MONDAY MEMO: Reports from the Green Community

FARM UPDATE

  AYCO volunteers through Habitat for Humanity are helping to restore the farmhouse porch windows. 

AYCO volunteers through Habitat for Humanity are helping to restore the farmhouse porch windows. 

Warm weather has arrived, and our work at the farm is picking up speed, with a focus on three projects:

  • Community Gardens. Fifty-five raised beds that we'll make available to the public by lottery, to be launched shortly. 
  • Event Space. We're starting with a 42'x148' Harnois High Tunnel, scheduled for delivery June 12. 
  • Children's Garden and Greenhouse. We could build these as early as next spring if we can raise another $15,000, on top of the $10,000 grant we just earned with our clicks from Seeds of Change and $25,000 from the Alfred Z. Solomon Trust. 

The City's Design Review Commission unanimously approved these projects at its May 3rd meeting, and the Planning Board will review our site plan this Thursday night. With the Planning Board's approval, we'll almost have the City's full go-ahead to move forward on these projects.  There are still a few other pro forma meetings and filings we'll need to do, but we're almost there. We could start construction of our Community Gardens in early or mid June. We'll announce our first Community Gardens public meeting shortly. 

With this profile of Field Horne, the Young Writers Project continues to make new posts in our Story of Pitney Farm series.  Next up in our Interview Room is Mayor Joanne Yepsen, a tireless supporter whose interest in Pitney Farm goes back decades. Here are the questions our three SSHS interns -- Mirabelle Cohen, Miranda Sullivan, and Peyton Yourch -- have asked her. We look forward to seeing her answers. 


GREEN NEWS

  • The Albany County Water Purification District has voted unanimously to join forces with Saratoga County to fund a study to build a shared organic waste facility,” a plan that officials in both counties say would lower disposal costs by reducing the need to haul and dump or incinerate tons of rotted food and waste.
  • The Open Space Institute, Saratoga PLAN, and New York State are increasing their focus on the Palmertown Conservation Area, the 62-square mile landscape of unfragmented forest in which a trail system may someday be built to connect Moreau Lake State Park with Saratoga Spa State Park.  
  • Despite opposition from residents, the Saratoga County Town Board on Monday night lifted its moratorium on the clear-cutting of trees. In a unanimous vote, the board members replaced it with a new law that imposes a $1,000 fine or a one-year jail sentence if forests are cut down for anything other than agricultural use.
  • Nearly 200 people from 26 countries toured Saratoga County recently as part of a high-tech conference that has nothing to do with computer chip manufacturing or the semiconductor industry. The group was comprised of dairy genetic consultants who visited local dairies to get a first-hand look at some of the industry's best animals.
  • Saratoga PLAN will hire its first full-time Conservation Director, thanks to a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  


GREEN EVENTS

  • Fred Breglia with the Landis Arboretum will speak on "Ancient Forests and Champion Trees" at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Wednesday, May 24. 
  • Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club, will present his vision for a Veterans Memorial Trail from Fort Drum to the Adirondacks at the Adirondack Research Consortium Annual Conference taking place Wednesday and Thursday, May 25 and 25, in Lake Placid
  • The Power of Produce (POP) Club, offering children between the ages of 5 and 15 to participate in the local food system, will begin at the Saratoga Farmers Market on Wednesday, June 8. 
  • Kings-Ransom Farm in Schuylerville, home of King Brothers Dairy, invites the public to Sundae on the Farm to learn about today's farming practices on Sunday, June 18. 
  • Coming this Saturday: The Fifth Annual Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival.