We are happy to report many events and farm tours occurred in 2021. The Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) hosted an array of farm tours in the NYC Watershed and attended a handful of events.
The WAC hosted three tours in October. The Food, Water and Climate Farm Tour was held October 4th and we were a guest speaker at Lucky Dog Farm in Hamden, NY. This tour had 25 legislative members as guests. On October 14th, the WAC Agricultural Program hosted their annual program tour with 38 attendees. The group visited Webcrest Farm in Bovina, NY, Black Willow Morgans in Delhi, NY and Burn Ayr Farm in Delhi, NY. On October 18th, 20 graduate students from the Bard College of Environmental Policy visited Byebrook Farm. in Bloomville, NY where they learned about our programs as well as the farm’s history.
Pure Catskills attended events in 2021 including the Delaware County Fair (in WAC’s tent), Cauliflower Festival in Margaretville, NY and the Delhi Harvest Festival in Delhi, NY. Many events early in the season were cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, as were some of the larger fall events like Taste of the Catskills.
The Delaware County Fair was as large as ever with over 77,000 visitors throughout the week. The Delaware County Clean Sweep Event celebrated its 25th year. It was sold out again this year and there was a record number of participants overall. WAC pays for the disposal for all of the waste brought in by farms in the eight NYC Watershed counties to the event.
While many events did happen in 2021, we are looking forward to even more in 2022!
Read more from the 2021 Annual Report here.