Sustainable Business Workshop for Catskill Farmers & Local Food Businesses
Tue, Dec 03, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm



In this two-part workshop taking place on November 19 and December 3, Jeffrey Potent (Adjunct Professor, Columbia University) and leaders in the Catskills local-food movement will introduce sustainable business practices and guide participants to assess current adoption and to integrate sustainability into business plans and day-to-day operations. The presenters on December 3rd will be: Jeff Potent – What sustainable local food systems bring to customers, Catskill communities, and the NY metro region; Lauren Melodia, CADE – Distribution and marketing; Richard Giles, Lucky Dog Farm – Choosing and walking your own path.

Participants will learn how to reduce environmental impacts, improve material and energy efficiency, and incorporate sustainable product attributes into company image and marketing.

Presented by Transition Catskills, this training is free and open to Catskills farmers, value-added processors, aggregators, restauranteurs, and retailers who already see value in operating sustainably and would like to benefit from additional information, perspectives, and networking.

You can register for the workshop here. Or send email to or call: 607.538.8919.

Jeffrey Potent is Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He teaches sustainable agriculture and related subjects and consults and speaks publicly on corporate and agricultural sustainability and water quality.

Transition Catskills is a group of Catskill Mountain residents coming together to strengthen the local economy, improve living standards, and build community resilience as we face a future of unstable energy supplies and a changing climate.