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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 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:  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 |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!

By |May 11th, 2016|Food|1 Comment
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Grab a Copy of the 2015 Catskills Food Guide and Map!

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!  

By |March 8th, 2015|Food|0 Comments
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Farms, food and fun at Cauliflower Festival

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 [...]

By |September 24th, 2014|Event, Food|0 Comments

Learn about Foraging in Your Yard with Kristina Zill

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.  

By |August 20th, 2014|Food, Skills|0 Comments