Saranac Lake, NY, Jul 13, 2012 — This week, North Country Public Radio has been taking a second look at the realities of alternative and renewable energy in our region. Some advocates think locally-generated energy, from hydro to solar to wind and biomass, could be the next big thing for an economy strained by the loss of manufacturing and government jobs. But big challenges remain. Start-up costs are steep and some of the companies that have pioneered the North Country's green energy movement are struggling.
Brian Mann spoke recently with Kate Fish, head of the Adirondack North Country Association. She's one of the region's strongest advocates for local energy production and her organization is now working on a $1 million state-funded project designed to assess how communities can shift away from costly oil and gas.
Fish says one goal of the study is to get a better understanding of just how much energy production is happening now in the region. Go to full article
Kevin Sullivan's intensive grazing fields (top) and a conventional farm barnyard.
Dec 06, 2002 — Fewer than 10 percent of North Country dairy farmers graze their cows on pasture. Most confine their herd to big barns and feed them grains and hay. But since the 1980s, agronomists have been encouraging small farms to embrace intensive rotational grazing during the warmer months as a way to cut costs. Farmers then only buy feed for the winter. David Sommerstein reports on a model 60-cow grazing farm in the Lewis County town of Denmark, near Carthage.
The Adirondack North Country Association's Martha Pickard consults for free with farmers to design a grazing management plan. You can reach her at 518-891-6200. Go to full article
Mar 23, 2001 — Towns and villages in the Adirondacks are looking for better ways to spark local economies. For many, that means a shift away from mining and logging and a new focus on tourism. Town supervisors and economic development experts gathered Thursday in Saranac Lake to compare their efforts. For some, these are the best of times. For others, the change means a struggle for survival. Brian Mann has our story. Go to full article