Mountainkeeper building a more vibrant and sustainable regional food system that feeds our local communities, supports our farmers, and builds our food-related economy -- the region’s second largest industry.
Catskill Edible Garden Project
The Catskill Edible Garden Project (CEGP) works with schools and community organizations to design edible gardens as living, educational and gathering spaces. These projects offer access to healthy local food, “hands on” experience and exposure to food and agriculture as important aspects of our community and culture. They also provide “time outside” for engaging and connecting with the environment.
In thinking of gardens as outdoor learning spaces we can help children: experience sharing; engage in independent observation; learn about food and where it comes from; adopt healthy habits; reconnect with and explore their place in nature; build on a variety of school lessons; strengthen a sense of place AND we can beautify to create a sense of pride.
The Catskill Edible Garden Project which is a partnership between Catskill Mountainkeeper, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County and Sullivan Renaissance.
Catskill Mountainkeeper Farmers’ Markets
Many people in our region lack direct access to fresh, healthy foods; in fact, the USDA has designated Sullivan County a “food desert.” Mountainkeeper is making a difference through our collaboration with SC Rural Health Network, SC Public Health Services, and Cornell Cooperative Extension SC.
Our summer Farmers’ Markets in Monticello and Liberty, allow people to shop using vouchers from assistance programs that lower the cost of fresh produce for eligible low-income seniors, women, infants, and children.
Mountainkeeper is actively looking for vendors for the 2018 Season -- if you're interested read our longer description of the Farmers Markets here; it includes links to the rules and application form.