Finger Lakes Dermatology

Brad A. Yentzer, MD is a highly trained dermatologist serving Ithaca, Cortland, Dryden, and the surrounding area. In addition to providing fantastic patient-centered care, Dr. Yentzer is also a strong advocate for protecting the environment. In an effort to reduce his carbon footprint, the new Finger Lakes Dermatology building has been designed to achieve a net zero energy consumption. This is accomplished through a combination of high efficiency HVAC, superior insulation, and a SunPower solar array. To encourage his patients to drive electric cars, Dr. Yentzer has also installed a level 2 EV charger in his parking lot. Visit his website to learn more about his practice.

A Win for NY Voters!

The New York State League has successfully settled a lawsuit to allow voters to address and correct issues with their absentee ballots. New York voters will also now be protected from having their ballots thrown out for small technical issues. For the upcoming election, voters will be given five to seven days (depending on the date of receipt of the ballot) to verify their identity and fix any problems with their ballot after being notified by the Board of Elections. Visit the League of Women’s Voters of New York State’s website to read more about the details of this great news! Please consider making a donation to the League so that they can educate voters on these new changes.

Yates County Residents Oppose Bitcoin Mining

A group of Yates County residents has asked state environmental regulators to modify, suspend or revoke Greenidge Generation’s operating permits to reflect the power plant’s rapidly developing role as an off-the-grid data center that “mines” Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency”. Bitcoin mining is an energy-intensive activity, and one with major environmental impacts involved.
To learn more, read this article by Peter Mantius.

Bravely Return to the Earth

In Trumansburg, lies a program for preschool families and homeschooling families who wish to embody community, awareness, health and education in their daily lives. Their intention is to create intelligent peacekeepers in the next generation, by teaching academic subjects through an interdisciplinary curriculum adapted by teachers who live on the land, using nature to have an applicable learning experience. Skill-building includes farm-to-table nutrition, animal caretaking, primitive technology, yoga and meditation. Visit their website to learn more about their programs.

Lagom Landing

Carpentry, gardening, cooking, forestry, trades; Lagom Landing is a nonprofit residential program that gives 18-25 year olds the opportunity to discover their passions and gifts and build useful skills. Students spend time in nature while also living and working closely with mentors who inspire and motivate Carpentry, gardening, cooking, forestry, trades; This nonprofit residential program gives 18-25 year olds the opportunity to discover their passions and gifts and build useful skills. Students spend time in nature while also living and working closely with mentors who inspire and motivate them to discover who they are, not just what they will do. They’re also committed to fighting gender-based ideas about career roles 👩‍🔧👩‍🏭 Take a Lagom Gap Year! ✨

Heron Hill Winery

Overlooking beautiful Keuka Lake is Heron Hill Winery (with additional tasting rooms in Himrod and Cananadaigua). Not only do they offer delicious wines, but these sustainable folks also grow their grapes without chemical fertilizers 🙅‍♀️, herbicides 🙅, or pesticides 🙅‍♂️. AND, they use cultivation practices that protect soil 🌱, support biodiversity 🐛, and reduce the need for irrigation 💧 Visit their Facebook page to book a tasting!

Cumming Nature Center

Cumming Nature Center is a 900-acre environmental education center just west of Canandaigua Lake… And they have indeed REOPENED! 🤩 What they have to offer: guided hikes 🚶‍♀️👨‍🦯, an eco-book club 🌱📖, forest school for kids up to age 15 🐛, an annual Maple Sugaring event 🍁, yoga in the pines 🌲🌲🧘‍♀️🌲🌲,…….. and much more! Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to learn about how they’re helping you stay safe during your visit 👍

The Windmill Farm & Craft Market

This hoppin’ farm and craft market, nestled between Seneca and Keuka Lake has been around since the 80’s and has grown to be 200 (TWO-HUNDRED 🤯) shops. What you can do there: enjoy a hearty breakfast 🥞, buy fresh, local produce 🍒, check out the shops 👜, see a free show 🎭, and relax at lunch in the mini-pine tree forest! 🌲👨‍👨‍👧‍👧🥪🌲 Check out their Facebook page to see cute pictures of all the great things they have to offer!

Found in Ithaca: Antiques, Vintage, & Unusual Objects

Finding new homes for pre-loved goods 💗 Reopened! Go on in! Just 2 blocks from the Ithaca Wegmans, you’ll find….furniture from 19th c. formal to Mid-Century 🛏,, country primitive, cottage style and industrial pieces 🕰, Glass, china, pottery 🥣, estate/vintage jewelry 💍, ~ vintage clothing 🩱, art 🖼, ~ collectibles, books 📚, and more!🤩 Plus, they can deliver locally! 🚛

Boxy Bikes

Boxy Bikes is an e-bike and bike repair shop in Ithaca, NY. They have electric bikes to rent and buy and can also customize your regular bicycle to have electric assistance, allowing you to climb hills 🧗‍♀️, carry more 🎒, and go fast 🚵‍♀️ Open every day by appointment! 📅

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards in Lafayette, NY (between Cortland and Syracuse) has been growing apples for over 100 years. Like 1911 Cider? 🍻 It’s made from their apples!!!! 🤩 They’ve also got apple picking starting on August 27th 🥳; a great social-distancing-friendly activity made safer by COVID guidelines put in place to protect you. Visit their Facebook page to learn more. 😊