon group interest, Moderate-Difficult; Questions/reservations to Ralph Bressler.
Friday, OCTOBER 8 at 10 a.m. Dry Brook Ridge Hike: Take the ridge trail over to the German Hollow Trail to visit the German Hollow Lean-to. 6.8 miles, Moderate; Pre-registration is required by 10/5 to (845) 686-3643.
Saturday, OCTOBER 9 at 9 a.m. Fall Foliage on Slide Mountain: Frost Valley Natural Resources Coordinator Reid Bauer leads this moderate climb to the top of the Catskills' highest peak. Moderate-Difficult, 6-miles; Pre-registration is required by 10/8 to (845) 985-2291, ext. 397.
Saturday, OCTOBER 9 at 9 a.m. Table Mountain and the East Branch of the Neversink River: A moderately strenuous hike of about 8 miles round trip from the Denning Parking Area trailhead to the top of Table Mountain; Moderate-Difficult, 8-miles; For additional information contact Joe Herrod at (845) 626-7451, 212-410-2538.
Saturday, OCTOBER 9 at 9:30 a.m. Overlook Mountain Fire Tower Hike: Join Overlook Fire Tower volunteer Dawn Hamilton on a guided hike up Overlook Mountain to the fire tower and observer's cabin; 5-miles, Moderate-Difficult; For additional information contact Dick Voloshen (845) 926-6208.
Saturday, OCTOBER 9 at 9:30 a.m. Wittenberg History Hike: Join the Catskill 4000 Club on a hike to the summit of the Wittenberg. This mountain is rich with stories; some funny, some serious, and some mildly disturbing. You'll hear most of it as we climb up to one of the best views in the Catskills; 8-miles, Difficult; Pre-registration is required by 10/8.
Saturday, OCTOBER 9 at 10 a.m. Traverse over Windham High Peak and Burnt Knob: Join David & Carol White, authors of "Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons" on this loop-hike in the northern Catskills. Hike the northern Catskill Escarpment from Black Dome Valley over Burnt Knob and 3,573-foot Windham High Peak. 7 miles, Difficult; Pre-registration is required 10/ 8 to (315) 853-6942.
Saturday, OCTOBER 9 at 10:30 a.m. Huckleberry Point: Join Mark King of the Nature Conservancy and Alan White of the Catskill Center on a hike to Huckleberry Point holding terrific views of the Hudson Valley, Platte Clove, and the Indian Head Range. 5 miles; Moderate; Pre-register is required to Marie Jones at 914-244-3271 Ext. 22.
Saturday, OCTOBER 9 at 10:45 a.m. Ride the Rails and the Trails! (Train and Bicycle Ride): Back by popular demand, the "multi-modal" excursion of the Delaware and Ulster Railroad and Catskill Scenic Trail from Arkville to Roxbury and then to Grand Gorge! Train ride is $12; Bicycle and helmet rental, as applicable; Mileage is 20 on train, 10 on bicycle - approximately 5 hours; Moderate level of difficulty; Pre-registration is required by 10/8 to Peter Manning at 845-586-2611 ext 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday & Sunday OCTOBER 9 & 10 "Plattepalooza 2010": Countdown-to-Winter-Celebration at Ski Plattekill where there will be fun for the whole family! Ski/Bike Swap Sale, Live Music, Bike Races, and more. Ski & Bike Swap Sale (15% of proceeds benefit our volunteer Ski Patrol). Bring up all your old mountain bikes, skis, the snowboards your kids outgrew and come shopping yourself! Live Music all weekend long! Fall-foliage Sky Rides (FREE for everyone who buys a season pass!) HUGE outdoor bbq & mouth-watering season beverages! Face painting, bounce house, skicrow contest, scavenger hunt and MORE! For more information, visit or call (607) 326-3500.
Saturday & Sunday OCTOBER 9 & 10 Taste of the Catskills - Food, Wine, and Beer Festival: This family-friendly event that will showcase the food, beer, and wine of our region. With a variety of vendors including farmers, value-added food producers, and restaurants, attendees will learn how food travels from farm to fork during the fun-filled autumn weekend on the grounds of Maple Shade Farm, a family-run farm in Delhi. For more information, and to purchase tickets ($5).
Sunday, OCTOBER 10 at 10 am: Hike to Palenville Overlook for Great views and Old Quarries Join David & Carol White, authors of "Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons" on this loop-hike in the northern Catskills. Visit a lesser-known destination on the escarpment below North-South Lakes Public Campground; 5 miles, Moderate-Difficult; Parking fee; Pre-registration is required, by 10/8 to 315-853-6942.
Sunday, OCTOBER 10 at 10am-11:30am Children's Hike & Scavenger Hunt/Tan Bark Trail Hike and Artist Day: Bring your family to a children's hike and scavenger hunt to the "gnome forest" and gnome house building with Mary Garraffa . Meet at the trailhead before 10am. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Scavenger Hunt handouts available for kids to do along trail. 12PM - Hike the historic 2-mile loop with two stunning viewpoints. There will also be several local artists on the trail creating artwork inspired by the trail. Observe and interact with them in their natural habitat! For additional information, contact Heather Roberts at 845-688-7064.
Monday, OCTOBER 11 at 9am Long Pond to Mongaup and Back: Hike from Long Pond to Mongaup Pond and back in a 10-mile loop. Very challenging due to distance. 10-miles, Difficult; questions/reservations email Ralph Bressler.
Monday, OCTOBER 11 at 9:30 am Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower: A moderately paced trail hike to one of the Catskill Mountains restored fire towers with members of the current volunteer crew. 6.5 miles, Moderate-Difficult; Pre-registration is required by 10/7 to Laurie and Tom Rankin at 845-926-2182.
Monday, OCTOBER 11 at 10am Escarpment loop over Acra Point: Join David & Carol White, authors of "Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons" on this loop-hike in the northern Catskills. This section of the Northern Escarpment is a less-visited, lovely ramble with several viewpoints and we'll visit the Batavia Kill Lean-to where the Batavia Kill originates and enjoy its cascades on the descent. 5.1-miles, Moderate; Pre-registration is required, by 10/8 to 315-853-6942.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Life is good in Meredith.