Join us for this two-part workshop: • Tuesday, November 19th, 8:30am to 12pm • Tuesday, December 4th, 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 and funded by an education grant from the Catskill Watershed Corporation, 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. Space is limited and advance registration is required: REGISTER HERE or contact Kristina to register or for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org Jeffrey Potent is Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He teaches corporate sustainability and sustainable agriculture and consults and speaks publicly on these topics.
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.
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 [...]
Rather than sit in the cramped office space at H&H Motors for the estimated hour it would take my car to be repaired, I decided to walk to Main Street Margaretville, which is under a mile away and offers many more possibilities in the way of things to do—and also doesn’t smell like axel grease. I crossed Route 28, which fortunately had rather light traffic that August morning, and I immediately came across a discarded aluminum can, so naturally, I picked it up. A few steps later, here was another piece of trash, and looking ahead, I could see some more, so I popped into the nearest establishment, the Country Cutting Gallery, to ask for a bag. The hairdresser was in the midst of sudsing up a client’s head, but she gladly donated a plastic shopping bag and said with a puzzled air that she’d seen me pick up a piece of trash. Sadly, that is rather unusual behavior, isn’t it? I thanked her for the bag and left the women to their beauty ritual. I had another kind of beautifying ritual in mind because I had decided to pick up all the trash I found between that point and the entrance to Margaretville. Humans thrive when we feel a sense of purpose. My previous goal of simply “looking around Margaretville” was too vague. Now I felt focused and happy that my idle time would be spent on a meaningful task.: assembling the archaeological record of this patch of road. Villages in the Catskills each have a distinct character, but that particular stretch of Route 28 is about as close to a clone town as you get, and the garbage was disappointingly generic, too. My [...]
July 1st - July 31st online at https://plasticfree.ecochallenge.org/ We all hate plastic and what it does to our oceans and landfills, but it’s hard to break the habit. The Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency, offering each other encouragement and support along the way. Go to the link above, choose Team Catskills (or another team of your choice), then select one or more actions to take during the month of July. It can be a daily action (if you're trying to instill a new habit) or a one-time challenge, such as visiting a waste management facility or planting a garden. This is an opportunity to align your actions with your values, to take one or more actions that you've been meaning to take, to share what you've discovered with others, and to be as plastic-free as possible for 31 days. Join us!
Friday, June 21st, 4 to 7 pm at the Hobart Farmers' Market 101 Maple Avenue, Hobart NY 13788 A Repair Café is where you bring your beloved-but-broken items and work with a volunteer repair specialist to fix them -- for free! This one is devoted exclusively to bikes. Last year, about 35 people got their bikes tuned up, and listened to live music while enjoying delectables from the Fork in the Road food truck. This year, Sam from Otsego Bicycles will return to share his awesome repair skills. If your bike needs more than a tune-up, Sam has the know-how to diagnose the problem. At about 5 pm, there will be a group bike ride on the fabulous Catskill Scenic Trail, starting and ending at the Hobart Farmers' Market. So grab your bike and join us! The Hobart Farmers' Market offers a wide variety of local foods and baked goods, as well as craft items and books from the Hobart Book Village.
Tuesday, June 18th, 6 pm at Bushel 106 Main Street, Delhi NY We all hate plastic and what it does to our oceans and landfills, but it's hard to break the habit. The Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort where we offer each other encouragement and support to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Join us as we explore alternatives to plastic. We'll have demos, samples, and resources. There will even be a Reusables Swap - bring your extra shopping bags, coffee cups, water bottles, etc., to share with others, and pick up a reusable you need. Bring your ideas! We want to hear them! We'll also talk about repurposing plastic so it stays out of the waste stream. If you eat single serving yogurts, please bring the used plastic cups... we re-use them to distribute seedlings at street fairs. And did we mention there will be beer, wine and snacks? (served on anything but plastic). If you can't make the party, but would still like to participate in the EcoChallenge, click here and join "Team Catskills," then choose one plastic-reducing habit you'd like to adopt during the month of July.
Thursday, May 30th, 6:30 - 8 pm at Bushel, 106 Main St., Delhi Clean heating and cooling systems are smart and healthy options that will keep your home comfortable year round. Ground source and air source heat pumps lower your energy usage and reduce your carbon footprint. Join us at Bushel Collective, where you’ll learn about these technologies and energy efficiency, plus available incentives and financing. All products and installers have been vetted by HeatSmart and NYSERDA. This event is hosted by HeatSmart Southern Tier and co-sponsored by Transition Catskills and the Town of Delhi. Register here.
Saturday, May 11th, 10am – 2pm At the Roxbury Arts Group - Hilt Kelly Hall 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. Hilt Kelly Hall is located at 5025 Vega Mountain Rd, Roxbury, NY 12474
Tuesday, April 2nd 5:30 - 7 pm Join us for the launch of our Drawdown EcoChallenge. This event will include videos, community discussion, and practical next steps to “draw down" carbon from the atmosphere by participating in an online challenge. Participants form teams and get points by completing carbon-reducing actions. The challenge takes place April 3-24. The Drawdown EcoChallenge provides tools and inspiration to turn intention into action, and gives participants a fun and social way to think about and act on proven solutions to reverse global warming.