The Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program held its annual meeting on Dec. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles. The event included an annual report from Mark Burger, the Onondaga County Soil and Water District executive director, a panel on renewable energy and the presentation of the 2013 Environmental Steward Award to Mike McMahon of E-Z Acres farm in Homer.
Lawmakers, local groups deal with invasive species that pose threats to environment, infrastructure
Several new threatening invasive species have emerged in Central New York within the past 10 years that have caused lawmakers, government agencies and private groups to take action. These include emerald ash borers, milfoil, hydrilla and wild boars.
Borodino farm offers vegetables, meat, eggs through Community Supported Agriculture program
Marigold Farm is a family farm that operates through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. A CSA is a farm that sells “shares” of the different foods it produces. People who purchase a share pay a set amount of money up front and then are entitled to a portion of each week’s yield. This year, Marigold Farm is selling shares for vegetables, eggs and chicken meat. When the vegetable and meat shares start in June, customers will be able to pick up their share at Marigold Farm or the Skaneateles YMCA every Tuesday.
There has been a slow, steady and excited buzz permeating Cazenovia in recent weeks that can all be boiled down to the fact that the nationally-known “Fabulous Beekman Boys” — bestselling authors, farmers, entrepreneurs and recent winners of television’s “The Amazing Race” — are coming to town on Saturday, Jan. 26. The two-hour event, sponsored by the Historic Cazenovia Business District committee of the chamber of commerce, will feature Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge giving a special book signing of their “Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” and Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, “The Bucolic Plague: How two Manhattanites became gentleman farmers: An unconventional memoir,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street.
Skaneateles restaurants Mirbeau, Rosalie’s Cucina included
The Finger Lakes region boasts 4 million food and wine tourists a year. With an awareness and appreciation of this local gourmet success, Central New York natives Karl Zinsmeister and his children, Kate Harvey and Noah Zinsmeister, have compiled a new storytelling cookbook to share the stories and secrets of this regional flavor — including some recipes from Skaneateles.
It’s been a tough year for local agriculture, but there were still many conservation successes in the Skaneateles Lake watershed area in 2012, attendees of the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agriculture Program annual meeting were told last week.
Beak & Skiff Apple Farms recently was awarded a gold medal for its artisanal vodka at the 2012 American Wine Society Spirits Competition in Portland, Ore. — marking the fourth time in less than four months the LaFayette distillery has won awards for its signature spirit.
The Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program will hold its annual meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Dobson Hall community room at the Skaneateles Presbyterian Church, 97 East Genesee St.
Farmers and landowners have until Nov. 16, 2012 to apply for 2013 conservation program funding. The programs falling within this deadline include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
State Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida) has signed on as a co-sponsor to legislation introduced in the last legislative session that will allow those charged with animal abuse or neglect to be charged with a felony under New York State Penal Law. Currently, crimes against companion animals are legislated under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.
On Oct. 18, Cornell Cooperative extension will hold a training session to teach anyone with basic computer skills how to use iMapInvasives New York, the complete invasive species database for the state. iMap reports new finds of invasive species and offers downloadable public maps which serve as an important tool for land managers, conservation agencies and municipalities.
“Vine to Wine: Savor our Finger Lakes,” the first of a two-part program series, will be presented by The Finger Lakes Museum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Lodge at Welch Allyn, 4355 State Street Road, on Thursday, Oct. 4. A 45-minute documentary film will tell the stories of the hardships faced by early settlers in their unsuccessful attempts to tame wild New World grapes to make European-style wines. “Vine to Wine” will combine the film with period wine and juice tastings led by Finger Lakes wine expert and author, Richard Figiel.
Live music, country art, food, games and raffles will be featured at the annual Amberations Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Otisco Lake Community Center in Amber. The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Local winemakers win an armful of medals
The first awards from the numerous competitions at the 2012 New York State Fair have been posted on the fair’s website, and Skaneatelans have once again brought home medals for their original creations.
Political officials, business representatives, agricultural groups, local farmers and multiple media outlets attended a celebratory event last week at Twin Birch dairy farm on Benson Road to recognize and extol the new biogas energy technology operating at the Skaneateles farm.