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Dear friends,
Looks like we've jumped right into the spring so schedules are moving up for events at the PB Inc Resource Center. We're off and running again with the doors open to the Pocket Park. Come and enjoy!  


Please join us on Sunday March 31st
3.00pm to 5.00pm 
113 Main St
for the opening reception 


Discovering how public policy meets Main St. in rural communities  


Community Development

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Main St.

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Mixed Economy

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Small Farms

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Public Spaces

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Locally Grown Food

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Arts & Trades


March 31st to June 30th 

Hours Fri-Sun 10am to 4pm

A community-based project developed with Philmont's Chris Redwing, a student at the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy University at Albany SUNY, joining us as an intern.  With your help Chris will produce a community sustainability interactive map, a new web site, and take another look at the 2003 Philmont Comprehensive Plan as it relates to sustainability to DEVELOP, a new project concept designed by Chris. 


Please join us to welcome and meet Chris Redwing and add your insights 
for this project!
Refreshments will be provided by the
Philmont Farmers Market and friends of PBInc. 
Common Hands Farm Project
A farmer vendor at the Philmont Farmers' Market







Philmont Farmers Market
Opening Sunday June 3rd! (farmers are planting!) (and we're developing new events and programs to welcome them!)


Philmont Farmers' Market has been selected by the USDA Farmers' Market Promotion Program to develop a pilot program to increase low-income shopper participation at farmers' markets.  This component pilot developed by PB Inc/Philmont Farmers' Market program is a partnership with the Cornell Capital District Vegetable and Small Fruit Program.

We welcome community volunteers to get involved with this initiative to increase the availability of affordable foods at farmers' markets and at the same time ensure farmers are increasing direct market sales.  It's going to need creative thinking - so we welcome your input and support.  Please contact us to join the team. 


This program is additionally supported in part by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation / Green Pastures Fund, and matching program funds from the generous contributions made by community supporters to the 2011 PBInc Annual Fund Drive. 
"Thank you" to all community supporters for continuing to contribute towards programs to match our grants program.  Community support and volunteering are a vital part of achieving the goals together!


End note:  We are actively seeking a knife grinder to join the farmers' market, and up to 2 new crafters to join the market with craft demonstration stands.  Please pass the word.  Contact us at info@pbinc.org


Stone trades
photo by Steve Benson



Community Arts & Trades Program 
We are actively seeking proposals from local artist residents of Philmont, Claverack, and Ghent interested in exhibiting at the PB Inc Resource Center or outdoor event installations in the Pocket Park, in all disciplines, using any media, which address the imperative for increased sustainability.  Exhibition proposals are encouraged from an existing body of work, or exhibitions directly addressing the areas of sustainability as they relate to environmental justice, water quality, air protection, land empowerment, sustainable employment and trades, locally grown food, new forms of finance, and the future for transition communities.  
Please send an email to info@pbinc.org to receive additional information.  


This exhibition program is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Fund in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts in partnership with Columbia County Council on the Arts. 


116 Main - 2012
Stewart's Shop generous donation



Small Business Program
The closing for the donation of 116 Main St to PBInc took place on February 24th!  Thank you Stewart's Shop Corp!  We are now moving forward to develop the site and the building as a community Business Incubator to provide assistance, space, and small business support, including technical assistance, to encourage new business join the Main St. within the context of developing a more sustainable community.  Please contact us if you have interest in becoming a part of this exciting project and have expertise to help us achieve the goals for developing this site.   The 116 Main St. site will be at the heart of creating the SUSTAINABILITY map - we encourage you to stop by the Resource Center to add your input and ideas.  
As many of us are aware, Philmont, unfortunately, is listed on the USDA Food map and the Policy Map as a Food Desert.  We are encouraging folk to get involved with helping to turn this statistic around by creating the 116 Main St. site as a center for incubating small business dedicated to changing the food chain delivery in Philmont and Columbia County.  We are continuing to work in partnership/collaboration with the Philmont Market and Cafe Cooperative as intended in January 2011 when the 116 Main St. project was initiated.  We encourage community action, involvement, and feedback by participation on our Community Blogging site to keep in contact as we move forward.  
This project needs your involvement and support!


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The Philmont Beautification, Inc. "What's NEW" newsletter and community development programs are funded in part from generous support gratefully received from the following local businesses and funding agencies, and from our growing family of loyal community supporters like you!  Thank you so very much for your support.     

Main St. Public House-Philmont Meltz LumberEd Herrington's , IncHudson River Bank & Trust Co Foundation
  USDANYS Office of Community Renewal

Federation of Farmers Markets NYColumbia County Tourist DeptBerkshire Taconic Community Foundation     


Philmont Beautification, Inc. is a grass-roots non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to community developement in the spirit of a traditional barn raising 

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