Nominate someone with outstanding vision and accomplishment for increasing the availability, quantity, quality, or distribution of local foods reaching local mouths. Make your nomination online at The Columbia Fair (click on the Victoria A. Simons Award on the left). Paper nominations can also be submitted
c/o HRBT Foundation
PO Box 1189
Hudson, NY 12534
Nominations and self-nominations are accepted from now until the July 31 deadline.
Photos by Andreas Stresemann
At 7:30am on Saturday, May 18, a group of birders assembled at the Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area to spot spring migrants and resident birds. Elisabeth Grace of the Alan Devoe Bird Club led the walk and provided guidance. CONTINUE READING
What do you call it when seventy-five kids hold a chicken? Science class. Students from Hudson Junior High School recently visited Katchkie Farm on a CLC Sponsored field trip. It was a hands-on, sensory filled lesson on farming, biology, and the culinary arts.
The Columbia Land Conservancy welcomes Charles Tauber to its Board of Trustees. Charles brings a career in the financial industry and a long standing and energetic commitment to Columbia County and the goals and values of the CLC. He is the Head of North American Restructuring at Anchorage Capital Group, a New York based investment firm. Prior to that he was a principal at Silver Point Capital, a Greenwich Connecticut-based distressed-credit focused investment firm. He has been active on a number of private and public corporate boards he has led a broad range of large and complex investments across a variety of industries. A former Fulbright Fellow, Mr. Tauber received a Masters in International Affairs with Distinction from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Connecticut College.
An avid fisherman and a poor gardener, Charles and his family have a had a home in Spencertown for over 40 years. “The fields, farms, streams and ponds of Columbia County have been important part of my life, my family’s life and my children’s lives I look forward to working with the CLC and the community for the next generation,” says Tauber.
Join 1,000 supporters of local conservation at a beautiful Columbia County farm for a barbecue featuring live entertainment, kids activities, and demonstrations drawing from rural traditions. The 2013 Country Barbecue will be held on Sunday, May 26 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm in Livingston, NY, and includes delicious food sourced from local farms and an array of beer and wine. No matter where you are at the event, you’ll be close to a culinary experience. There are passed entrees, cheese platters, and two bars serving wine and local beer from award-winning Chatham Brewing. Visit the buffet to indulge a variety of passions. CONTINUE READING
Bobolink – Photo by Andrea Westmoreland
The Bobolinks have returned to Columbia County! Starting in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s a 6,000 mile flight. It’s a spectacular bird with a bubbling song and unique plumage. The male bobolink is the only North American bird that is black underneath and white on the back. After breeding, his plumage changes into a muted and camouflaged appearance.
Over the last thirty years, bobolinks – as well as other grassland birds such as savannah sparrows, grasshopper sparrows, and Eastern meadowlarks – have significantly decreased due to loss of farmland and intensification of certain agricultural practices. Yet, we still have sizable populations and during the warmer months many grassland birds call Columbia County home and take advantage of the numerous meadows and agricultural lands. CONTINUE READING
Joining 1,000 supporters of local conservation at a beautiful Columbia County farm for a barbecue featuring local food, an array of wines, and locally brewed beer is the perfect way to inaugurate the summer. Yet the Country Barbecue is so much more. The CLC fundraising event is held on Sunday, May 26 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm in Livingston, NY, and is packed with a diverse range of entertainment drawing from rural traditions.
From the parking area you can ride on Dreaming Tree Farm’s horse drawn trolley for spectacular views of David Rockefeller’s Clum and Patchen Farm, which boasts 400 acres of permanently protected farm fields and stunning views of the Catskill Mountains.