The New York Farm Viability Institute works to help New York farmers become more profitable and improve the long-term economic viability and sustainability of New York State’s farms, the food system, and the communities they serve. To that end, NYFVI has issued an RFP for its competitive grant program, which will provide grants of up to $125,000 over two years in support of proposals that have clear relevance to the state’s agriculture community, demonstrated producer support, and have the ability to deliver farm-level economic impact over time.
Fall is here – the heating season is imminent. Are you ready? If you experienced ice dams last winter, now is an excellent time to get an energy audit and see if your home’s insulation can be improved. If your furnace, boiler, or water heater is coming to the end of its life, now is the time to consider replacing them with heat pumps.Not sure where to start? That’s where HeatSmart comes in! Please peruse our website, which is chock full of information, including fact sheets, webinars, and virtual home tours. Join HeatSmart for their upcoming Webinar Wednesdays Installer series! Their installer partners will walk you through a recent installation job, and there will be plenty of time for your questions. HeatSmart homeowners will be joining too.
What will you do this month? Vote early? Learn about urban farming in Rochester? Make your own jerky? Explore our calendar or events here.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Join FOCUS Greater Syracuse on Friday, September 24 at 12:05 pm for a Forum on “Bridging the Digital Divide in Central New York.” This forum will cover the impact of the digital divide in CNY, and the initiatives planned and underway by the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County to address digital inclusion and equity.
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!
After 20 years of leadership, vision, and rigorous work to monitor and protect our local streams and lakes, CSI’s founding Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Penningroth, is preparing to transition away. The Managing Co-Director position is described, in brief, below and is now open for applications.
Hit up Brighton’s annual Eco-fair, clean up a community garden, or learn about digital literacy with the Alliance for Science! September is full of ways to plug into the sustainability movement. See our September calendar of events here!
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.
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.
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.
On Thursday, September 9th @ 6:30 pm, join the League of Women Voters, Environmental Advocates New York, and VoteEarlyNY for a webinar discussing the five ballot propositions all New York State voters will have the opportunity to vote on in November.