Raising pastured pigs on small acreage and more

What's new in sustainability, April 21 to 27

Posted 4/20/22

Raising pastured pigs on small acreage

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Pigs don’t sweat, and neither should you when you’ve decided to pasture-raise pigs.

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Raising pastured pigs on small acreage and more

What's new in sustainability, April 21 to 27

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Raising pastured pigs on small acreage

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Pigs don’t sweat, and neither should you when you’ve decided to pasture-raise pigs.

Join All Family Farm and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County for an on-farm workshop for veterans and their partners from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

All Family Farm, located in Middletown and founded in 2018 by veterans Nathan and Misty Allanach, raises and sells heritage-breed Berkshire pork. Together with CCE Sullivan ag educators, they will discuss how they manage their farm and pasture, operations and sales.

Attendees will tour the farm, visit the farm store, and learn how the farmers market their products. Veterans will have the opportunity to survey the land currently in production, discuss small-business strategies, learn technical methods of small-scale production, and ask questions.

Lunch is provided and participants will receive a copy of the book “Storey’s Guide to Raising Pigs, Fourth Edition: Care, Facilities, Management, Breeds.” A bootwash station will be provided for participants with livestock to maintain farm biosecurity.

The workshop is sponsored by Cornell Small Farms Farm Ops program. Farm Ops aims to support military service members and veterans who are interested in farming.

Preregistration is required for this free veteran-only program. Register online at sullivancce.org/events, by email at sullivan@cornell.edu, or by phone at 845/292-6180. Learn more at smallfarms.cornell.edu/projects/farm-ops.

Climate justice for disadvantaged communities

NEW YORK STATE — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is requesting public comment on draft criteria for disadvantaged communities. The guidelines were developed by the Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG) to help guide the equitable implementation of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Comments on the draft are due by Thursday, July 7.

Public hearings will be held and that information will be released soon.

The draft criteria and maps identify disadvantaged communities for the purposes of reducing air pollution and climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, directing programs and projects, providing economic development opportunities and targeting investments.

The draft criteria, lists, map, and supporting documentation are available on the New York State Climate Act website, https://climate.ny.gov.

Submit comments via the online public comment form, by email at DACComments@dec.ny.gov, or by mail to Draft DAC Comments, NYS DEC, Attn. Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, 14th Flr., Albany, NY 12233.

Students, changing the world

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — “Sustainability is at the heart of who we are and what we do at SUNY Sullivan,” said college president Jay Quaintance.

So the college has signed on to the University Global Coalition, doing its part to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in partnership with higher education institutions around the world.

The coalition focuses on helping students understand the sustainability challenges facing the world and to seek answers. Collaboration matters, as do leadership skills.

Part of that learning involves understanding their own impact and that of people around them. Students learn to act responsibly and serve as an example.

“Infusing sustainability into student life and academics is what we already do,” said SUNY Sullivan associate professor and sustainability coordinator Larry Reeger. “Joining the University Global Coalition is a natural fit.”

Ryan Grodin, a liberal arts and science major from Wurtsboro, said he wanted to see the college implement more responsible consumption and production strategies.

“I think (the college) should work toward implementing reusable eating utensils and plates and ditch the to-go boxes,” said Grodin. “Overall, I think the school is a good steward of the 17 [goals]. Prior to signing on, Sullivan helped me to be more mindful about the concerns/goals that need to be addressed in order to positively impact the world. Now, with the 17 goals, I think it will help the school put ‘words’ to the actions they are already taking.”

For more information on sustainability at SUNY Sullivan, visit sunysullivan.edu/sustainability-at-sullivan.

To learn more about the University Global Coalition, visit universityglobalcoalition.org/.



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