The Countywide Seed Swap is now on at all Delaware County public libraries! Take your partially used seed packets to your library branch and see what seeds your fellow gardeners have donated. It's a great way to expand your repertoire without spending a fortune! Ongoing from April 1 to June 1.
Why Transition? In this video, some of our community members talk about Transition's importance in a changing world, as well as various projects on the horizon.
Pick up a copy of the Watershed Post’s 2015 Catskills Food Guide, a user-friendly introduction to and directory of our many local food and drink producers. The Food Guide is available as a free handout at many stores throughout the Catskill region. New this year is a centerfold pull-out Food and Drink Map of local sources for food and drink. One side of the map is “Drink the Catskills,” listing 22 breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries. The wine glass symbol indicates that the establishment welcomes visitors. The other side of the map is “Visit a Catskills Farm,” which lists 49 Catskills farms that welcome visitors—whether it’s for buying produce, meat or dairy, harvesting your own food, dining, or staying as an overnight guest. Transition Catskills is proud to sponsor the new map, in keeping with our goal of building resilience and self-reliance into Catskill region communities. Grab a copy and give our farmers a visit!
Transition Catskills is the proud sponsor of the first public orchard in Delaware County, NY. Eight apple trees were donated for the site adjacent to the Community Garden in the village of Fleischmanns. Mayor Todd Pascarella and members of community group Fleischmanns First turned out for the October 11th tree planting ceremony. Big thanks go out to everyone who got their hands dirty on Saturday, to Rudd and Greg at Catskill Rentals for excavating the holes beforehand, and thanks to the DEP for giving the project the green light on the land.
Come welcome Fleischmanns’ new public orchard in a tree planting ceremony hosted by Transition Catskills at the Fleischmanns Community Garden on Saturday, October 11th at 11:30 a.m. The garden is located at the east end of the park on Wagner Avenue. Next spring, pink flowers will grace the park as 8 new apple trees set their blossoms. Within a few years, all visitors to the park will be able to harvest Golden Delicious and 4 red varieties for baking apple pies, pressing into cider, or eating fresh off the tree. The average lifespan of an apple tree is 100 years, so the healthful attributes of organic apples will delight taste buds for several generations. Transition Catskills is a grassroots organization of interested area residents dedicated to building local resilience and self-reliance.
Agriculture will be in the spotlight at the 11th Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival September 27 from 10 to 4 at the Village Park, Margaretville. This free festival is sponsored by the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce and several generous businesses. Visit www.cauliflowerfestival.com for more information. Area growers and food producers – members of Pure Catskills, a program of the Watershed Agricultural Council -- will offer farm-fresh produce. A parade of tractors will demonstrate the historic and continuing importance of these big-wheeled machines, and visitors will be invited to climb aboard a tractor-pulled hay wagon for a ride around a neighboring field. The history of the cauliflower growing industry in the Catskills will be recounted by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, which will also have an exhibit on “Animals on the Farm.” Naturally, bushels of cauliflower will be available for purchase. The parade will feature tractors old and new, of every make and color, driven by proud current and former farmers. It will make a couple of spins around the festival grounds at 11:30 a.m. A “Best in Show” trophy will be presented following the parade. The Catskill Mountain News is sponsoring this informal contest, and all tractor drivers will receive a complimentary chicken barbecue lunch courtesy of News Publisher Dick Sanford. Tractor owners who would like to participate are invited to register by Friday, Sept. 26 by calling 586-4661. Highlighting the entertainment offerings this year will be traditional and blues musician Mike Hermann, and Jason Starr who will celebrate the folk music legacy of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. The festival is a family friendly event with lots of fun for children including the ever popular Woodchuck Springs petting place with farm [...]
For those of you who were not able to attend the Fleischmanns Biomass Project on August 9th, please take a look at the video now and learn more about how the project might help support our local economic, environmental, and energy needs.
Have a look at some edible and otherwise useful plants you may have growing in your yard or woods and not even realize! Kristina Zill gives a brief introduction to foraging at this past weekend's potluck. Transition Catskills - Forage In Your Front Yard - with Kristina Zill from VeccVideography on Vimeo.
In case you missed it, have a look at our get together this past Sunday at the Margaretville Pavilion. We had a great turnout, delicious local food, lots of good conversation and a bunch of ideas for our timeline! We will be going through all the ideas and hopefully try to get some of them off the ground. If you have any ideas that didn't make it onto the list, or want to help us launch something you saw, please contact us. Transition Catskills - Meet Up - August 17th, 2014 - Margaretville, NY from VeccVideography on Vimeo.
Whether you are a born and raised local, a full-time transplant, or a part-time resident, we all share a sense of place and community. This common thread is the inspiration behind Transition Catskills—a grass roots community effort to strengthen the local economy and build a self- reliant future for the region. So, with this in mind, Transition Catskills is hosting a potluck event on Sunday, August 17th from 1 to 3 pm at the Pavilion in Margaretville. This “bring a dish” to pass affair will usher in opportunities for ideas, projects, sharing of local wisdom, and discussion of the next steps. Traditional (and transitional) Catskill Mountain music by the Tremperskill Boys will be an afternoon highlight, and the backdrop for the entire event will be the East Branch of the Delaware River—both our friend and our foe. The event is designed to engage those who have been thinking about ways to improve our region, towns and neighborhoods and provide a positive forum for sharing. So come on down and join the conversation! The “dish to pass” is themed around our core of local foods. Do you have tasty vegetables from your backyard garden? Treats from the farmer’s market? Golden-yolk eggs from local free-range chickens? The challenge is to create something special using as many local ingredients as possible to share with your friends and neighbors—much like the tradition of the Grange and community living 100 years ago. Transition Catskills is focused on economic and community development, building livelihoods and skills aimed at greater environmental sustainability and local resilience. So put on your dancing shoes, bring a dish to pass, and put on your thinking cap for an afternoon of fun, food, dancing and idea [...]