Mountainkeeper and over 100 orgs Present New Yorkers Against Fracking Concert

New Yorkers Against Fracking – All Star Rally/Concert in Albany on Tuesday, May 15

Catskill Mountainkeeper with our coalition partners are pleased to present this important rally and powerful multi-media concert to support a ban on fracking in New York State.  The concert will feature Natalie Merchant, Medeski Martin & Wood, Joan Osborne, the Felice Brothers, Ida, Dan Zane, The Horse Flies, and friends, along with emcees Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo. It promises to be a powerful afternoon and evening of political strength, impressive performances from great artists, and sincere testimonies.

The Rally:
Where: The West Capitol Lawn, Albany, NY
When: Tuesday, May 15th at 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

The Concert:
When: Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: The Egg, Empure State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223
Tickets: 518-473-1845 or CLICK HERE

Tickets will sell out, soon! Cost: $40 Per person with a limited number of “Pit” tickets at $150.
 Get on the bus!

Catskill Edible Garden Project Launches in Sullivan County


For Immediate Release
May 9, 2012

Emily Deans, Catskill Mountainkeeper, 845-482-5400
Denise Frangipane, Sullivan Renaissance, 845-295-2443

Catskill Edible Garden Project Launches in Sullivan County

(Youngsville, NY) – Catskill Mountainkeeper and partnering organizations –Cornell Cooperative Extension, Center for Workforce Development, Green Village Initiative and Sullivan Renaissance – are pleased to announce the launch of the Catskill Edible Garden Project – Growing the Next Generation of Food Entrepreneurs.  The project involves working with area schools and educational institutions to install and maintain edible gardens, and will additionally seek to provide resources to assist in the development and implementation of garden and food-based curricula integration.

“The Catskill Edible Garden Project 
will offer the opportunity for a hands-on youth development experience and exposure to food and agriculture as important aspects of our culture and community, and potential career opportunities,” said Emily Deans of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

The Project will enhance youth understanding of the food web; raise awareness of the components of a local healthy food system and its connection to healthy communities, and increase understanding of food systems as complex and interconnected aspects of community development.  During May, the construction and installation of three gardens will begin; two are located at schools -  Roscoe Central School and the Sullivan West campus in Jeffersonville ; a third will be at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Liberty.  The Cornell garden will promote the CCE “Eat Smart New York” program.

Build days for the gardens are as follows:  Cornell Cooperative Extension – May 14  8:30 AM;Sullivan West – Jeffersonville Campus – May 19 – 8:00 AMRoscoe Central School – May 22 – 1:00 PM.   Community volunteers are welcome to participate! Click here to get involved.

The Catskill Edible Garden Project
 will also feature a summer youth employment program in partnership with the Center for Workforce Development. Select students from each participating school district will be employed to maintain the gardens throughout the summer.  These students will also participate in agriculturally-based community outreach and CCE’s ‘Choose Health Ambassador’ program.

The Catskill Edible Garden Project
 is a collaboration between Catskill Mountainkeeper, Center for Workforce Development, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sullivan Renaissance, and Green Village Initiative – a Connecticut-based not-for-profit that has been involved in the development of school garden programs throughout Western Connecticut.

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How Chemicals Affect Us

New York Times, May 2, 2012

Scientists are observing with increasing alarm that some very common hormone-mimicking chemicals can have grotesque effects.

A widely used herbicide acts as a female hormone and feminizes male animals in the wild. Thus male frogs can have female organs, and some male fish actually produce eggs. In a Florida lake contaminated by these chemicals, male alligators have tiny penises.  READ MORE…..