Two regional organizations that focus on promoting healthier diets while building community have organized a series of workshops to provide opportunities to learn more about traditional foods. The latest session focused on raw milk and the health benefits of cultured dairy such as yogurt, kefir and butter. Read more
Demos, goat milking, cheese making & more at Apple Pond Farm, noon-3pm, adults $6, ages 5-12 $4. sullivancountyfarmnetwork.org or 845/482-4764.
Introduction to energy efficiency & renewable energy, inspection of several on-site systems at Apple Pond Farm & Renewable Energy Education Center, noon-2pm, $20. 845/482-4764.
Farm chores for kids including milking goats, feeding chickens, gathering eggs, grooming horses & more at Apple Pond Farm & Renewable Energy Education Center, Sat. May, June & Sept.; Sat. & Sun. July & Aug., adults $5, over age 3 $4. 845/482-4764.
Make whole milk ricotta cheese & learn ways to serve it at Apple Pond Farm, 10:30am-12:30pm, $40. RSVP: 845/482-4764.
Focus: conscious design & maintenance of agriculture productivity in the NE US at Hills Inn & Conference Center, Sat. 8am-Sun. 4pm, $875 NOFA-NY members; $975 non-members incl. meals, snacks, beverages. 8/4 & 5: intro to permaculture design concepts; 9/8 & 9: patterns of understanding, harmonics, boundaries & access; 10/6 & 7: catch & store; 10/27 & 28: harvesting from nature; 11/10 & 11: strategies & plans. Info: 845/482-4164. RSVP: catskilldelawarepermaculture.org/?page_id=133
Bring a dish to share & seeds to swap to Channery Hill Farm, 6pm.
January 11 was the last day letters to the DEC could be postmarked and still be considered by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the proposed new gas drilling rules. On that day, Bruce Ferguson, a member of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, along with members Carolyn Duke, Jill Wiener, Ann Finneran, Laurie McFadden and Roy Tedoff delivered boxes stuffed with about 10,300 letters to the US Post Office In Callicoon Center. Read more
Pig roast brunch at Hill's Country Inn, seatings 10am & 12noon, $35. RSVP: 845/932-7994. ilikepig.com
Raid the blackberry patch & learn how to preserve the bounty at Channery Hill Farm, 1-4pm, Slow Food UDRV members $25, non-members $35. RSVP: 845/482-4369.