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High Tunnel Field Day at Neversink Organic Farm August 3, 2015

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NEVERSINK ORGANIC FARM

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County Greenhouse High Tunnel Tour

CLARYVILLE, NY— An educational tour of high tunnel and greenhouse agricultural production practices is offered on Monday, August 3, 2015. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer this program from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Neversink Farm on 635 Claryville Road in Claryville. Neversink Farm is Certified Organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC.

Topics on this tour will include on-farm production methods using season extension structures through observation of existing systems at Neversink Farm, accompanied by informative commentary. Educators will discuss the ways in which season extension makes it possible for some vegetables to be grown beyond their intended season and at more affordable rates. Participants will learn varying management techniques for different plants in each structure and how they are used in production circumstances.

Cost to attend is $15.00 per person or $10.00 per CCESC enrollee. Anyone can enroll in the CCESC association for an annual donation of $25.00 per household. Enrollees must identify membership status at time of payment in order to receive discounts.

Space is limited and pre-registration with non-refundable payment is required in advance. Seats are only guaranteed with payment. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180, emailing sullivan@cornell.edu, or visiting http://www.sullivancce.org. Payment can be made in advance by check, cash, or credit.

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Offered by: Michelle Lipari

845-292-6180, ext. 129

Agriculture & 4-H Community Educator

mml249@cornell.edu

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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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Get Ready to Become an Official Locavore 2013 Campaign

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SEPTEMBER IS LOCAVORE CHALLENGE MONTH SPONSORED BY NOFA-NY THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER CELEBRATES THE ABUNDANT HARVEST OF LOCALLY PRODUCED FOOD AND CHALLENGES EATERS TO EAT AS MUCH AS THEY CAN FROM FOODS THAT ARE PRODUCED LOCALLY.

In recognition of National Organic Harvest Month, we are once again launching our month-long Locavore Challenge in September to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities held around the state and online.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a true Locavore? Register now and join hundreds of people who are participating in the Challenge. All month we will bring you tips, encouragement, event updates, and even introduce you to some great farmers. Join the community- it’s free!  We will also send you a FREE copy of the “Food Justice” issue of our New York Organic News.

If you would like to hold a Celebrate the Harvest dinner for your friends and family to support the work of NOFA-NY click here. If you would like to attend a Celebrate the Harvest dinner at a participating restaurant click here for more information.

To get inspired and stay connected to the Locavore Challenge community, explore the tools featured on our website. 

https://www.nofany.org/events/locavore-challenge

 

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GRASSFED LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION AND ON FARM BUTCHERING CLASS 2013

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http://www.catskilldelawarepermaculture.org

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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Call Your Senator Today!

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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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TedX Manhattan Viewing Party Mid-Hudson Catskill Region

TEDSx Manhattan Changing the Way We Eat

x=independently organized TED event by:

NOFA-NY CATSKILL HUDSON REGION, CATSKILL MOUNTAINKEEPER AND SLOW FOOD UPDERIVA

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE FEBRUARY 16, 2013

CATSKILL ART SOCIETY, 48 MAIN STREET LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY 12758

 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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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.

http://www.rondoutvalleygrowers.org/

 

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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