Thursday, April 15, 2010

Suffern Farmers' Market News

As many of you know, I have volunteered for the Suffern Farmers' Market for the past couple of years. I am currently acting President and enjoying my increased involvement in the planning of the coming season. We have hired a new market manager and anticipate our best season yet with new vendors to be announced soon.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Click below to see my recent blog post on Small Bites, the food blog of The Journal News.

HVRW: Guest Blogger Cara Cea at Marcello

HVRW: Guest Blogger Cara Cea at Marcello’s in Suffern

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Meet honey bees!

The Environmental Center on Pace University's Pleasantville campus has two hives holding about 40,000 bees. Learn about the importance of bee pollination for many of our foods. Also find out why we are losing millions of bees every year. Join James Eyring, resident bee keeper, for a close up look at the hives and equipment he uses to extract honey and care for them.

Tue, Apr 27, 2010, 10:00AM to 11:00 AM. Contact number is 914-773-3169. Email for more information.

Factory Farming Pollution

This speaker panel will present three speakers who will discuss the environmental degradation caused by factory farming. Speakers will specifically touch upon water pollution, air pollution, and greenhouse gases caused by factory farming and the sheer bulk of waste they create. Additionally, farming options that promise greater environmental sustainability will be examined. The panel will conclude with a question and answer session and light refreshments will be served.

This event will take place Tuesday, April 20, 2010 from 5:00PM to 8:30PM at Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY - Preston Hall Tudor Room.

April 15 panel on environmental conflicts along the Hudson

The following news release from Columbia University announces a panel on conflicting interests in sustainability, moderated by Pace University’s Provost Geoffrey Brackett and organized by an environmental consortium of which Pace University is the founding member and host institution.

On April 15, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., watch the live event webcast. During the event, forward your questions to On April 15, 2010, the Earth Institute, Columbia University and the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities will convene a panel discussion on “Navigating Sustainability: The Hudson and Beyond” at Barnard College.

The Environmental Consortium brings together representatives from 52 member institutions within the Hudson Valley region, including Columbia, to more fully engage in the region’s environment. The mission of the consortium is to harness higher education’s intellectual and physical resources to advance ecosystem-based environmental research, teaching, and learning through interdisciplinary and collaborative programs. The panelists come from varied fields and will contribute to the discussion on reconciling different perspectives on sustainability. According to Margie Turrin, Columbia’s Environmental Consortium representative and education coordinator at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, "Framing the question of how to best move towards a sustainable future begins by examining both the larger concepts that drive our decisions and the behaviors that result from these concepts. We are very pleased to bring together this interdisciplinary panel to lead us in a discussion of how to align often competing ideals to adjust our path forward.”

Stephanie Pfirman, professor of environmental sciences at Barnard and member of the consortium, also weighed in on her reasons for organizing the panel. "How can we balance conflicting interests in deciding on – and then implementing – the ‘best’ course towards sustainability? This panel examines the critical ethical, political, economic, engineering and planning issues that need to be resolved in order to make change happen." The event will kick off this year’s River Summer, an intensive faculty development program of the Environmental Consortium.

Already in its sixth year, the River Summer program takes faculty in the consortium out onto the Hudson River to analyze the development of the watershed within an interdisciplinary framework. Using the geology, hydrology and landscape of the river as a foundation, River Summer focuses on understanding the Hudson's natural resources within the context of its cultural history. Place-based field experience is grounded in team teaching and participation among institutions that are geographically and ethnically diverse—from research universities to liberal arts and community colleges.

Through River Summer, the Hudson Valley becomes an extended laboratory and classroom, where faculty members can gain new resources to enrich their teaching at their home institutions. A live webcast of the discussion will be available. This exciting format will allow members of the consortium and the public to view the panel from remote locations and submit questions to ask the panelists in real time. Participants can forward questions to The panel will be moderated by Geoffrey L. Brackett, the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Pace University.

Members of this expert panel include Patricia J. Culligan, Professor of Civil Engineering, Columbia University Theodore J. Eismeier, Professor of Government, Hamilton College Bruce Jennings, Director of Bioethics, Center for Humans and Nature Marilyn Power, Faculty in Economics, Sarah Lawrence College Meg Walker, Vice President, Project for Public Spaces The panel will be held from 6 00 to 7 30 p.m. in the Lehman Auditorium (Room 202), Altschul Hall, Barnard College Campus.

If you are interested in attending the event in person, please RSVP to Jane Tipermas at For more information about the Earth Institute, please visit For more information about the Environmental Consortium, please visit

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