What's Up North

  • Soapmaker. Pulse-taker. Mover and Shaker.
    January 10, 2017
    Sweetgrass. Cedar. Lavender. Marigold. Rose. Balsam. The ingredients alone conjure up an intoxicating palette of fragrance, color and flavor. Nestled on a peaceful farm in Northern New York, a homegrown business is rooted in these elements. Soapmaker and entrepreneur Sandy Maine of Parishville has been a leader in the local maker scene for nearly 40 years. She is a long-time supporter of ANCA’s artisan programs and has been attending Adirondack Buyer Days since the show’s very beginning, in...Read more

  • A Winter Salad Grows in Madrid-Waddington
    December 15, 2016
    It’s hard to believe it’s mid-December at the Madrid-Waddington Central School. As snow drifts into the exterior courtyard, lush green plants fill sturdy metal racks in the school’s garden room. Eight six-foot tall grow racks boast salad greens and herbs as well as a few experimental strawberry and cucumber plants. Several baby cucumbers dangle from vines and basil seedlings look vibrant against dark organic soil, made entirely of composted material from prior plantings. The grow racks are the...Read more

  • VIDEO: A Day in the Life of an Adirondack North Country Sculptor
    December 2, 2016
    Many artists and artisans of the Adirondack North Country utilize the region's unique natural resources to create beautiful and unique works of art. In this video, ANCA and Josh Clement Productions take a closer look at the time-intensive and precise work that stone sculptor Matt Horner puts into his pieces.Read more

  • The Hub on the Hill: Supporting jobs within an alternative economic model in the North Country
    November 22, 2016
    Audrey Schwartzberg, Communications Associate
    I spoke with Hub on the Hill DirectorJori Wekin to learn more about the jobs directly and indirectly created and supported through the shared food processing “makerspace” and marketplace. The conversation ended up being about more than just jobs. The story of the Hub on the Hill is also about needs, risks, community support, partnership, and a unique and evolving vision for success. “The Hub on the Hill is inspired by the region’s local makers, farmers and food artisans of the North Country,”...Read more

  • Makerspace Movement in the Adirondack North Country
    November 15, 2016
    Nearly 70 makers, hackers, DIYers, business owners, public officials, and community members came together to explore the idea of rural communities of making and what that could look like in the region at Pendragon Theatre on November 9th. Makerspaces and hackerspaces have been the center of attention in business, political, and academic research circles in recent years for their ability to both build community and incubate the creation of small businesses by reducing startup costs and barriers...Read more

  • VIDEO: A Day in the Life of an Adirondack North Country Farmer
    October 5, 2016
    The Adirondack North Country is home to a number of passionate small farmers who work under the region's unique and challenging conditions to make a living doing what they love. ANCA and Josh Clement Productions created a short film highlighting a day in the life of Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay, New York.Read more

  • Bike'n the Barns
    September 10, 2016
    Audrey Schwartzberg, Communications Associate
    I’m on my trusty touring bike, hauling my 5-year-old in the Burly buggy. She’d rather be pedaling her big-girl bike, but she’ll have to be content admiring the view from the trailer. My husband and son are up ahead pedaling [almost] in tandem with their bicycle/tag-along combo. Grandpop is joining us for the day, and Grandma with her new recumbent bike. We are ready to ride! I don’t know what you’re doing on September 24, but we are going to move this outfit over to Mace Chasm Farm in...Read more