Join us Saturday, July 22nd, 10am-2pm at the United Methodist Church, 204 Maple Avenue in Hobart (entrance at side on Pearl St) for our second Repair Café. Thrilled. That was the dominant emotion felt by the two-dozen people who brought their broken items to be fixed at the Repair Café we held in Delhi in May. They were thrilled to finally get their broken possessions fixed and put back into service, whether it was a chandelier with a faulty switch, a toaster oven that had stopped toasting, a fan that no longer whirred or a favorite pair of pants with a tear at the knee. Do you have a broken appliance that's collecting dust till you find some way to fix it? Now's your chance. Bring it to one of our volunteer Repair Coaches and work with them to make it run again. Do you have favorite articles of clothing that need buttons re-sewn? Bring them to the Repair Café and sew them back on while enjoying a cup of coffee and a snack. We have a large assortment of buttons and thread of all colors. Our Repair Coaches will fix: small appliances vacuum cleaners lamps furniture small items made of wood clothing We can't guarantee that everything will be fixed, but we're certain you'll have an interesting time.
Our first Repair Café will take place at Bushel, 84 Main Street, Delhi on Saturday, May 13th from 10 am to 2 pm. We have Repair Coaches skilled at fixing small appliances, vacuum cleaners, lamps, furniture and clothing. So brave the forecasted rain and come join us on Saturday! Our goal is to bring the Repair Café to villages throughout the Catskills. We've already set the date for our next one, which will be held on Saturday, July 22nd at the United Methodist Church in Hobart from 10 am to 2 pm. What is a Repair Café? Repair Cafés are free community events that are all about repairing things together. In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make the repairs you need. The types of repairs depend on the Repair Coaches who have volunteered to lend their expertise to this particular event, so each gathering will be slightly different from the next. Visitors bring their broken items from home. In the Repair Café, they start making their repairs, together with the coaches. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table with books on do-it-yourself repairs procured from Creative Corner Books in Hobart Book Village. Why do we need a Repair Café? We throw away vast amounts of stuff - even things with almost nothing wrong, and which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. Many people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves, or they have lost the skill. Society doesn’t always [...]
The Countywide Seed Swap at all Delaware County Public Libraries ends June 1st, so be sure to stop by your local branch this week and pick up some heirloom vegetable seeds to try in this year's garden. Certain seeds, like pod beans, are best planted directly in the garden after the last frost. Each branch has different seeds, so it's like a treasure hunt to see what you'll discover. Some of the bean varieties we donated to the libraries this year include: Golden Wax Bush Bean - an old-time favorite, with abundant harvests of delicious, stringless golden-yellow pods. Dragon Tongue Bean - Tasty attractive 19th-century heirloom hails from the Netherlands. Compact stocky bushes bear abundant purple-violet flowers followed by flat 6" creamy yellow pods mottled with purple tiger stripes. Contender Green Bean - Open-pollinated, heavily producing green beans. Some people say it's the best they've ever tasted. Sunset Runner Bean - Luminous pink blossoms on vines, which are covered in due course with cascades of runner bean pods, equally wonderful whether used as snaps fresh, canned or frozen, or as shell beans. Lovely! Barnside Runner Bean - Scarlet-flowered runner bean routinely reaches 25 feet in height! Transform unsightly buildings, including barns, into a wall of hummingbird-attracting flowers. Pods can grow to 10-12 inches. Very sweet and tender when eaten at the immature stage, a great variety for freezing for winter use as green beans. Blue Lake Bush Bean - This dark-green bean has been a standard for over 40 years. The bush plants set heavy yields of flavorful pods that are tender and crisp. Developed in 1961 from the Pole Blue Lake. Purple Podded Bean - Discovered by Henry Fields in the Ozark Mountains in the 1930s, this purple-podded heirloom is [...]
Join us for cocktails and conversation on Tuesday, August 30th, 5 to 7 pm at Summerfields, 654 Main Street in Margaretville Green Drinks are unstructured mixers where people who care about our communities and the local environment get together to share ideas, network, and make new friends. Hope to see you there!
Join Transition Catskills on Wednesday, August 3rd, 7 to 9 pm at the Andes Roundtable, Hunter Tavern, 288 Main Street, Andes, NY for a free presentation about the dangers of unregulated chemicals in personal care and household products The widespread use of toxic synthetic chemicals has permanently changed the face of our planet. Hundreds of billions of pounds of synthetic chemicals are produced every single year, and toxins can now be found everywhere — even the North Pole is polluted. We eat these chemicals in our foods as pesticides, preservatives, additives, pollutants, or contaminants from food containers. In some places, we drink them in tap water. We inhale them, and we absorb them through our skin from cosmetics, toiletries, and household cleaning products. Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration is not authorized to recall harmful products. This free presentation will identify the dangerous chemicals that are lurking around your home, and will give you safe alternatives so that you can begin the process of detoxing. Since the average American's body is contaminated with 300 to 500 chemicals, we'll also talk about ways that you can rid yourself of toxic overload. .
Please join Transition Catskills on Wednesday, May 25th, 7 to 9 pm for a free Energy Reduction Workshop at the Andes Roundtable, Hunter Tavern, 288 Main St., Andes, NY Together, we will study the Energy chapter of the Transition Streets workbook. Transition Streets is an award-winning behavior change project designed to reduce the amount of energy we use to fuel our lives. Participants will learn techniques to reduce their carbon footprint, and how energy-saving techniques also result in dollars saved on expenses. We'll demonstrate how to use a Kill-a-Watt meter to monitor the energy drain of individual appliances within the home. Attendees will receive a free LED lightbulb to jumpstart their energy savings.
Delicata squash gets its name from its rind, which is delicate for a winter squash. It won’t keep as long as butternut or acorn varieties, which may last until April or May, but you can still have that taste of summer in mid-January if you store the squash in cool, dark conditions. The thin rind also makes Delicata easy to work with. It’s a small, oblong squash, pale yellow with dark green stripes. The flesh is orange, fine textured and sweet (another name for the plant is “sweet potato squash.”) It’s easy to grow and it ripens early. The cultivar most likely originated in Europe. The French naturalist and botanist Charles Victor Naudin illustrated the squash in 1856. It was introduced to Americans in 1894 by Peter Henderson & Co., a seed purveyor in New York. If you’ve never tasted a Delicata squash, you’re in for a treat. An Internet search yields hundreds of recipes - grilled, stuffed, roasted, baked and sautéed - along with mouth-watering photos. We’ll be giving out Delicata squash seeds at the Spring on Main street fair in Margaretville, Saturday May 14th from 10 am to 3 pm. Come by, say hello, and take home some seeds to get your garden growing. See you at the fair!
Saturday, May 14th - 10 am to 3 pm Join us at Margaretville's "Spring on Main" street fair this weekend. Stop by our booth to receive a free Delicata squash seedling to get your garden started. Home Goods of Margaretville is sponsoring a rhubarb cookoff with two categories: sweet and savory. Drop off your best recipe by 1:30 at Home Goods. Judging will take place at 2 pm. The top three winners will be awarded prizes. Kids can enjoy pony rides, there will be a fly casting demo, the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild will be conducting a craft workshop, and there will be live music by Ben Rounds. See you at the fair!
Thousands of years ago, our Stone Age ancestors domesticated food plants. Seeds from the best performers were selected for replanting and shared with others. Thus, the seeds that gardeners hold in their hands today form an unbroken chain of living links stretching back to antiquity. An Heirloom is a seed that was bequeathed to us from past generations. The Heirloom pedigree To qualify as an heirloom, a plant must meet certain requirements. Its heritage must pre-date 1951, when hybrid varieties were introduced by seed companies It must be open-pollinated by natural mechanisms such as wind, insects or birds It must breed true to type – the offspring must be identical to the parent Flavor vs. convenience Hybrid seeds are the result of scientists cross-breeding plants to develop certain traits. Hybrids were designed to meet the needs of the commercial grower, which are often in direct opposition to the preferences of home gardeners. For instance, whereas a commercial operation benefits if all of the produce ripens at once, the home gardener wants successive waves of ripe vegetables over the course of the summer. Scientists gleefully sacrificed flavor and nutrition to engineer produce with more bountiful harvests and thicker skins that would withstand long-distance shipping (one example is the uniformly red, tasteless blobs that are fobbed off as tomatoes.) By contrast, flavor and nutrition are everything to the home gardener. Breaking the chain Many hybrids are sterile, requiring human intervention to reproduce. Those hybrids that are fertile are genetically unstable – they do not breed true to type. Gardeners who are unaware that they’re growing hybrids can be in for a big surprise if they save and plant the seed. Should it germinate at all, the seed would revert [...]
The 2nd annual Countywide Seed Swap is on at all Delaware County Public Libraries, now until June 1st. Bring in your partially used seed packets and file them in the designated card catalogue drawer under the appropriate letter (B for Beans). Then find some seeds you might want to try (H for Heliotrope) and use one of our nifty envelopes to help yourself to the number of seeds appropriate for your garden. It's an excellent way to expand your garden without having to spend a fortune. To get the party started, Transition Catskills has donated heirloom vegetable seeds to each library. Library addresses and hours are as follows: Andes Public Library, 242 Main St., Andes, NY (845) 676-3333 Monday, Tuesday: 1 pm - 6 pm Wednesday: 11 am - 4 pm Thursday: 5 pm - 8 pm Friday: 1 pm - 5 pm Saturday: 10 am - 12 pm closed Sunday Bovina Public Library, 33 Maple Avenue, Bovina Center, NY (607) 832-4884 Tuesday, Thursday: 10:30 am - 3 pm Wednesday: 1 pm - 7 pm Saturday: 9 am - 2 pm closed Sunday, Monday, Friday Cannon Free Library, 40 Elm St., Delhi, NY (607) 746-2662 Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30 am - 7 pm Wednesday, Friday: 9:30 am - 5 pm Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm (till March 31st) closed Sunday closed Saturday from April thru October Skene Memorial Library, 1017 Main St., Fleischmanns, NY (845) 254-4581 Tuesday - Friday: 1 pm - 5 pm Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm closed Sunday, Monday Franklin Free Library, 334 Main St., Franklin, NY (607) 829-2941 Tuesday: 9 am - 12 pm; 1 pm - 5 pm; 7 pm - 9 pm Wednesday: 10 am - 2 pm Thursday: [...]