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HUDSON DELAWARE RESTAURANTS CELEBRATE THE LOCAVORE CHALLENGE

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SUPPORT NOFA-NY– LOCAL FARMERS — LOCAL BUSINESSES

DINE AT A  FINE  PARTICIPATING LOCAVORE CHALLENGE RESTAURANT

ORANGE COUNTY

W. Rogowski Farm

329 Glenwood Rd., Pine Island, 10969

Friday dinner September 27

845-544-5379

 


SULLIVAN COUNTY   

The Heron

40 Main Street
Narrowsburg, Ny 12764

Saturday dinner September 28

845 252-3333

 

Matthews on Main

19  Main St., Callicoon, 12723

Saturday dinner September 28

845-887-5636

 

 

 

 

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SAVE SNAP FOOD STAMP BENEFITS TODAY MAKE THE CALL 9/17/13

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.

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Call Your Senator Today!

NOFATHUMBNAIL

Demand Fix to Important Farm Programs

This fall, Congress made a mistake that prevents farmers from signing up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year, leaving over 9,000 farmers high and dry.
Today, the Senate will take up their own version of the bill to fund government programs through the rest of 2013. They have a chance to fix this mistake and restore funding for key sustainable agriculture programs. 
Don’t let Congress leave these programs stranded.  Speak out today!  Please call:Senator Gillibrand at (202) 224-4451

Senator Schumer at (202) 224-6542

 

An example message is:

“I’m calling about the Continuing Resolution.  Please tell the Senator to fix the Conservation Stewardship Program so USDA can hold a farmer sign-up this year.  Also tell the Senator to support mandatory funding in the bill for the programs that were stranded in the farm bill extension, including:

  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
  • Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative
  • National Organic Certification Cost Share Program

These programs are important to sustainable NYS farmers, and they must be funded.”
Just a few minutes of your time will make a real difference in the lives of sustainable NYS farmers.
Sincerely,
Kate
Kate Mendenhall Executive Director, NOFA-NY

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HUDSON VALLEY REGIONAL CONFERENCE WELCOMES NATIONAL FARM FIGURE

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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Happy New Year for Mid-Hudson Economic Growth New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council was selected as a “Best Plan Awardee” and allocated $93 million in the second round of the State’s Regional Economic Development Councils competition.
As the centerpiece of the Governor’s strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils were put in place in 2011 to redesign the state’s approach to economic development from a top-down model to a community-based, performance-driven approach. The initiative empowers community, business, and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region’s unique strengths and resources in order to create jobs and support economic growth.
This year as part of the second round of the funding process, Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy traveled to all ten regions of the state to view progress on projects that have received state funding, as well as assess projects included in the region’s 2012 application.
In this year’s competition, the Mid-Hudson region was awarded $92.8 million for 84 projects across seven counties. Some of the winning projects include:
• $3 million to establish the New York State Cloud Computing and Analytics Center at Marist College that will facilitate operations for technology based firms by providing workforce training and reducing overhead
• $2 million to develop the site of the closed Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Dutchess County, including upgrading a Metro-North train station, a commercial/retail area, 9-hole golf course, community center, and 200 units of housing
• $1.5 million for the expansion of the Echo Bay Waterfront in New Rochelle that will reclaim current commercial/industrial land and provide access to the water’s edge for city residents and regional communities alike
• $1.2 million for the construction of a mile-long Hudson Landing Promenade along the Hudson River straddling the City of Kingston/Town of Ulster municipal boundary on an old industrial site
• $1 million to build an iBio Incubator that will offer laboratory, office space and services for entrepreneurs and start-up biotechnology companies, and provide specialized workforce training for established biotechnology companies in the region
• $1 million for Touro College to use the now vacant Horton Hospital in Middletown to house a school of osteopathic medicine. The new school would help bolster the number of medical professionals in the Mid-Hudson region.
• $1 million for the preservation and redevelopment of the iconic 1904 Glenwood Power Plant on the Hudson River in Yonkers for a mixed-use program would create a social, business and cultural destination
• $775,000 to create a Hudson Valley Food Hub that will provide processing and marketing opportunities to farmers and other food producers, leveraging the region’s outstanding agricultural resources. Strengthening the area’s food distribution infrastructure will help retain and stimulate an economic sector that also supports tourism and the region’s natural resources.
• $500,000 to develop the Matrix Distribution Park in Newburgh, including the construction of a 550,000 square foot manufacturing/distribution facility at the intersection of I-84 & I-87 with the goal of attracting a Fortune 500 caliber company to this location
To learn more about Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils that are creating jobs throughout our state, click here.

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OCCUPY YOUR LOCAL FOOD SUPPLY PLANT ORGANIC SEEDS OF ACTIVISM

Cleaning and saving seeds High Mowing Seeds Vermont

Its time to start seeds in the Northeast. I like to start my onion seeds about now and seeking out hierloom, organic, open-pollinated seed sources  insures the safety of the food I am growing . It gives me pleasure to know I am choosing varieties of seeds grown and selected for their genetic diversity, flavor and vigor by “real” people, not corporations  far,  far away.

NO GMO’S HERE!

There are many excellent seed sources throughout the USA, but this year I tried to keep my seed suppliers as local as possible. I love doing business with Turtle Tree Seed Company in Copake Lake, New York. Here, at this outstanding Bio-Dynamic farm the seeds are processed, packaged and shipped by the residents of the Camphill Community who operate a model farm in the Hudson/Berkshire region of Columbia County New York. The service and shipping from Turtle Tree is fast and impeccable!

http://www.turtletreeseed.org/

Another favorite is the Hudson Valley Seed Library even closer to home with their artful seeds packets which make terrific gifts for your favorite gardeners as well as producing beautiful vegetables, herbs and flowers. Hudson Valley Seed Library seeds are available at

http://www.seedlibrary.org/

or at

The Main Street Farm store in Livingston Manor, NY http://mainstreetfarm.com/

Across the border in Vermont is another excellent organic seed supplier High Mowing Seeds

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/

High Mowing also offers NOFA-NY members a discount on their first order of the season. Or if you live near Youngsville, New York in Sullivan County, High Mowing Seeds are available at The Cutting Garden http://www.thecuttinggarden.org/

OKAY, SO YOU SAY YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME OR SPACE TO START YOUR OWN PLANTS?

YOU WILL WANT TO VISIT TRINA PILONERO OF SILVER HEIGHTS FARM IN COCHECTON NEW YORK WHO GROWS THOUSANDS OF HIERLOOM CERTIFIED ORGANIC TRANSPLANTS FOR YOU TO “POP-IN” TO YOUR PREPARED BEDS. SILVER HEIGHTS FARM MAY ALSO BE FOUND AT NEW YORK CITY GREENMARKETS AT UNION SQUARE AS WELL AS SEVERAL LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS.

http://www.silverheightsfarm.com/

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