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CREATING PUBLIC SPACES

Challey Comer and Nancy Proyect to Present at Seminar

October 28, 2011

[FERNDALE] – Creating public spaces where people naturally want to congregate is a critical component of improving any community.  Sullivan Renaissance is holding a seminar entitled “Greening and Gathering – Creating Public Spaces: from Gardens and Parks to Markets and Events” on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale. 

The seminar presenters are Challey Comer, Farm to Market Manager at the Watershed Agricultural Council, and Nancy Proyect, President of the Orange County Citizens Foundation.

Challey Comer will talk about community gardens and farmers markets.  She oversees the Pure Catskills campaign, a regional buy local initiative that serves nearly 300 farm and food businesses in six counties.  Market-based farmer education, regional advocacy and market connections are also components of the economic viability efforts at the council.

Nancy Proyect, President of the Orange County Citizens Foundation, will speak about the concept of “placemaking” and the benefits of creating attractive and vibrant public spaces.  She will also show photos of various places that have been on the Orange County Citizens Foundation’s “placemaking” tour and give some background on the projects. 

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Those interested in learning more about Sullivan Renaissance are also invited.  Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Additional funding has been secured by U.S. Representative Maurice D. Hinchey. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter and WSUL/WVOS.

For more information or to register, visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org or call 845-295-2445.