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.

July 10, 2018

Immigrant Justice is Central to a Sustainable Food System

Tompkins Weekly     7-9-18

By Kate Cardona

Since its inception, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming has been focused on supporting immigrant and refugee communities in the Finger Lakes region. Our Incubator Farm was founded with the intention to be a space where people who had farmed in their home countries but faced barriers to land access and farming resources in the U.S. could obtain growing space, farm mentorship, farm equipment, business development support and a welcoming community. The farmers we have worked with at the Incubator have taught us so much about agricultural techniques and the power of growing healthy food with and for the community.

As an organization whose work centers around recognizing the incredible contributions that immigrants and refugees make to the U.S. and to our own local community, we have been devastated and outraged during the past weeks of the Trump Administration’s attack on immigrant families. The food system, in particular, is held up by the work of foreign-born workers; 70 percent of farmworkers are immigrants, and half of those are undocumented. Here in New York State, where wage theft, substandard housing, and workplace injuries are not uncommon experiences for farm workers, workers are still denied collective bargaining rights.

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June 25, 2018

Friendship Donations Network: Celebrating 30 Years of Rescuing Food

Tompkins Weekly        6-25-16

By Meaghan Sheehan Rosen

The growing awareness of food waste and food rescue over recent years is a promising sign of sustainability. Several European countries have banned food waste. Across this country, states are committing to reducing food waste by encouraging businesses and institutions to donate food that is still edible and to compost food scraps. The federal government even established a goal to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030. The Tompkins County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution in support of the New York State food rescue and recycling legislation in March. Unfortunately, the Food Recovery and Recycling Act didn’t make it into the state budget this year, despite being proposed in 2017 and 2018. Although it was a missed opportunity for feeding hungry New Yorkers while fighting climate change, it’s only a matter of time. The beauty of food rescue is that it’s common sense and a win-win. Good for the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit.

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June 11, 2018

Everything You Want to Know About Ithaca’s Bike Share

Tompkins Weekly       6-11-18

By Maggie McAden

Ithaca’s new bike share program has launched, meaning that there are now over 200 bikes available to the public for rent. Bike Walk Tompkins and the City of Ithaca worked with LimeBike, a for-profit tech mobility company, to bring the dockless bike system to town. The bikes are typically $1 per ride.

But how does this work? What are the rules of dockless bikes?

Everything You Want to Know About Ithaca’s Bike Share But Were Too Afraid to Ask

1. How do you use it?
A) Download the LimeBike app in the App Store (for your iPhone), or on Google Play (for an Android phone)
B) Register with your cell phone number or through your Facebook account
C) Hit “Unlock” and scan the QR code in the back of the bike you want
D) Manually lock the bike at the end of your trip
(Source: LimeBike Cheat Sheet)

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