What's Up North

  • 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, Sustainability Project Coordinator
    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 Associate
    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, Sustainability Project Coordinator
    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

  • Empowering Local Ownership: Building Local Wealth
    August 8, 2019
    Lauren Richard, Small Business Service Coordinator , Danielle Delaini, Entrepreneurial Program Director
    Kelly’s Story It is before 6 am and I am up packing lunches, half dressed and less than half awake. I reheat old coffee in the microwave and suck it down in silent hope that it will be stronger than the day I made it. Was that yesterday? The list running through my mind repeats again and again, but unlike a broken record the song only gets longer every time it plays. Bills are due, kids need supplies before school starts back up, the car needs an oil change, the dog hasn’t been to the vet in...Read more

  • Inclusion, Diversity & the Future of Our Rural Communities
    April 29, 2019
    Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization. — Mahatma Ghandi A little over five years ago my wife Erin and I visited the Adirondacks for the very first time. Prior to that we knew very little about the region aside from the Adirondack chairs that we had growing up. While visiting, we did many of the things that some first time visitors do. We hiked Cascade, hiked Baker Mountain, spent a few nights in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, experienced...Read more

  • Food brings people together
    March 15, 2019
    As I waited in line for a mouth-watering local-food lunch of baked potatoes, butter, cheese, sour cream, ground beef, salsa and butternut squash soup and chatted with a colleague who lives nearly three hours from me, I found myself pondering a thought that has become a mantra for me throughout my six-year tenure at ANCA. Food brings people together. The act of sharing a meal is a communal bonding experience in every part of the world. Out of necessity, for pleasure and for social connection, we...Read more

  • The Future of Rural: Part 1
    January 24, 2019
    In the wake of the 2016 election, the media dispatched reporters to rural areas across the country to gain insights into a largely ignored part of America that had an outsized impact on the outcome of the election. The resulting spate of articles provide useful perspectives and recommendations. But a clear-eyed set of solutions for the future of rural America remains elusive. The nation’s 1,976 rural counties (as classified by USDA) include nearly 72 percent of the land area of the United...Read more

  • A store built around community
    December 13, 2018
    Audrey Schwartzberg, Communications Associate
    In the face of the continuing onslaught against local retail businesses by the Amazons of the world, it is really gratifying to see that one retail store, born of community need, and capitalized and led by community members, stands strong against the Amazon tide — The Community Store in Saranac Lake. As the nights get longer and the year comes to a close, the holiday season is a time for renewal and fresh possibilities. This winter, The Community Store is launching a new image with a revived...Read more