Sunday, April 29, 2012

First Sullivan Renaissance Project Work Day in Rock Hill A Lot of Fun...and WORK!

Local Kids Help With Litter Pluck
And so it begins...this winter and early spring, plans have been made, applications sent in, and finally just two weeks ago, grants were preparation of that day, work had already begun on Rock Hill's 2012 Sullivan Renaissance Category C project.  This past Saturday, April 28th was the first OFFICIAL volunteer work day on the chosen site for the Farmers Market, as well as clean up and preparation work at some of the other sites in town as maintenance on previous years projects was started, and old flower beds were prepared for much needed face lifts.

Help From Master Gardener Program
There was help aplenty on hand for this first day as our fearless leaders (that would be Melinda) handed out assignments, and sent people off to various locations in town for a wide array of work assignments ranging from trimming the crab apple trees, to plucking garbage along roadways, and in our new project area.  Others were sent off to Pizza The Rock too work with one of Sullivan Renaissance's trainees in the Master Garden Project as the bed in front of this business in town was prepared for a new fresh look for 2012.

Gary...Heavy Equipment Operator
The work day last four hours from nine in the morning until one in the afternoon.  Though not an official count, it look like there were at least 15 volunteers who made an appearance, contributed to all the things which were accomplished.   A special THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who showed up, got dirty and was a hard half days work, but a fun one.  We will be announcing another work day in the very near future.  If you or your group would like to volunteer, please contact Melinda at (845) 807-2034 or Gary at (845) 866-3783.
Notice Boo Boo

We had one wounded warrior on Saturday when a stubborn branch poked our fearless leader (that would be Melinda) in the forehead leaving her with a quite noticeable boo did not keep her from smiling, and taking everyone's teasing in stride.  We are thinking we should start a "Wounded Gardener Program". giving out certificates to everyone getting scratched, cut or poked during this year's project.

Estimated Volunteer Hours for day: 60

A very special thanks to Dutch's here in Rock Hill who gave all of our volunteer workers a lunch discount after the day of community service was completed.  Several hard workers enjoyed a much needed break and some great food when the work was done.  They have a FABULOUS Open Mic night every Thursday evening, so stop in and say hello...great food, great drinks, and some wonderful people...what more can you ask for?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Don't Miss Our WORK DAY This Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hi Everyone!

The Rock Hill Business and Community Association was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from Sullivan Renaissance for our Category C project... And we have big plans for it!
We will be focusing our efforts this year on Rock Hill Drive, specifically working with the Trading Post and the new Rock Hill Farmers' Market location. 

Our first work day will be this Saturday April 28th at 9am. Meet at the Trading Post Employee Parking lot (new location for Farmers' Market). We will work on maintenance of existing gardens and begin work on this year's Renaissance project. If you are able to attend, please bring shovels, rakes, clippers and tree pruners.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!  If you have rubber boots, might want to bring those as well.

Attention Gardeners!...Get Your Orders In Today

Attention Gardeners!...Get Your Orders In Today...Compost Bins and Rain Barrels

The Master Gardener Program is having a sale on compost bins and rain barrels, and getting your order in early can save you quite a bit of money on a QUALITY compost bin.  Those left over scraps from your everyday meals can do wonders for your garden turned into compost!  So, get your order in today and get some great savings, and a free counter top bucket.
CCE Garden Day & Compost Bin Urgent Update! 
Saturday, June 16, 2012 – 10 am to 2 pm 
The Sullivan County Master Gardeners announce their Annual Plant & Flower Sale. Healthy refreshments are for sale by the Eat Smart New York Program. 
Earth Machine compost bins are available, as supply allows. Please pre-register.
New, Low Cost! - Compost Bins: $35 each 
Pre-registrants will receive a free kitchen scrap bucket! 
Only pre-registered orders are $35. Day-of purchases are full price at $55. 
Rain Barrels are for sale at event only for $75 each. 
Call Cindy at 845-292-6180 to register for your compost bin or send your name, phone number, and check to: 

CCE Sullivan County
64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd, Liberty, NY 12754. 
This program is made possible in part by a Sullivan Renaissance Environmental Initiatives grant.
Nicole Slevin
Family & Consumer Science Program Educator II
Marketing & Public Relation
64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., Liberty, NY 12754
845-292-6180, ext. 114

Monday, April 23, 2012

May 2nd...Save The Date For Sullivan Renaissance Leadership Seminar

Another wonderful seminar is being offered by the folks over at Sullivan Renaissance, so mark your calenders for this wonderful event being held at the CVI building beginning at 7:00 PM...please make your reservations early.  This is a wonderful workshop for community leaders, or future community leaders who are involved in Sullivan Renaissance projects.

Leadership  Seminar
May 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM
CVI Building, Liberty NY
Refreshments will be served! Please pre-register online at or email to You may also call our office at 845.295.2445.

"Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others that clarifies and expands a vision of the future."
Edward H. Friedman

Rockhill Awarded $5,000 Category C Grant From Sullivan Renaissance

It is OFFICIAL...Rock Hill has qualified for, and been awarded a Sullivan Renaissance Category C grant in the amount of $5,000.  Everyone in Rock Hill, all of our wonderful volunteers are anxious to get working, and we hope many of you will be joining the blog for updates on volunteer opportunities.  If you or your business would like to make a donation of goods, services or money to this year's project in Rock Hill, please contact Mel at (845) 807-2034 or Gary at (845) 866-3783

Sullivan Renaissance Press Release

Sullivan Renaissance Announces Grants:



Monticello Planting What Grows Best in the Region – How Easy Is That

[LIBERTY] – Last Thursday evening volunteers from dozens of communities throughout Sullivan County received information about the best plants to grow in the region – and what kind of containers to put them in – while picking up grants for beautification and community development projects.
Sullivan Renaissance announced over $100,000 in funding for 40 grants and three special initiatives during its annual Spring Forum on April 19 at the CVI Building in Liberty.  The list of participating communities and projects is attached.  Additional grants will be awarded over the next several weeks. 
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsorships are provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects; Thunder102 for Category B projects; and Thompson Sanitation for seasonal projects.  The Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter and FisherMears Associates are also major sponsors.
Thursday’s program featured a presentation entitled “Container Gardening – How Easy Is That” by Amy Lewis, Mary Lewis and Vivian Multari-Ginsberg.  They outlined how to design site specific “garden-scapes,” give the containers the “Wow” factor by including the Renaissance Collection, and use the best practices to plant and maintain the containers.
The Renaissance Collection of annuals and perennials includes nine plants that do well in the Sullivan County climate and are designed to assist communities as the basis of new gardens or as additions to existing beds.  The plants were displayed at the forum, and the collection is available from local nurseries and garden centers.
The program opened with the singing of “Imagine” by Amanda Langseder, Director of Programming at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County.  The program was followed by refreshments and distribution of grants and “flower dollars” to community projects. 
Beginning its 12th year, Sullivan Renaissance is helping projects expend less effort while becoming more successful, in part through better garden design and planning.  A garden design panel reviewed plans for all of the new 2012 projects, while communities completed Maintenance Assessment Forms for their existing gardens.
Many projects will also receive support from paid interns through a partnership with Sullivan County Workforce Development
The five categories of grants announced on Thursday, include:
·         13 single element projects in Category A received $1000 grants and $100 in flower dollars;
·         8 multiple element projects in Category B got $1500 grants and $250 in flower dollars;
·         4 community-wide projects in Category C were given $5000 grants and $500 in flower dollars;
·        11 maintenance support grants designed to meet specific needs in the community received $1000 grants, $250 in flower dollars and various kinds of technical assistance;
·        4 environmental initiatives totaling $8500 were awarded for: a composting project; accessible planting beds and solar powered water fountain at a community garden; a demonstration apple orchard; and continued work on an educational trail and outdoor learning space.
Sullivan Renaissance Flower Dollars are a resource that allows groups to purchase additional annual plants by July 8.  The flower dollars can only be used at local participating nurseries, greenhouses or garden centers; and they must be matched with plantings of an equal or greater value.
The beautification and maintenance efforts must be completed by August 6.  Those vying for a Phase II grant will be judged between August 9 and 12.  The second round of grants will be announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 13 at SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake. 
Phase II awards range between $1000 and $10,000 – with the Golden Feather Grant of $25,000 going to a Category C project.  A special Showing of Flowers award up to $5000 will be given to the community that has the best showing of flowers, along with four $1000 judge’s choice flower awards.  There are also two $1000 Special Awards in each category: historic and best design ($1000).  A Silver Feather Award of $10,000 is given in Category C, as well as a $5000 award for planning.  All projects that finish will receive completion grants.
In partnership with the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, a limited number of scholarships to the undergraduate college of one’s choice will be offered to volunteers who make a significant contribution to a Renaissance project.  The SUNY Sullivan Foundation also offers full and part-time scholarships to Renaissance volunteers.  
Grants for seasonal demonstration projects (with support from Thompson Sanitation), additional environmental initiatives, technical assistance and mini-grants will be awarded at a later date.
Sullivan Renaissance also announced three special initiatives.
  • Sullivan Renaissance is continuing to focus special attention on the Village of Monticello for a third year, with support secured in part by Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey.  In addition to collaborating with the Village Board, the Monticello Business Association and the newly-formed Monticello Beautification Group, Sullivan Renaissance is working with a firm to design a way-finding sign system to link Broadway with municipal parking lots.
  • Recognizing their importance as first and lasting impressions, Sullivan Renaissance is also continuing work on three gateway projects.  The first is a collaborative effort with the Sullivan County Division of Public Works to refurbish the terminal and grounds at the Sullivan County International Airport in Bethel, with support secured in part by NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.  The others are improvements to Route 17 Exit 104 and the Shortline Bus Terminal in Monticello.
  • The Catskill Edible Garden Project is a new initiative this year, designed to grow the next generation of food entrepreneurs.  This is a partnership among Sullivan Renaissance, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and Green Village Initiative.  The program will work at school demonstration sites and at CCE to increase access to healthy food and raise awareness of food resources, nutrition and agricultural career options by incorporating a hands-on experience for youth. 
Sullivan Renaissance collaborates with many organizations and agencies.  The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the merchant discount program with almost 75 businesses offering discounts for community projects. 
Several organizations help local groups supplement their projects by providing some level of volunteer help such as general clean-up, site preparation, planting and painting.  Other assistance may also be available.  Some of these agencies include: Alternatives to Incarceration; Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H; Daytop; Delaware Valley Job Corps Center; New Hope Community; Occupations, Inc.; Retired Senior Volunteer Program; Sullivan County BOCES; and Workforce Development Board of Sullivan County, Inc. 
Since 2001 Sullivan Renaissance has funded hundreds of projects throughout Sullivan County.  For more information about programs, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit the website at