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Upcoming Events

Keep an eye on our Facebook Group for additional local events from friends and partners!

DIY Stream Health Assessment Workshop

Friday August 16, 2024

At The Forest Exchange - Jefferson, NY

10:00 - 4:00 PM


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ABOUT THE EVENT: Healthy riparian areas - be they streams, ponds, or the river - can provide some insulation for our farms from the worst of increasingly common 'disaster' scenarios of drought and deluge. 

This workshop will demonstrate how to conduct a low-tech macroinvertebrate diversity study and rapid stream assessment in order to understand a baseline of your stream water and riparian habitat quality. With a baseline you can more easily identify changes in your landscape due to climate change, land use, pollution sources, and other ecosystem pressures that can help lead your decision making as a farmer.


Participants will leave with step-by-step protocols, instructions on how to DIY gear, and a resource toolkit on how to use this information for your own property needs - as well as a familiarity with macroinvertebrate ID!

Rosie Wood is an environmental scientist focused on developing toolkits for accessible science to empower people's decision-making & provide routes to enjoy the wonder of the natural world. Her research background spans urban ecology, entomology, recommendations on state agency conservation policy, and co-authorship on microplastics characterization, distribution and impact as a novel contaminant in marine & freshwater ecosystems. She's currently developing management plans with land owners to access NRCS grant funding for wildlife/forest health conservation practices that dovetail with their property goals. The goal of her work is encouraging a more intentional relationship to our ecosystem landscape systems and integrating access to more informed decision making.

Locally-sourced lunch will be served! 


Optional: Tour the nursery at The Forest Exchange

Our event is taking place at The Forest Exchange, but the bulk of the learning/doing will be happening outside the nursery. If you’d like to see the nursery, please join us at 9:15 for an optional tour! 

The nursery is focused on woody plants for agroforestry practices - primarily fruit and nut trees and shrubs (like chestnut, hazelnut, elderberry, and willow). They are focused on organic, low-plastic growing methods, and are keenly interested in working with farms who want to use agroforestry practices at any scale. 

Past Events


FARMily Meal:

A Post-Solstice Feast at Wayside Cider!

Catskills Young Farmers x CADE x Wayside Cider collaborate for a 1 night only seasonal dinner celebrating the work of farmers in the Catskills Region! A free and special menu of hyper-local / seasonal fare will be served! RSVP required.

This one is for all the current and aspiring farmers & farm supporters out there! Thank you for all you do! THIS MEAL IS ON US!

CYF will lead lightly facilitated networking activities for farmers.

Please RSVP using this Google Form.

March Farm Club - Mending Workshop with Hipstitch Academy!

Join us on Friday March 22, 2024 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM to learn how to mend clothing.

We will be learning how to darn (socks/worn elbows) and patch (holes/split seams) by hand - no sewing machine required.

This is a paid workshop. Sliding scale $15-20 to cover Megan's time and supplies. The workshop is hosted at her studio in Harpersfield - Hipstitch Academy (110 Gaffey Rd Harpersfield NY).

This isn't a 'bring your damaged clothes for mending' event - Megan will provide supplies to learn these basic mending techniques. Then, you can take the skills you learn home with you to repair your own clothes! 


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February Farm Club - Ask Me Anything at Bushel!

Join us at Bushel Collective in Delhi on Friday February 23 from 5:30-7:30. PM. We'll be with local farmer mentors having informal conversations on a whole range of topics. Ask the group leaders questions you have about production, farm management, mutual aid, and more. Move from group to group as you please!

Vegetarian soup, salad, and bread will be provided by Tiny's Potluck dessert or nonalcoholic beverages if you'd like!

Featuring friends from: Star Route Farm, Berry Brook Farm, Lucky Dog Farm, Rock Royal Farm, Stony Creek Farmstead, Barkaboom Native Plants, and Roam on the Range

January Farm Club - winter fling at Wayside Cider!

Join us at Wayside Cider in Andes on Friday January 22 from 5:30-7:30. PM to hang with local farmers and aspiring farmers!

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Small Ruminants 101

October 26-27, 2023

9:00 - 5:00 both days

Catskills Young Farmers and CADE are proud to bring you another hands-on training - Small Ruminants 101! This two day event will introduce beginning farmers to different approaches to raising sheep and goats for meat. Your teachers will be an inspiring mix of Delaware County farmers, processors, and educators focused on sustainable practices. 


Rain or shine, we’ll walk and talk with the farmers about their practices and different perspectives on raising animals. Plan to be on your feet for 3+ hours at a time of walking through fields, brush, and woods. Waterproof shoes and sturdy warm clothing are a must! 


Delicious, locally sourced lunches will be provided by New Day Kitchen, and limited lodging is available for out-of-town folks upon request. 


This event is FREE, but space is limited and registration is required. REGISTER HERE - registration open until October 11!


Please note: we have a max capacity of 12 participants. Beginning farmers, and those who self-identify as marginalized will be prioritized. 


Questions about this program can be directed to Rhiannon Wright -

September Farm Club - pizza night at Stony Creek!

September Farm Club is a Pizza Night at Stony Creek in Walton! Let's eat pizza together at this beautiful farm, where the Marsiglios raise a menagerie of animals, grow veg, host travelers, and run hands-on kids programming.


9/30/23 from 5:00-dark.

We don't normally ask for RSVP's for farm club, but we need a head count for Kate for dinner. Please let us know if you're coming ASAP (before 9/26)

The chapter can cover dinner for up to 20 ppl - after that, it will be $20 per person.

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August Farm Club - group u-pick at Northstar!

Let's pick blueberries! August's Farm Club is a group u-pick at Northstar Blueberry Farm in Franklin <3


Jonny, farm manager and chapter member, is giving us a discounted price - $2.50/lb! (normally $3.50/lb). ORGANIC!!!


Wednesday, August 16 from 4-6ish.

595 Franklin Heights Road

Franklin, NY 13775


No requirement to pick - just come hang if you'd like. All are welcome - current and aspiring farmers, food businesses, etc etc.

June Farm Club - a summer solstice mixer!

Join us at Wayside Cider in Andes on Thursday June 22 from 5-? PM to hang with local farmers and aspiring farmers!

Live music at 7:00!

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Draft Horse 101

May 19-21, 2023

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM daily

at Star Route Farm

796 County Hwy 40, Charlotteville, NY 12036

Learn about the basics of using draft horses on your farm at this three-day training event hosted by Catskills Young Farmers and CADE! Featuring presenters from the Draft Animal Power Network.

As fuel and equipment costs continue to rise, many farmers are looking for more sustainable and economical sources of farm power. At this event, beginning farmers will learn the basics of horse care, ground driving, hitching, and teamwork. Participants will also consider how horses fit into a larger farm business plan as both an expense and potential income stream - from logging to sleigh rides. 

The event is free, and stipends will be offered to beginning farmers. Free camping is available! 


Please note: the registration asks for some detail on your past experience with horses and farming in order to help us select a group that is best suited for the training. Please be as detailed as you can, as we have a limited capacity and may not be able to accept all registrants. 

Beginning farmers, aspiring teamsters, BIPOC, LGBTQ, and women will be prioritized. 

Farm Club!

Join us for our recurring casual hang out ~

Every third Wednesday fr
om 6-8 PM
at Bushel in Delhi

OR at a member farm! 


Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest.

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6-8 PM

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