It was recently reported that agricultural receipts in New York came in at $6.36 billion in 2014 — a $1.7 billion increase over 2010 and a $667 million increase over 2013.
B’ville’s Purpose Farm gives kids in need a sense of family
Purpose Farm was born of a message from God. Sandra Seabrook, along with her husband, Howard, founded the farm in 2012. She said she was called to create the farm after witnessing firsthand the heartbreaking circumstances of orphans half a world away — and learning of a tragedy much closer to home.
As many local residents already know, a real estate developer, Marden Associates, has applied to the town of Lysander for approval of their plan to build 447 homes on 280 acres on property located on the “peninsula” along Hayes Road, close to the northwest end of that road. This is known as the “Melvin Farm Zoning Change Application.”
Melvin Farm, Cabbage Patch public hearings canceled
Developers in charge of the proposed Cabbage Patch and Melvin Farm incentive zoning developments will have to wait for the next Lysander Town Board to decide the fate of their projects. The board voted Monday night to cancel the public hearings on the two applications, which had been scheduled for Dec. 28.
Ten farms in Onondaga County have received $644,371 in grant funding from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. The grants will go toward practices that improve water quality in area watersheds.
Migrant workers fill labor gap on area farms
Marin Saenz is one of 52 migrant laborers on Reeves Farm who works through the H2A visa program, which gives temporary work visas to foreign laborers to perform seasonal farm work. Brian Reeves said the farm has been participating in the program for about nine years.
Here I go again, Central New York’s biggest cheerleader, but I can’t help myself. In July I was fortunate to take three tours to see the progress, the accomplishments and the future plans of some of our community’s most iconic landmarks. I wish you were with me.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, wine and cheese are all out in abundance this time of year throughout the region and will be for the next few months at local farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets provide an opportunity to buy local and give farmers a chance to provide home-grown produce straight to the consumer. The markets are located throughout the region, and we’re fortunate to have as much fresh and homegrown produce as we do in our area.
As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.
County agricultural council launches ‘Onondaga Grown’
The Onondaga County Agriculture Council kicked off its newest “buy local” initiative June 24 at Reeves Farms. The “Onondaga Grown” campaign seeks to promote the more than 700 farms in Onondaga County, which generate a $152 million agricultural economy.
National Ag Week recognizes the abundant crops harvested by farmers all over the nation and the contributions they make to the economy. In New York alone, the agriculture industry recorded $5.68 billion in cash receipts in 2013, up more than $1 billion from 2010.
Willow Health and Wellness Center hosts Earth Day Half Marathon and 5K April 19
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by dashing through the dusty paths of local farmland, enjoying the view and the breeze? The Willow Health and Wellness Center is teaming up with CNY Solar Inc., Emmi and Sons and Reeves Farms for the Earth Day Half Marathon and 5K. The race takes place April 19 at Emmi and Sons on West Genesee Road in B’ville.
The town of Lysander continues to tweak its revised Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
The town of Lysander is finally hanging up its skates. The $550,000 sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena closed March 5. Back in January, the Lysander Town Board voted unanimously to approve a purchase offer from Rochester-based developer and property management firm DHD Ventures.
A block in the town of Lysander may be eligible for up to $50,000 in homebuyer assistance grants for low-income populations, town engineer Al Yager announced at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Lysander Town Board.
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