Soon, large-scale producers of food waste in NYS will be required to either compost or donate their food waste to food pantries. Like many other states, my guess is that it’s just a matter of time before all landfilling of food wastes will be banned in New York State. Vermont banned residential food waste from landfills this year.
Is it possible to compost everything that comes out of commercial and residential kitchens? Absolutely. Some of you in the Adirondacks have been doing this successfully for decades. However, incorporating meat and dairy into compost systems can be tricky. Until recently.
Saranac Lake Community Solar has partnered up with AdkAction to complete a local community solar project which will create 10 acres of pollinator habitat.
These 10 acres will provide a local source of clean energy for the village of Saranac Lake, as well as its surrounding communities. The solar farm will provide homeowners, renters, and businesses solar energy without the cost of equipment, installation and maintenance, and thanks to the support of AdkAction’s pollinator project, this will be the first pollinator-friendly solar farm in the Adirondacks.
If global food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, according to the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Currently, community-level composting options are limited in the Adirondack region, but a new project is aimed at changing that.
AdkAction is delighted to announce its newest project: “Adirondack Compost for Good.” This new project builds on the work that has been done by three local residents with a passion for turning waste into “black gold.” The project will promote food waste composting within the Adirondacks, and help communities meet the upcoming 2022 NYS ban on landfilling food wastes of a certain volume throughout New York State. The goal of the project is to help Adirondack communities turn food and other organic “wastes” into a soil amendment, which is the material added to soil to improve its physical or chemical properties. This composting process builds local resilience, heals soils, and helps reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project will be offering its annual “Pollinator Plant” sale again to help the hummingbirds, butterflies and bee population.
They have teamed up with Cook & Gardener Nursery and chose plants that can thrive in the Adirondacks. The plants offered have been sourced or grown from seeds to ensure no contact with neonicotinoids (a class of insecticides harmful to pollinators) and will help efforts to rebuild the monarch butterfly population, attract hummingbirds, and reinforce the native bee and moth population.
Plant orders are available online until June 15, or while supplies last.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the second annual “Beyond the Peaks” Student Film Festival will take place virutally this year,
Film submissions are being accepted via a digital platform with a deadline of June 8. The festival is sponsored by Lake Placid Institute and organized by AdkAction and the Tupper Lake Central School District.
The Film Festival’s purpose is to offer a creative outlet to currently homebound Adirondack middle and high school students, and to encourage them to document their experiences during these times on film.
Orgs launch program to deliver farm-fresh food packages
AdkAction has partnered up with the Hub on the Hill in Essex in order to launch an Emergency Food Packages Project (EFP) to assist local families who may be struggling due to the coronavirus. Every EFP contains a week’s worth of fresh, pre-prepared meals delivered directly to families. The organizations’ goal is to provide 100 boxes of food each week over the next 10 weeks. A total of 1,000 packages, supplying 15,000 meals – all for free.
Each EFP contains eggs, bread, apples, healthy snacks, yogurt, greens, granola, soup, and two large trays of frozen entrees. The food distributed is purchased from local farms, and prepared and delivered by local labor provided by Hub on the Hill. Families and individuals in need are being screened by partner agencies and local organizations with a history of supporting those who need food.
EFP’s have a $55 production fee but are provided free to families in need. A $7,000 grant provided by the Adirondack Foundation’s Special and Urgent Needs Fund launched the project. AdkAction has also created a online fundraising page to help reach the overall goal. Over $30,000 was raised in the first 24 hours, enough to support the first 545 EFP’s, with a total of $55,000 needed to support the creation and delivery of 1,000 EFPs.
The 2019 Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival has been set for October 8-13th. Artists will have the opportunity to capture inspiring vistas and landmarks that have help define this iconic Adirondack town.
Some of the many scenic opportunities awaiting artistic interpretation include the winding Raquette River, with the Ox-Bow and its many marshes, Bog River Falls at the headwaters of beautiful Tupper Lake, the mountains, lakes, and ponds surrounding the town, and local landmarks like the Beth Israel Synagogue, the Wild Center, and the Oval Wood Dish factory. » Continue Reading.
AdkAction’s inaugural Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival took place at The Wild Center on May 10th. The film festival was created in partnership with Tupper Lake Central School District’s film class and the event shattered expectations for a first-year festival.
In total, 50 student films from 7 school districts in the Adirondacks were submitted to the festival. Prizes and trophies were awarded for 9 film categories: Animation, Public Service Announcement, Drama, Documentary, Open, Made in the Adirondacks, Comedy, Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Audience Choice Award. All the winning films are available for viewing online. » Continue Reading.
AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project is set to hold a Pollinator Symposium on June 5 at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main Street in North Creek.
The Symposium will be aimed at equipping farmers, groundskeepers, public park managers, gardeners, and local government agencies with the knowledge to help preserve and build crucial pollinator populations in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.
If your community was recently treated to a bit of Adirondack snow, planning your summer garden is just the thing to get the focus back on spring. It’s interesting to hear the “ole timers” refer to late seasonal snow as “poor man’s fertilizer.”
Even if that spring snow helps add nutrients to my garden soil, I want all my seasons to have an end. So while I wait, I plan my garden. » Continue Reading.
AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project is set to hold a Pollinator Symposium June 5 at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, on Wednesday, June 5th, from 10 am to 4 pm.
The Pollinator Symposium will be aimed at equipping farmers, groundskeepers, public park managers, gardeners, and local government agencies with the knowledge to help preserve and build pollinator populations in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.
AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project has announced its second Pollinator Plant Sale. With the assistance of Cook & Gardener Nursery, these native pollinator plants and cultivars have been selected to thrive in the Adirondacks.
The plants have been sourced or grown from seed to ensure that they are free of neonicotinoids, a class of systemic insecticide that research shows is a major factor in Colony Collapse Disorder and loss of pollinator biodiversity. » Continue Reading.
AdkAction and Tupper Lake Central School District have announced that 50 eligible student films have been submitted to the first ever Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival, representing seven school districts in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.
AdkAction is set to offer Sustainable Winter Road Maintenance Training Workshops for Departments of Public Works and Highway Departments in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties during the week of April 8-12, 2019 as part of their ongoing Road Salt Reduction Project.
Registration is required and open to town, county, and state road maintenance crews and there is no fee to register. Lunch and coffee will also be provided free of charge. » Continue Reading.
Students are invited to submit films before the April 10th deadline of the Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival.
This event is designed to offer a red carpet showcase of student creativity and talent. All middle school and high school-aged students in the Adirondack region are eligible to enter films and win prizes. Community members are welcome to register to attend the festival as well, free of charge.
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