the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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composting, fire starting, and sweat lodges!

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS at the Sustainable Living Project in Canton, NY

Family COMPOSTING Extravaganza!
How-to for Garden & Home Food-Waste
Saturday May 30   *   10 am to 12 noon
Facebook Event Page  *  Details ~ Click Here

Primitive Fire Starting and Sweat Lodge Building & Ceremony
Saturday May 30   *   2 pm to 5 pm
Facebook Event Page   *   Details ~ Click Here


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our museums have a Koch problem

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In awesome and snarky new exhibit in Atlanta, artist collective Not an Alternative

  • recreates exhibits from New York’s Natural History Museum,
  • emphasizes green-washing in Americam museums, add much-missing context, and
  • points out that New York’s Natural History Museum is financially backed by “an oil billionaire and climate science denier who profits from the burning of fossil fuels, and funds (to the tun of tens of millions of dollars) climate science disinformation campaigns.”

You can read the article that they penned for The Guardian about the exhibit here.


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free viewing of “Grazers: A Cooperative Story” april 30th in ballston spa, ny

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County will host a free(!) viewing of the film Grazers: A Cooperative Story.
When: Thursday, April 30th 2015 at 7pm at the 4-H Training Center
Where: 556 Middleline Road Ballston Spa, NY
Why: New York State loses a farm every three days, and with it a way of life, generations of farming knowledge, small town infrastructure and a whole landscape. Filmed over the course of two-years, Grazers: A Cooperative Story follows a group of fiercely independent farmers in upstate New York as they create a beef cooperative to hold on to their failing farms. Grazers explores the demise of the family farm and rural landscape and the emergence of a new, local food movement that links country and city in an effort to improve food quality and retain local farms.
How: The viewing is free, however pre-registration is encouraged. Please call 518-885-8995 to register. Visit http://www.grazersfilm.com/ or contact Carter Older at co263@cornell.edu for more information.


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a+ technology (adaptive, accessible, appropriate)

Examples of Questionable Applications of Technology:

  1. using garden sheers to trim your bangs
  2. building a forest fire to barbecue burgers for two
  3. mincing garlic with a machete
  4. driving a ton of steel to transport a 150 lbs human body across town
  5. relying on expensive, petroleum-reliant, highly-commodified tools to support innovative, unconventional, and ecologically-sound small farms

 

This week in the Food List, the focus is on Appropriate Technology— or, in other words, technology that suits its purposes (in scale, cost, application, etc.). The presented case studies presented prove that when it comes to sustainable, small-scale farming, bigger is not better and one size doesn’t necessarily fit all.

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job at cornell university extension in wilsboro, ny

On the job hunt? The good folks at Cornell are hiring!
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The Cornell University Willsboro Research Farm has an opening for a seasonal field assistant. The employee will be responsible for helping to maintain the grounds and buildings on the Cornell Willsboro Research Farm.  Primary duties include mowing lawns and alleyways, trimming weeds and grasses around fences and buildings, and cleaning and maintaining farm buildings.  Additionally, the employee will assist with the field experiments at the research farm.  Specific duties include planting, weeding, harvesting, sample processing, data collection and data entry.
This is a full time (39 hours/week) position that runs from May to October.  Interested persons should contact Michael Davis at mhd11@cornell.edu.
 
Cornell University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.


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gmo right to know and april 28 rally in new york

Big money is trying to kill the effort to label GMOs in the state of New York, but GMO Right to Know bills are moving forward. If you’re a New Yorker, please attend the GMO Labeling Rally & Lobby Day at the NY State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Reserve your seat on a bus today!

Logo with green state of New York shape and "GMO Free NY" text on top of the imageUpdate on GMO Labeling Bills in New York
The GMO labeling bill numbers you need to know are NY State Assembly bill A.617 and NY State Senate bill S.485. Bill A.617 was successfully voted out of the NY Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection committee in early March and is now awaiting a vote in the Codes committee. The companion bill in the Senate, S.485, has not yet seen any action; it’s in the Consumer Protection committee and will hopefully be voted on soon.

Vote With Your Voices and Feet
Assembly members need to be told to push Bill A.617  forward because people should be able to know if it’s GMO. Go to www.gmofreeny.net to learn how to contact your Assembly member and Senator and what you should say when you call. Even better if you can stop by one of their offices in Albany in person!

Rally for Your Right to Know on April 28
On Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, the NY GMO Labeling Rally & Lobby Day will take place at the State Capitol in Albany, from 11:30 am – 3 pm. The rally will have food, great speakers, and like-minded people. Bus transportation is available from Manhattan, Westchester, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, and Binghamton and student scholarships are available.

No matter how you get there, just get there and make some NOISE in Albany! See this flyer for more information: April28Rally

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