NY Potential in Perennial Nut Crops

New York State has a long history of nut growing and harvesting, dating back at least 6,000 years. Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in this nutritious, perennial crop as part of our agricultural systems. Samantha Bosco, a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University’s School of Integrated Plant Science, recently gave an inspiring and informative talk on the history and potential of nuts. The talk was titled “Nut Production in New York: Past, Present, Future” and is available on the Cornell Small Farms YouTube Channel, along with other talks from the current series. Bosco covered the history of nut tree cultivation in the area and how their local production can help meet climate resilience and social justice goals.

PFAS 101 Virtual Teach-in

Join Environmental Advocates NY next Thursday, September 30th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm for a PFAS 101 Virtual Teach-in. During this session, you’ll learn all about PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), the push to expand drinking water testing for these cancer-cauing chemicals, and how you can take meaningful action on the issue. 

1000 Conversations – Tompkins County panel on climate

From 12:00PM to 12:45PM on Wednesday, September 22nd, Luis Aguirre-Torres (Director of Sustainability for the City of Ithaca) and Terry Carroll (Chief Sustainability Officer for Tompkins County) will be the first speakers for the 1000 Conversations Wednesday Panel series. Luis and Terry will talk about what sustainability and climate justice mean for our community. Luis and Terry will talk about what sustainability and climate justice mean for Ithaca & Tompkins County. They will discuss strategy, engagement, collaboration and the undeniable sense of urgency. 

Schuyler County Farm Trail Weekend this Saturday and Sunday

Have some family fun down on the farm during the 2nd Annual Schuyler County Farm Trail Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th (10:00am-4:00pm unless noted). Ten of the finest farms in the Watkins Glen area and throughout Schuyler County will be open to the public, offering tours, tastings, hay-rides, demonstrations, apple picking, farm-market shopping. Meet the farm animals, too!

Enjoy a community meal and learn about Tompkins County’s Food System Action Plan!

The Tompkins Food Future team invites the public to attend a free community event where results of the Tompkins County Food System Baseline Assessment will be shared. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 29th at 5:00pm at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market, 545 Third Street, in Ithaca. Organizers will review the results of the baseline assessment so far. This will include challenges, strengths and opportunities in the Tompkins County food system which have been identified via interviews, surveys, focus groups and data collection throughout 2020 and 2021. Tompkins County residents, community members, municipal leaders, and food system stakeholders are invited to eat, connect, offer feedback, and provide input on the development of a Food System Plan for Tompkins County. A light meal will be provided by Head Over Heal and guest chefs. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend!

Help pass climate infrastructure legislation!

The Build Back Better Act is the strongest climate bill in our nation’s history. It would help enable clean energy, millions of new jobs, resilient infrastructure, and reduced energy costs for families like yours. Starting now – Join Congressional leaders calling on Congress to go BIG & BOLD on climate by passing the Build Back Better Act! Watch the livestream here (video will be available following the event if you missed it). It’s our job to help push this legislation too! Climate Power has made it easy. Just text ACT to 434-266-8464 and they will help you connect to your representative to demand support for the Build Back Better Act NOW.

Electric Vehicles at the Ellis Hollow Fair this Saturday!

This Saturday, September 11th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, there will be affordable electric vehicles on display at the Ellis Hollow Fair! Swing by and enjoy their sleek design, and see the differences between Hybrids, Plug-In Hybrids, and All Battery Electric cars. Speak with an EV commuter, and learn what the world of electric vehicles has to offer – so close at hand! The average American drives less than 40 miles/day, and used EV’s go beyond that before needing a charge. Even without solar panels, EV drivers save an average of 60% on fuel costs and 50% on maintenance costs, compared with gas cars – these savings really add up! NYS is installing hundreds of rapid chargers along the interstate highways, near supermarkets and convenience stores. Come take a look and see if an EV is the right fit for you, or just learn more! More info on the fair can be found here.

Neighborhood Mini Grants funds observation board celebrating Six Mile Creek

Flowing through forested gorges and farmland, winding through the City of Ithaca to Cayuga Lake, Six Mile Creek is the city’s water supply and a part of home for people in diverse communities. Titus Triangle Park in Ithaca’s Southside now hosts an observation board celebrating the creek and those who live along it, created as a collaborative project led by Southside resident Adrianna Hirtler and supported by a Neighborhood Mini-Grant from Sustainable Tompkins.

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network hiring Executive Director!

Are you passionate about water resources and climate change? Looking for a career advocating for clean water and protecting our watershed? Do you have experience in sustainability, water policy or environmental science? The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network (CLWN) has begun the search for its new Executive Director to lead, administer and build upon its mission during this time of climate crisis. The CLWN is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with offices at Wells College in Aurora, NY.

Your help is needed to rebuild our food system!

Recently, 100 different farm, food, and environmental groups from around the country signed onto a reconciliation letter for food and agriculture. We want a reconciliation package to rebuild the food system in a just way that empowers communities of color, and benefits public health for everyone! Please help us share this letter and message so we can push for the boldest, most equitable and most effective investment in American agriculture + climate mitigation in history.

Community Food System Gathering: September 29, in Ithaca

FREE! Tompkins County Residents, municipal officials, and food system stakeholders are invited for a discussion of the local food system and a light meal. The Tompkins Food Future team will share the results of a baseline assessment of the Tompkins County Food System with you and would like to hear your insights, innovations, and hopes for the future. Your thoughts and contributions will be incorporated into a shared Food System Plan over the coming year. Dishes and refreshments will be provided by various guest chefs if it feels safe to do so.