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floodresponseFlood Response 

Flood Video Here's a quick look at what our farming neighbors are going through and what the impact of water really is all about. We've got a lot of words coming out in our print newsletter later this month. But for now, we're letting the photos and videos tell the story. Thanks to all who contributed to this slideshow and to our partners at Soil & Water, CCE, FSA and NRCS -- together we're helping program participants recover, rebuild and renew. And to those of you tackling the 3 R's personally, please let us know how we can help.  Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter View our photos on flickr 

CFLConnecting Farmers and Landowners

Catskills FarmLink: connecting farmers and landowners


Whether you are a beginning farmer looking to transition to independent farm management, an existing farmer looking to acquire or access more land, or a landowner interested in making your property available for agricultural use, Catskills FarmLink offers the resources and tools to begin your search. Launched today, this free web resource and posting site is designed to

  • maintain the regional working agricultural landscape by connecting farmers with underutilized land;
  • provide online access to statewide and regional resources that support the farming community;
  • offer land lease planning, landowner guides and "Come Farm with Us" contacts;
  • list farmland available for rent/sale/share within the Catskills and New York City watershed; and
  • compile opportunities like educational workshops, networking events, classifieds, internships, job offerings, equipment and livestock sales, and distribution partnership/sharing.

Catskills FarmLink is a collaborative effort of regional organizations committed to the future of agriculture in the region. These organizations include Catskill Mountainkeeper; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware; Schoharie and Sullivan Counties; Delaware Highlands Conservancy; Farm Catskills; Farmhearts; NYC Department of Environmental Protection; and the Watershed Agricultural CouncilLike us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter View our photos on flickr 

newcropA New Crop of Farmers
A New Crop of FarmersMeet the young and upcoming farmers of our region who are cutting their teeth (and their hoes) on this down-and-dirty lifestyle under the tutelage of Ag Program participant Hilltop Hanover Farm. You can also support the farm's continued role in mentoring young farmers by becoming a Friend of HHF.

compostComposting Tour & Workshop 

Composting Tour & Workshop October 27, 2011at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills sponsored by the Watershed Agricultural CouncilThe East of Hudson Program is teaming up with CCE-Westchester County, Environmental Finance Center and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture on the Lower Hudson Composting Facility Tour and Workshop on October 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $10; register by October 20.

dairyfloodvideoMiddleburgh Dairy Farmers' Story of Hurricane Irene Impact
SkeeterNYC video of Middleburgh dairy farmers impacted by Hurricane IreneDavid and Denise Lloyd of Maple Downs Farm, a small dairy farm in Middleburgh, talk about what happened at their Schoharie Valley farm last month. Thanks to SkeeterNYC for capturing their tale on video. If you'd like to help Catskills farmers with similar stories, make a donation to Raise the Roof Farmer Flood Relief Fund.

ofinterestOf Interest 
Governor Cuomo Press Release: $2.4M Awarded to 125 Farms

October 3, 2011

Flood Response

Catskills FarmLink

HHF Video

Composting Workshop

Dairy Farm Flood Video

Of Interest


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October 1

Advanced Logger Rescue



October 1-10

Lark in the Park:A Benefit for Catskills Farmer Flood Relief Fund

Various locations in Catskill Park


October 5

New Green City 2011

Union Square Plaza, NYC


October 6

Lucky Dog Film Series: Vanishing of the Bees



October 8-9

Taste of the Catskills: A Benefit for Catskills Farmer Flood Relief Fund at Maple Shade Farm



October 21

Harvest Moon Evening at Hilltop Hanover Farm

Yorktown Heights


October 21

Game of Logging: Level 1



October 27

Lower Hudson Compost Facility Tour & Workshop at Stone Barns

Pocantico Hills


October 27-28

2011 Green Chimneys Sustainability Conference at Clearpool Education Center



November 1

TLC: Forest Ecology, Silviculture & BMPs at Agroforestry Center





We can provide a speaker to present on topics related to agriculture, forestry, conservation easements, water quality, farm to market, communications and the Council's community impact. To learn more, contact Tara Collins at (607) 865-7090, ext. 226.



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The Watershed Agricultural Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the economic viability of agriculture and forestry through the protection of water quality and the promotion of land conservation in the New York City Watershed region. The WAC is funded by The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service and other federal, foundation and private sources. The WAC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.