Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Just in On Twitter...Did You Know?

As we race toward opening the new location for the Rock Hill Farmer's Market, thought it a good time to share this tweet from Twitter.

Study: Farmers markets are cheapest outlet for some produce

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Applications Are In For Sullivan Renaissance Projects, and Work Is Progressing On Rock Hill's Own 2012 Renaissance Project As Crews Renovate Former Tourist Center

Visitors Center Late Fall 2011
The deadline for filing Sullivan Renaissance Applications for 2012 was today at 5:00 PM, and thanks to the hard work of Melinda and many others, Rock Hill's application was timely filed for this year...Rock Hill this year has decided to step up and do a far reaching and very large project as a category C participant, and for those driving through town recently, you have been watching a major part of this year's plan come to fruition thanks to generous support of Steven Gottlieb and the Gottlieb  family.

Sure you have noticed all the work crews, and activity kitty corner across the street from the Trading Post here in town as our former Visitor's Center undergoes a major transformation from crumbling derelict building into a beautiful pristine downtown Rock Hill showcase...special thanks to the contractors and electrician who are playing a crucial role, working with Steven Gottlieb, in this incredible  makeover that is just one part of this year's Rock Hill Sullivan Renaissance Project:
Transformation Begins

Aaron Salovin                                                  Carl Kerber
Built To Last, INC.                                          Kerber Electric
PO Box 532                                                    PO Box 378
Rock Hill, NY 12775                                      Rock Hill, NY 12775
(845) 791-8385                                              (845) 794-3791

Diamond Starts To Sparkle
In brief discussions with the workers, with Gary Gottlieb, seems our old visitors center has quite a personal history, a history that we hope to share here in this blog...suffice it to say, that the structure has been moved numerous times (have heard a number as high as seven), and this is the building's second makeover at it's current location.  This makeover should assure that the little house that could will be around for at least another 100 years, as everything inside and out is in the process of receiving a full structural and cosmetic makeover.

Some highlights of this year's Rock Hill Sullivan Renaissance Application include:

1.  Moving our "Farmers Market" to this new location.
2.  Both renovation and enlargement of the Trading Post employee parking area at this site.
Some SERIOUS Work Going On!
3.  Construction and installation of a beautiful Gazebo.
4.  New raised flower bed and signage for "Farmers Market".

If you would like to know more about this year's plans, or are wanting to become a volunteer please call Melinda (845) 807-2034 or Gary (845) 866-3783

Make sure to bookmark our little blog and come back often as we will be posting updates on this year's project here regularly, as well as sharing with you occasional article or press release of interest to those who live, recreate and visit Rock Hill.  

Next big update will be early April when we find out if our application to be a Category C project is accepted by Sullivan Renaissance...everyone keep their fingers crossed!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Attention Gardeners! Another Great Seminar on April 18th

Another Great Spring Seminar at Cornell Cooperative Extension

Gardens Filled with Life:
Designing with
Northeastern Native Plants

April 18th at 5:30-7:30 at 
Cornell Cooperative Extension 
Sullivan County
Renowned author and landscape architect Carolyn Summers will present an informative class on the current research that reveals the many ways in which native plants form the basis of the food web that supports a healthy, biodiverse landscape. Her lecture covers ways to use a wide variety of striking native plants in a formal landscape or in a more natural setting. Come to this class and learn how to use native plants in your garden. Find out about the full design potential of northeastern flora.
Light refreshments will be served.
Fee of $10.00 must be included with registration.
Checks payable to: CCE Sullivan County/ MGP
For more info call: 845-292-5250
Mail to:
Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County
Master Gardener Program
64 Ferndale Loomis Rd.
Liberty, NY 12754
Susan M. Dollard
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Sullivan County
64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.
Liberty, NY 12754

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sullivan Renaissance 2012 Conference Wrap Up

Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference HUGE SUCCESS

Steve Vegliante and Randy Resnick
First, do apologize (I do that a lot) for being AFK from the blog for a few days, but with the onset (almost) of spring here in Sullivan County, there are a lot of goings on.  This past Saturday I attended the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference over at CVI, and walked out of the event at the very end so excited and ready to get to work on the Rock Hill Category C project that I forgot my camera...if you know me, you know I had to be pumped up to forget my camera.
 First up on the list for myself was taking a peek at the new Renaissance Collection.  This new collection of perennial plants have been chosen by Sullivan Renaissance staff for their ability to not only survive, but thrive in the challenging growing conditions of Sullivan County.  My own favorites are the Salvia and Russian Sage...what can I say, am a big fan of purple here.
Next up on the day's agenda were the Sullivan First Awards.  Recipients included Spencer Daniel Agency, Aero Star Petroleum,  the Eagle Plaza Mall, Berni's Holiday Restaurant in Rock Hill, Jim & Betty Lund of the Woodbourne Action Committee, Dave & Phyllis Moore from Neversink, Laurie Kilgore a mural painter from the Monticello area, Barbara Sush,  Saint James Episcopal Church of Callicoon, and last but not least, Keith Gilmore and the Recovery Center in Monticello.  All of these folks, businesses and organizations have contributed a lot to making Sullivan County a better place to live.
The highlight of the morning was the Keynote speaker, Joe (Gardener) Lamp L' from the television show, "Growing a Greener World".  First, it was very refreshing to find a star of his caliber to be so personable with everyone there, his words and actions both genuine  and from the heart.  He shared a lot of wonderful ideas with all of us using both video and clips from his show, the audience captivated by his words...Joe has all the qualities one looks for in a great storyteller, and his address was an enjoyable one that I would have liked to have seen go even longer than it did.  One site he shared with us that I want to pass along is for Ample Harvest where the concept is pretty simple..."Plant a row for the hungry."  In these hard economic times with our food pantries hard pressed to keep up with the demand, it is advice all those who garden should take and implement.
The workshops were as always, entertaining, educational and well attended. 
It was a great event as everyone prepares for spring, puts the finishing touches on their own applications for the 2012 Sullivan Renaissance.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Before Pictures

As everyone knows, there are BIG PLANS in the works for our 2012 Sullivan Renaissance Project as we move up and apply for a Category C grant.  Next Saturday there are two big events going on, the first being the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference, which is being held just 11 days before applications are due for this year's grant program.  The other event is our "Second Annual Rock Hill Saint Patrick's Day Parade"...I myself am trying to figure out how I can be in two places at once, as I would love attending both.

A few of us went over to the site where the 2012 Rock Hill Sullivan Renaissance Category C Project (there is a mouth full) is planned to take a measurements, and to snap a few pictures of the property as it is now as we need before pictures for our application.  Seems a good idea to share some of those here on the blog as we tell the story of this years efforts.

Most efforts in 2012 will be put into the area kitty corner across from the "Trading Post" where multiple elements are being planned as the area prepares to play host to our "Rock Hill Farmers Market".   The small house that used to be our Tourist Information center will be getting a face lift, and some extensive landscaping is planned around the building perimeter.
The field is going to be cleaned up, graded, reseeded, with numerous landscaped perennial beds planned for perimeter areas, as well as two or three bird watching areas along the marsh/wetlands border area.

Right now we are seeking approval to construct a Gazebo on the property that can be used for various civic/public functions including live musical performances during our farmers market.  Other plans include a beautiful new Farmers Market sign on the front of the property.  Once completed, this new home for the Farmer's Market will have 19 permanent booths, with the ability to add in 10 temporary booths for special event days. 

If you or your organization would like to get involved in this year's community beautification project, would like to volunteer for one or more of our community work days please contact Gary at (845) 866-3783.   There is a lot of work needing to be done, and every work event is a fun time for all those involved.