Category: The Big Picture

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Dear Readers, At its most basic, Hot Potato Press is a way to keep up to date on what’s happening in food and farming in Ithaca and Tompkins County. But at its core, Hot Potato Press is a community conversation about food, one that spans beyond the web to person-to-person relationships. We’re not here to tell you what to […]

Milked: A new report gives voice to immigrant dairy farmworkers in NYS

More than 80 farmworkers at more than 55 farms across NYS contributed to “Milked,” a collaborative project between Workers’ Center of Central New York and the Worker Justice Center of New York, which was authored by a team of community leaders and academic scholars. “The state of New York is one of the states that produces dairy […]

Category: The Big Picture

Your input? Citizen Journalism Program

Here at Hot Potato Press, we are considering starting a citizen journalism program where anyone could take 4 or 5 free classes to learn how to identify news, interview sources, check facts, and write articles — and, if they choose, contribute their work here. Why? Because the importance of strong local journalism matters to  our […]

The Learning Farm launches first product

On production day, Christa Nunez put on rubber gloves, stood next to a machine streaming hot dark red juice, and methodically filled bottles. She capped each one, placed it on a shelf, and later hosed them down and affixed labels. Once finished, she produced 500 bottles at the Food Venture Center in Geneva, NY. Christa […]

High Point Farms for Sale: Are we losing farmland?

This report is a collaboration between WRFI Community Radio and Hot Potato Press: When I saw that the High Point Farms property on Route 96 near Trumansburg was for sale, a lot of thoughts flew through my head. For one thing, I had been a customer — they were one of the first small farms […]

Community mourns loss of Aung Htoo

Aung Htoo, Burmese refugee and Ithaca resident, died unexpectedly on June 4, 2017 at age 38. He is survived by his wife, Eh Say, and their three children, ages 16, 14, and 8. Aung was well-known in the food and farming community in Tompkins County, having worked at West Haven Farm, Finger Lakes Fresh greenhouses, and Emmy’s Organics. […]

Category: The Big Picture

Voices from Ithaca’s Farm to Plate Conference

In this photo, participants of the Ithaca’s first “Farm to Plate Conference” were learning how to grow mushrooms. It was just one of the many sessions offering participants a chance to “Unite to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable and Just Local Food System.” The two-day conference was organized by the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, the […]

Category: The Big Picture

Reimagine a post-capitalistic world, says author Raj Patel

On Friday, author and professor Raj Patel spoke to more than 100 people during Ithaca’s first Farm to Plate Conference at The Space @ GreenStar. Just a few minutes in, he projected an image of Christopher Columbus on the screen with a quote, “I believe that there are many herbs and many trees that are worth much in Europe […]

Category: Food & Eating

Where are the cheapest groceries in Ithaca?

A friend and I recently did some comparison grocery shopping around Ithaca. We knew that stores had different reputations regarding cost, and we wanted to check our assumptions. This started out as a simple curiosity quest, not a scientific study. But it quickly became complicated. What products would we choose? Would we include local, organic, bulk, […]