Archive for May, 2016

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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Ithaca works together to reduce food waste

May 04, 2016 No Comments

By David Stern and Will Uhl At one time or another, nearly everyone is guilty of throwing away perfectly edible food. Maybe that last bite was a little too much, or maybe the ‘use-by’ date had passed and it seemed safer to just throw it away. Whatever the reason may be, throwing away food contributes […]

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Moosewood Restaurant and Cayuga Compost find composting mutually beneficial

May 04, 2016 No Comments

by Will Uhl Decades ago, composting at Moosewood was a messy operation. Ned Asta, one of the co-owners, said she would scrape the dishes into tofu buckets, which farmers would then pick up for farm animal feed. Asta, along with other employees would draw straws to see who would have to clean the compost’s grease […]

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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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An inside look at a couple of Ithaca’s local breweries

May 03, 2016 No Comments

by Mallery Rockwell Randy Lacey, owner of Hopshire Farm & Brewery, walks into the warm brewery early on Sunday mornings, with the smell of grain filling the air. A sand bed under the tasting room stores waste heat from the brewing process to heat the building. By noon, customers arrive, and the brewing process is […]

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Ithaca College students save thousands by going off the meal plan

May 03, 2016 No Comments

by Rachel Mucha Ithaca College upperclassmen are finding both cost and health benefits by making the transition from using the school’s meal plan to cooking on their own. The college requires all students living in dorms to have a meal plan, ranging in price from $3,290 to $3,813 per semester. Jeffrey Scott, the Sodexo Area […]

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Ithaca teens learn about food and business through the Teen Urban Farmers program

May 03, 2016 No Comments

by Anne Uhle Ithaca teens arrive at nonprofit space, Just Because Center directly after school on Wednesday afternoons to have a healthy snack and then set out to weed, mulch and plant. They are not getting paid. The teens work enthusiastically, growing food and other harvestables in the Teen Urban Farmers program at the Ithaca […]

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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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Project Growing Hope helps promote sustainable living

May 03, 2016 No Comments

by Aaron Laramee The fragrance of flowers filled the air, and the sun beat down on the damp brow of a handful of gardeners, on their hands and knees, working the soil in front of them. Joel Thomas, who has been gardening with Project Growing Hope for a year now, is one of those gardeners. […]

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GreenStar hosts talks about community solar farming

May 03, 2016 No Comments

by Gabby Jorio Unlike a typical sustainable farm that grows crops to sell at farmers markets and grocery stores, an Ithaca community farm is home to a different kind of crop: solar panels. On Earth Day, April 21, Greenstar hosted a lecture titled “Community Solar Farms: No Roof Needed!” featuring Renovus Solar, the company building […]

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