Clean Sweep September 20 and 21: As of this morning, 30 farmers and 24 businesses and municipalities are coming today, with another 352 households signed up for Saturday drop-off at this 17th annual community household hazardous waste redemption day. Kudos to our partners, Department of Public Works, CCE-Delaware and the funding from NYSDEC, NYCDEP and the County. Also a special thank-you shout-out to Sue McIntyre, Lorinda Backus, Kim Holden, Marianne Kiraly and several volunteers for their help in directing traffic.
Take the NY Locavore Challenge: September is Buy Local Month. Find out how to Eat, Learn, Grow and Advocate for the local food movement and a stronger food system. Then do your part.
Register for Catskills Local Government Day: Deadline is fast approaching, September 30. The annual event, sponsored by the Catskill Watershed Corp. is scheduled for October 4 at the Frank W. Cyr Educational Center, Stamford. Local town and board members, municipal employees, economic development advocates, and other community leaders should attend. Registration fee is $10 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Seating is limited. To view the agenda and reserve a seat, visit www.cwconline.org, and go to Meetings/Events.
Morning workshops will cover E-Government for Small Municipalities, including websites, social media and the“Virtual Records Room;” an exploration of New York’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the Consolidated Funding Application process; Reducing Liability of Municipal Parks and Recreation, and a panel discussion with three parks and rec coordinators from the region.
Motivational speaker Doug Motel will offer a keynote address titled “Accentuate the positive: Putting more play into your work.”
After lunch, participants are invited for a short walk on a portion of the Headwaters Trail Network with Velga Kunzins-Tan and Doug Murphy of the Greater Stamford Chamber of Commerce.
Harvest Festivals: Check out the Pure Catskills blog post from September 4th with a county-by-county listing of events, u-picks and farmstands sharing the bounty of the season. Our picks for the next six weeks?
* Sullivan County: Come taste Catskills Family Creameries goodies at Earth Day in Autumn at Bethel Woods on Sunday, September 22
* Delaware County: More CFC value-added products for the tasting at the Cauliflower Festival, Saturday September 29
* Greene County: Four-day Oktoberfest I and II at Hunter Mountain on the 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th
* Otsego County: Susquehanna Valley Garlic Festival on September 21
* Schoharie County: Sharon Springs Harvest Festival on September 21 and 22
SAVE THE DATE: October 24, The Big Apple Crunch: Register for the Pure Catskills-SUNY Delhi Crunch Team and be part of the "Crunch heard around the World!"
October 9, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Sheep & Goat Producer Group Farm Visit to Apple Pond Farm & Energy Education Center, 80 Hahn Road, Callicoon Center, NY 12724. You're invited to tour this diversified farm to learn about dual purpose sheep, milk and meat goat. Sonja Hedlund and Dick Riesling share lessons in fiber, cheesemaking, renewable energy and agri-tourism. Transportation will be provided; call to reserve your seat in the van. Sponsored by the Council and CCE-Delaware. FMI: Kim Holden (607) 865-7090
Catskills Food Guide: Two weeks left! Advertise in the Catskills Food Guide -- Watershed Post is launching the Catskills Food Guide. Submit a free restaurant or local food online listing or buy an ad by Wednesday, October 2 at 5pm. Pure Catskills members get 20% off their ad purchase. To order, contact Julia Reischel 845-481-0155 More info here.