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Sustainability Workshop for Catskill Farmers & Local Food Businesses

Tuesday, Dec 3rd, 8:30 am to 12 pm at Bushel, 106 Main St, Delhi Part 2 of this workshop will take place on 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: 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 Affairs at Columbia University. He teaches corporate sustainability and sustainable agriculture and consults and speaks publicly on these topics.

By |November 21st, 2019|Event, Food|0 Comments
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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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Plastic-Free EcoChallenge

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!

By |July 1st, 2019|Environment, Event|0 Comments
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Bicycle Repair Café – Hobart

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.

By |June 19th, 2019|Event, Fitness, Skills|0 Comments
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How Plastic-Free Can You Be?

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.

By |June 14th, 2019|Event|0 Comments
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Heat without fossil fuels

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.

By |May 23rd, 2019|Energy, Event|0 Comments
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Repair Café – Roxbury

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

By |May 3rd, 2019|Event|0 Comments
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Drawdown EcoChallenge

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.

By |March 26th, 2019|Energy, Event|0 Comments
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Support Local Food Systems

Thursday, Feb 21st, 1 to 2 pm on www.wioxradio.org or 91.3 FM On Here Comes the Sun, we continue to explore the Transition Streets program. February is all about local foods. At 1:30 pm, we'll be talking to Tianna Kennedy from Star Route Farm, who manages The 607 CSA. With a CSA—Community Supported Agriculture—patrons receive a box of locally grown vegetables every week (or every other week). The boxes are typically picked up at a predetermined location. For Delaware County residents, there are pickup locations in Bloomville, Bovina, Charlotteville, Delhi, Hobart and Oneonta. Transition Streets is an award-winning behavior change program where a group of neighbors get together and go through a curriculum that addresses 5 areas of potential change: Energy, Food, Water, Waste and Transportation. Participating households typically save about $900 per year on expenses and reduce their carbon emissions by about 1.3 tons.    

By |February 21st, 2019|Event, Food|0 Comments