1) All the farmers who contributed to the "Why Farm the Catskills?" video now posted to the Watershed Agricultural Council's YouTube Channel.
2) the Ag Program Administrative staff for their work in coordinating yesterday's farm tour of four local farms.
3) to those hosting the day's peak into on-farm water quality protection projects:
- Bill VanValkenburg (Covered Barnyard, Covered Manure Storage, Stream Stabilization, CREP)
- Ernest & Barbara Hanselman (Cover Crop)
- Gerald Hull/Karl Gockel (Solar Calf House, HUAP aka Feed Pad)
- Frank and John
4) You can also find it on the homepage of Catskills FarmLink where you'll find regional properties for rent, lease and sale to get your farm started here in the Catskills.
MAY 24: Lamb Butchery Intensive for Farmers at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture Growing Farmers Initiative. Three-day butchery intensive will introduce a small group of farmers to on-farm slaughtering and provide hands-on instruction for breaking down whole lamb carcasses. Adam Danforth, a renowned butcher and writer, will guide participants through the entire process, from slaughter to packaged cuts. Topics covered will include: basic knife skills, personal and food safety techniques, bovine anatomy, full carcass breakdown, qualities and characteristics of cuts, and marketing strategies. Participating farmers will leave the workshop with a solid foundation of lamb breakdown, as well as informational handouts and basic butchery supplies, including a knife, bone saw, and honing rod. Registration closes today. For more information, click here or call Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculturewww.virtualgrange.org (914) 366-6200 x134
- MAY 3: Free septic maintenance workshop given by the Catskill Watershed Corporation at 2 p.m., followed by a tour of the Windham Waste Water Treatment Plant, South Street. Windham.
- MAY 4: Earth, Wind and Water: The Seasons, Student/Amateur Photograph/Art Exhibit, opening reception at 2 p.m. at the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, Hunter. Sponsored by the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery (Catskill Mtn. Foundation) in partnership with local school districts, this student amateur photography/art exhibit will highlight the watershed’s beauty.
- MAY 5: Stream & Property Clean Up in Windham at 9 a.m. Sponsored by the Windham Area Recreation Foundation
- MAY 10: Greene Infrastructure at Home and at Work, an educational workshop on rain barrels and rain gardens for the homeowner, followed by a tour of the Mountain Top Library and Learning Center at 2:30 p.m. Register by May 8 at # 622-9820 x0.
- MAY 11: Tree Planting on the Police Anchor Camp, Batavia Kill, at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Greene County Sportsmen Federation and Catskill Stream Buffer Initiative
- MAY 25 (rain date May 26): Grand Opening of the Windham Path & the annual “Walking Windham /Remembering Pat” event, 4939 State Rte. 23, Windham at 9 a.m.. The Windham Path is 1.5 mile public trail on the old Police Anchor Camp in Windham. Plant identification walks, scavenger hunt and Free BBQ! Sponsored by the Family of T. Patrick Meehan and The Community of Windham Foundation, an educational scholarship fund and fundraising goal of the Walk/Run/Ride is to raise funds for the WAJ Meehan Scholarship Fund.