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Give A Gift Membership to NOFA-NY!

GIVE A GIFT MEMBERSHIP! Struggling to find the perfect gift? Maybe it’s for your friend who loves shopping at the farmers market. Or your neice who aspires to be a farmer. Or your colleague who’s passionate about organic food. They’re going to really appreciate your gift membership in NOFA-NY! A $30 Gift Membership includes: a one year subscription to New York Organic News, our 40 page magazine that includes feature articles and regular columns and departments a one year subscription to The Natural Farmer, our quarterly news journal that has a pull out section on a particular topic relevant to organic food and farming the Annual Local & Organic Food & Farm Guide, New York State’s most comprehensive listing of organic and sustainable farms When you purchase a gift membership, you will immediately receive an attractive certificate that lists the benefits of membership that you can e-mail to the recipient or print out on a printer to give to that person. To purchase your gift membership, simply click here. Also consider making a gift donation to NOFA-NY. Your gift donation will go directly to supporting our programs and services that promote local, organic food and farming. To make a donation, simply click here. You will recieve an acknowledgement letter of your gift membership, which is 100% tax-deductible. NOFA-NY is a statewide organization leading a growing movement of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and businesses committed to promoting local, organic food and farming. http://www.nofany.org

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If you are a constituent of Representative Gibson, Representative Grimm, Representative Hanna, Representative Peter King, Representative Reed, or Representative Chris Collins please make a very important call to protect people who need SNAP/food stamps.

A bill that would deny food stamps to 4-6 million people is headed to the House floor – maybe as early as September 18.  Every Representative should hear how terrible this bill is.  But if you live in the districts above, your voice is especially important.  These Representatives are needed to pass this awful bill.  But they may be persuadable upon hearing that their constituents feel very strongly that this would be a disastrous decision.  We are asking people around the country in such targeted districts to call, and you’re part of this very important group.

If you’re in one of these districts, please call their office right away – call this toll-free number:  866-456-8824 The message will ask for your zip code, and you’ll be connected right to your Rep’s office.  Ask to talk to someone who works on SNAP/food stamps.  Say something like this:

As your constituent, I urge you to vote against the nutrition-only farm bill which would cut $40 billion and 4-6 million people from SNAP/food stamps.  This bill would be devastating to struggling people in our state – poor children, workers, and seniors.  Slashing this assistance is unprecedented and will increase hunger.  Will Rep. ____ vote against the bill?

Click here to tell us how your Representative responded.  If they don’t know his position, say you’ll call back the next day to check in.  Did we mention this is very important?

(Thanks to Feeding America for generously sharing the toll-free number!)

And when the consequences are this harsh, every Rep should be getting calls.  So, whether or not your Rep is listed above:

Participate in a national call-in day to protect SNAP on Tuesday, September 17th. Call the toll-free hotline at 1-866-456-8824 – and give the same message as above. Share this flyer with others who might make the phone call.

What’s bad about this bill? You can read a lot about that in a blog by Jim Weill, President of the Food Research and Action Center, or in a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities paper (the latter has estimates of the impact in states.)  But a few points:  the bill would deny SNAP to millions of poor, jobless adults without children whose income averages only about one-fifth of the poverty line – about $2,500 a year.  It would also end benefits for a whole family if a parent is not working at least 20 hours per week, even if her/his child is only one year old, and even if unemployment remains high.  And the bill gives states a REWARD for cutting off families – the state gets 50 percent of the reduced costs. Hundreds of thousands of children will lose free school meals.  For decades, there has been bipartisan support for making sure that poor people can get the modest but vital SNAP benefits.  You can help preserve a bipartisan majority that says that making millions hungrier is just too extreme. And let House leaders know that they can’t be so reckless with people’s lives just to satisfy their most extreme members.






These classes may be taken individually or as a set. Designed for farmers who want to diversify their operations to include grass-fed or pasture raised meats: beef, lamb, goats and swine. (No feathers here) And for chefs and food producers who wish to expand their knowledge of growing, handling and cooking grass-fed, pasture raised meats. Both days $195.00

Saturday, April 13, 2013

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

$100.00 includes lunch

Participants will be led on a pasture walk by Catskill Delaware Permaculture retired NRCS conservation specialist George Stang on the Hardler Farm in Northeast Pennsylvania. They will learn about pasture and herd management and growing forages suitable for climates in the northeast and to produce quality meat for markets and restaurants.

Sunday April 14, 2013

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

$100. Includes lunch



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Farming Our Future will take place on Saturday, February 23rd at Taconic Hills Central School from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. This conference, now in its second year, will bring together a diverse community and regional audience including established farmers, beginning farmers, interested non-farmers, suppliers, educators, community leaders, industry leaders and students.


Jim Slama, Founder and President of FamilyFarmed.org, will deliver the keynote address.  Good Food = Good Business will showcase Slama’s groundbreaking work to develop and implement regional food aggregation facilities that strengthen local food systems and empower family farmers to scale up, gain access to wholesale markets, and become more successful. FamilyFarmed.org‘s national farmer-training project, which has given over 2,500 farmers access to essential information about food safety and how to sell to wholesale buyers, will be a core element of his talk. 


How Food Moves is the topic of a panel discussion moderated by Todd Erling, Executive Director of Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation, which will tackle some of the tough questions on how to get more locally grown food into the hands of chefs and consumers, and explore some of the new approaches that could make buying local a whole lot easier.


The panel Growing a Farm-Friendly Municipality will be moderated by Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Steve Hadcock, with panelists from American Farmland Trust, Glynwood, and Ancram’s Ag Advisory Council, and will explore opportunities for developing the way your town or county approaches farming, planning, and economic development.  


Have land?  For young farmers, sometimes finding viable land to farm can be a challenge.  Landowners will hear, from Columbia Land Conservancy’s Marissa Codey, just what is involved in opening up a parcel for a young farmer in Leasing Land to Farmers: Challenges and Opportunities.


Those looking for a unique experience can attend

Farming Our Future – What Role Can You Play? Facilitated by Hawthorne Valley’s Farmscape Ecology Program’s Anna Duhon and Claudia Knab-Vispo, panelists and attendees will examine ways that history, ecology, and culture have intersected to create the environment we inhabit and will learn ways to optimize future interactions.


Help Me, Help You is a practical workshop with Farm Credit East’s Emili Ponte and The Carrot Project’s Benneth Phelps that will focus on tools farmers need to make their business attractive for financing and investors. 


The “World Café” portion of the program will provide opportunities for attendees to gather around topics of common interest, to share collaborative dialogue and knowledge, and to create possibilities for action. 


The children’s program is open to kids ages 5 -13 and is free thanks to a sponsorship by the FarmOn! Foundation. The program includes landscape painting with local artist Nancy Rutter, “Horses and Kids” with Copake’s Lilly Becker, and basketball with Celtics retired player Eric Williams. Space is extremely limited, and advanced registration is required before Thursday at 5 pm.  Register your child 


Farming Our Future 2013 is sponsored in part by Ginsberg’s Foods, Valley Energy, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the FarmOn! Foundation, Hudson Solar, Hudson Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council, and The Columbia Paper.


Exhibitors and sponsorships are encouraged. Proceeds from the conference will go toward Taconic Hills’s award-winning H.A.R.V.E.S.T. Club (Healthy Agricultural Resources by Volunteers & Educators in Science & Technology), a program that engages youth in the process of growing healthy fruits, flowers and vegetables in a school-based garden, and the Parent Teacher Organization. 


The cost to attend is $20 per person for adults and $10 per person for students, with advance registration, and $25 per person at the door.   The full schedule along with registration information can be found online at www.farmingourfuture.org.





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TedX Manhattan Viewing Party Mid-Hudson Catskill Region

TEDSx Manhattan Changing the Way We Eat

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 10:00 a.m. Registration (Free)

Session I 10:30 a.m.-12:05 p.m.–Inform

LaDonna Redmond: Food Justice

Fred Bahnson: Food and Faith Movement

Simran Sethi: Saving Seeds By Growing Food

Film Clip “Standing Ground” Diane and Marlene Halverson

Gary Hirshberg: GMO’s and Lack of Studies

Tama Matsuoka Wong: Foraging Weeds

Lunch Break 12:15-1:30 p.m.

 Session II 1:30 p.m. -3:20 p.m.—Educate

Anna Lappe:Marketing Food to Children

Annemarie Colbin: How to Think About Food

Peter Lehner: Food Waste and Energy

Steve Wing: Community Health Impacts of Factory Farms

Peter Hoffman: Energy and Agriculture

Bill Yosses: Food Knowledge and How Food Affects Our Health

Break 3:20 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Session III   3:45 p.m.-5:35 p.m.—– Empower

Melissa Greenawalt: The Realities of a Large Company Going Sustainable

Lindsey Lusher Shute: Young Farmers

Cheryl Kollin: Farm to Freezer

Ann Cooper: School Food

David McInerney: Good Food Should Taste Great

Exhibitors: Catskill Mountainkeeper, SlowFood Upderiva Seed Swap, Pure Catskills, Main Street Farm, Sullivan County Food Network….

Door Prizes and Snacks  available




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