Agriculture
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By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly   Local residents frequently drive past the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. Though many know the campus buildings are affiliated with Cornell University … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly   For Mark Ramos, the seed of an idea was planted when his airline flight was delayed at the Detroit airport. Waiting patiently, he happened to catch an interview with … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly   The Christmas season is upon us and, for many celebrating the holiday, decisions need to be made about getting a tree for trimming. Our county boasts a number of farms on … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly   Every Sunday, Jacalyn Spoon, who grew up in a project apartment outside of Buffalo, would visit her grandfather and his vegetable garden by Tonawanda Creek.   “It … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly Paula Wedemeyer is passionate about horses. There’s an empathic and emotional connection that people form with the animal that gradually evolves into a shared language, she asserted. … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly A wide range of Tompkins County farmers will be opening their farms up to visitors this weekend, helping educate people about what the local agriculture scene has to offer. Hint: It’s a lot! … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly When John Dedrick started his small fruit and vegetable stand in Dryden four decades ago, his great-nephew Kody Hatch hadn’t even been born yet! Over the years, Dedrick expanded his business … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly At age 31, Devon Van Noble has already managed to pack a lot of ag-related education and experience into his life. A Florida native, he attended Cornell University (graduating with a degree … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly A “full plate” means different things to different people. For farmers Chaw Chang and his wife and business partner, Lucy Garrison, not only does the term describe the Full Plate … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly “Everyone told me I was crazy,” Thor Oechsner said cheerfully. “I was hell-bent to be a farmer. I was comfortable in that environment. I never felt at home in the suburbs.” Seeing his … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly LANSING – Pete Larson grew up in Lansing, on the land that he and his wife, Hilarie Larson, now farm full-time. Though he left home to attend college and become an architect, Pete always dreamed of … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly Owen Raymond comes from a long family tradition of maple sugaring. When he and his wife, Donna, purchased their home on Knoll Tree Road in Ithaca, he put a few taps in the maple trees on the property. In … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly FREEVILLE – Growing up in the South Bronx, Rafael Aponte recalls that most of the green in his surroundings came from his mother’s houseplants. However, when his experiences in education and … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly CAROLINE – “I didn’t eat vegetables when I was growing up,” Erica Frenay confessed. “But, when I was in college, I managed the student farm at Cornell University and they had a … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly ULYSSES — Evan and Alex Reynolds are fifth generation farmers at Glenwood Farms in the Town of Ulysses. The animals they raise aren’t what one usually expects to see when driving through upstate New … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly   NEWFIELD – The lack of precipitation is on everyone’s mind this year. Resulting drought conditions have been especially tough for area farmers. Dennis Hartley, … more
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