January 13: Lucky Dog Local Food Hub Producing for the Hub Workshop, the second in a series of workshops specifically for farmers interested in "Producing for the Hub" will be held from 10 a.m. to Noon at Lucky Dog Farm Store, Main Street, Hamden. This workshop is free and open to the public, but specifically to farmers selling through the Hub now or looking to do so in the future. Learn of the next steps and requirements for working with the Hub and exploring opportunities to expand your farm sales. This workshop will be a facilitated discussion about producer needs and questions. Complete the RSVP survey to better help frame the discussion.
January 16: 11th Annual Catskill Regional Agriculture Conference will be hosted by CCE-Delaware and the Watershed Agricultural Council on Thursday, January 16 from 9 a.n. to 3:30 p.m. at SUNY-Delhi's Farrell Hall. A lineup of nationally and regionally renowned speakers will talk on relevant topics in the areas of dairy, livestock, and vegetable production as well as grazing management. Conference registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Two early-bird sessions start at 10 a.m. At 11:00 the Dairy, Livestock, and Grazing and Vegetable tracks begin. The lunchtime keynote speaker is Dr. George Conneman, renowned professor emeritus of farm management at Cornell University who will present “General, Miscellaneous, and All Other” a light hearted and poignant tour of life lessons learned from his nearly 60 years of working with farm families in New York. Pre-registration by January 10 is requested. Conference details and online registration are available or call Kim Holden at 607-865-7090, ext. 241. Pre-registration fee is $25 per person and includes lunch and materials. Late registrations will be accepted at the door for $35; lunch availability may be limited.
January 24-26: NOFA-NY Winter Conference 2014 will be at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs. A wide range of workshops from dairy farming to urban gardening, from food policy to business planning plus a special children's conference, entertainment, and the most delicious meals made from food donated by regional NY organic farmers. This conference is designed to inspire, inform, and provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking and reciprocal teaching and learning. Pure Catskills will be on hand at the tradeshow. See you at the Farm Hack!
January 25: Schoharie Watershed Summit
will be hosted by Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District at the Hunter Elementary School, NYS Route 23A in the village of Hunter. Learn how changing climate affects storm mitigation and planning. Continuing education credits for municipal officials, code enforcement officers and other agency workers. Register by January 16; click here for a brochure of all the sessions.
Cocked, Locked & Ready to Go: Turn-key poultry operation available complete with bird inventory, starter flocks, eggs, farm infrastructure and established markets in Albany and NYC. Cooper's Ark Farm also has a name in handicapped population agritourism. Call Phil at (518) 295-7662 about transitioning Cooper's Ark Farm to your new farm venture.
WAC 20th videos of award recipient speeches from Richard Giles, Dr. Ken Jaffe, the Darling Family, Dan Palm and Fred Huneke, as well as perspectives from DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush, NRDC NYS Director Eric Goldstein, American Farmland Trust's NYS Director David Haight and NYS Assemblyman Pete Lopez. Thank you to our Business Supporters -- Rettew Engineering and Catskill Mountain Forestry Services -- for helping us recognize these individuals. Thanks also go to Farm Credit East, ACA: Lost Lake Inc.; Robinson Bros. Excavating; and Energy Service Providers for their contributions.