New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers Richard Franke and Lt. Rob Morse reported they were patrolling Alder Lake in the Town of Hardenburgh, Ulster County, on May 7, 2020 following a complaint about individuals picking ramps (wild leeks, Allium tricoccum) on State land.
Although we have an abundance of food available in the United States, the past few weeks and the coming months have and will demonstrate that our food system is only as strong as the weakest link.
Food can be produced by farmers in vast amounts, but if it can’t be processed and distributed then it is not accessible to consumers. [Read more…] about Reality Check: Local Food Systems
Grow-it-yourself food. During this time of pandemic it makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Especially if you are, like me, extremely apprehensive about the possibility of becoming exposed to Covid-19 while grocery shopping. In fact, I can’t think of a better way to avoid going out in public, while securing nutritious food, than growing your own. [Read more…] about Victory Gardens: An Old Idea New Again
The Warren County Homesteading & Youth Fair has been set for Saturday, August 8th from 9 am to 3 pm, at the Warren County Fairgrounds, as well as the Soil & Water office and Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center, all centrally located on Schroon River Road in Warrensburg. [Read more…] about Warren County Homesteading & Youth Fair August 8th
The Adirondack Council awarded 10 micro-grants totaling over $32,000 to local farmers in an effort to address what it called the greatest short-term and long-term threats to public health in the Adirondack Park: COVID-19 and climate change. [Read more…] about Adirondack Farm Micro-Grants Awarded
In this time of social distancing and sometimes limited fresh produce in the grocery stores, there is an alternative, free means of supplementing any diet with delicious, free-range greens while enjoying the outdoors. [Read more…] about Yard Squid: Dandelion Crowns Tempura
Here is a photo of an Armour & Company meat refrigeration car (a reefer) with a hobo “riding the rods.” The car lacks the grab irons on the right side, so we know it’s before the 1911 Amendment to the Railroad Safety Appliance Act. [Read more…] about Riding The Rods And Railroad Reefer Cars
The Capital District Civil War Round Table is set to host a virtual happy hour on Friday about the influence of alcohol on the Civil War and the drinking habits of past United States Presidents. [Read more…] about Civil War Alcohol: A Virtual History Happy Hour on Friday
As I start to write this, it’s raining and 50°F outside. Several days of above freezing nighttime temperatures are in the forecast, as well. It appears that the maple sugaring season is quickly coming to an end. Most of the producers that I’ve talked with are saying it’s been an average to good season. [Read more…] about Covid-19 Impacting Maple Sugaring Season
While many of us are spending extra time at home, now is the perfect time to start planning a vegetable garden.
Whether it be your first time planting a garden or you have been doing it for years, planning what you are going to plant and when will result in a more successful growing season as well allow you to plan ahead for needed seeds, plants, and supplies. [Read more…] about Start Planning Your Vegetable Garden