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2nd Annual Schoharie Watershed Month Environmental Film Series

Once again, the Council has teamed up with Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District to bring environmental films to the watershed area. Starting this afternoon, May 19 through may 21, we'll show four movies for FREE at the Doctorow Center, Main Street, Hunter. Here's what's on the Big Screen this weekend, along with the speakers' panel, taste testings and video interviews. You'll need to grab a seat quickly as theater capacity is limited to just 133 lucky viewers. Come early for the local food samplings from Cowbella, Handsome Brook Farm, and Harpersfield Cheese. Hope to see you there!


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What's On Your Plate?
Sadie and Safiyah, two 11-year-olds from New York City, let curiousity get the best of them as they track down where their food comes from. Great movie for the whole family! 
Film runs 76 minutes.
Friday, May 19 at 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 at 1 p.m.

Vanishing of the Bees

Vanishing of the Bees - Trailer

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.


During the intermission, Beekeeper Heidi Ruelmann will talk about her watershed bee business and what you can do to help bee populations and pollination. A honey taste testing will be held before and after the film. Film runs 90 minutes.
Discussion: Saturday May 20 12:45 p.m.
Show times: Saturday, May 20 1 p.m.

Reclaiming Our Water
The New York City Watershed isn't the only game in town. Many other watersheds nationwide are faced with the same issues we address through the Council's agriculuture, forestry and conservation easement programs. Reclaiming Our Water is a documentary that features Virginia's Occaquan Watershed and the clean water issues it faces. Film runs 60 minutes.
Showings: Friday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m.

The Greenhorns
Highlighting young farmers in America, this documentary features several farms in the Hudson Valley region.The Greenhorns, completed after almost 3 years in production, explores the lives of America's young farming community - its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker's hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture - to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming. Greenhorns is based at Smithereen Farms in the Hudson Valley. Film runs 50 minutes. Pre-screening discussion with Kenji Ban of Catskill Mountain Foundation's organic farm (just across the street from the Doctorow Center).
Showing: Saturday, May 20 at 2:50 p.m. 

Pre- & Post-Screening
Panel discussions are open to all to comment. Visit with our roving videographer, and share your perspective with your watershed neighbors. We'll be posting video snippets on our website in June; check out our Facebook Page for more details.
Visit a member business, complete and return the Freebie postcard to win all kinds of cool stuff, like t-shirts, hats, and more.

May 19, 2011


This month's Watershed Wednesday Radio Show:

Schoharie Watershed Month with Robyn Worcester, Michelle Yost, Mikana Maeda of Greene County SWCD

Listen now 


UPCOMING EVENTS: All of these events are part of Schoharie Watershed Month

May 21  6 a.m.

Mountain Top Arboretum

Guided Bird Walk



May 21  9:30 a.m.

Rain Barrel Workshop

Sugar Maples


May 21  12:30 p.m.

Sugar Maples Stormwater Tour & Kiosk Unveiling


May 25  2 p.m.

Past, Present & Future of Gilboa Dam 

Windham Wastewater Treatment Plant


May 27  1 p.m.

Sawkill Creek Clean-up

 WAP Office, Tannersville


May 28 & 29 

Memorial Day Weekend  Celebration




Pure Catskills 

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