What's Up North

  • 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
    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

  • Equity & ecology in a post-pandemic world
    April 22, 2020
    On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, I think about my sister’s prescient and intentional decision to live a life that is marginally dependent on global systems, as locally sourced as possible, and with as light a carbon footprint as she can muster. My sister lives on a high mesa in Utah. Her home sits 16 miles up Sand Flats Road, just outside of Moab. She has no power, no water, no cable or WiFi, or connections to the normal things that link most of the rest of us to greater dependence on...Read more

  • Supporting local communities in the age of COVID-19
    March 16, 2020
    These are the most turbulent times in any of our memories. Some of us remember all the way back to the 70s when we were marching in the streets demanding the end to wars and the launch of clean air and water standards. (OK Boomer!) Some of us came of age when the markets crashed and the global economy burned in 2008. Some of us have been deployed into unknown dangerous territories. But this feels worse. Day by day, terrible uncertainty and fear grow as the Coronavirus spreads and takes its toll...Read more

  • Your count matters
    February 18, 2020
    Every ten years since 1790 — that’s 22 times over 220 years! — the United States government has conducted a national count of everyone who lives in the country. ANCA is helping spread the word about the Census here in the Adirondack North Country because this short and simple survey has a direct and lasting impact on our communities. Representation Census data determines how many seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and how congressional districts are appointed. This...Read more

  • Learning Downstream. Working Upstream.
    January 29, 2020
    “One day a group of villagers was working in the fields by a river. Suddenly someone noticed a baby floating downstream. A woman rushed out and rescued the baby, brought it to shore and cared for it. During the next several days, more babies were found floating downstream, and the villagers rescued them as well. But before long there was a steady stream of babies floating downstream. Soon the whole village was involved in the many tasks of rescue work: pulling these poor children out of the...Read more

  • 2019 Last-minute Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide
    December 18, 2019
    2019 Last-minute Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide Local gifts make a difference This holiday season is the final one of the decade — a perfect time to reflect on the last ten years and express our gratitude for the people with whom we have shared memories and experiences throughout the 2010s. Send a card, pick up the phone, share a meal, give a gift. If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping quite yet, don’t stress about it. We have some great ideas for gifts that show your love of friends and...Read more

  • Local energy options for local communities
    November 13, 2019
    Jennifer Perry, Energy Circuit Rider
    Part 2 In my last blog , I shared my reflections about the value of localizing our energy choices. I contrasted the dominant centralized grid — which imports most of its energy across millions of years and thousands of miles in the form of coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy and the damaging impacts that consumption of these fuels has on human health — with the more resilient, locally sourced distributed grid of the future. As New York State rolls out the recently adopted Climate...Read more

  • Inspiration and gratitude: a Local Farm Challenge
    October 25, 2019
    Audrey Schwartzberg, Communications Officer
    We are inspired. And we are grateful. On September 29, over 200 people gathered together at Tucker Farms, less than 10 miles down the road from Saranac Lake, in the heart of the Adirondack North Country. Golden corn fields, historic barns and a panorama of mountain peaks set the stage for a shared meal between new friends and old — visitors and locals who came here to enjoy a day of cycling, visiting local farms and learning about what work and life is like for a variety of Adirondack farmers...Read more

  • A whale’s tale: creating clean energy sustainability for the region
    September 11, 2019
    Jennifer Perry, Energy Circuit Rider
    You might be wondering what whales have to do with a blog on local energy. After 25 years of working in the environmental field, I believe one thing to be true: all environmental problems can be solved by modelling human systems on ecological principles. Humans have much to learn — from our animal friends specifically and from ecological principles in general — about how to capture energy as efficiently and sustainably as possible. Which brings us back to whales. The whale in this picture — a...Read more