Pure Catskills
for the 2013 Farm to Market Connection
As we put the final programming details into place for the 2013 Farm to Market Connection, we are opening registration to our members and food friends throughout the Catskills and beyond.

Join us for a day of networking and education about the most current topics in marketing. Gather with local food advocates from across the region including farmers, retailers, restauranteurs, specialty food producers, distributors, farmers' market staff and economic development practitioners. The Farm to Market Connection is the perfect way to get the growing season off to the right start!

Dozens of past attendees have reported making lasting business connections as a result of attending. Buyers of all scales will be present from local retailers to regional distributors. Educational topics will round out the day's networking.

9:30 - 10 a.m.          Registration
10 - 10:15 a.m.        Welcome
10:15 - 11 a.m.        "State of the Catskills FoodShed" Address with Q&A
11 a.m - Noon          Food Hub Updates and Panel Discussion

Noon - 1:15 p.m.      Local Foods Luncheon
12:30 - 2:15 p.m.     Buyer-Producer Speed Networking and Tradeshow
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.       Track I:  Workshops and Panel
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.       Track II:  Workshops and Panel

A complete schedule of workshops, panels and speakers will be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please contact me directly at [email protected] or 607-865-7090 x217 with questions.

Space is limited so
register today!

Sonia Janiszewski
Farm to Market Manager

Courses and Webinars
Market Opportunities
Conferences of Interest

NOFA-NY's Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference
Friday, March 1st
Auburn, NY
Pre-register by February 15th

"Growing Markets 2013" Conference and Annual Hobart Farmers' Luncheon
Saturday, March 2
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Hobart, NY
RSVP by February 28 to Erin Summerlee, [email protected] or 607-692-7669

Courses & Webinars

Demystifying Organic Certification:  Get Help Navigating the Certification Process
Course begins February 12th

CSA Expert Exchange, Online Conference
March 15th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center Announces  2013 Webinar Schedule
Market Opportunities

Corbin Hill Food Project Vegetable Farm Producer Meeting
Friday, February 15th
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Cobleskill, NY
For more info or to RSVP by February 14th, call Casey King at 828-713-5179

Marketing NY Farm Products to Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers

Wednesday, February 20th
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Kingston, NY
Register by February 13th
For more info, contact:  Karen Baase, [email protected]
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The Pure Catskills Buy Local campaign is a regional, economic initiative of the Watershed 
Agricultural Council. The Watershed Agricultural Council is funded by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal, foundation and private sources. The WAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.