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.

May 11, 2022

New Cooperative Farm Coming to Danby

Tompkins Weekly        5-11-22

By Cathleen and Eric Banford

Danby residents will be welcoming new neighbors soon. We talked with Christa Núñez, Chacha Foli and Sonja Taylor about how this will provide opportunities for the participating Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) families and why the initiative is so meaningful.

“Hornbrook Farm came as a product of Khuba International’s Quarter Acre for the People Project, where we purchased a 14-acre parcel on Hornbrook Road in Danby, New York,” she said.

A handful of new BIPOC farmers will be cooperatively farming it, developing housing there, and will own it together, she said.

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May 3, 2022

Local Organizations Show Their Care for Earth

Tompkins Weekly    4-27-22

By Eric and Cathleen Banford

We visited the Ithaca Farmers Market (IFM) during the beautiful spring Earth Day Celebration to hear the perspectives of the eco-minded individuals working for the benefit of all. It was a beautiful spring day, good food smells filled the air, and the dock was filled with people enjoying being by the water. There was a strong sense of community.

We were interested to hear the perspectives of each Earth Day volunteer, including what they’re most passionate about regarding building more resilient and ecologically sound food systems.

We began our day at the composting table, where we met Adam Michaelides, Marissa McKown and Abby Aitken. McKown mentioned noticing wasteful things such as individually wrapped candies and said, “I wrestle with an internal sliding scale of what can I practically do something about, what am I going to actively worry about today.”

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April 13, 2022

Celebrate Electric Vehicles for Earth Day

Tompkins Weekly     4-13-22

By Holly Payne

The price of gas is well over $4/gallon, but electric vehicle (EV) drivers couldn’t be happier!

Because EVs run on electricity, you can skip the gas pump and just plug into an electric charger. Most commonly, drivers simply plug into a safely installed EV charging cable that hooks up to a home outlet (the same way a washer/dryer does). Compared with what owners would have spent on gas, home electricity is much cheaper (60% less on average — and even cheaper since the cost of gas has spiked).

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE-Tompkins) invites everyone to check out its upcoming event, Most Affordable EVs for Earth Day, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cass Park’s skating rink, 701 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca.

In partnership with Drive Electric Earth Day and Energetics, CCE-Tompkins will display the most affordable electric vehicles (and a couple of high-end models as well).

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