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ny: grain bin rescue simulator

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Firefighters and EMS Training Opportunity with Grain Bin Rescue Simulator: Register Now

Seneca Falls, NY.  The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health is bringing the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, NECAS, grain bin simulator to New York State for the August 9, 10, and 11, 2016 Empire Farm Days. Firefighters and rescue personnel will have a free, four-hour, hands-on training opportunity after the show closes on Tuesday, August 9, and Wednesday, August 10.

The free training from 6 pm to 10pm is with NECAS Director Dan Neenan, a Paramedic Specialist with a Firefighter Specialist degree. The training includes one hour or classroom time and three hours of hands-on experience with the grain bin rescue unit filled with 100 bushels of corn.

Trainees will practice lockout, tag out, and extrication of engulfed victims. Registration for the special training is required by contacting Jim Carrabba with the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health at 800-343-7527 extension 2216 or


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new york farm workers rally and walk for bargaining rights and decent working conditions


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Walking the 200 miles from Long Island to Albany, protesters stopped at City Hall in New York City last Saturday chanting si se puede. According to Democracy Now!the protesters are walking in support of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act (more about this from the ACLU), asking that farm workers have the right to collective bargaining, an optional day off every week, and overtime pay– rights people in virtually every other industry in the US take for granted. The walkers are led by Rural and Migrant Minstry, a NY-based nonprofit that supports rural and migrant communities in the state.

“I would like to say, each time you are eating, or each time you have something in your hands that you are going to eat, remember us, who do not have the rights that other workers have. And if you can, support us. We are going to be marching for another week and a few days. If you see us, it would be good if you support us by walking with us, maybe a couple of hours, one hour, for a day if you can. That would be very good.”

Heriberto Gonzalez, former farm worker, and fellow at Rural & Migrant Ministry

Greenhorns! Let us join them where we can! They will be marching until May 31 and you can find their schedule, route, and updates here.

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ny: hester street fair


This Spring, we have taken the extra time to solidify exciting collaborative relationships, ensure a full calendar of events, revamp our website (freshest version coming soon), and focus on press outreach, marketing, etc. We look forward to a strong opening day, May 14th! The season will run through October 29 with Saturday markets 11-6 and Sunday special events. Hope to see you there!

We are calling all good vibes and ideas! This season will be activated with skills workshops, collaborative activities, and of course diverse high quality vendors of goods spanning design, art, food, found, fashion & more.  

We are currently accepting and reviewing all 2016 applications. If you have already applied, thank you and you’ll hear from us very soon. If not, we’d love to hear from you.

Please review all of the online information and be sure to include your preferred vending dates along with your product descriptions as soon as possible. If accepted, you will be contacted with additional instructions on how to complete your reservations.

Please note: this season, Hester Street Fair will also be offering Full Season and Half Season packages.

Submit your application today.

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HVYFC spring mixer at kinder hook farm, may 28


Anna will give us a tour of the lambing operation where she’s raising 300 lambs this year. Then we’ll enjoy a BBQ with Kinderhook meat and beer from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. Bring a side dish if you can and plate/cup/utensils.
Kinderhook Farm (1958 Co Rd 21, Valatie, NY 12184)
All farmers, friends and family welcome! If you’re not able to bring food, come anyway!!
See you then,
HVYFC team

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