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Pure Catskills Guide to Farm Fresh Products

You can impact our regional economy by choosing to spend your food dollars with a local farmer. Simply find one from over 200 regional farm and food businesses highlighted in this year's Pure Catskills Guide to Farm Fresh Products. Get to know the young Sullivan County-based farmers featured in the images of photographer Jennifer May. Along with the business listings, we added more editorial about food blogs, radio shows, overnight accommodations and agritourism locations. Find your copy at locations throughout the region or bookmark the Guide for handy online accessFind us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter View our photos on flickr

SocialMediaFree Social Media Workshops for WoodNet Members

The Forestry Program teamed up with Delaware County eCenter to offer an 8-week series dedicated to connecting your business to consumers through social media and networking channels. Be it Facebook, LinkedIn, online stores or eBay, mix-and-match these one-hour Thursday learning sessions to fill the gaps in your online marketing strategy. Catskill WoodNet members are eligible for workshop reimbursement ($15 per workshop plus mileage). Here's a look at this month's classes which start promptly at 8:30am:

  • June 16 - Introduction to Social Marketing
  • June 23 - Creating a Facebook Page for Your Business
  • June 30 - Are You LinkedIn?

HiveInsights from the Hive

Thanks to Heidi Ruelmann (pictured at right with one of many local foods-sampling movie-goers) for sharing her expertise on pollinators and the Catskill Mountain Beekeepers Club following the screening of "Vanishing of the Bees." Two dozen people attended the free movies during Schoharie Watershed Month. Schumei farmer Kenji Ban of Catskill Mountain Foundation's organic farm also spoke to the group. The Council will continue showing "Bees" and other educational documentaries throughout the summer; click here for upcoming showtimes and locations of the free Environmental Film Series.  Find us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter View our photos on flickr

WRLSWarming Up the Fairgrounds

Aimed at providing children a chance to hone their showmanship skills before the Delaware County Fair, the Walton Regional Livestock Show will hold competitive livestock exhibitions June 17 through 19. Join the Council and Purina Feed as an event sponsor or enroll your animal and handler in one of the many showmanship classes. 

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VisitorsLatin American Lessons

The Council -- with watershed partners DEP, CWC, NRCS and Frost Valley YMCA -- helped 30 watershed professionals understand the mechanics and process of protecting water quality in the New York City watershed. Chairman Fred Huneke explained to the group the dynamics of this public-private partnership, the Council's history and the development of our programs in agriculture, forestry and conservation easements. The group, sponsored by The World Bank, also visited the DEP water quality lab in Kingston, the Croton Water Treatment Plant and the NYC Water Board.

OfInterestOf Interest 

Newsletter: Cornell's Small Farms Program (April 2011)
Who's in the News? John Verhoeven, JJ Farm quoted inThe River Reporter, 3/29/11

June 3, 2011


Pure Catskills Guide

Free Workshops

Honey Sweet Kudos

Livestock Show

Foreign Visitors

Of Interest 


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June 4

CSBI Streamside Plantings



June 7

India Foresters Watershed & Model Forest Tour

Frost Valley YMCA, Denning


June 11

CCE-DC Spring House Tour

Various locations, Delaware County


June 11

CSBI Streamside Plantings



June 11-12

Meredith Dairy Fest

Meredith Square


June 16 

Get Wired for Breakfast

Intro to Social Marketing

Delaware County e-Center


June 17-19

Walton Regional Livestock Show

Delaware County Fairgrounds


June 23

Get Wired for Breakfast

Create a Facebook Page

Delaware County e-Center


June 23

Agricultural Program Committee Farm Tour

Sullivan County


June 30

Get Wired for Breakfast 

Are You LinkedIn?

Delaware County e-Center


July 2

Environmental Film Series

Roxbury Sidewalk Festival


July 3

Environmental Film Series

Taste of the Catskills




This month's Watershed Wednesday Radio Show:

Egon Cording of EC Woodworking, Delhi

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Weekend Getaways 

Painted Goat Farm

Catskill Region Food Blogs





Summer Foodie Event

Hip & Healthy Summer Camp 






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