Posts Tagged ‘Adirondack North Country Association’

Monday, June 10, 2024

Flipping the script on wetlands

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Our latest episode of Climate Voices spotlights Keeley Jock, the climate justice fellow for the Adirondack North Country Association. A wetland project she led that prioritizes traditional Indigenous values of  natural systems. She gave a talk about her work at the annual Adirondack Research Consortium in mid-May.

I interviewed her after to learn more. Click here to watch a short video feature.

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Adirondack-area establishments announce new hires, appointments

Adirondack-area nonprofit organizations and other establishments, including AdkAction/Adirondack Food System Network,  Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), and the Long Lake Central School District have recently announced new staff and board appointments. See below roundup for details about these developments. 

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Monday, May 6, 2024

The Cook Farm offers community events for International Compost Awareness Week

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Owls Head, NY – The Cook Farm, a 26.5-acre regenerative farm nestled beneath Owls Head Mountain, is thrilled to announce a series of free community events to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, in collaboration with local organizations Compost For Good, ADKAction, Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), Clarkson University, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, and the Malone Wead Library.

International Compost Awareness Week aims to educate the public about the benefits of composting and recycling organics, including food scraps and yard waste. The 2024 theme emphasizes compost’s pivotal role in climate strategies by decreasing methane emissions, mitigating climate change, reducing fertilizer inputs, and increasing resilience to environmental challenges.

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

ANCA Convenes Stakeholders and Community Leaders for 2024 Clean Energy Conference

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Two-day learning and networking event set for May 20-21 in Clayton, New York

Clayton, NY — As people around the world commemorate Earth Week, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) invites North Country community members, stakeholders, educators and advocates to convene around current clean energy issues at the regional nonprofit’s annual Clean Energy Conference. The two-day event will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities designed to advance clean energy initiatives that benefit New York communities, businesses and residents.
The conference will gather industry experts, service providers, contractors and community members at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY on May 20 and 21, 2024. Registration is open at

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Made Here, Sold Here: How a Local Trade Show Helps Entrepreneurial Seeds Grow

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by Lauren Richard & Dani Delaini

In October 2023, over three and a half years after the COVID pandemic’s onset, Americans were still filing 59-percent more applications to start new businesses than they were before the pandemic (source: Harvard Business Review). 

This might be a national statistic, but the seeds of this small business and entrepreneurial “boon” here in the North Country are starting to sprout. The Center for Businesses in Transition, a partnership of North Country business support professionals, has seen more inquiries from aspiring entrepreneurs this year than we have seen since ANCA launched the program five years ago. Our economic and small business development partners are anecdotally reporting an increase in inquiries and clients — indeed, more than they have the capacity to handle!

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

ANCA’s SOIL Fund boosts two small North Country farms

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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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Monday, March 25, 2024

Soil Health and Why It Matters

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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, February 25, 2024

Clean Energy Funding Webinar set for Feb. 29

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Regional organizations aim to increase communities’ access to $25 million in State funds

Saranac Lake, NY-  Municipal leaders, staff and community members are invited to a free webinar designed to help communities benefit from $25 million in new funding now available through the New York Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program. The CEC Program recognizes local clean energy leadership, provides match-free grants, helps reduce municipal energy use, lowers costs, and offers additional support for projects located in disadvantaged communities.

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Quoting King: The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right

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By Melanie Reding, Adirondack Diversity Initiative Associate Director

On Monday, January 15, people across the United States celebrated Martin Luther King (MLK) Day. Our social media channels were full of feel-good MLK Jr. quotes about love and light and doing the right things. Few posts and shares contained words from his Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

In that letter, the lines written are uncomfortable for most. It takes us — specifically the White us and religious us — to task. He calls us out on our silence, slow progress, and our inability to acknowledge the genocide, slavery and White Supremacy our nation’s institutions and systems were built on. That’s not what we want to experience and feel on a “holiday.” It’s not what we want to feel in the face of a world that seems more chaotic than calm.

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Monday, February 5, 2024

ANCA to host virtual events aimed at businesses in transition, Feb. 6, March 1

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Saranac Lake, NY —  In 2018, Saint Regis Canoe Outfitters owners Dave and Rivka Cilley reached out to the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (SLACC) about a new program designed to help North Country small businesses transition to the next generation of owners. Over the course of five years, ANCA’s Center of Businesses in Transition (CBIT), would help connect the Cilleys with the right buyer, as well as a team of local providers and technical services to support them through the transition process.

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Saturday, December 30, 2023

$25 million available through NYSERDA program

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Saranac Lake, NY — In the eight years the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has coordinated the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities (CEC) program for the North Country, the regional nonprofit has helped over 100 municipalities access resources and grants for projects that reduce energy use and costs. Last week, New York State launched the CEC program’s latest round, which makes available over $25 million in match-free grant funding for clean energy projects statewide. ANCA aims to help more North Country communities benefit from the updated “Clean Energy Communities 3.0.”

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

ANCA Center for Pandemic Response Supports Over 300 Businesses & Nonprofits

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As two-year business resilience program wraps up, ANCA looks forward

Saranac Lake, NY — When the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) launched its Center for Pandemic Response (ANCA CPR) in 2021, small businesses across the region faced unprecedented challenges recovering from the economic crisis delivered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the following two years, the innovative business resilience program would tap into ANCA’s regional networks and knowledge of the North Country business community to serve the urgent and long-term needs of over 300 local entrepreneurs and nonprofits.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Food Justice Summit proposals due by Jan. 15

2024 Food Justice Summit Announcement

The Adirondack Food System Network is pleased to announce the 6th annual Food Justice Summit. “Stronger Together” is the theme of the full-day conference, and with fifteen organizations now a part of the network, regional collaboration around this topic has never been stronger.

The Adirondack Food System Network is a coalition of multiple organizations working together as equal partners to better understand system-wide issues, identify gaps and develop realistic solutions to help strengthen and promote a more resilient food system. It includes representatives from production, consumption, distribution, processing, and food waste management for a comprehensive approach to problems facing our region.

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

Lake Placid Housing Co-op to Host Informational Meeting, Jan. 7

Lake Placid, NY — A housing cooperative, or “co-op,” is forming in North Elba, N.Y. on 100 acres of undeveloped land. The co-op seeks interested individuals to join the conversation about establishing a community at a free information session on Sunday, January 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Lake Placid Beach House, 31 Parkside Drive.

The co-op’s mission is to build and maintain a sustainable community on Averyville Road in Lake Placid, North Elba, N.Y. Its purpose is to provide safe, decent and attainable housing for residents of an estimated 20-40 households.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Lake Placid housing co-op aims to play role in housing solutions

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Dear Editor:

A housing cooperative (“co-op”) is forming in North Elba, NY on 100 acres of undeveloped land. The co-op seeks interested individuals to join the conversation about establishing a community. A free information session is being held Sunday, January 7 from 330-5 at the Lake Placid Beach House, 31 Parkside Drive. The co-op’s mission is to build and maintain a sustainable community on Averyville Road in Lake Placid, North Elba, New York. The purpose is to provide safe, decent and affordable housing for residents of an estimated 20-40 households.

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