Archive for Agriculture

Organic farmers discuss environmental benefits of organic farming

May 04, 2016 No Comments

by Gabby Jorio and Mallery Rockwell Mary Newman has been pitching her Buried Treasures Organic Farm stand at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market for 8 years. This year, her stand is filled with organically grown crops including potatoes, onions, shallots and beets. She is among many organic farmers who enjoyed the first sunny weekend at the […]

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Federal grant helps create more agritourism initiatives

May 03, 2016 No Comments

by Sara Kim With more than 400 farms within 40 miles and more restaurants per capita than New York City, it is no wonder Ithaca, New York, is ranked as the sixth foodiest town in America by Bon Appétit magazine, according to an agri-culinary tourism website, Ithaca Fork.   Now, with a new grant, Tompkins […]

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Tompkins County passes energy efficiency legislation

May 03, 2016 No Comments

by David Stern Sustainability is a word familiar to many Ithaca residents. Many organizations, businesses and government officials claim a commitment to reducing greenhouse emissions and making Ithaca an environmentally friendly place to live. Such widespread support for sustainability is exemplified by the unanimous acceptance of the Tompkins County Energy Roadmap. Passed by the Tompkins […]

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An EcoVillage and its berry farm

May 03, 2016 No Comments

by Alexis Forde Healthy and natural food is something that is greatly valued by Illana Houseknecht, who is a resident of the EcoVillage in Ithaca. This type of food can be hard to obtain though due to the cost, especially if you are a single mother raising two children like Houseknecht. The Kestrel Berry Farm, […]

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Wineries along the Cayuga Wine Trail combat the changes in climate

May 02, 2016 No Comments

by Taylor Zambrano If he’s out on the wine trail, Ryan Scammon, wine tasting manager at Americana Vineyards who is also in charge of growing grapes and bringing them back to the site, tries to look at the wine and take his time with it — swirling it, sniffing it and savoring the wine. But […]

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Classes in Ithaca help to promote healthy eating

May 02, 2016 No Comments

By Annie Uhle and Taylor Zambrano Ellen Brown of Dancing Turtle Sprout Farm began planting sprouts because they could be planted inside and were not dependent on the weather. She discovered more than just a quick way to grow healthy food — she discovered a passion for growing that she shared with others. Brown said […]

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