Cornell Small Farms Program

Cornell Small Farms Program is an offshoot of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). They have information GALORE for aspiring and current small farmers, gardeners, beekeepers, livestock producers, and more. Check out their upcoming workshop series on everything under the sun, with tiered pricing based on income level. Their newsletter is also packed with news, funding opportunities, events, and more! Subscribe to keep up with them and take advantage of these resources.

Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse

Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse (and also Auburn, Binghamton and Ithaca) offers emergency shelter, meals, supportive permanent housing, employment resources, and spiritual care to those struggling with homelessness and hunger. Listen to their podcast, Drinks From the Well, which opens dialogue and understanding between those who have been homeless and those who wish to know their stories. **VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED** for this awesome organization to deliver meals on Christmas morning – a great way to give back as a family!

Alliance for a Green Economy is Hiring!

Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE) — headquartered in Syracuse, NY within the unceded territory of the Onondaga Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy — works to bring about a just transition to 100% renewable electricity, heating, and transportation. And they’re looking for two new team members: a Deputy Policy Director and an Events and Communications Manager!

500 Clean Energy Systems Up for Grabs!

Are you or someone you know in need of a new heating system, and on a modest income? NYSERDA is spending 5 million dollars giving away 500 heat pump systems! Participating contractors are available to install either geothermal or air source heat pump systems in income-qualified homes as part of a short-term study at little to no cost to the homeowner (renters qualify too!). Those making under 60% median income can get air-source heat pumps installed for free. If your home needs insulation, they will also do that first. This money will go very quickly! Get enrolled today!

Updates on Status of Police Reform in Tompkins County

The “Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative” recently took questions from the public about Police Reform at a County & City Hall meeting via Zoom. County Sheriff Derek Osborne, Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor, Mayor Svante Myrick, and County Administrator Jason Molino joined Dominique Johnson from the Center for Policing Equity for a candid discussion. One key takeaway was that county officials believe that working groups with carefully selected staff could facilitate suggestions for reform from the public, rather than placing the responsibility on the public to figure out the intricacies. Mayor Myrick shared that he plans to first build up alternatives and community organizations, then cut police funding by a 20% – 40% margin once that infrastructure is in place. Missed it? Watch the video on Youtube, or read the full article by the Ithaca Times.

The Bramble Collective

The Bramble Collective is a group of three Ithaca, NY-based herbalists who dreamt of bringing accessible, sustainable medicine to their community. They are a retail store with bulk herbs & spices, medicine-making supplies and locally hand-crafted products. Bramble is also a community space offering herbal health consultations, a lending library, classes and events. They recently created “Tea Club”, which is a monthly seasonal tea mix subscription to improve your wellness. And today is the LAST DAY to sign up! Even as they struggle, these rockstars are offering ***1 free Tea Club membership to our local BIPOC community for every 5 Tea Club memberships purchased*** Let’s help Ithaca’s little herb shop make it through this pandemic, and help others stay healthy during this time!

Cheap to Free Heatpumps Available!

New York State is practically giving away 500 heat pump systems! Participating contractors are available to install either geothermal or air source heat pump systems in income-qualified homes as part of a short-term study at little to no cost to the homeowner. If you know of someone who might be interested in this opportunity, please share.

New York State’s $226 billion pension fund moves to divest from riskiest oil and gas companies

Big news today! New York State just became the largest pension fund in the world to take comprehensive climate action, including fossil fuel divestment. The $226 billion state pension fund will review and divest from the riskiest oil and gas companies within 4 years and decarbonize the entire fund by 2040. This came after years of campaigning by the DivestNY coalition.

Significant Elements

When a building has to be demolished, Significant Elements salvages parts of it to promote the reuse of these parts. Buy purchasing from them, you help the planet AND you get doors, windows, knobs, keyholes, etc that have twice the character of the boring ones you would buy new! Check out their Facebook page to browse their inventory, or visit their storefront in Ithaca.