September 19th

photo by Deedee Halleck

 For this evenings Farm Hour program We have a couple of remote guests calling into the studio…Watershed Ag Council’s communications director Tara Collins will be calling in in just a few minutes to tell us about WAC’s flood recovery efforts,  NY Farm Nets Executive Director Ed Staehr will also be phoning in  to update us with the current recovery efforts for flood farms in schohaire and Delaware county , and later in the hour Lauren Lines will be calling in to tell us about a program to assist beginning women farmers with whole  farm planning.

My deepest sympathy goes out to the hundreds of farmers and homesteaders that lost crops, livestock, buildings, roads and precious topsoil in the recent floods.  In the aftermath of the severe weather, your farming neighbors
and customers are coming together as a community to begin restoring what was lost.  There are many organizations and resources to offer you support.   If you are not familiar with where to get help here is a  compliation to get you going

EVENTS 1. First event is on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 pm, former Andes native Herbert Grommeck will be at the library to discuss his recently published book, “Grommeck Acres: The fortunes of a family farm.” The volume follows the lives of Paul and Emma Grommeck who both emigrated to the United States from Europe in the 1920s, chronicles the history of the dairy farm they built on Gladstone Hollow in Andes and the founding of the ski center at Bobcat.

Please join us to hear Herb read a bit from his book and discuss how and why he embarked on the project to research and document the family’s years here in the Catskills. Whether you have an interest in dairy farming, Andes, or geneology you will find this an evening you don’t want to miss. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

For more information, contact the Andes Public Library at 845-676-3333 or via email at

2.  Application deadline coming up September 30th forWhole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers 2011-2012 Training ProgramThrough funds from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, beginning women farmers in NY will learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.
Women farmers – and aspiring farmers – from around New York State are encouraged to signup for the course that promotes goal setting; financial, business, and marketing plans; land and infrastructure planning; soil fertility, and planned grazing. Classes for the third year of this program will run from November 2011 through June 2012.

Applications are due on Sept. 30, 2011 and are available at  Lauren lines the director of this program will be calling in later in the hour to tell us more details so stay tuned.

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