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Fresh Off The Barge


September 20th  1003 during the Yonkers Riverfest, The historic 1930’s Pennsylvania Railroad Barge floated from Kingston New York to the City of Yonkers Recreational Pier. While the barge itself was a representation of how transportation methods could increase distribution of food, it was the farmers themselves that made the most impact. The farmers were featured in a small “tent village” immediately in front of the Yonkers Recreation Pier.  Mercer’s ice cream, Lowville Dairy Producers, Lewis County Maple Producers, Schaller’s meats, Davenport Farms, Brotherhood Winery, Solomon’s Rose, Simple Solution, Garden Thyme Herb Shop, Pure Mist Soaps, Adirondack Lumber Company furniture and wooden toys, Bobolink Dairy, Ronnybrook Farm Dairy were among the participants. The purpose of the Riverfest market was to introduce the producers to the general population of Yonkers and its environs. The general consensus of those who sampled or purchased the products was that the quality of everything was exceptionally high and most indicated they would purchase these products again if they were available. Since this time a permanent farmers’ market takes place every Saturday in the City of Yonkers during the summer season.

American Patriot Garden Project


Lady Liberty in New York Harbor was the first to witness the September 11th attacks on the American homeland.  Eight million New Yorkers, from the purple mountains of the Hudson Highlands to the shores of Montauk Point, experienced overwhelming grief, shared with their fellow Americans across our great land. The greatest calling from citizens is the reunion of community spirit.  Bringing people together to comfort those in need and demonstrate patriotism and the feeling of support we have as a united nation.  Much of the strength is symbolized through community tree planting efforts where by people can simply be a part of the growth of a tree.

Hudson River Lighthouse Coalition


Hudson River Lighthouse Coalition

Long Island Small Farm Summit

A gathering of diverse groups with an interest in advancing local farming initiatives that benefit small farmers, gardeners and our local community

Friday, April 15, 2011
at SUNY College at Old Westbury
9:30 am until 4:30 pm
Plenary Speaker Joel Salatin

Food and agriculture are important to the vitality of the local community.  By choosing to eat locally, individuals can enhance the quality of the food supply, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, bolster the local economy and help preserve agricultural land in the Long Island/ NYC food shed, thereby increasing the quality of our food supply in terms of food security and nutritional value.

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The Lower Hudson – Long Island Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization made up of volunteers working in partnership with local communities and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service. Providing assistance to Urban and Rural Communities throughout Brooklyn, Dutchess, Manhattan, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Rockland, Staten Island, Suffolk, The Bronx, Ulster and Westchester.