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lookYour Guide to Farm Fresh
Pure Catskills Guide to Farm Fresh P roducts 2012-13 ...can now be found at local farms, farmers' markets, retailers and food businesses throughout the region. New this year in the Pure Catskills Guide to Farm Fresh Products? Market icons help you readily identify which Pure Catskills members make what. Portraits by Sullivan County photographer Andy Ryan capture dairy farmers on location. And specialty producer lists let you easily digest the offerings for beef (page 48), botanicals (page 52), U-picks (page 59), and wool products (page 64). Share your thoughts about the latest edition of the Guide on the Pure Catskills Facebook Page. Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Find us on Google+

busForestry Bus Tour Grants Available 
Children experiencing watershed science
tudents from P.S. 154 study
macro-invertebrates at
Clearpool Education Center
The Council's Forestry Program offers grants (up to $3,000) to organize and conduct watershed/forestry related field trips to the NYC water supply watersheds. Applications are due by July 15, 2012. These grants are open to any organization, community group, professional association, 4-12th grade classroom or other entity within New York City (NYC) or the upstate watershed regions (Catskill/Delaware and Croton).

"Because we are an elementary school located in Brooklyn, NY, for most of the year I was limited to using the Internet and my personal knowledge as instructional resources in our study of trout and their habitat. The Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Program allowed my students to travel out of the city and into the upstate watershed where the children engaged in a unique, hands-on experience releasing our trout and studying the water quality of a river where trout thrive. As wonderful as modern technology is, it doesn't compare to the first-hand experience my children had at the Clearpool Education Center," noted Erik Havlik, Assistant Principal at P.S. 154K and Bus Tour participant in 2012.
(For more teacher testimonials, see the latest issue of The Reservoir.)

If you are interested in planning a project to learn about NYC water and the working landscapes that protect that water quality every day, visit the Watershed Forestry Bus Tour web page or contact Jessica Olenych of Common Ground Educational Consulting at
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allstarWatershed Education All-Stars
Every so often the rest of the world sits up and takes notice of the incredible job we're doing in the watershed. But we don't work alone. Thanks to the dedication of innumerable partners and dedicated professionals, the work we do collectively in watershed management raises an eyebrow: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Two partners, in particular, deserve recognition for their work within watershed education: Marilyn Wyman at the Agroforestry Center, Acra, and Staten Island teacher Patricia (Pat) Lockhart, of P.S. 57 at The Hubert Humphrey School. Read more about these Watershed Education all-stars and the national awards they received in this Council blog post at You & Your Watershed.  Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our profile on LinkedIn  Find us on Google+ 

impactmoviesLike-Minds Meet on the 16th
Side discussions go a long way at Catskills CRAFT farm tours. 
In the field at a Catskills CRAFT farm tour
On Monday, July 16th, the Catskills CRAFT group will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stony Creek Farmstead in Walton, NY. The Marsiglio family has been growing pasture-raised meat and eggs, organic vegetables, and  since 2005 and will share their experience with farm living, CSAs, farm stays and group tours. Potluck to follow. For more details, read this Catskills CRAFT press release or call Sonia Janiszewski at (914) 720-1020. Catskills CRAFT, or Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, is an educational networking group for beginning farmers and  is made possible with leadership support from Catskills region beginning farmers, financial support from Farmhearts, and administrative support from the Watershed Agricultural Council.
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cleansweepClean Sweep Online
Clean Swee Delaware, Farm & Household hazardous waste clean-up day The 16th annual farm and household hazardous waste clean-up day is back, September 7 and 8, with a new twist. Register easily online now through August 31. Have your list of items handy, pick a date and time for drop-off, and answer a handful of questions, and you're good to go. This Clean Sweep tip sheet lists what items to bring to Clean Sweep and what items to drop off any time at the Walton Solid Waste Facility beforehand.

If you prefer to sign-up the old fashioned way, register by phone between August 20-30, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at  (607) 865-6474; or email [email protected]  to share your list of items; you'll be assigned a day and time on which to show up. Clean Sweep 2012 is collaboration among the Watershed Agricultural Council, Delaware County Department of Public Works, CCE-Delaware and key funders DEP and NYS DEC. Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Find us on Google+ View our profile on LinkedIn 
ofinterest Of Interest
Newsletter: Water & Land June 2012 (WAC)
GLCI Grazette (NRCS)
Catskills FarmLink
Free Water-quality Webinars:
Watershed Academy (US EPA)
Weekly Pipeline (NYC DEP)
Writing Contest:
NYS Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (due 8/1)

July 6, 2012


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July 12  

Sheep & Goat Producer Group Dairy Tour

Sharon Springs


July 5

Easement Program Committee  

No Meeting


July 7

Rondout Valley Growers Assn. Barn Dance



July 8, 22

Solar Sundays at Apple Pond Farm

Callicoon Center


July 14

Catskill Mountainkeeper BarnFest



July 16

Catskills CRAFT Farm Tour: Raising Mixed Livestock



July 16-17

NYS Agricultural Society Summer Meeting at Maple Shade Farm & Regional Farm Tours



July 19-22

Lumberjack Festival Deposit 


July 24

India Foresters Watershed Tour

Frost Valley


July 26

CCE Delaware County Dairy Tour


July 28

Catskill Forest Festival



Many more events, events and workshops listed on the Pure Catskills home page and on the Council's event pages for agriculture and forestry.



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