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The Finger Lakes Cider Alliance just held its fifth ever Cider Week The week was filled with events that showcased local hard cider and its producers in the region Eve’s Cidery, one of the cideries showcased, held an orchard tour that showed how they use holistic farming to create unique hard cider For the fifth year, the  Finger Lakes Cider Alliance followed up Applefest with Cider Week. The event focuses on teaching people about the history of hard cider in the region and that hard cider is not wine or beer, but a category of its own. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 8,…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL2hPHMzrIE At a recent City of Ithaca Planning & Development board meeting, a local developer proposed a plan for a new multi-story apartment and retail building at 311 College Avenue, the home of The Nines bar and restaurant and the historic Neriton Number 9 Fire Company. Affordable housing in the area has been increasingly hard to come by. Brian Crandall for The Ithaca Voice put the median income for a family in Tompkins County at $53,000 in 2015, while the average purchase price of a house in the county was $230,000. The development, which is aimed at housing students, is…

– Shepard’s Creek Alpaca invited the public to interact with alpacas – The farm has hosted over 100 alpacas over the years – Many visitors don’t know anything about alpacas before coming to the farm A light breeze sent cut grass flying through the air and made barn doors creak. Inside these barn doors was a small herd of alpacas. They nibbled on hay from the small hands of children, who traveled to the farm with their families. On Sept. 23 and 24, alpaca farms across the country set up refreshments, hayrides and other features to attract the public on National Alpaca Farm…

Barbara and Mark Sodums are the owners of Shepherd’s Creek Farms, a small establisihment located in Trumansburg that specializes in raising alpacas. Barbara, a former teacher, and Mark, a cardiologist, first discovered the alpaca lifestyle in 2003 and said they immediately fell in love. They now care for 15 of the animals on the farm. Shepherd’s Creek Farms was one of the many farms participating in National Alpaca Farm Day, held Sept. 23rd t this year. The holiday, created by the Alpaca Owners Association , is  a day during which farms all across North America open their gates to families and friends to show…

By Avalon Singer While the Ithaca College administration aims for an environmentally friendly campus, the students are the ones leading the movement toward more sustainable living. Joshua Enderle, a senior environmental studies major at the college, piloted the Circles composting program in February of 2017. Enderle is the manager of IC Eco-Reps, a program that hires students to work with the administration and help make campus more sustainable. Tompkins County Solid Waste donated composting bins and biodegradable bags, allowing for the initiative to begin in the Circle Apartments. Enderle said he believes composting is a small effort that can…

Written by Nick Fustor; Video by Madison Bess For much of the United States, recycling or throwing things away is the norm.  But for some environmental activists, “reusing” old items has become a central focus of their lives.  As a result, reuse stores have started to open around the country, and two are now open in Ithaca, New York. Finger Lakes ReUse, a non-profit company based in Tompkins County, operates two ReUse stores in Ithaca, New York.  Finger Lakes ReUse opened its first store on Triphammer Road, and opened another location on Elmira Road in 2015 in order to increase…

By Guillaume Gentil and Mark Prowse The Farmer Rooster calls and bleating sheep fill the air at Ithaca’s ‘AgStravaganza’ Saturday, as dairy farmer Skip Hardie wanders the Commons. He’s got locally produced ice cream nestled in his gloved hands as he meets and greets some festival-goers and milk product consumers. “The crowd here in Ithaca is very liberal, open-minded, and they want organic foods and sustainable farming,” said Hardie, a long-time farmer and member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Hardie has been farming for the past 40 years and has seen significant change in the dairy industry. Many local farmers…

By Guillaume Gentil and Mark Prowse The bustling new cafe Ten Forward sits perched in a loft above the Autumn Leaves used bookstore in the Ithaca Commons. The space has been occupied by several cafe owners over the years — now the torch passes to a sci-fi fan whose passion to provide for the community is only rivaled by her love for everything space-related. The new owner Tammie Olsefski, an Ithaca native, is also the owner of a food truck that roams Ithaca called the Star Truck. With Ten Forward, she extends the theme of space in now two of…

ITHACA- By Avalon Singer and Madison Murnane After closing its doors permanently in October of 2016, the local franchise of the chain Wings Over will have a surprise reopening this week under new leadership in Collegetown. The new restaurant will be co-owned by four Cornell University graduates: Michael Wang ‘07 Raunak Nirmal ’14, Kevin Mok ‘14 and Dan Leyva ‘14. The four had fond memories of eating at the restaurant as students, and were disappointed when they saw it had closed on Facebook, Mok said. “We saw a Facebook post and we were disappointed for ten minutes and then we…

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