City Roots is a collaborative of homeowners, renters, youth, allies and partners that helps to establish and promote permanently affordable, equitable housing in Rochester. They want to help cultivate the perspective that socially-owned land can help affirm housing as a human right, build community wealth, and allow for investment in our communities without displacing those who live there. In addition to the work that they do, they recently kicked off Weekly Pull-Ups! At these meetings, attendees are invited to eat pizza, do yoga, participate in small group projects that benefit the community, and connect with other members. They also host volunteer clean ups, potlucks, and bike repair events!
Syracuse Grows is a grassroots network that cultivates food justice through advocacy, education, and resources in support of urban food production. They strive to create community where everyone has the equal opportunity to produce healthy and culturally appropriate food. They do this by facilitating the creation of community and volunteer run gardens, as well as hosting educational events and workshops.
Nu Spice is an Ithaca-based, black-owned, woman-owned catering company, specializing in soul, southern and comfort food. NuSpice Catering was born in 2007, when Candace Foster followed her passion to share timeless family recipes with the community. Since then, Nu Spice Catering has fed hundreds of people at dozens of events — including Ithaca’s Taste of Soul event in 2019.
The Foodlink Community Cafe is an extension of Foodlink, a Rochester-based nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger and building healthier communities by addressing both the symptoms and root causes of food insecurity. The brand-new cafe is a “pay-what-you-can” nonprofit restaurant concept and offering healthy, delicious meals.
Elderberry Pond is a USDA Certified Organic Farm, fine dining restaurant, & country foods store. Stop by and enjoy dinner at the restaurant made of repurposed materials. It overlooks the orchards, vineyards and 36 acres of seasonal vegetable plantings. Their menu features fresh produce picked daily, pasture raised meats from the farm, organic & biodynamic…
Kal Awad and Sam Walker opened State Bakery and Smokehouse last July on Route 89 in the small Seneca County hamlet of Canoga. Even during a pandemic, it’s proven to be quite the hit! Some of their offerings include sourdough bread, breakfast sandwiches on biscuits, pastries (including Walker’s famous Cruffins – muffins made from croissant dough), crab pies and barbecue of all kinds — pulled pork, brisket, chicken and sausage.
Cornell has multiple maps that outline the eco-friendly features on every corner of campus. Check out the maps here!
Chef Mike Boise and winemaker Nancy Gable joined forces to create Salt of the Earth, a hip little joint in Union Springs (on the northeast side of Cayuga Lake).
Rosie is a grocery delivery service that works with your local grocers to bring you the food you’ve come to trust!
Headquartered in Stern’s 500 square foot studio on Burleigh Road in Ithaca, the studio offers a mixed-media experience to unlock the inner artist. Decorate with a variety of materials, further embellish with a few more, and add a bit of something else for good measure. Many of her materials are recycled and repurposed!
Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting sustainable waste management practices, and to leading the fight to oppose the expansion of landfills for out-of-county and out-of-state garbage. And they need your support! Thank you, FLZWC, for fighting to protect life!
A versatile program in a growing field, the Sustainable Communities program integrates environmental protection, economic vitality and social equity to solve the challenges of communities around the world.
Buy Nothing groups create hyper-local gift economies. Simply join your local Facebook group, ask for what you need, gift what you don’t, and comment to claim! In the process you will get useful things for free, prevent waste, declutter your life, help out your neighbors, and form community connections that foster a spirit of generosity.
Vaughn and Sue Sherman of Jerry Dell Farm have a mission to produce quality, fresh and local foods. They have been certified organic since 2000! Jerry Dell Farm Store, located at the Freeville location, offers certified organic produce (provided by Ithaca Organics), local free-range eggs, and their own Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese – as well as other Artisan raw milk cheeses from around the Finger Lakes.
Rogers Environmental Education Center, also known as Friends of Rogers, in Sherburne, NY, is a place for hiking, birding, and nature-appreciating. They also have programs for adults, camps for kids, and other educational events that make use of 600 acres of protected land.