Signs of Sustainability

We have a long way to go, but we're making progress. Here are some signs that we are moving towards sustainability.

September 26, 2016

Bringing People Together at the Ithaca Community Garden

Tompkins Weekly     9-26-16

By Tom Shelley

The following is an interview conducted by Tom Shelley with Rev. Olivia Armstrong, the executive director at Rainbow Healing Center of America regarding her involvement with community gardens.

Tom Shelley: So how long have you been involved with Project Growing Hope and the Ithaca Community Gardens?

Olivia Armstrong: 2016 is my second year with ICG and the first year with The Rainbow Garden plot for the Rainbow Healing Center of America. The plot was donated to RHC by Project Growing Hope, and I thank Project Growing Hope for their donation.

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September 19, 2016

Making Ithaca’s Streets Come Alive — An Interview with Streets Alive! Director Vikki Armstrong

Tompkins Weekly      9-19-16

By Tom Knipe

Streets Alive! is coming up on Sunday, September 25, on Plain Street in Ithaca’s Southside neighborhood. Streets Alive! is this: A stretch of streets is closed to cars for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon where the entire community is invited to walk, bicycle, dance, play and socialize in the street. It’s a simple concept, but one with a powerful mission. It aspires to promote active living, re-envision possibilities for urban space and encourage more walking, cycling and rolling for daily transportation. I caught up with Vikki Armstrong, the director of Streets Alive! and Bike Walk Tompkins Director, for a behind the scenes look.

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September 13, 2016

Fall Preparation

Tompkins Weekly      9-12-16

By Serena Lindahl

As the mist rises over the pond on our first slightly chilly morning of the impending change of seasons, we prepare for colder days at White Hawk Ecovillage. What does that mean for us? It means tromping through the forest in search of fall nuts, insulating the latest house to make its appearance around our circle, and hosting our third annual Equinox Celebration!

While a gaggle of child superheroes in capes and masks races their bikes up and down our road in search of villainous offenses, or more likely a frog crossing in untimely fashion, several of White Hawk’s older residents prepare to harvest and put up the food from our gardens. It was a rough summer filled with plenty of watering, weeding and pest control, but our gardens are now bursting with tomatoes, corn, squash and more tomatoes! As we harvest from our own backyards and the gardens we so diligently nurtured, we also look to the wider world. Read more…