What's Up North

  • 2020 Last-minute Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide
    December 15, 2020
    Audrey Schwartzberg, Communications Officer
    The 2020 holiday season will most certainly look and feel different. These are stressful times for many of us: financially, emotionally, mentally. If the weight of this year’s hardships are getting you down over the holidays, there are professionals and resources available. We’ve provided a list of several state and regional organizations that can help at the bottom of this page. Despite this year's challenges and limitations, this holiday season also gives us a unique opportunity to feel and...Read more

  • Buy Local or Bye-Bye Local
    November 18, 2020
    Lauren Richard, Small Business Services Coordinator
    It’s so easy to go to a huge online retailer, order everything I need, and have it show up at my door. Especially now when I don’t really want to go into stores in person. I can’t tell you how many times over the last few weeks I’ve loaded up my online shopping cart, only to abandon it again... Because. BECAUSE. They don’t need my money. You know who does. I know you know. Who doesn’t love a small business? I think we all want them to be here in the future. Many local businesses have new ways...Read more

  • ANCA Board Resolution on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    September 23, 2020
    WHEREAS, as the host organization for the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, and in the wake of national coalescing around the Black Lives Matter protests and actions, ANCA has committed to intentional action to disrupt 400 plus years of racism and to dismantle the structural inequities that plague our region and our nation, and WHEREAS, human diversity can be defined as differences in race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical...Read more

  • How can our communities fulfill the next generation of Adirondackers?
    August 21, 2020
    by Connor Smith, 2020 ANCA Graduate Fellow My introduction to the Adirondack Park was made through a summer camp in 2016 when a friend convinced me to work in Saranac Lake. As a resident of the West Coast, I was excited for an opportunity to explore the East as I knew nothing about the area. Somewhere along the way, I must have caught the Adirondack bug, because four years later I am back in the area. I’ve been working this summer as a Graduate Fellow at ANCA, supporting the work of the Center...Read more

  • From a homemade supply chain to a Fortune 500 company: here’s what I have learned
    July 29, 2020
    This month, ANCA released our five-year strategic plan with “A New Economy that Works for All” as the central driving vision. Central to our goal of building prosperity across northern New York is creating and sustaining wealth and value in local communities; a key element of this work is the localization of the supply chains that serve our economies and people. Another goal for this work is creating opportunities for the next generation of entrepreneurs who want to live and work here. In that...Read more

  • The whale oil of our generation
    June 26, 2020
    Verkhoyansk, a small town in the Arctic Circle reported a temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit on June 20, 2020, setting an all-time record. Indeed, the last 5 years have been the hottest in recorded history . We are also seeing, in the wake of COVID-19, that the consequences of profligate production and consumption of fossil fuels are causing more trouble than just rising temperatures and massive climate disruption. The New York Times reported on June 18 that, “Pregnant women exposed to high...Read more

  • Commemorating Juneteenth
    June 19, 2020
    Today, on June 19, 2020, ANCA designates Juneteenth an official holiday for our organization. On this day, which marks 155 years since the emancipation of enslaved Black men, women and children in the Confederacy, we recognize that our nation is still plagued by systemic racism and structural inequities. We commit this day as a time of learning, to stand in solidarity with the Black community, to acknowledge and oppose the injustices they face every day, and to work towards becoming antiracist...Read more

  • Standing together. Learning together: working toward racial equity and structural change
    June 9, 2020
    ANCA stands with our Black sisters and brothers in this time of nation-wide grief and protest that have resulted from the murders of George Floyd and so many others. We stand with our Black sisters and brothers in declaring that Black Lives Matter. We stand with our Black sisters and brothers as America faces an inflection point, ready to do the hard work of making much needed change. This moment demands intentionality. Intentional language, intentional strategies, and intentional action to...Read more

  • Dumping milk while people go hungry
    May 26, 2020
    by Adam Dewbury, Local Food Systems Coordinator and Kate Fish, Executive Director This April, shoppers throughout the country faced empty milk shelves in their grocery stores, while at the same time, North Country dairy farmers dumped tens of thousands of gallons of their herds’ daily production down the drain. Why did this happen? Why are farmers dumping milk when store shelves just a few miles away are empty? The problem is a food supply chain — the network of people, places, and processes...Read more

  • The Color of COVID Part One: Race, Class & the Coronavirus
    May 12, 2020
    Nicole Hylton-Patterson, Director, Adirondack Diversity Initiative
    I was sixteen when my father died. I could scarcely remember his face, since I was 10 years old when last I saw him. That’s when I left Jamaica to attend school in Norway. Yet, while his visage was a sunny-somewhat-mythologized blur, the memory of the day he died remains stark… I was thinking, in class at Kvinnherad videregående skole , about how my little sister Nilla Brit had annoyed-the- faen out of me the entire morning. Thinking about testing the teeny bit of sexual angst that had morphed...Read more