Sustaining Sullivan farming from the ‘Ground Up’
“Their stories are intended to motivate a movement that connects us to a local food base that changes our food consumption patterns to improve human nutrition and reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint,” said Jennifer Grossman of OSI. “This can increase a farmer’s access to a regional market that pays a decent wage for labor, encouraging communities to develop infrastructure and networks to support local farms and ultimately protecting farmland from conversion.”
The report also details innovations in production, processing, product assortment, distribution and marketing. It highlights innovations in agricultural/food systems operations, including the ‘Cheesemobile’ (a mobile cheese-making unit) and Glynwood Center’s ‘Modular Harvest System’ (a mobile slaughterhouse and meat-processing facility) and gives brief descriptions of programs that focus on improving efficiencies in the areas of production, distribution, access and education.
“Eating locally and sustainably doesn’t mean the consumer has to sacrifice,” said Gorzynski. “Every consumer that comes to a farmers market and supports a local operation puts a few new dollars into fighting climate change and supporting the regional economy at the same time. If you appreciate quality food and the Catskills as a region, there is nothing more important than voting with your wallet to maintain our farms’ viability and the landscapes that provide our food.”
The publication is fourth in a series produced within the Urban Design Program at Columbia University and focused on environmental issues facing the Upper Delaware River region. Visit www.osiny.org/pdfs/GroundUpAgricultureCatskills.pdf to see the report or contact CM at 845/482-5400 for a copy.