Monthly Archives: May 2012

Biological IPM Strategies NOFA-NY Field Day Gonzalez Farm Orange County NY

Event Details

June 18, 2012

Gonzalez Farm: 473 Pine Island Turnpike, Pine Island, NY 10924

9 AM – 12 Noon

Come tour Gonzalez Farm with Cornell University’s Vegetable IPM Coordinator Abby Seaman. The rich muck soil on Gonzalez Farm presents unique soil, weed and pest management challenges, including issues with cutworms, brassica flea beetles and phytophthora blight. This workshop will focus on understanding the life cycles of these pests, and Abby will present research-based IPM strategies, including biological and cultural control methods, as well as organic pesticides.

Registration Information
Please contact the Registration Coordinator, Stephanie Backer-Bertsch by phone at (585) 271-1979 x 509, by email at, or online at Registration is FREE for members and $15 (per person) for non-members. Pre-registration closes three days before the event. Pre-registration is encouraged

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NOFA-NY Farmers Field to Table Dinners Kick-Off Summer 2012

Memorial Day weekend kicked off the summer dining  season with a farm to table dinner given by Early Bird Cookery in Callicoon Center, New York.  Radish tempura, Nettle pesto topped crostini, local chicken on top of Cayuga Pure Organics polenta, Willow Wisp Farm organic greens with  feta cheese, sauteed organic vegetables including wild fiddleheads  and handmade buttermilk ice cream heralded the first of a series of monthly dinners produced by chef Amy Miller and her crew at the Hills Inn. Miller sources her ingredients from local farms.

In Florida, New York the W. Rogowski Farm has scheduled their 2012 suppers with the first on Friday June 1. This second generation farm located in rich “black-dirt” farmland of Orange County has recently transitioned into bringing local food literally into the mouths of their customers.

In Delaware County, another NOFA-NY farm is into its second year of operating their FABLE restaurant on the farm which includes farm vacations and a Bed and Breakfast. Besides dining, guests can enjoy farm tours and other events. Stone and Thistle specializes in grass-fed meats and a soon- to- be- added creamery.

As the interest in local food continues to grow, so does the economic value of a community supported food system. Most of the dinners are quickly sold out well in advance. Be sure to make your reservations early.

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Friends Say Farewell to Challey Comer Pure Catskills

Challey Comer’s face has become even more familiar than the Pure Catskills logo that she represents in her role as leading the farm marketing initiative of the Watershed Agricultural Council in Walton, New York

On Monday May 21 about 100 of her friends and colleagues gathered at the Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor to bid her a fond farewell as she leaves to do data collection and  research at Columbia University on the very subject she loves most, building an effective Regional Foodshed.

Everyone will miss Challey’s special energy and warmth that we know will make her very hard to replace at Pure Catskills.

Table ladened with locally sourced food—of course for Chally’s farewell party.

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Four Winds Farm Organic Seedling Sale Gardiner New York


Come to Four Winds Farm annual Seedling Sale

Friday, May 18, 2012  1-5 PM

Saturday, May 19, 2012  9AM- 4 PM


Are you looking for quality heirloom vegetable transplants for your backyard garden? Look no further! Four Winds Farm in Gardiner, New York grow a large selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, kale, chard, onions, and broccoli and more.

Download a Flyer for their 2012 Seedling Sale

·        Four Winds Farm grow over 50 different varieties of tomatoes in all sizes, shapes, types, colors and flavors.

 ·        All of Four Winds transplants are Certified Organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC.



Here is a list of the varieties we will have for sale this year (PDF)




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Rondout Valley Organics Hosts CSA Collaborative Pot Luck May 5 at Rusty Plough Farm

Rondout Valley Organics is a collaborative of local farms, anchored by Rondout Valley member  Rusty Plough Farm.

Membership allows you access to a weekly availability list of products from our farms. You choose what you want to order each week. No minimum requirements. Skip a week if you’re away. The value of your items is then deducted from your account each week. As your account nears depletion, we welcome you to reinvest through the remaining season. Since your account dollars are yours until you use them, balances carry forward into the following season. However, inactive balances are forfeit after two years.

Choose from the following pickup locations in Ulster and Sullivan Counties:

  • Rusty Plough Farm, Ulster Heights, from Thursday mornings
  • Farm & Granary, Rte.209 Wawarsing, from Thursday mornings
  • Catskill Native Nursery, Samsonville Rd., Kerhonkson, Fridays 10am – Saturdays 3pm
  • Kingston Farmers’ Market, Kingston, Saturdays 9-2
  • Ellenville (downtown location/time TBA)
  • Cragsmoor Library in Cragsmoor, Thursdays noon – 7:30pm
  • MyRadiantYoga, Main Street in Mountaindale, Thursdays noon-7:00pm

For more information about the potluck on May 5 or CSA membership call Oleh or Nadia at  845-647-6911 or visit the website

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