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Pure Catskills Membership Closes April 20getinguideThe April 20th deadline is fast approaching!  New and renewing members of the buy local campaign for regional restaurant, food, farm and retail businesses can register easily online...TODAY!

New this year: regional wood products businesses are invited to join Pure Catskills too. Membership benefits include a listing in the print Guide to Local Products (50,000 copies to be distributed in May) and group promotions like the Pure Catskills Holiday Gift Guide, rack cards, and feature articles like the one mentioned below. Point of purchase materials, a dedicated web page at BuyPureCatskills.com, and sales opportunities through PureCatskillsMarketplace.com are all perks of becoming a Pure Catskills member!

Get in the Guide TODAY and upgrade your listing with a display ad. For advertising information, contact Tia Blaber of ColorPage Publishing (800) 836-7581. For membership information, contact Farm to Market Manager Sonia Janiszewski, (607) 865-7090, ext. 217.  Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Find us on Google+

CSA"Share" the Love    
CSA line-up at Berry Brook Farm at Stony Creek Farm
A CSA line-up: Berry Brook Farm at Stony Creek Farm
Local farmers are putting the "C" back in Community by offering more than a box of produce each week. In the April 2013 Catskill Mountain Region Guide, 15 Pure Catskill members offering CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, are featured in "This Ain't Your Grandma's CSA" on page 8. Circle back each month to read our monthly column, Fresh From the Catskills.

Craving more love? Read this Pure Catskills blog post "Sharing the Love Through CSA" and print off  the 2013 Pure Catskills CSA brochure to share with a friend.  Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Find us on Google+

treestribsTrees for Tribs Kicks off Planting Season 
Angle Fly Reserve: Trees for Tribs planting, October 2012 
Video courtesy: GoldStarPhotos.com 
Love shovels and dirty fingernails? Gain a sense of accomplishment by joining the the Croton Watershed chapter of Trees for Tribs. They regularly spearhead volunteer days planting trees, shrubs and bushes as streambank fortifiers. Riparian buffers are also an integral part of the clean drinking water equation. Check out the video at left of volunteers planting at Angle Fly Preserve, Somers, in October 2012. To learn more about Trees for Tribs, contact Watershed Forester Brendan Murphy. Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Find us on Google+

friendlyfacesFriendly Faces in the Field 
Over the last three months, we've added a few staff members ready to help you with conservation easements, whole farm plans and other water quality business at your farm or woodland property. Be on the lookout for:


Rob Birdsall, Small Farms Coordinator

Eleanor Blakeslee-Drain, Catskills FarmLink Coordinator

Derrick Kelly, Engineering Technician 

Patti Shulman, East of Hudson Program Assistant

John Van BenSchoten, Easement Stewardship Specialist

Mackenzie Waro, Easement Stewardship Specialist


Let us help you with land conservation practices, stewardship mandates, farmer education, and technical assistance so you can actively manage your watershed lands. Have a question? Give us a call! Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Find us on Google+

saveSave Working Landscapes Now 
interestOf Interest
Kudos to...Board member Sally Fairbairn for sharing her perspective on the Farm to Market Connection as a guest blogger
Farmstand Favorites Cookbook (Page 10, Catskill Mountain Region Guide March 2013)
Farm Hack (Young Farmers)
Fund-a-Farmer Project due May 1 (Food Animal Concerns Trust)
Beef Cattle Management (Cornell)
Farm Finances: Organizing and Understanding Your Numbers (ATTRA)
Funding: Microloans up to $35,000 (USDA) Guide:  Guide to Urban Farming in NYS (Cornell Small Farms Program)
Clean Water Network

April 8, 2013


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NEW DAY & TIME: Watershed Wake-up Call  Friday at 7:15 a.m. on  

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April 11

Highbush Blueberry Production 



April 11

Earth Day Discussions on Food, Water & Environment



April 13

Urban Forest Management 

Clearpool Model Forest Carmel


April 20 

Community Tree Steward Workshop  

CCE-Sullivan, Liberty


April 23

Pasture to Plate #2



May 29

Pasture to Plate #3



May 7-11

Old Salem Spring Horse Show Series 

North Salem


May 10-11

2013 Private Forest Landowners Conference 

Altoona, PA


May 11

Nontoxic Invasive Species Remediation 

Clearpool Model Forest Carmel


May 11

Little Farm Show 



May 24-26  

Lamb Butchery Intensive for Farmers 

Stone Barns Center 

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



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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.