Catskill Edible Garden Project

Growing the Next Generation of Food Entrepreneurs

Edible Garden

The Catskill Edible Garden Project (CEGP) works with area schools to build vegetable gardens, , integrate garden based education programs into school curriculum, and offer summer employment to select area students. It affords all students and their communities the opportunity to grow and eat healthy local food, and learn about the importance of agriculture to the vibrancy of our region.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Raise awareness of the components of a strong local food system
  • Identify the connection between food, nutrition, health and environmental issues
  • Introduce students to possible career paths in agriculture and food production
  • Produce fresh, healthy food for local schools and food pantries 

The Catskill Edible Garden Project is a collaboration between Catskill MountainkeeperCornell Cooperative ExtensionGreen Village Initiative and Sullivan Renaissance.

The following farms and businesses are assisting or have assisted the CEGP in fulfilling its mission.  For more information on them, please click on the links below.

CEGP is Hiring! Join our Summer Garden Crew 2016!

The CEGP Garden Crew experience will provide an in-depth introduction to various aspects of horticulture and food production.  The crew works directly with CEGP gardens staff members and under the supervision of Catskill Mountainkeeper Program Coordinator. Interns will gain insight into local food production through visits to area farms and nurseries in Sullivan County, NY. We also try to provide a broad exposure to different aspects of food entrepreneurship, from growing food to the marketing design and execution of selling produce and value-added products at a local Farmers’ Markets.  Please see full job description here, and contact Ashley Tully to apply.  

What's Next 

CEGP is starting to new school builds spring 2016 at Emma C. Chase Elementary School in Wurtsboro and Kenneth L. Rutherford. Elementary School in Monticello.   This will be the 7th and 8th school garden to join the CEGP since our creation.  We are planning a build weekend in May, which we will need local volunteer support. Please contact Ashley or either school directly to get involved. 

CMK is currently working with project partners and other local advocacy and educational organizations to develop and assist with the integration of garden-based activities and curriculum within more schools in our region. Emphasis will be placed on promoting within the seven participating CEGP schools the Farm to School Initiative, the three core pillars of which are:

Procurement: Local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria or as a snack or taste-test; 

Education: Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health or nutrition; and 

School gardens: Students engage in hands-on learning through gardening.

To find out how to get involved and learn more about what’s next for our project, please read on or contact us!

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