A clear cut near Speculator managed by Lyme Timber. Sometimes a woodlot that looks heavily logged is being managed well, while a parcel with lots of trees can be made of "junk" timber. Photo used by permission
Canton, NY, Feb 14, 2013 — According to the USDA, there are more than 200 regional "Food Hubs" in the US. The USDA says it believes the hubs "offer strong and sound infrastructure support to producers across the country which will also help build a stronger regional food system."
New York recently announced funding for four more across the state, including one in Canton, through its Regional Economic Development Councils. Canton's grant is for $350,000. The details are still in flux, but David Sommerstein spoke with one of the project's organizers, United Helpers CEO Steve Knight, to get a sense of the food hub's vision.
United Helpers is a non-for-profit organization known more for health care than for work on food issues, but it's bought the old Community Bank building, on Main Street in Canton, to house its new for-profit business incubator, Sparx Corp. Sparx, says Knight, is a partner in the food hub project. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Feb 14, 2013 — An argument's erupted between Albany's two top number-crunchers. The state comptroller's office has concerns about the governor's proposed budget. But the governor's budget director says the comptroller's staff has got it wrong.
Feb 14, 2013 — Story Traveler Gioia Timpanelli shares some thoughts about love and a poem by Robert Bly on this Valentine's Day. Gioia is a world-class storyteller who lives in the Hudson... Go to full article