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. […]

Spot Hollow Farm raises unique sheep breed

From Country Folks Magazine, a story about Spot Hollow Farm: “Marie Roenke, of Trumansburg, NY, was 12 years old when she started raising sheep as a 4-H project. But she didn’t start out with one of the most common breeds. ‘I wanted goats, but someone offered me some Jacob sheep,” said Marie. “I said sure, […]

Audio: Erica Frenay chats about Shelterbelt Farm

From the Heritage Radio Network, this interview first aired in December 2016: “Erica Frenay manages 35 acres of sheep, cattle, ducks, orchard, apiary, and high tunnels at Shelterbelt Farm near Ithaca, NY, with her husband and two young kids. She has also worked for the Cornell Small Farms Program for 11 years, co-founding the Northeast […]

Freeville Pop-Up Farmer’s Market

Announcement from Freeville Pop-Up Farmer’s Market: 🐍🐍  Hello Spring!  🐍🐍 Help us spread the word by forwarding to your friends and networks! On Saturday, May 6 from 9 am – 1 pm the Freeville Pop-Up Farmer’s Market is going to pop-up in conjunction with the Freeville Village-Wide Yard Sales.  As if that wasn’t enough the […]

The controversial brand that killed fresh flour

Amy Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, recently wrote about fresh flour for The New Food Economy: “I fell in love with fresh flour seven years ago and couldn’t figure out why it took forty years of avid baking to find such an incredible ingredient. Since I’m a devotee of pancakes, I found myself […]

The Brooktondale Farmers Market is recruiting vendors for our 2017 season!

Announcement from the Brooktondale Farmers Market: Are you a local farmer, craftsperson, baker, butcher, candlestick maker? Looking for a market to join? We’re breaking-in a brand new pavilion this season and have room to grow.  Our volunteer-run market runs Tuesdays 4-7pm, offering the Brooktondale community fresh local fruits and vegetables, organically raised beef, pork, eggs, […]

Event: Rally to stop deportations in Central NY

Announcement from Cornell Organization for Labor Action: José Coyote Pérez is a dairy worker, father, community leader and member of the Workers’ Center of Central New York (WCCNY). He was unjustly detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a little over four weeks ago, on February 24th, and remains in their custody. He was arrested […]

No Snow Day for Farmers

This week we asked farmers around Tompkins County and New York State to tell us how they’ve handled last week’s unusual snowstorm. Aaron Munzer from Plowbreak Farm sent the photo above, taken inside a high tunnel as he and his partner Kara knocked snow off the structure. “It’s kind of like a really frigid jungle gym,” Aaron […]