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getguideGet in the Guide by April 30

Get in the Guide by April 30 Whether you're a new or renewing member, NOW is the time to get in the 2012 Pure Catskills Guide to Farm Fresh Products. It's a simple three-step process:

1) Complete the form online to join Pure Catskills and create your farm or business listing.  

2) Agree to the Pure Catskills Membership Standards [PDF].  

3) Make your $35 membership payment either by check or call/email Stephanie Wyant of Luminary Publishing at (845) 514-0063. Make your membership fee check to "Luminary Publishing - Pure Catskills" and mail it to Pure Catskills, c/o Luminary Publishing, 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401. Memberships received before April 30, 2012 will be included in the 2012-2013 print guide. The membership fee does not include a display advertisement in the print guide, but Stephanie at Luminary Publishing can arrange for your color ad to appear before thousands of interested locavores. The 2012 advertising rates can be found here

Questions about membership? Contact Challey Comer at [email protected] or (607) 865-7090. When you become a Pure Catskills member, you'll access to member benefits like an online website listing, marketplace materials, and scholarship opportunities. This year, your business will also be included in the Pure Catskills Business-to-Business Directory. A complimentary publication to the direct-to-consumer-oriented Pure Catskills guide, this B2B directory will provide information relevant to retailers, restaurateurs and distributors of local food. But you have to Get in the Guide by April 30! Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter 

beefBeginner Beef Workshops
Beginner Beef Production Workshop on May 4,5,12 Ready to transition from dairy to beef? Wondering if joining the growing numbers of beef cattle farmers is right for you? Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County (CCE) and the Council are offering a three-part Beginner Beef Production Workshop on May 4, 5 and 12. On May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the introductory lecture will feature speakers Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Specialist Dr. Michael Baker. Session #1 will be held at the CCE Resource Center, 34570 Route 10, Hamden. Workshops #2 and #3 will feature on-farm tours to be announced at the first session. Cost is $20 per session, or pay $50 for all three sessions.  Bring your own bag lunch; coffee, tea and juice will be provided. For more information or to register, call Janet Aldrich, CCEDC (607) 865-7161. Tell a friend and register by April 27.  Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter

Free Movies Every Thursday
IMPACT Film Serieis every Thursday at 76 Main! Stamford Starting May 3, the Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) and the Council have teamed up for the 9-week IMPACT Film Series at Stamford's 76 Main!

Every Thursday at 7 p.m., we're showing a documentary on water, agriculture or forestry. Feature film, "Vanishing of the Bees" kicks off the series along with a raffle for a Pure Catskills goodie bag. Enter to win online; if your name is called at the screening, you win! No purchase necessary, but you must be present to win. Movie admission is free; donations will be accepted and benefit future RAG programming and the Council's Easement Stewardship FundLike us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our profile on LinkedIn Find us on Google+

CFLThe First Link
The First Link - Catskills FarmLink Catskills FarmLink connected a farmer and landowner in its first land link earlier this month. The
Migliorelli Farm will be utilizing the Mount Tremper farmstand, formerly known as Alice & Roger's on Route 28, and they're hiring!

If you have land to rent or sell, or you're a farmer looking for regional farmland to work, check out the land listings at Catskills FarmLink. Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Find us on Google+

blogfeedBlog It
Last week's blog, You & Your Watershed, featured 12 farm jobs and internships, four Catskills CRAFT learning opportunities, and 16 upcoming events including details on the Quality Deer Management Association's Land Certification Program-Inspector Training in Ithaca on April 26. Find out what's happening in your watershed every Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. for Watershed Wake-up Call on Community Radio WIOX 91.3FM. Do you something about the watershed to share? Send us an email and we'll include it in our weekly wrap-up.

ofinterestOf Interest 
Newsletter: April Small Farms Update (Cornell)
Watershed News: April 2012 (US EPA)
Watershed Currents (Catskill Watershed Corp.)
Esopus Creek Newsletter (Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program)
Troubled Waters: Farm Pollution Threatens Drinking Water (Environmental Working Group)
Adult Summer Camp: Without Walls EcoPracticum

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April 26

QDMA Land Certification Program - Inspector Training



April 28

Ways to Generate Green Revenue From Your Land



May 3

Easement Program Committee Meeting



May 3

IMPACT Film Series-Vanishing of the Bees



May 4

TLC-Forest Ecology and Silviculture



May 4

Beginner Beef Production Workshop 



May 5 & 12

Beginner Beef Production Farm Tours 


May 9

Take Root! Gardener Training

CCE-Sullivan, Liberty


May 10

IMPACT Film Series-What's on Your Plate?



May 17

IMPACT Film Series-Tapped



May 24

IMPACT Film Series-Dirt! the Movie 



May 31

IMPACT Film Series-Messages From Water 




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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.