Troubling times at farmers markets

By Judy Rife

July 7, 2018

WARWICK — Laura Soons Thorton steadily replaced the boxes of pies and the trays of pastries as the crowd of customers surged in search of Dad’s favorite on Father’s Day at the Warwick Valley Farmers Market.

As they clutched their boxes of Scotty’s Pies and waited to fork over their $17.50, Thorton fielded questions from the uninitiated.

Yes, we make everything from scratch. Yes, we roll the dough by hand. Yes, we use our own recipes. Yes, we use fruit from our own orchards.

“They’re the best,” volunteered one customer.

“Yes, they are,″ echoed another. “I’ve been coming here for years.″

But Thorton, who sold 35,000 pies last year at three markets and her family’s Soons Orchards in New Hampton, said business isn’t what it used to be.

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Jumping Worms Will Eat Your Lawn!

Check For These And Other Invasives

June 14, 2018

NEW YORK – North America, as a pristine biome, is long gone. The Europeans who conquered it changed it. And they brought a host of non-native plant and animal species which have transformed it. More recently the introduction, either accidentally or deliberately of other species, like the Emerald Ash Borer, from Asia, has continued the cycle in new and threatening ways.

The Emerald Ash Borer provides a recent and chilling example. The adults are small bullet-shaped, bright green beetles. Larvae are little white caterpillars that eat their way through the living part of the tree under the bark. In their homeland in northern Asia they are controlled, in a "balance" by predators, particularly parasitic wasps — tiny black critters the size of rice grains — who lay their eggs on the EAB larvae and eggs.

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‘We’re Scrambling:’ New York Dairy Farmers Struggling To Stay In Business

By Tony Aiello

June 13, 2013

CALLICOON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — June is “National Dairy Month,” but this year, many New York family farmers say they have little to celebrate.

Before the month is over, dozens of them may be out of business, including six in Sullivan County.

CBS2’s Tony Aiello spent the day with some of them in the Catskills.

On a lush hillside overlooking the Callicoon Creek Valley is The Diehl Family Dairy Farm, established in 1842.

Adam Diehl is generation number five to run the milking operation with his wife, Alice. Their daughter, Michaela, hopes to be generation six.

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New Plans for Catskill Recreation are Taking Shape

By Paul Smart
June 6, 2018

Just as the face of entrepreneurial business in the Hudson Valley has shifted to one that’s long-bearded and surrounded in plaid flannel, the new look of land stewardship in the Catskills is moving towards something much more active and popular-based than the fly fishing and solo hiker experiences that have characterized the state’s forest preserve parks for a handful of generations.

 

 

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TRAVELNew Plans for Catskills Recreation are Taking Shape

By Paul Smart
June 6, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just as the face of entrepreneurial business in the Hudson Valley has shifted to one that’s long-bearded and surrounded in plaid flannel, the new look of land stewardship in the Catskills is moving towards something much more active and popular-based than the fly fishing and solo hiker experiences that have characterized the state’s forest preserve parks for a handful of generations.

 

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Preservation group buys land to expand Bashakill area

By Daniel Axelrod

May 21, 2018

WURTSBORO – Two recent land purchases by the Open Space Institute will link the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area in Wurtsboro to Wurtsboro Ridge, Roosa Gap and Shawangunk Ridge state forests.

The acquisitions also are important steps toward unifying the 71-mile Shawangunk Ridge Trail, from Rosendale in Ulster County to High Point State Park in New Jersey, so hikers never have to walk on private property or roads.

 

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More than 100 groups send plastic bag ban letter to Gov. Cuomo

May 14, 2018

Dear Governor Cuomo:


We, the undersigned, strongly support New York State enacting a comprehensive policy to curb the use of single-use bags this legislative session.

As you are aware, our organizations have worked with municipalities throughout New York to successfully enact policies that reduce disposable bag use and encourage consumers to switch to reusable alternatives. We applaud your commitment to address plastic bag pollution on a state-wide level and we want to work with your office to enact an effective, comprehensive program this year.

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U.S. Supreme Court won’t save Constitution Pipeline

By Fritz Mayer

May 2, 2018

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on May 1 declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that would prevent the pipeline from going forward. The proposed 125-mile line would run from Pennsylvania to New York, and eventually deliver gas to New York City, Westchester and other communities.

 

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Capitol Pressroom

The Constitution Pipeline was dealt another legal hit this week by the U.S. Supreme Court. We discussed the Supreme Court’s decision to deny a hearing on the pipeline and the effect this will have on New York with Earthjustice staff attorney Moneen Nasmith and Wes Gillingham, co-founder and Program Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

View full podcast here.

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New York prevails on natural gas pipeline denial

By Brian Nearing

May 1, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal from developers of the proposed Constitution pipeline, who last summer lost a lower federal court challenge to a state ruling that blocked the pipeline.

The highest court let stand a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit rejecting Constitution's claims that the state Department of Environmental Conservation unfairly denied critical water quality permits in April 2016.

 

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