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hurricanePreppin' for Sandy 
Hurricane Sandy Plan for the worst, hope for the best. That's where we're at, here at the Council. We're already posting contact info to our Disaster Assistance webpage. You can also follow our Facebook Page and blog, You & Your Watershed, for information of interest and further details. Agricultural Program participants who need assistance should call (607) 865-7090; all other participants should reach out to the Main Office at (607)  865-7790. Be safe, be smart. Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our profile on LinkedIn Find us on Google+

calfCalf Facility Open House 
Calf Facility Open House, November 2, 2012 Friday, November 2
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
561 Gay Brook Road
Oneonta 13820

Tour the group-housed calf barn at Dave and Laurie Grant's farm. Dr. Mark Thomas of Countryside Vet Clinic in Lowville will talk about calf-rearing basics, calf health, and group housed feeding systems. Sponsored by PRO-Dairy, CCE-Delaware, the Council's Dairy Producer Group and Agricultural Program, this calf facility open house is free and open to the public with a focus on producers interested in calf management and innovative calf housing. RSVP by Monday, October 29 with Kim Holden at (607) 865-7090, ext. 241. Bring a chair and brown bag lunch; beverages will be provided.
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e3E3 Conference November 8-9
E3 Conference, Clearpool Education Center, November 8-9 The folks at Green Chimneys and Clearpool Education Center are hosting their annual Environment Education Exchange - E3. Forester Brendan Murphy will present. Students are invited to attend the November 8 conference; adults, teachers and nonprofit educators should attend the Friday sessions. Students free; adults $30. Register today!

wesselReading the Forested Landscape
Reading the Forested Landscape, November 10, 2012
Tom Wessels, author
Saturday, November 10
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Delhi Fire Hall
5 Delview Terrace 13753

In celebration of its 20-year milestone, the Master Forest Owners (MFO) Program presents Tom Wessels, author of Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England. Tom's books served as the basis for the MFO Reading Program which introduces people to approaches used to interpret a forest's history while wandering through it. Using evidence such as tree shapes, trunk scars, the pattern of stump decay, stone wall construction, and the lay of the land, landowners can unravel complex stories etched into their forested landscape. Tom will provide insight into "forest forensics" and clues only a forest ecosystem can share. After lunch, Tom will guide the group on an interpretive history walk of a local woodland parcel.


CCE Forestry Educator Ron Frisbee will also present on the Woods Forum, peer-to-peer networking where woodland owners can learn from each other's experiences in their woods. Registration costs $10 and includes lunch. The first 25 paid registrations will receive a free copy of Tom Wessels' "Forest Forensics: A Field Guide." For information and to register, call (518) 622-9820, ext. 0. This program is sponsored by the Council's Watershed Forestry Program, CCE-Columbia/Greene Counties, and NYC DEP.  Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Find us on Google+ 

totebagSeasonal Recipes & Free Tote Bag
Fresh From the Catskills The Catskills region abounds with fall produce, jams,
jellies, maple products, honey and more for your holiday cooking and baking.
Pure Catskills is your source for finding farm-fresh products and ideas -- Fresh From the Catskills! Check out seasonal recipes or download the coupon for a free Pure Catskills tote bag -- simply visit the "Fresh from the Catskills" webpage or follow us on the Pure Catskills Facebook Page or Twitter @PureCatskills. Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Find us on Google+

dirtygirlSheep & Goat Producer Group Meeting
Sheep & Goat Producer Group Meeting November 8 at Dirty Girl Farm Thursday, November 8
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Dirty Girl Farm
539 Perch Lake Road
Andes 13731

Newcomer Cyndi Wright of Dirty Girl Farm will share her experience on her first-year goat dairy including selling fresh goat milk off the farm and getting certified for the sale of fluid milk. Cyndi will take the group on a tour of her farm and mini-pasturizing facility, introduce her herd, and explain the benefits of goat's milk and its marketing potential.

This Sheep & Goat Producer Group farm tour is free and open to the public. To sign up, contact Kim Holden at (607) 865-7090. Those interested in carpooling can meet at the Watershed Agricultural Program offices at 44 West Street in Walton at 5:15 p.m. Space is limited, so please RSVP. Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our profile on LinkedIn  Find us on Google+ 

craftFinal Catskills CRAFT Meeting of 2012
Final CRAFT Meeting November 19, 2012 Monday, November 19
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Berry Brook Farm
310 Henderson Hollow Road Roscoe 12776

New and beginner farmers are invited to this year-end Harvest Celebration at the farm of Eleanor Blakeslee-Drain. Along with thanking all who contributed to the the group's programs this year, we'll plan the 2013 CRAFT schedule. Visit with friends, farmers and mentors one more time before the frost. Gather 'round a potluck dinner of fabulous local foods and bring a dish to pass! Carpool will be available; email  [email protected] or call (914) 720-1020. Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our profile on LinkedIn  Find us on Google+ 

interestOf Interest
Grants from Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education: Farmers Grant due 11/27, Partnership Grant due 11/1, Sustainable Community Grant due 11/15
Scaling Up: Strategies for Expanding Sales of Local Food to Public and Private Institutions in New York (Am. Farmland Trust)
A Simple Fix for Farming (NYTimes)
Report Abstract: "Increasing Cropping System Diversity Balances Productivity, Profitability and Environmental Health"
Article: The Arrival of Adirondack Grazers Beef Cooperative and the AGBC website
Newsletter: Watershed News (US EPA)
Watershed News (Catskill Watershed Corp.)
Weekly Pipeline (NYC DEP)
Did you  know...
that NYC water helps "spruce" up the world's most famous Christmas tree each year -- up to 90 gallon a day at Rockefeller Center! (Thanks for the trivia, DEP's Weekly Pipeline.)

October 29, 2012


Hurricane Sandy

Calf Facility Open House

Clearpool E3 Conference

Fresh From the Catskills

 MFO Workshop 

Final CRAFT Meeting

Dirty Girl Farm Tour

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November 1

Easement Program Committee Meeting



November 2

Calf Facility Open House



November 8

Sheep & Goat Producer Group Farm Tour



November 8

TLC Forest Pests and Diseases



November 8-9
Sustainable Education for the Next Generation


November 9

TLC Game of Logging: Level 1


November 10

Reading the Forested Landscape



November 15

Harvesting Opportunities

Hotel Albany


November 16

Wildlife Management



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