Friday, June 1 at 6:00-9:30 p.m.
Location: Camp Shomria, 52 Lake Marie Road, Liberty, NY
Without Walls' Eco Practicum is an environmental sustainability and action program for undergraduate students and recent grads. The program participants get hands-on experience farming, caring for livestock and creating a healthy community. As part of their first unit, "Growing Enough Food: The Role of Organic, Local Produce in the Global Food System," they have invited Catskills CRAFT to a potluck where their students can engage with local farmers. Transportation available - please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Burnett Farms On-Farm Training
Location: 1901 Bramley Mountain, Bovina, NY 13740
Burnett Farms is nestled into a high Catskill saddle comprised of pasture, tillage fields, forest and ponds. Working within this diverse landscape, designing the farm and its processes has been both rewarding and challenging. Steve will offer valuable training on the approaches he has taken to designing his farm, his “predictable failures and lucky successes.” A potluck supper will follow. Visit www.catskillscraft.org for more information on Catskills CRAFT and other scheduled events.
Stony Creek Farmstead On-Farm Training
1738 Freer Hollow Road, Walton, NY
Kate and Dan Marsiglio run a small family farm located just off the Franklin-Walton Road. Stony Creek raises pastured turkeys, broilers, pigs, eggs and a wide variety of organic vegetables. The farm also hosts workshops and school group tours in addition to offering overnight farmstays. Stony Creek Farm's training will focus on raising mixed livestock. A potluck supper will follow.
Sherman Hill Farmstead
Location: 9626 County Highway 21, Franklin, NY 13775
Linda Smith and Morgan George are the mother-daughter team behind Sherman Hill Farmstead in Franklin. On the tour, they will provide training on marketing your farm products. A family owned, sustainable farm producing goats milk cheeses since 1993. In the fall of 2010, they added cows milk cheeses, both fresh and aged, including several raw milk varieties. A potluck supper will follow the training.
APRIL 21: Margaretville Garden Fest on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Collectively known as SHOPMARGARETVILLE with funding through the M-ARK Project, this event is all about gardens, locally grown food, agriculture and growing. Booth space is $25 for a 10x10. Contact Marc Levenshus at Foothills Shoe (845) 586-4032.
APRIL 28 Cheese Workshop Two: Cheese making for advanced/seasoned cheese makers. again at Brovetto's for making more complex cheese.
APRIL 28: Pure Catskills member Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes is teaching a beading-weaving bracelet workshop from 9:30-3:30 p.m. at the Delaware County Historical Association. To pre-register by April 13, contact DCHA (607) 746-3849. Bring a bag lunch.
Cayuga Nature Center, Ithaca, NY
Cost: $50/QDMA member, $80/non-QDMA member
Registration is now open for Land Certification Program (LCP) Inspector Training offered by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA). LCP Inspectors are the qualified natural resource professionals who will help implement QDMA's new program by visiting, evaluating and providing guidance on hunting lands throughout North America. To learn more about the entire LCP including the standards and performance measures, the three levels of land designation and how to contact a LCP inspector. For more information on the Land Certification Program or to register, call (800) 209-3337 or visit the QDMA website. * This training has been approved for 3.5 CFE hours from the Society of American Foresters.
APRIL 28 & MAY 20: Acorn Hill Farmstead Cheesemaking Workshop for the home cheesemaker or goat owner.Learn the basic principles of cheesemaking while making several cheeses in our cheese production room. Geared to the beginning home cheesemaker or owners of the family milk goat, you will gain hands-on experience making simple cheeses, take home recipes and cheesemaking supply resources, and have the opportunity to discuss any aspects of cheesemaking that are of interest to you. Workshop runs 11am - 4:30pm. Cost is $125 per person with $50 deposit to hold a space. Includes sampling of Acorn Hill Farmstead cheeses. Please bring bag lunch. Email email@example.com for registration information.
APRIL 28: Sullivan County Farm Network Presents "Ways to Generate Green Revenue From Your Land" which is part of their Fire House Forum on Rural Economic Development. From 1 to 4 p.m.
at the Jeffersonville Firehouse. Free admission and light refreshments while you listen to experts talk about: Solar/Wind Turbines, Food Production, Opportunities in Rural Economic Development
Learn what it takes to: Raise Beef, Chickens & Alpaca, Make Cheese, Honey & Maple Syrup, Grow Vegetables in High Tunnels, Start a Community Supported Ag Project (CSA), Produce Grass Pellets, Grow Christmas Trees, Lease Land to Produce Electricity, Offer Farm Stays (AgriTourism)
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cindy Gieger, District 5 Legislator, at 845-482-5729.
SAVE YOUR THURSDAYS: IMPACT Environmental Film Series at 76 Main! in Stamford every Thursday at 7 p.m. Price of admission is freewill donation.
Thursday, May 3: Vanishing of the BeesThursday, May 10: What's On Your Plate?
Thursday, May 17: Tapped
Thursday, May 24: Dirt! The Movie
Thursday, May 31: Messages From Water
Thursday, June 7: The Greenhorns
Thursday, June 14: Reclaiming Our Water
Thursday, June 21: Good Wood
Thursday, June 28: Truck Farm
MAY 3: From 6 to 9 p.m., Easement Program Committee Meeting moves to its night time summer meeting at 44 West Street, Downstairs Conference Room, Walton. Review Public Agenda here. FMI: Suzie Seymour (607) 865-7790, ext. 100
MAY 4: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beef Production for Beginners being held at CCE Resource Center, Hamden. Cost is $20 per session; $50 for three sessions (Flyer). Sponsored by CCE-Delaware County and the Council. FMI or to register: Janet Aldrich, CCEDC (607) 865-7161. Two farm Visits are scheduled for May 5 and 12.
MAY 4: Trained Logger Certification - Forest Ecology and Silviculture at 4H Camp Shankitunk, Delhi, NY
Cost is $15. This is a required course for Trained Logger Certification. Training covers wildlife habitat, harvest planning, soil and water quality protection and other topics. To register, contact CCE Greene County (518) 622-982.
MAY 9: Take Root! Training for Garden Educators is being offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CCE Sullivan County, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road, Liberty. Cost is $50 and includes lunch. Hosted by the Master Gardener's Program, the training is for county educators and youth workers. Session 1- Plant a Seed, Inspire Interest is an introduction to garden based learning. An in depth overview of Cornell Garden-Based Learning (CGBL) will be reviewed. Groups new to garden- based learning or groups struggling to get participants involved in their efforts and program structure will particularly benefit from this session.
Session 2 -Tend the Garden and Session 3- Building Capacity/Train-the Trainer will be offered at a later date. For more information, call CCE-Sullivan at 845-292-5220 or check out their website.
PURE CATSKILLS MEMBERS: Pure Catskills member Ken Jaffe of Slope Farms wrote an article for Rodale Press "The Farmer is Mightier than the Physician."
WHAT'S DEP UP TO NOW?: Just listed five properties on Catskills FarmLink.