Friday, April 19, 2024

Maple in April Festival comes to Hadley on April 27

23rd annual Maple in April Festival flyer.

Hadley, NY – All are invited to join for a day of sweet adventure at the 23rd annual Maple in April Festival set for Saturday, April 27. Nestled along Rockwell Street in Hadley, this free, family-friendly extravaganza will take place rain or shine. From sap to syrup, experience live maple demonstrations, savor the taste of everything maple, and don’t miss out on Hadley Business Association’s famous Scholarship French Toast breakfast.

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Point Positive Receives 2024 Lipinski Rural Initiatives Award

Four people stand with a large check

Saranac Lake, NY – Point Positive, Inc., the angel investment organization of the Greater Adirondacks, receives the 2024 Lipinski Rural Initiatives Award from Farm Credit East in recognition of its innovative and transformational efforts to revitalize rural communities in the Northeast.

“Thank you to Farm Credit East for recognizing organizations like ours and providing the support needed for aspiring entrepreneurs to start or accelerate their businesses and create jobs that also help regional communities to thrive,” stated Adele Connors, Co-Founder and investor, Point Positive. “We are honored to receive this award.”

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Taking food & nutrition beyond the table 

Amy Kohanski presenting at the Food Justice Summit.

By Amy Kohanski, The Heart Network

National Nutrition Month (March) is now behind us, however, the team at The Heart Network has been thinking a lot about this year’s theme, “Beyond the Table,” and how that ties into work happening here in the North Country. The Heart Network looks at food and nutrition as a public health issue.

A key aim of our Creating Healthy Schools & Communities program, which is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health, is to increase the availability of healthy foods in school, worksite and community settings. We also strive to help individuals take control of their health through better management of chronic disease — a big part of that involves making healthy food choices.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

MAKE IT: Simple Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parm on a plate

This simple chicken parmesan recipe is very quick and easy to make. For a less garlicky flavor, you can omit the garlic powder or granules. Similarly, if you do not want additional seasoning in your breading, you can substitute unseasoned bread crumbs for the Italian seasoning bread crumbs. From start to finish, making this recipe should take you less than 45 minutes – just enough time to get your noodles, garlic bread, and salad ready for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

ANCA’s SOIL Fund boosts two small North Country farms

A couple embrace

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced two loans that were recently awarded through the regional nonprofit’s SOIL Loan Fund. Tangleroot Farm in Essex, N.Y. and Tucker’s Black Angus Ranch in Brushton, N.Y. received zero-interest loans to use toward projects that build long-term growth and stability for their operations.

ANCA has partnered with Foodshed Capital, a certified Community Development Financial Institution that centers mission-driven lending and customized business support for underserved farmers, to award a total of five loans for small farm projects since the SOIL Loan Fund launched in 2022. These two most recent awards include a $10,000 loan to partially fund the purchase of a tractor at Tangleroot Farm and an $8,000 loan to purchase three retail freezers for Tucker’s Black Angus Ranch.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

CCE Essex Awarded Grants to Expand Local Food and Agriculture Educational Programs

Ausable Forks Elementary School students on a field trip

Now hiring for two new local food youth educator positions

Lewis, NY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County (CCE Essex) was recently awarded over $550,000 in grant funds to grow educational programs for its Adirondack HarvestFarm to School and 4-H programs.

In the fall of 2023, CCE Essex was awarded a three-year grant through the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program for its Adirondack Harvest, Agriculture, and Farm to School programs. The funds will expand successful projects that enrich public understanding of local agriculture and food systems, build economic opportunities for small farms, increase local food access, attract new consumers to regional farmers’ markets, provide opportunities for youth to learn about local food and farming, and champion farms who utilize climate-resilient and wildlife-friendly practices.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Soil Health and Why It Matters

People learn about soil on a farm

By John Culpepper, co-founder of Compost for Good

There are exciting technologies now available to grow a substantial amount of food in aquaponic and aeroponic systems. There are even giant warehouses where tens of thousands of pounds of lettuce and other greens are grown and harvested under highly efficient LED lighting, using robots. However, as productive as these facilities can be, the vast majority of the world’s plants and animals grown for human consumption still rely on soil.

What is soil? I spent years in college, studying the properties of soil, earning degrees along the way from prestigious universities. My studies of soil science were enormously valuable. However, something critical was missing from my education.

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

Un-defending Our Selves

this is Maria, photo provided by Adam WilsonGreetings Neighbors and Strangers,

This story began right out of college, when I moved to a farm and fell head over heels in love with the reckless generosity of soil, sunlight and rainfall, especially as made manifest in the sequence of cows to grass to humans.  Can you picture the way the shape and shadow of another human face or body can take up residence in your imagination, exerting a gravitational pull on your path through the world?  Now translate that sense of attraction to the landscape.  I couldn’t keep my eyes off the curvature of a fertile meadow, glimpsed from the road, in silhouette against woods and sky.  I fell for field after field, allowing my mind to fantasize about the way a small herd of Jersey cows would graze across each hill and hollow.  Every farm I saw looked more perfect than the last. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 7, 2024

The Wild Center Celebrates New York Maple Weekends

maple weekends at The Wild Center

Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center is happy to announce its participation in New York Maple Weekends, a beloved regional tradition celebrating the art of maple sugaring. Taking place on Mar. 16-17 and 23-24, this annual event invites locals and visitors to immerse themselves in the practice of maple syrup production amidst the backdrop of the Adirondacks.

The highlight of the celebration will be the Pancake Brunch on Sat., Mar. 16 at 10 a.m., offering visitors a feast of fluffy pancakes curated by talented pancake artists and adorned with fresh, locally sourced maple syrup. Watch as artists pour, flip, and create intricate designs that turn simple pancake batter into edible masterpieces. The Great Hall takeover includes choose-your-own pancakes, maple trivia giveaways, and pancake art competitions. Artist-designed pancakes are included with admission (1 per person as time and supplies last). The Pancake Brunch will take place inside The Wild Center’s cafe and will be available to ticketed visitors for an additional charge of $13.25, with a lighter option available for $8.50. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 4, 2024

Saranac Lake Farm to School Program Continues to Grow

 Saranac Lake's Farm to School program - students planting
SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Central School District will continue to enhance and expand its Farm to School program through upgrades to its greenhouses and gardens.

This spring, the Farm to School program will work with teachers, students and community volunteers to complete maintenance on the greenhouse serving elementary and middle school classrooms. Also, the program will rebuild outdoor raised garden beds and fencing surrounding the school garden and finish maintenance of the high school greenhouse. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 2, 2024

Compost for Good is Reimagining North Country Waste

A rotating drum composter being installed at Ben Wever Farm, Willsboro

Each year, Americans discard 120 billion pounds of food scraps. That’s 325 pounds per person, or about 40% of the total waste stream. Packed into landfills, these food scraps generate greenhouse gasses as they slowly decompose. The same food scraps, when processed through a composting facility, regenerate as materials that improve soil health, reduce erosion, reduce the amount of pesticides and chemical fertilizers required and improve water quality. This is the power of composting. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Whallonsburg Grange hosts Essex Chili Cook-Off March 3

Essex chili cookoff

Essex Initiatives (EI) and The Whallonsburg Grange Hall, two non-profit organizations in Essex, NY, will host a Chili Cook-Off at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Sunday, March 3, between 1 and 4 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature live music from Ploughman’s Lunch, a chili dinner, and an opportunity to taste chilis competing for the Crowd Favorite Chili category. Tickets for the Essex Chili Cook-Off are $10 (children under 10 are free) and may be purchased in advance online or at the door and all proceeds will go toward entertainment on Essex Day. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 19, 2024

Regional Food Justice Summit Gives Everyone a Seat at the Table

Food Justice Summit poster
The 6th annual Food Justice Summit for the Adirondacks will take place on Thursday, Feb. 29 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. Individuals from all twelve counties of the Adirondack Park will gather at this event to discuss pressing topics related to equitable food systems. Its purpose is to empower those in attendance to become advocates for food justice and to create lasting, positive change in their communities.  » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Winter Wonderland Week

 

ice skating in Long Lake

There is plenty to do in Long Lake and Raquette Lake from February 16  – 25  . Winter Wonderland Week offers a slate of events for all ages.

The Long Lake Geiger Ice Skating Rink and Mt. Sabattis Sledding Hill will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, no matter the conditions. Special programming on Sunday, February 25  includes a visit from the Long Lake Fire Department as part of the Adirondack Local Culture Program Community Day at the Geiger Arena and is open to everyone.


Restaurant Week starts February 16  – 25 . Visit the ADK Trading Post, Adirondack Hotel, Brookside Hops and Hoagies, Long Lake Diner, Long View Lodge and the Paradise Cove Cafe. There are free dining cards at all locations, get your card stamped and submit for a prize at the end of the week. » Continue Reading.



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