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Sustainability Workshop for Catskill Farmers & Local Food Businesses

Join us for this two-part workshop: • Tuesday, November 19th, 8:30am to 12pm • Tuesday, December 3rd, 8:30am to 12pm at Bushel, 106 Main Street, Delhi, NY This two-part workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 19 and Tuesday, December 3 from 8:30 to noon at the Bushel Collective in Delhi. Jeffrey Potent, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and leaders in the Catskills local-food movement will introduce sustainable business practices and guide participants to assess current adoption and integrate sustainability into business plans and day-to-day operations. Participants will learn how to reduce environmental impacts, improve material and energy efficiency, and incorporate sustainable product attributes into company image and marketing. Presented by Transition Catskills, funded by an education grant from the Catskill Watershed Corporation, and co-sponsored by Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE). The training is free and open to Catskill farmers, value-added processors, aggregators, restauranteurs and retailers who see value in operating sustainably and would benefit from additional information, perspectives and networking. During the two-part workshop, participants will hear from: Jim Manning, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) — Taking stock: Inventory your resources Tanya Moyer, Mulligan Creek Acres — Business management 101 for sustainable businesses: Good business practice and beyond the business norm Sandy Gordon, former Albany County livestock farm owner/operator — Business management literally from the ground up Jeff Potent - What sustainable local food systems bring to customers, Catskill communities, and the NY metro region Lauren Melodia, CADE - Distribution and marketing Richard Giles, Lucky Dog Farm - Choosing and walking your own path Space is limited and advance registration is required:  REGISTER HERE or contact Kristina to register or for more information at:  kz@transitioncatskills.org Jeffrey Potent is Adjunct Professor of International and Public [...]

By |September 29th, 2019|Event, Food|0 Comments
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Repair Café – Roxbury

Saturday, October 26th, 10am to 2pm at the Carriage House behind the Gould Church 53837 NY-30 (Main Street), Roxbury, NY At a Repair Café, we bring our beloved-but-broken items and together, with a volunteer Repair Specialist, we fix them! We’ll be repairing lamps and appliances, and mending clothing and other textiles. We will have standard lamp parts available. We can help diagnose problems and figure out where to order specialty parts. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! We have a very skilled volunteer to repair clothing and textiles. If you need a specialty zipper replaced, please bring the new zipper with you. There will be fresh brewed coffee and homemade cookies, too. We can’t guarantee everything is fixable, but we’re certain you’ll have an interesting time.

By |September 4th, 2019|Event, Skills|0 Comments
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Hunting the Wild Parsnip

Have you ever gone on a hike, only to later discover an angry blister on your ankle? If the blister transformed into a dark purple blotch, chances are you came into contact with wild parsnip. The discoloration can last for a year or longer—probably not the kind of memento you want from a carefree trek in the countryside. Wild parsnip was once domesticated, but it escaped cultivation and now is a familiar sight along our mountain roadways. In its first year, the plant forms a rosette of leaves and a tasty taproot. It’s difficult to identify at that early stage. In its second year, the parsnip produces a 5-foot stem topped with small yellow flowers in umbrella-shaped clusters. In this easily identifiable stage, the taproot has become tough and inedible. Can you harvest wild parsnip as food that first year? You certainly could, but it would be safer to eat the roots of plants you’ve grown from seed so that you know for sure you’re not getting hemlock. Yes, the plant that was used to kill Socrates is related to parsnip. When it’s in bloom, it’s easy enough to tell the difference since hemlock has white flowers and is taller. Foraging books shy away from recommending a meal of wild parsnip since it would be dreadfully—fatally—easy to confuse the two plants in their rosette stage,. In addition to being an invasive European plant that crowds out native species, wild parsnip can cause a world of hurt. The issue is the sap. It’s phototoxic, meaning it causes irritation when exposed to sunlight. If you were to handle the leaves and shoots of a parsnip at dusk and take a shower before daylight, no problem. But if [...]

By |September 3rd, 2019|Environment|0 Comments