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April 20, 2014
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Successful season for Tusten garden

Andrea Reynosa

In August, the Big Eddy Farmstand and SkyDog Farm collaborated in the hugely successful Pig Mountain event in Narrowsburg, a benefit for local farmers, and on September 15, we will take up the NOFA-NY Locavore Challenge at Gerard’s River Grill. All proceeds will go to support the Tusten Youth Workforce Development program, laying the groundwork for another productive season next year. In fall of 2012 through 2013, via an application through SUNY’s Community College Workforce Development Training Program, the Big Eddy Farmstand project can expand into an accredited SUNY Sullivan partnership, allowing youth to gain credits for training programs provided through Workforce Development. Over the course of this growing season, SkyDog Farm, the Big Eddy Farmstand and the Town of Tusten have “created a series of initiatives that test the key themes surrounding the potential future of agriculture as a pillar of economic development in the county, while growing… and contributing to the development of the Narrowsburg community,” in the words of SUNY’s Stephen M. Mitchell, PhD.

[Andrea Reynosa conceived of and supervised the development of the Tusten Heritage Community Garden. She is also a councilwoman on the Tusten Town Board.]