About Us

Hot Potato Press is the food news and networking hub for Tompkins County, New York. Launched by GreenStar Community Projects (501c3) and the Feeding Our Future Network in 2015, Hot Potato Press is also supported by The Park Foundation, CFCU Community Credit Union, Reimer Consulting, Ancient Wisdom Productions, and the Sustainable Tompkins Mini-Grant Program.

Hot Potato Press offers:

  • Tips and advice on how to grow, find, buy, cook, and preserve food
  • Local farm and food business news
  • Stories about people working to improve health, food access, and sustainability
  • Event announcements and job postings
  • A place to discuss issues that affect our food system: farms, food justice, health, and sustainability
  • Links to community resources

Please contact maytalinovak@hotpotatopress.org if you want to:

  • Learn how to use the website
  • Ask a question or concern about food, farming, or the food system
  • Offer ideas for stories, articles, photos or artwork
  • Share your own story about food or farming
  • Write, take photos, or make art about our local food system
  • Submit an upcoming food, farming, or cooking event announcement
  • Just want to say hi!

History

Hot Potato Press is a project launched by GreenStar Community Projects (501c3) and the Feeding Our Future Network. GSCP is the tax-exempt affiliate of GreenStar Cooperative Market, initiated by the Co-op in 2007 to help foster the creation and strengthening of a local and regional food system that promotes sustainability, health, equity, and community ownership. Here in Tompkins County, GSCP works alongside many other groups to improve access to healthy food and the sustainability of our food system.

The concept for Hot Potato Press grew from a series of networking events hosted by GSCP, known as the Feeding Our Future Network. At those events, hundreds of diverse participants who care about food justice, health, and sustainability expressed a need for better information and ongoing conversation within our small geographic area, including the City of Ithaca, the towns of Caroline, Danby, Dryden, Enfield, Groton, Ithaca, Lansing, Newfield, Ulysses, and the villages of Cayuga Heights, Dryden, Freeville, Groton, Lansing and Trumansburg.

Hot Potato Press is now edited by Maytali Novak and Alison Fromme. A core group of ten volunteers spend many hours supporting the site’s concept, content, marketing, and fundraising. An Advisory Committee (currently forming) will ensure that the site adheres to its mission.

The Hot Potato Press Mission is to:

1) Support communication and encourage community awareness and action around food issues by:

  • Offering local food news of all sorts
  • Providing a space for online commenting about food issues
  • Highlighting efforts to improve the food system, including models from other locales

2)  Feature the food-related needs and concerns of under-served and under-represented people by:

  • Regularly including information about opportunities for improved access to healthy food
  • Inviting and including the voices of people from those constituencies

3)  Support transparency, truthfulness and dialogue in the food system, by:

  • Following a journalistic code of ethics
  • Actively seeking out engagement and the expression of diverse perspectives
  • Avoiding the promotion of any one particular business or product
  • Serving its readers and the whole Tompkins County community