Green committee supports Village resolution for paper yard bags

July 19, 2016

Dear Tivoli Village Board,

For years, the Village of Tivoli Department of Public Works (DPW) has picked up Village residents’ grass clippings and leaves and taken them to be composted. If this material is contained in plastic bags the bags must be torn apart manually by DPW workers. The activity of breaking apart the plastic bags and extracting the organic material for composting takes a significant and substantial amount of time on the part of the DPW workers, at a cost to the taxpayers of the Village of Tivoli. Furthermore, the residue of torn plastic bags is not recyclable and must be gathered and sent to a landfill.

Therefore, the Tivoli Green Committee is in support of the resolution, effective July 1, 2016, that the Village of Tivoli DPW will no longer pick up yard waste in plastic bags. Instead, we encourage residents to buy appropriately sized compostable paper bags to contain their leaves and grass clippings. We also recommend that residents choose paper bags that consist of a significant portion of recycled paper.

The Tivoli Green Commitee Village applauds this step toward making Tivoli a greener and more sustainable community.

Mara Ranville

Chair, Tivoli Green Committee

Local CSA

Four Legs Farm
(845) 616-9221

Hearty Roots Community Farm
1830 Route 9, Germantown
(518) 537-3276
Veg & Meat.

Good Fight Herb Company
(646) 361-4619
Medicinal Herbs.

Little Seed Gardens
#541 White Mills Road, Chatham
(518) 392-0063
Veg & Beef.

Full Circus Farm
27 Mils Path, Pine Plains
(518) 789-0025

Great Song Farm
475 Milan Hill Road, Red Hook
(845) 758-1572

Greig Farm
223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
(845) 758-1234
Fruit & Veg.

Paisley Farm (Upstate Farms)
Route 9, Tivoli
(845) 756-3803

Primrose Hill School
23 Spring Brook Park, Rhinebeck
(845) 876-1226
Veg & Fruit.

Sawkill Farm
7782 Albany Post Road, Red Hook
(845) 514-4562

Shoving Leopard Farm
845 River Road, Barrytown
(845) 594-4292

Starling Yards
81 Echo Valley Road, Red Hook
(646) 831-8311
Veg, Meat, Dairy, & Flowers. It’s a collective.

Tivoli was just awarded 1000 bulbs from HVGA


We’re thrilled to receive this donation  from the Hudson Valley Garden Association to plant these bulbs near the entrance to Tivoli.
50 Allium “Purple Sensation”
500 Grape Hyacinth
500 Daffodil “Dutch Master”

Thank you to ADR Bulbs of Chester, NY for their donation and to Rebecca Glembocki and Laura Wilson of

15 volunteers came together on Saturday AM, October 31 to plant the bulbs. Can’t wait until next spring!




Solarize Hudson Valley July events

Solarize Hudson Valley is launching this summer, led by Sustainable Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountainkeeper with three year funding from NYSERDA. This community education and group purchasing program makes it easier and more affordable for households and small businesses to go solar with selected, pre-qualified installers, informative workshops and group purchasing discounts.  As more people participate, the price goes down for everyone!

The program is piloting in Kingston from May 1 – September 12, 2015.  It rolls out in the “hub” communities of Goshen, Warwick, Woodstock, Rosendale and Beacon, with workshops and events in these locations serving everyone in the Hudson Valley.  You may also sign up for a free site assessment online at

Learn more by participating in any of these July events:
Mon., July 13, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Solarize Woodstock launch workshop, Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker St., Woodstock (with selected installers Apex Solar and Lotus Solar).
Wed., July 15, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Solarize Rosendale launch workshop,  Rosendale Cafe, 432 Main St., Rosendale (with selected installers Apex Solar and Lotus Solar).
Sun., July 19, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.,  Solarize Beacon +  (including Newburgh and Cold Spring focus). Open House at the solar powered home of Peggy and David Ross; call 866-205-2999 for info and directions (with selected installers Apex Solar and New York State Solar Farm).
Tues., July 21, 1 – 2:30 p.m.,  Solarize Warwick-Goshen community workshop at the Albert Wisner Library, 1 McFarland Dr, Warwick, NY 10990 (with selected installers SolarCity, Direct Energy Solar and NYS Solar Farm).
Wed. July 22, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.,  Solarize Kingston community workshop,  Kingston City Hall, 422 Broadway (with selected installers SolarGeneration, New York State Solar Farm and Hudson Solar).
Thurs. July 23, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Solarize Beacon + Educational Workshop  at Howland Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY (with selected installers Apex Solar and NYS Solar Farm).
Sun., July 26, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.Solarize Warwick information/ signup table at the Warwick Valley Farmers Market, 1 Bank St., Warwick  (with selected installers SolarCity, Direct Energy Solar and NYS Solar Farm).

Introducing the Tivoli Commemorative Tree Program

The Green Committee of Tivoli is pleased to introduce its new commemorative tree program, offering Tivoli residents a meaningful “green” way of marking a significant event or to honor a loved one. This program, modeled on others like it, allows residents to purchase a commemorative tree to plant, along with a dedication plaque, in a public space within the village of Tivoli.

The Village of Tivoli has identified a number of public spaces where trees could be planted, as well as consulted with a professional arborist to identify suitable tree varieties to be planted in each location, and we will be updating the Google map with further information about each of the sites as we work our way more fully through the Village streets and pubic areas. If you have any recommendations for a site you think would benefit from a new tree, please don’t hesitate to let us know at

The cost of purchasing a commemorative tree is $350, which includes a dedication plaque, assistance from the Village Department of Public Works and the Tivoli Green Committee to prepare the site and plant the tree, and regular watering in the critical few weeks immediately following the tree’s planting.

If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to suggest a potential public site for a commemorative tree, please email