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CSA Fair Liberty NY Sunday February 16 2014


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County has partnered with Pure Catskills, NOFA-NY, Edible Magazine and Green Door Magazine to host a CSA Fair in Liberty, New York on February 16, 2014

The theme is Bringing Everyone to the Table

Doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m.

Admission is free

Check out the Brochure for more information

BROCHURE. CSA Fair. 2014

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April 20, 2013 · 8:49 pm

Rondout Valley Growers Association Farm to Community Series FOOD MATTERS



Food Matters!

A Series of Farm-to-Community Conversations

A Day in the Life of a Local Farmer

Friday, Febrary 24, 6:30-8:00pm, Accord Firehouse Find out from local farmers what it takes to work the land, grow crops and raise livestock that keep us happy and healthy. Chris Kelder of Kelder’s Farm, Deena Wade of Transition Marbletown and a group of local farmers will talk about the real-time world of farming right here in the Rondout Valley. Suggested donation: $5. The Accord Firehouse is at 22 Main Street (entry in rear).

Goodnight Irene: Lessons in Resilience

Friday, March 9, 6:30-8:00pm, Accord Firehouse Our region was walloped by Hurricanes Irene and Lee, and many of our local farms were hit hard. Find out from farmers how they have recovered and how we can help strengthen our local food resources for a secure future. Suggested donation: $5. The Accord Firehouse, 22 Main Street (entry in rear).

Food Landscape: Farmer, Food and Family

Friday, March 23, 6-7:30pm, Marbletown Elementary School Did you know that our valley has some of the best farmland in the United States and we are lucky to have a great variety of farmers? Come find out about the bounty outside your door. This evening is part of the “Breakfast for Dinner” event organized by the Marbletown Parent Teacher Friends and the Chefs Consortium. Join the fun with optional dinner prepared with local food, Zumba (r) workout for all ages, local food exhibits and farmers who will share with you how our local food is created. Kids are welcome! Suggested donation: $5. Dinner is $7 for adults, $4 for children, with reduced family pricing. Marbletown Elementary School is at 12 Pine Bush Road in Stone Ridge.



This program of RVGA’s Rondout Valley Growers Education Project is fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute as part of their Citizen Action Program. Co-Sponsored by: Transition Marbletown, Town of Rochester Environmental Conservation Commission, Marbletown Parent Teacher Friends & Chefs Consortium.

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Producer, Actress Artists Celebrate Agriculture Agrarian Acts and Farm Trucking Dogs

Its been a tough year for many farmers in the Catskill, Hudson and Delaware Region, but many of our NOFA-NY members take a break to have some fun and celebrate the new farmers culture.

Tannis Kowalchuk , director of the NACL theatre in Highland Lake, New York  produced  AGRARIAN ACTS and has sent along a  video for those who missed it last September in celebration of the NOFA-NY Locavore Challenge.  Tannis farms in Abramhamsville PA with her husband Greg Swartz at Willow Wisp Farm, a NOFA-NY Certified LLC farm,  in addition she is an actress and theatrical producer and has devoted her life to theatre and growing herself, her family and organic food.

vimeo http://vimeo.com/32789028

Mark Dunau of Mountain Dell Farm in Hancock New York produced this film with his friends to reflect on his weekly trucking schedule to New York City restaurants, with all of his dog friends. Every week after an abundant harvest of gourmet greens Mark and his crew, some of them canine,  truck to New York with the harvest. Mark sent us this to help us develop a sense of humour and survival after a difficult farming season. Mark served on the NOFA-NY Board of Directors for many years  and instituted the NOFA-NY Farmers’ Pledge.


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Community Organic Apple Cider Parties Savor Apple Harvest Abundance

The trees are loaded with apples. Many that have gone wild or live in abandoned orchards overtaken by forest are heavy with fruit. And many of my organic locavore friends have seized the opportunity to not only harvest from their own trees but are gleaning from “wild” places. Getting together for an apple pressing party gives everybody something to do. From picking, to washing cutting up the apples, young and old alike can participate in this fun activity.

The great thing is that you only need to invest in one cider press and if you have a great friend as I have, Adrianne Picciano (locally known as The Dirt Diva) you can borrow the press. Calling in neighbors and friends to come over, bring apples if they have them, or just to share in the fun. Everybody gets to take home delicious, unsprayed apple cider, usually a medley of apple varieties that lend an exotic taste to the beverage.

Setting up the assembly line to the press is part of the process. First we give the apples a bath in a weak solution of white vinegar and pure well water. The next step is a rinse in plain water. The next step is culling out any really bad apples and cutting out any really bad spots which go into buckets under the table (to be recycled  as compost, chicken food or forage for the deer)Kids learn to use knives properly in cutting up the apples into chunks which are dumped into the press. The excitment of tasting the first of the year’s harvest has got to be memorable to a child, and even some of us “older” folks.

And what to do with all that cider? Why hard cider of course! Organic apple cider vinegar!  I am thinking apple kombucha these days as well!

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explores this question with an all-ages musical extravaganza about FARMING,
FOOD, and the ENVIRONMENT. From the inception of the solar system, to sunset on
Millicent’s farm, the Magnificent MacDonald Twins give audiences a whirlwind
tour of “The Greatest Show on Dirt!”

THE LITTLE FARM SHOW kicks up some dirt with live
music, and high-spirited performances. The play navigates through the history of
agriculture from 10,000 BCE to today, exploring sustainability, local food
systems, and organic farming. Steeped in history, philosophy, and a wheel
barrow-full of information, THE LITTLE FARM SHOW will not only entertain, but
will ask people to consider their food choices and the effect those decisions
have on their bodies, the environment, and society.

a tour of cosmic and earth
history, as well as the cultural evolution of ecological awareness and
sustainable food production (phew!) all in the space of 55 entertaining minutes
of song, humor, and incredible acting.

Peter Comstock, Head of Homestead School,
Glen Spey, NY

Inspired by her own life in the Catskills, and
driven by the desire to see our nation return to sustainability, Kowalchuk has
made the concept of farm living highly palatable and accessible.

Jonathan Fox, The River Reporter



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