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 spaces to teach about food and nutrition. These projects offer access to healthy local food, “hands on” youth development experience and exposure to food and agriculture as important aspects of our community, culture and potential careers. They provide “time outside” for engaging with the environment. The program also provides summer internships for college students, and donates hundreds of pounds of produce to food pantries, empowering students to help their communities.
The CEGP has established edible gardens in six area schools in the county, and are building two new school gardens in Wurtsboro and Monticello this Spring 2016!
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 2017 Season -- if you're interested read our longer description of the Farmers Markets here; it includes (near the bottom) links to the rules and application form.