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Bulbs Make a Difference

Celebrating ‘National Make a Difference Day’ in October

Bulb planting events will take place in five Sullivan County communities in celebration of “National Make a Difference Day” this October. Sullivan Renaissance is providing bulbs and planting instruction in order to promote the use of deer-resident bulbs and encourage volunteer participation through the fall.

“Make a Difference Day” – Saturday, October 25 – is the largest national day of community service, intended to encourage community participation on that day and throughout the month of October.

“Planting bulbs will provide color and beauty from early March through May and is an easy gardening activity,” said Diana K. Weiner, Sullivan Renaissance Horticulture Coordinator, “Each Sullivan Renaissance bulb demonstration site has received 90 bulbs, in nine different varieties, that have been shown to grow well in Sullivan County.”

The first bulb planting is scheduled by the BashaKill Area Association on Thursday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the entrance of the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area on Route 209 just south of Wurtsboro. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and a trowel, if able.

A second bulb planting is scheduled by the Village of Jeffersonville and the Jeffersonville JEMS beautification group on Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. at the Backyard Park, located at the corner of New Bridge Street and Swiss Hill North Road in Jeffersonville.

Additional bulbs plantings will be announced throughout the month, with the culminating bulb planting scheduled for “National Make a Difference Day” on Saturday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the Stone Castle Garden in Swan Lake.

To help at a bulb demonstration planting or to learn more about Sullivan Renaissance volunteer opportunities, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445, volunteer@sullivanrenaissance.org or SullivanRenaissance.org. or email.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.

Farm to School Month

Farm to School Month

Celebrate Catskill Edible Garden Project in Sullivan County

October is National “Farm to School” Month, a time when communities all over the country are celebrating the connections between schools and local food.

In Sullivan County, the Catskill Edible Garden Project (CEGP) has built an expanding network of learning gardens at six schools and an educational center. These gardens connect students, educators and community members with an approachable, interactive way to learn about farming, foods and healthy eating habits.

CEGP partners include: Catskill Mountainkeeper, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, Green Village Initiative, Sullivan Renaissance and Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development.

These organizational partners are committed to working with onsite teams, farms and businesses to raise awareness about the components of local food systems and their connection to healthy communities. CEGP welcomes school community and family engagement, describing its mission as “growing the next generation of food entrepreneurs.”
Gardens have already been installed at the following locations: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County in Liberty, George L. Cooke Elementary School in Monticello, Hebrew Day School in Kiamesha, Liberty Elementary School, RJK and Eco Club in Monticello, Roscoe Central School and Sullivan West in Jeffersonville.

Farm to School enriches the connection communities have with fresh food and local producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips.

Over the past decade, the Farm to School movement has exploded across the United States, reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, DC. Farm to School is an important tool in the fight against childhood obesity and food insecurity. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers.
For more information about how to celebrate and get involved, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845.295.2719 or send us an email.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.

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