Citizen Action Program News


Honoring the Future (Above photos from show)

Wednesday, April 22. Smithsonian Craft Show Partners with Honoring the Future to Announce Sustainability Prize. The first “Honoring the Future Sustainability Award” will be presented at the April 22 opening of the 2015 Smithsonian Craft Show. The award, which comes with a $1,000 prize, recognizes an artist whose work educates the public about climate change or inspires or models a sustainable response to climate change. Lloyd Herman, founding director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, will serve as judge. Click here for more information about the award.

Farming Concrete

Monday, March 23. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Citizens Committee is partnering with D Rooney and Sheryll Durrant, fellows at the Design Trust for Public Space, who will be leading a series of workshops on the Farming Concrete (aka Five Borough Farm) Toolkit for measuring the good things happening in your garden. RSVP with this form or to Sabine at / 212-822-9578.

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There will also be workshops on March 19 and March 27 RSVP
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Rondout Valley Growers Association

Tuesday, March 24 8:30am at the Marbletown Community Center in Stone Ridge. RVGA is co-sponsoring a program on “Farm Succession Planning”: The event is co-sponsored by RVGA, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster Co., HVADC and Ulster County Executive’s Office.  The County Executive will make opening remarks followed by an expert panel moderated by Jerry Cosgrove, consultant and attorney. Panelists include: Todd M. Erling, Exec. Dir., Hudson Valley Agribusiness Dev. Corp.; Charles Hurd, Hurd Family Farm & representing Farm Bureau; Dan Welch, Business & Succession Planning Coordinator, NY FarmNet; Ryan Hrobuchak, Credit Representative at Farm Credit East; Bill Martin, Business Consultant at Farm Credit East. There is no charge to attend this program. For more info contact (845) 340-3556 or send an email to

Sunday, April 12 from 3-6 pm at Mohonk Mountain House. The Challenges Facing Existing Family Farms at Mohonk:  Mohonk Consultations in collaboration with Rondout Valley Growers Association will hold its annual Forum focusing on The Challenges Facing Existing Family Farms. The event is with support from Brook Farm Project.  The Forum will offer conversations on potential collaborations among established family farmers, new (first generation) farmers, nonprofit initiatives fostering agriculture in the region, and the public. Panel presentation and exchange among representatives from family farms, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, the Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator and Cornell Cooperative Extension will begin the Forum. Advance registration is required.

The cost is $20 Regular / $10 Farmers and Students. You may register on-line at or mail a check to Mohonk Consultations, Inc., 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz NY 12561. Please note “2015 Spring Forum” in the check memo section.

Past Events


Friday March 6, 2015, Brooklyn Borough Hall. COUNT TREES: Why Do a Tree Census? Beginning with an opening address from NYC's own Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, this workshop will showcase the various approaches to improve urban forestry from the federal, city, non-profit, and volunteer levels. Featuring: Dave Nowak of the U.S. Forest Service; Jaclyn Shanley of the NYC Parks Department, Mike Duran-Mitchell of NYRP, and Philip Silva of TreeKIT.

Essex Farm Institute

March 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m., in the Taylor Science Center’s Kennedy Auditorium on the Hamilton College campus. Program leaders Kristin and Mark Kimball gave a free lecture on Food Ethics. See Roman Sentinel article to learn more about Essex Farm Institute and their program leaders.

Growing Chefs

Feb. 16-22 Carla Hall’s Culinary Kids Week. The New York Botanical Gardens 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx. Family-friendly, weeklong food festival celebrating the relationships among plants, farms, and your favorite foods. ABC's The Chew co-host, NYBG Edible Academy Committee Member, and celebrity chef Carla Hall presents this weeklong celebration that offers exciting hands-on activity stations, daily cooking skills workshops, and more. Click here to buy tickets.

Honoring the Future

Jan. 30-March 30. Honoring the future: Climate Art and Action. Mishkan Shalom, Heschel-King Room, 4104 Freeland Ave. Philadeplhia. An art exhibition exploring the complex subject of climate change and the path to prepared, resilient, “climate smART” communities. A “Meet the Artists” reception will take place February 1, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Click here for more information about the exhibit.

Other News

30th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference

Join over a thousand community gardeners and greening professionals from all over New York City for a day of learning, sharing, networking, and greening inspiration at the 30th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether!  This year's conference features exciting new workshops and returning favorites, including many hands-on workshops for gardeners of all ages. Enjoy live music and dance performances, a children's play area, raffle prizes and much more!

Saturday 3/21 – Farming Concrete: A 90min workshop in the afternoon slot - 2:15-3:30

34th Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom - Roots of Resilience

In keeping with the notion of sankofa—remembering the past in order to move forward—this year’s theme, “Roots of Resilience,” will examine the ways in which sustainability is tradition, not trend. Our grandparents may have grown up on farms, but today, more people than ever are city dwellers and must actively seek reconnection with the land and nature. Resilient gardening practices can serve to bridge our collective past with a greener, more equitable future.

Saturday 3/14 – Farming Concrete: We have a table in the Palm Room all day, and we are also conducting a “Lunch Session” workshop – 1hr

National Young Farmer’s Coalition (CitAc Alum)

Are you looking for farmland in the Hudson Valley? Do you have farmland you would like to make available to a farmer? RSVP now for "Accessing Farmland in the Hudson Valley" on Monday, March 16th from 1:00-3:30pm. For more info:

The workshop is designed to introduce farmers to the organizations, tools and programs available to help you access land. We are excited to have a number of great service providers who will be in attendance! Glynwood, American Farmland Trust New York, Agricultural Stewardship Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster and Orange Counties, Congressman Chris Gibson, Columbia County Farm Bureau, Columbia Land Conservancy, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, Dutchess County Planning, Dutchess Land Conservancy, Equity Trust, GrowNYC, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Local Economies Project, NY FarmLink, Open Space Institute, Orange County Land Trust, Valley Organic Growers Association, Saratoga P.L.A.N. (Preserving Land & Nature), Scenic Hudson, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Walkill Valley Land Trust, Watershed Agricultural Council, Westchester Land Trust


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