Posts Tagged ‘AdkAction’

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

Woman planting in the dirt

 

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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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.


Thursday, February 1, 2024

Fair Food Program awarded $225,000

people from adkaction getting a large check

AdkAction was recently awarded $200,000 from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and  $25,000 from the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Health Equity Innovation Award for its Fair Food Program.

These funds will help provide access to local foods by distributing monthly stipends through vendor-restricted smart cards. Smart cards give participants the ability to purchase foods they enjoy and want to cook, from fresh produce to pasture-raised meat, local eggs, dairy, and grains. By focusing on improving access to locally sourced food, the program not only addresses food insecurity and health disparities but also fosters economic empowerment, community development, and environmental sustainability.

The $225,000 for the Fair Food Program joins a November 2023 award of $238,000 from New York Department of Agriculture and Markets  to provide free farm shares through a Community Supported Agriculture model with local Adirondack farms.

Photo at top: The Excellus BlueCross BlueShield team presented AdkAction with a check at North Country Creamery’s farm store in Keeseville, one of the locations at which Fair Food cards can be used. Photo provided.


Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Keeseville Community Arts Festival July 21- 22

Free Youth Arts Activities: Tie Dye Workshop at Anderson Falls Park

The third annual Keeseville Community Arts Festival will take place July 21-22, with several local organizations and businesses holding visual and performing arts events across the hamlet. The festival brings local residents and visitors together in celebrating the arts and artistic assets of the community.

At the core of the festival is AdkAction’s annual Plein Air Show and Sale. Forty talented artists from near and far will paint Keeseville’s historic architecture, mountains, bridges, waterfalls and farms in the week leading up to the Festival, producing over 120 paintings. Community members will enjoy seeing the beauty of sights in their own backyards by visiting the Plein Air Art Show and Sale which is being held for the first time at Keeseville’s historic Stone Mill on the Ausable River. A wine and cheese reception on Friday night and a brunch on Saturday morning will give festival goers a chance to meet the artists in person and purchase their artwork. A new ‘Uplifting Community’ challenge will help keep plein air paintings at the festival accessible to all by asking artists to submit one painting priced below $250. In addition to prizes in the juried art show, AdkAction will also award three Emerging Artists Fellowships in an effort to support the next generation of fine arts.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Towns report success with road salt reduction strategies

Man in orange pointing at orange tank

Where’s the report from the Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force? Well, a Department of Transportation spokesperson last week said the agency expected “to complete and release it soon”—that’s the same response I got two months ago.

Meanwhile, a growing number of towns and counties across the park are already working to implement many of the best practices likely to be recommended in the report. Highway managers that once snuck out at night to add more salt to icy spots on their roads are now leading evangelists in the fight against salt pollution.

I went to Keeseville last week to listen in on a discussion of road managers from 10 local departments hosted by AdkAction. They geeked out about plow blades, brine mixing and more as the small nonprofit seeks to develop a networked approach to spreading salt reduction. 

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Adirondack Libraries Selected for AdkAction’s pollinator program

hummingbird and a red flower

Plus 6th annual Native Plant Sale now open

In late 2022, AdkAction invited libraries across the Adirondacks to apply to AdkAction Library Buzz Program–a program that offers free Pollinator Resource Kits to local libraries

to help them empower both area residents and visitors to become informed pollinator advocates and take action to protect these vital species. In response to strong applications and enthusiasm for the project, AdkAction is thrilled to offer these free resource kits to all libraries that applied for the program–20 Adirondack libraries in total.

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Saturday, February 25, 2023

Town of Newcomb gifted new, high flow drum composter

CfG’s John Culpepper and a representative from Agriculture product manufacturer Mud Lake Stalls.

AdkAction and the Compost for Good (CfG) team are thrilled to announce that they have selected the Town of Newcomb as the recipient of a high flow drum composter as part of a USDA Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG). Newcomb was selected upon recommendation from a local advisory committee through a competitive application process based on the Town’s long standing interest in community scale composting, its strong collaborative team, and the educational opportunities it will provide.

The RBDG grant was awarded to CfG and AdkAction in 2021 to promote community scale compost business development in the North Country, including manufacturing, food scrap hauling, compost sales, retail, and more. The 20’x4’ drum composter was designed by CfG’s cofounder, John Culpepper, and is capable of transforming several hundred pounds of food scraps per week into rich soil. There are four community scale drum composters currently in the North Country, and Newcomb, receiving the 5th unit, is the first community-led, community scale initiative.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

AdkAction presents a Ski & Yoga Benefit on Feb. 18

AdkAction's Ski and Yoga Benefit Image

All are welcome to gather for an afternoon of skiing and yoga to benefit AdkAction’s Tom Boothe Adirondack Internship program. Organizers and participants will be gathering at Scott’s Cobble Nordic Center on Saturday, February 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. for some beginner-level yoga, a relaxing ski on the trails, refreshments and snacks around the fire. Guests are encouraged to donate what they are able to help AdkAction to raise $6,000 for their Tom Boothe Adirondack Internship program. Interested parties are asked to RSVP online using this link. 

 

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Monday, January 16, 2023

AdkAction: Adirondack area plow drivers take part in road salt reduction workshop

Plow drivers in Adirondack area towns took part in a road salt reduction workshop in Peru.

Plow drivers from Peru, Ausable, Plattsburgh and Hague gathered recently in Peru for a workshop to reduce road salt. Thank you to these communities and individuals for going the extra mile to keep winter roads safe and water clean.

Experts from Hague, [including] Rob, Matt, and Tim, demonstrated drop calibration tests with salt trackers on a plow truck to help other shops in our Clean Water, Safe Roads Network learn what the trackers can do for their winter road maintenance operation. By calibrating with a salt tracker, operators have an exact measurement how much salt their trucks are spreading across a lane mile, allowing them to apply salt with more precision.

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

New York’s The Hub on the Hill to Become First Food Hub in the Nation to Accept SNAP EBT Payments Online

The Hub on the Hill in Essex, NY.

Essex-based Hub On the Hill (the Hub) is now the first food hub in the nation to accept EBT SNAP payments through their online grocery store, thanks to a collaboration including local and national organizations and businesses.

 

Food hubs connect local farms and producers with community members, to make sure everyone has access to the highest quality local food. The cost is often subsidized by local non-profit organizations. The Hub joins a list of just 30 SNAP Online vendors in New York State, a group almost exclusively composed of large businesses, such as Walmart and Amazon.

 

“The Hub is very focused on increasing food access and building a regional food system in Northern New York, and already has an active e-commerce presence. We wanted to extend that to our customers receiving SNAP EBT benefits,” said Jori Wekin, Co-Founder of the Hub on the Hill. “Navigating the USDA approval process to accept EBT online would have been difficult without the help of Forage, which guided us through preparation and testing. The Hub’s ability to accept SNAP EBT online will make an enormous difference for the thousands of customers we serve, many of whom rely on government programs to purchase food.”

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

AdkAction and ANCA Announce Three Grants for Compost for Good

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — Turning food waste into compost will be easier for North Country communities, thanks to expanded funding for a regional community-scale composting program. AdkAction and the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) announced that the Compost for Good (CfG) initiative has been awarded $170,000 in grants to provide technical assistance for organizations, municipalities and other institutions interested in designing and implementing composting programs in their communities.

The three grant awards — $120,000 from the USDA Rural Business Development Program, $30,000 from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program and $20,000 from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) — will help AdkAction and ANCA bring the composting initiative to more North Country communities.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Give new (after)life to those Halloween pumpkins

pumpkins composting

Compost for Good Announces 2022 Pumpkin Composting Events

After the Halloween festivities have died down, instead of putting your pumpkins in your garbage can, Compost for Good recommends giving them a new life by dropping them off at a local composting facility.

When mixed with wood chips, sawdust, straw or other high carbon materials, pumpkins can be turned into beautiful, life-sustaining compost. Before donating your pumpkins, please remove candles or other non-organic material that cannot be composted. Chopping or smashing them into small pieces would also help the microbes out, but is not necessary.  

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Cross Pollinating Success at the Lake Flower Boat Launch

The Lake Flower boat launch waterfront is abloom with pollinator-friendly plants. A successful public-private partnership between New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and AdkAction transformed the waterfront from a suburban lawn into a necklace of various native shrubs, trees, and many pollinator plants.

Historically, the boat launch site featured a manicured grass lawn stretching from the parking lot down to the water’s edge. This lawn allowed constant erosion which washed sediment into the lake. Nitrogen-rich grass clippings also blew into the lake along with other sources of pollution from adjacent lawns and parking areas.

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival open to high schoolers in NY, VT and QC, runs through 2022-23 school year

 

 

Mountain Lake PBS is proud to present the fourth Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival — a festival celebrating creativity and amplifying youth voices across our region through film and digital storytelling. The film festival is open to high school students in NY, VT, and QC, and will run through the 2022-2023 school year. Applicants will have the opportunity to win three prizes, first place is $1,000, second place is $500 and third place is $250. Submissions will be due April 30, 2023, and a Red Carpet Showcase event will take place in May 2023.

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