New York's Dairy Crisis & The FarmHearts Fund
Every day, our region’s small farmers face an uphill battle to produce products sustainably. These farmers are unable to compete with industrial megafarms, have been abandoned by the agricultural co-ops that are supposed to protect them, and are crippled by a broken federal milk pricing system--the tragic result is that many of our small farms are being driven out of business.
FarmHearts provides much-needed emergency relief and economic assistance to help keep our small farms viable and operating. Small-scale farmers in need of urgent help can apply for grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 through the FarmHearts website (farmheartsny.org) or by mail. FarmHearts also offers information and referral for technical assistance, grants, and other resources that support small farms.
The fund is being recognized throughout the region as a key resource to sustaining Catskills farms. The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan awarded FarmHearts a 2018 Innovation Grant.
HeatSmart Ulster•Sullivan (HeatSmart U•S), a state-supported community campaign to help our local home and business owners increase energy efficiency and choose clean heating and cooling systems. Read Catskill Mountainkeeper's press release launching our campaign!Read more
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a hard-hitting report earlier this month that left no room for interpretation: unless we drastically change course in the next 12 years, we will lock in the worst climate change scenarios. We cannot continue building out climate-wrecking fracking operations and infrastructure. And we cannot allow our leaders to commit us to a dangerous fossil fuel past: we need bold leadership that moves us to our renewable future.
That’s why we need you to sign our petition calling on Governor Cuomo to vote for a complete ban on fracking and all its related activities in the Delaware River Basin.Read more
Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations’ scientific panel established to guide world leaders on climate change issues, released a report. And it’s not good news.
According to these climate experts from more than 195 countries, we have 12 years before we hit a tipping point with no return – meaning, 12 years to move our economies from fossil fuels to renewable energy. As a society, we have made unthinkable leaps before. It’s time to dig in--there is no going back and there is no backing down. We need to raise our standards and expectations about what our leaders can and should do on our behalf.
This is our moment to shine. Right here in New York, we can pass the Climate & Community Protection Act and get our state on the path to 100% renewable energy. Join us this Saturday, October 13, in New York City for an in-person 100% renewable energy campaign training. Register here.Read more
Since 2015 Catskill Mountainkeeper has made powering your home with solar energy easier and more affordable. Through our RenewableNY program we've helped more than 775 households across the state go solar. Today I'm writing to tell you about New York State's exciting and newly launched Solar for All program. Solar for All provides eligible households the opportunity to subscribe to community solar at no cost. Free solar energy for eligible households!!
I am writing to tell you about a project Catskill Mountainkeeper is involved in to support our region: FarmHearts -- an important new partnership to support and protect small family farms, the backbone of life in the Catskills for generations and an essential driver for our region’s economy.
Small farms play an integral role in our communities, providing healthy produce and dairy for our families and broader markets, and protecting open space that is critical for wildlife habitat and the overall heath of our environment. Unfortunately, without our help, the rich tradition of small family farms in the Catskills is at risk of becoming just a fond memory. As the market for agricultural products skews in favor of huge industrial farms, small farms are increasingly being squeezed out of business.
I’m writing to you today from the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC’s) meeting in New Jersey where Catskill Mountainkeeper is demanding that the commission ban fracking and all related activities in the Basin. Earlier this year DRBC proposed to ban fracking, but its draft rules would still allow fracking companies to use the basin as a storage area or a dump for dangerous, toxic fracking wastes. We need Governor Cuomo to use his power as a member of the DRBC to demand a COMPLETE ban against fracking and all its activities. Call Governor Cuomo and tell him to push the DRBC for a complete ban in the Basin.Read more
The Catskills' hemlock trees are a foundation species for the forests' unique ecosystem. The hemlocks are beautiful and strong, providing homes for animals and shade to keep our streams cool enough for trout and other fish native to our area. Without the hemlocks, New York State would be a different place entirely, and right now these these amazing trees are threatened by a voracious invasive insect called the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA). Watch our new video to learn more.Read more
New York's dairies are under attack. It's been an awful couple of years for the dairy industry--milk sales are down, output is up, and there's a huge glut of milk on the market creating the low milk prices that are driving farms out of business. With the recent announcement that Walmart's supplier is canceling contracts with local farms and processors in order to open its own mega-processing facility in Indiana to bottle 100 million gallons of milk per year, things have gotten dire.Read more
April 24, 2018
Livingston Manor, NY – Today the New York State Assembly again passed the Climate and Community Protection Act, a bill that establishes and codifies necessary climate pollution reduction goals, ensures that environmental justice and low income communities long left behind are put front and center in the transition to renewable energy, and prioritizes solid, sustainable jobs.
The following response is attributable to Wes Gillingham, Associate Director.
“Yesterday more than 1,500 people from every corner of New York State marched in Albany asking legislators and the Governor to stop all natural gas infrastructure, move to 100% renewable energy sources, and make polluters pay for the health and environmental impacts their climate pollution has on New Yorkers each and every day. Today the Assembly again led the nation, passing the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA). Catskill Mountainkeeper thanks and applauds Assemblyman Englebright and Speaker Heastie for leading our government in the right direction. Now the New York State Senate and Governor Cuomo need to pass and enact the bill so NY can begin a just transition to a new energy paradigm.”