Fall is great time of year to explore Columbia County’s farm stands, orchards, and pumpkin patches. From cheese to potatoes- sausages to pears; Columbia County’s farms produce a tremendous variety of fresh local foods. CLC has worked with many of these growers to permanently protect some 12,000 acres of farmland and match two dozen farmers with landowners. Visit our Facebook Page to see photographs of local open farm tours held earlier this month.
The Chatham Agricultural Partnership and the farmers of Chatham present the annual Chatham Farm Tour this Saturday. Bike or drive the route which will include tours, products & children’s activities at nine farms (three of which have been conserved by CLC). For more info and to see the map visit the Chatham Agricultural Partnership online.
Photos from last year’s tour can be found here.
Massive migrations of birds are occurring at night across much of the Americas. On the roof top of CLC’s office in Chatham, scientists have installed a special microphone to capture the calls made during these night migrations. The listening station on CLC’s roof is integrated into a regional network of recording stations to help produce a bigger picture of bird migration and begin logging data on regional bird migration patterns. Long term monitoring provides a unique index for changes in bird populations. CONTINUE READING
UPDATED: On Saturday, September 7th at 4 p.m., acclaimed storyteller Jonathan Kruk presented the story of Rip Van Winkle to audience of two dozen CLC supporters with a stunning Catskill Mountains backdrop at the Harrier Hill Park in Stockport. Praised by the New York Times, Hudson Valley Magazine and heaps of children, Jonathan Kruk transforms Washington Irving’s classic tale into an interactive storytelling experience. His tales are tall, yet rooted in local history. This event was part of the Hudson Valley Ramble.
This fall, the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is introducing an innovative new program called the “Conserve a Local Farm” (CALF) Program. Drawing its relevance from Columbia County’s rich agricultural heritage, the program aims to protect working farmland in the region through the establishment of conservation agreements that restrict development on farmland and ensure future economic and cultural benefits for both farmers and landowners.
This summer, the Columbia Land Conservancy launched an exciting partnership with the Greenagers, a youth environmental organization based in the Berkshires that offers land stewardship training and summer employment opportunities. Since July 1, 2013, a seven person crew of young people ages 15 through 19 has been cutting a new trail as part of the expansion of CLC’s Round Ball Conservation Area in Ancram. The community is invited to join this dynamic, skilled, and hard-working team for a Community Trail Day on Sunday, August 11th, from 9-11am. Volunteers will be able to see first-hand the swift and impressive progress made on the new trail by the Greenagers, and pitch in to bring it to completion. CONTINUE READING
Congratulations to Susan Myers for completing the Hike Five! 2013 Summer Challenge. She visited and explored at least five of the destinations described in Columbia County Outdoors, and is recognized with a CLC award package, including CLC patch, water bottle, a keychain flashlight, and store coupon.
Susan reports that she explored Hand Hollow, Ooms, Schor, Borden Pond, and High Falls—some on several occasions–all of which happen to be CLC Public Conservation Areas. Though Susan has lived in Columbia County for nearly 20 years, this summer was the first time she visited High Falls, which she called the most spectacular of the sites. She also expressed a special fondness for the Schor Conservation Area – and Jon’s Pond – where she spends time with her children, grandchildren and dog. Even though she has already met the challenge, she has plans to visit Round Ball in early August.
The Hike Five! 2013 Summer Challenge is a program to encourage the community to get outdoors in Columbia County this summer. Participants can sign up by e-mailing email@example.com. Keep a list of the places you hike and visit, with dates, and photos too if you can. Let us know when you hike five! The challenge continues until Labor Day.