Rhubarb, Yum!

While Warren County is technically in the “Adirondack Region” , we are neighbors so I thought I would post about the 2nd Annual Rhubarb Festival at the Warrensburgh Farmers’ Market which is scheduled for Friday, June 8 from 3 – 6 p.m. Details are below. Have fun!

  • Information on how to grow rhubarb will be provided by Warren County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners.
  • Rhubarb recipes and website information will be available.
  • Samplings of dishes using rhubarb
  • Locally grown rhubarb will be available.
  • Bring your favorite rhubarb dish for all to taste and win a prize.
  • Rhubarb – Friend or Foe? A class not to miss!
  • Music in the Gazebo

More information available by calling 466-5497 or e-mailing taawhalen@yahoo.com


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“Fork To Table” Event in Cambridge NY – Mar 19th. 7PM

Seed-saving expert and renowned garden photographer David Cavagnaro will address the Hubbard Hall Garden Forum this month, talking about turning lawns into food for the kitchen, landscaping with edible plants, selecting varieties for seed saving, and more.

David is a sustainable grower who lives near Decorah, Iowa. He is currently on the board of directors at Seed Saver Exchange (seedsavers.org), a nonprofit organization of gardeners dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seed. He has a 40-year history of publishing nature and horticultural photography, including authoring five books on nature topics. David has also created a nonprofit organization called the Pepperfield Project (pepperfieldproject.org) with the mission of teaching hands-on cooking, gardening and agrarian life skills.

The Forum will be held in the Visual Arts Room of the Beacon Feed Studio Building located behind Hubbard Hall in Cambridge.

Admission to the Forum is $12. To register or for more information, click here.

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Adirondack Herbals

For those of you who are interested in Herbalism and live in the Glens Falls / Saratoga / Lake George area, check out NOFA member Lise Fuller and her spot at the Shirt Factory. Classes are coming up soon. Check out more info below!

Lise Fuller. Adirondack Herbals. Her shop is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Shirt Factory, and she suggests you call her cell ( 518-232-8878 ) ahead of time, just to make sure. http://adirondackherbals.com/ . lfuller52@roadrunner.com.

Happy (almost) spring!

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The CSA Fair’s Are Comin’!


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Fair Farm Bill Campaign Kickoff Meeting

There is a meeting tonight in Albany about the Farm Bill (or “Fair Farm Bill”) that Food and Water Watch is organizing. I am posting what was sent to me because I think it’s worth passing on to folks. I just want to reiterate that this is not a NOFA NY event – for those who are in Albany, check it out and let me know how it goes!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

7 – 8 pm

Albany Quaker Meeting House

727 Madison Ave

(Snacks provided)

 Free parking at 747 Madison Ave

RSVP Here 

Right now, our country’s food system is broken. A few large companies, like Cargill and Monsanto, control every part of our food system, risking public health, driving out small and mid-sized farmers, and hurting the environment.

The good news is that we can make our food system work better for small farmers and our communities, and give consumers access to safer, more sustainable food.

This winter, Senator Gillibrand has the opportunity to level the playing field for small farmers through the Farm Bill. Senator Gillibrand is on the Agricultural Committee and we need to show her that New Yorkers want her to stand up for small farmers and consumers.

RSVP and come to Food & Water Watch’s Fair Farm Bill Campaign Kickoff Meeting to learn how you can help! All are welcome– bring your friends!

To learn more about how you can get involved before the meeting, please contact Mara Schechter at mara.schechter@gmail.com or 203-912-8418.

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Hello, Again!

Hello again! So sorry it’s been forever. I have been busy with life, jobs, and a lot of (not) farming. Before posting, I just wanted to write that last weekend was SUCH an amazing experience. I was able to participate in so many conversations, both formally in workshops, and informally on the Trade Show floor, with people I admire who’s work and passion of farming and food based issues truly inspire me. If you were at the NOFA conference and we did not meet, I am truly sorry and I hope we meet sometime in the future.

Moving on:

Last year I attned the 1st “Greater Capital Region Farmers’ Direct Marketing Conference” and I saw half my TOWN there. Really, we all should have carpooled. There was a great keynote, good lunch, and time to network – which is always important when at these kinds of events. THIS year, the program looks equally specacular. Bruce Baker, the keynote, spoke last year and if you missed it, I would check. it. out. Read below and enjoy!:

Are you a beginning, experienced or seasoned farmer looking for fresh marketing tips to increase your customer sales?  If so, join us for a day long conference at Hudson Valley Community College on February 10, 2012.  The conference will feature inspirational speaker, Bruce Baker, who is an expert on booth design, marketing, sales and market trends.  Bruce is a dynamic presenter who will provide you with many valuable tips to increase sales.   

The conference will also feature a session on marketing fundamentals with Kathleen Harris from the Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company.  Matt LeRoux from Cornell Cooperative Extension will lead a session on market channel assessment and Stephen Judd from the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will explain the various tools to establish an online presence for your business.

The cost of the conference including lunch is $40.00 per person if registered by February 3rd.   $45.00 per person after February 3rd.  Please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County at 518-885-8995 to register.

The conference is funded in part by a SARE Speakers’ Fund.   Sponsored by American Farmland Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hudson Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc., and Rensselaer County Economic Development & Planning.

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The Cooperative (Beef) Economy

Last Friday, a number of Washington (and a few Warren?) grass fed beef farmers met up with an entrepreneurial group of city / country dwellers for an initial conversation about a potential beef co-op up here in this “North Country”. I attended, not with my NOFA hat on, but with that of my farm, with my farmily (farm family), to observe and see if we could work on the north/south divide in the state. We have beef. A lot of good beef. And folks in the city can’t get enough of it…or so we are told. What will this Co-Op need to to be successful? The long and the short of it is, a lot of time, money, a reefer (refrigerated truck – I, too, was confused for a bit back when I started working in the food system. I am from San Francisco), and time…but I already mentioned that. Farmers a busy and we are lucky there are folks who are proactive in bridging the gap between folks who grow food and who want to have that good food.

I don’t have much to say about it except that the folks at the CCE of Washington County led a really wonderful meeting, and I am really jazzed about the idea of getting this delicious North Country beef to folks South (and East? And maybe even SOUTH EAST?!).

Laura Silverman, blogger extraordinaire, who was a PR and copying exec in New York City in her prior life, wrote a post on the event and I wanted to share it. Thanks for forwarding this on. Hope that you stay involved with this process! That’s it for now. Happy Tuesday. Go vote!


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Our Conference. Our Region.

Hello all,

I just wanted to write to remind you that the NOFA NY Winter Conference is coming up…and it’s in the Capital Region again! Saratoga, to be exact. That’s OUR region. You can get all the info here. The theme is The Cooperative Economy and boy, do we need one! On that note, I have two highlights for Farmers (or two ways you can get in for cheap / free).

  1. Scholarships are available for beginning farmers. Beginning = aspiring to TEN years experience. I spoke with Rachel @ NOFA and she said that EVEN IF you got a scholarship last year, you can STILL get one this year. There are lots of different funders, so don’t get discouraged. Apply, apply, apply. There is funding available. We want you at the conference. Scholarship info can be found here.
  2. Farmers, we can donate food to the conference and that could, theoretically, go towards our fee. This is a BIT more complicated, so you will have to look at the pages yourself, but on the page, there is a PDF that you are to download and send back to the folks in Rochester. Put a (reasonable) nominal amount of your donation (ie, we are probably going to give a lot of stew meat. Let’s say that a pound is about $6, so we can give 40 lbs and get a SERIOUS reduction for our admission….that’s $240 bucks. That covers the conference!) Check out your options. Plus, any other donations are tax deductible. The folks at NOFA want this to be an accessible conference for us (financially and with the information provided). I just want to make sure you know that you CAN go to the conference. I will be there and would love to meet you all!

That’s it for now. As always, let me know if there is anything fabulous going on in the area! I had 3 inches of snow yesterday. What about you?


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Greenhorns in Albany!

Here ye, here ye, a film that many young and beginning farmers have been following for MANY years, as it has been shot and produced, is finally done and being shown at UAlbany on November 17th. The Greenhorns is both a film and a movement. Young farmers, passionate about growing food, realistically explaining hurdles to starting their farms, and articulate to a “t”, sharing their knowledge? Sign me up!

Anyone who knows a young farmer, wants to be a farmer, or supports their farmers should go to this screening. Ben and Lindsay Shute who run a very successful farm in the Hudson Valley, serving the needs of folks both in New York City and their local community, will be there, as will Washington Counties own Seth McEachron from Battenkill Creamery (my neighbors).

Hope to see you there! This is not to be missed.

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Happy Food Day

Hello all in Food Day Land. Just wanted to update you on what is going on in Washington, Warren, Saratoga, and Essex Counties.

Farmers and Chefs met up at the Top of the World’s Farm House (thank you, Kim and Kevin) to share, food, stories, and start to brainstorm a way to get food from local farms to local restaurants. We are an agricultural center of NY state and we want to promote our excellent food within OUR region. Many of the farmers in the area sell at markets (MANY in New York City) and through their CSA programs. We are now starting to ask the question, what about the folks who dine out? Is it financially viable for farmers, especially with wholesale prices of produce in these transactions / relationships? Can chefs in Glens Falls and Saratoga (and Albany) work with the seasons? Yes, but it takes some work from both ends. These conversations will continue, and logistics will be laid out, and local food will reach local restaurants from local farms. Until then, farmers, knock on your neighbors’ doors, especially if they run a cafe or shop, bring them food, and see if they will take a bite. And chefs / business owners, farmers need your support now, as ever. Photos of the (delicious) food below. Yum!

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