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Sustainability Workshop Presentations

Jeff Potent: Sustainability Workshop introduction About the presenter: Jeffrey Potent, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, teaches corporate sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, and related subjects at the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and the Columbia Earth Institute.  Mr. Potent advises graduate students, contributes to the Columbia University Seminar Series on Sustainable Finance, serves on several non-profit and impact investment boards and for several years hosted an annual forum on sustainable agriculture.  He consults and speaks publicly on corporate and agricultural sustainability and water quality.  Mr. Potent formerly led corporate partnerships for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Water in Washington DC.  Earlier in his career, he served as EPA/US Department of Agriculture (USDA) liaison and regional director of the USDA National Integrated Water Quality Program, facilitating collaboration among Land Grant Universities, EPA, USDA, industry associations and other agencies and universities.  The PowerPoint Presentation: Jeff Potent Sustainable Ag Part 1 Jeff Potent Sustainable Ag Part 2 Jeff-Potent-Sustainable-Ag-Part-3 Jim Manning: Taking Stock About the presenter: Jim Manning, Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship Jim Manning is CADE’s Senior Program Manager of Farm and Food Business Development. Prior to joining CADE, he served as a Farm Business Management Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County from 2007 to 2017 with a special focus on entrepreneurship, marketing and local food systems. In addition to working with many agricultural and food businesses, helping them to manage operations and finances and to develop new business opportunities, Jim led a series of special projects for Cornell Cooperative Extension. He is also lead facilitator of the Mohawk Valley Food Policy Advisory Council. Sustainability – Taking Stock   Tanya Moyer: Business Management 101 About the presenter: For [...]

By |November 22nd, 2019|Food|0 Comments
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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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Sandy Gordon – Business Management from the Ground Up

About the presenter: My name is Alexander Gordon, but I’m well-known as Sandy Gordon, a lifelong nickname. I was the owner and operator of Gordon Farms, Inc., in Knox, NY until the completion of my farm sale in July 2018. As the sole proprietor of Gordon Farms, inc., my duties included agricultural mechanics, facility maintenance and new construction, animal husbandry, record keeping, marketing, business forecasting/development, public relations, contributions to policy initiatives and lending my voice when needed, supporting agriculture in the community, maintaining good neighbor relations, and helping new farmers get established in the region. In addition, I served 6 years on the Knox Town Council and 16 years in the Albany County Legislature. I studied Agricultural Business at SUNY Cobleskill and later received my BA in Public Affairs from the University at Albany. I wrote my senior seminar research paper on Farmland Preservation in 1982 and have continued with that passion to date. Business from the Ground Up

By |November 20th, 2019|Food|0 Comments
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Tanya Moyer: Business Management 101

About the presenter: For Tanya Moyer, farming is more a way of life than a career. She is passionate about Mulligan Creek Acres, a third-generation farm, high atop the Schoharie and Mohawk River Valleys in upstate New York. Started as a homestead in 1928, Tanya has grown Mulligan Creek to be a source for pasture-raised, antibiotic-free, non-gmo-fed meats for neighbors, chefs, resorts, butcher shops, as well as Hell's Kitchen Chef Barbie Marshall and the Dave Matthews Band. Business Management 101

By |November 19th, 2019|Food|0 Comments
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Jim Manning: Taking Stock

About the presenter: Jim Manning, Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship Jim Manning is CADE's Senior Program Manager of Farm and Food Business Development. Prior to joining CADE, he served as a Farm Business Management Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County from 2007 to 2017 with a special focus on entrepreneurship, marketing and local food systems. In addition to working with many agricultural and food businesses, helping them to manage operations and finances and to develop new business opportunities, Jim led a series of special projects for Cornell Cooperative Extension. He is also lead facilitator of the Mohawk Valley Food Policy Advisory Council. Sustainability - Taking Stock

By |November 19th, 2019|Food|0 Comments
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Jeff Potent: Sustainability Workshop introduction

About the presenter: Jeffrey Potent, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, teaches corporate sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, and related subjects at the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and the Columbia Earth Institute.  Mr. Potent advises graduate students, contributes to the Columbia University Seminar Series on Sustainable Finance, serves on several non-profit and impact investment boards and for several years hosted an annual forum on sustainable agriculture.  He consults and speaks publicly on corporate and agricultural sustainability and water quality.  Mr. Potent formerly led corporate partnerships for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Water in Washington DC.  Earlier in his career, he served as EPA/US Department of Agriculture (USDA) liaison and regional director of the USDA National Integrated Water Quality Program, facilitating collaboration among Land Grant Universities, EPA, USDA, industry associations and other agencies and universities.  The PowerPoint Presentation: Jeff Potent Sustainable Ag Part 1 Jeff Potent Sustainable Ag Part 2 Jeff-Potent-Sustainable-Ag-Part-3

By |November 19th, 2019|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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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
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Relocalizing Food

Thursday, February 7 & 21, 1 to 2 pm on www.wioxradio.org or 91.3 FM We’re taking Transition Streets to the airwaves! Transition Streets is an award-winning program designed to support you, and the people you live with, to make simple, practical changes to your home and to your habits. Households that participate in the program typically save about $900/year on expenses and reduce carbon emissions by 1.3 tons. The workbook covers five areas: Energy, Food, Water, Waste and Transportation. In February, we’re covering the Food chapter over the course of two sessions on our radio show, Here Comes the Sun (where we explore the sunnier side of sustainability.) Having a strong local food system is essential if our communities are to be more self-reliant, less fossil fuel-dependent, and less exposed to the global weather and price fluctuations that affect how much we pay for our food. In times of global shortage or local supply disruption, it's important that we are able to feed ourselves sufficient, nutritious food at a reasonable cost. The Transition Streets workbook suggests actions that can give you tasty, fresh food for less, cut CO2 emissions and other environmental and social impacts, and/or help build a strong local food system. On the show, we'll discuss these actions: • Buy local, seasonal foods • Reduce food packaging • Minimize food waste • Try organic • Grow your own • Eat lower on the food chain We'll have a brief discussion about each item. Listen in and then decide which ones you want to tackle. We urge our listeners to make an action plan to increase your household's resilience and self-sufficiency. If you’d like to have your very own copy of the workbook, you can [...]

By |February 5th, 2019|Event, Food|0 Comments
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Delicata Squash – an heirloom delicacy

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!

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