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. On November 19, the presenters will be: Jim Manning, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) — Taking stock: Inventory your resources; Tanya Moyer, Mulligan Creek Acres — Business management 101 for sustainable businesses: Good business practice and beyond the business norm; Sandy Gordon, former Albany County livestock farm owner/operator — Business management literally from the ground up.
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.
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 Catskillsis 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.