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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,…

– 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…

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: Sandra Aguirre and Angela Poffenbaugh Eric and Birgit Landowne have seen it all from radishes to basil to strawberries as local organic farmers. However, this was their first year coming to farm in Lodi, New York. After farming for 15 years in Pennsylvania they took over for Blue Heron Farm this year, one of the 200+ Community Supported Agriculture farms in Upstate New York. Co-owner Birgit Landowne says she was ready for a change of locations but was still looking for a way to serve organic vegetables to as many people as possible. “We were just ready for the…

By Guillaume Gentil and Mark Prowse Students gather together around two brick fire pits on the edge of the Ithaca College Natural Lands. Surrounded by sugar maple leaf trees they fan fires in preparation of a maple syrup boil; they are about to begin producing their most popular product. Spikes in spring temperatures over the past couple of years have been thorns in the sides of maple syrup producers. Ithaca sits on the very edge of this maple production boundary and students, as well as local producers, fret over their products as this wild weather threatens to turn it sour.…

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By: Christie Citranglo, Sydney O’Shaughnessy, Sarah Chaneles Dilmun Hill Student Farm at Cornell University has been harvesting vegetables for the community for 20 years — now with a new high tunnel. The farm is a student- and volunteer-run organization that harvests for the Community Supported Agriculture. Workers grow and harvest vegetables for the CSA supporters, and the supporters reap both the risks and benefits of local farming. However, with their newly installed high tunnel, farmers at Dilmun Hill will be able to extend the growing season of most of their crops. High tunnels are similar to greenhouses as they provide…

Not only is Tompkins County in a drought, but 24 counties in the state of New York are currently in varying degrees of natural disasters. The severe drought has been going on since late spring when a high-pressure system sat over the area for a prolonged period of time. A high-pressure system is a region of high-pressure air moving counterclockwise. It is also called an anticyclone. High-pressure systems are usually larger and last for a long period of time. What is the most important fact about high-pressure systems for Ithacans? They cause the area affected to be dry…

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