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Inside, the growing season starts simply and peacefully enough, with Dan Kent seeding celeriac, shallots, and onion, and Megan starting flowers like delphinium and cosmos. It's snowy and sleeting outside, but pretty cozy in the greenhouse. "It's not bad work, honestly," says Dan. Photo: David Sommerstein
Inside, the growing season starts simply and peacefully enough, with Dan Kent seeding celeriac, shallots, and onion, and Megan starting flowers like delphinium and cosmos. It's snowy and sleeting outside, but pretty cozy in the greenhouse. "It's not bad work, honestly," says Dan. Photo: David Sommerstein

"We struggle early, finish strong": Lessons learned on a Lisbon farm

With highs in the 40s all week, it looks like the weather has finally broken. It's springtime in the North Country. But it could still be weeks before the soil is warm enough to plant crops. Farmers are starting seeds now. They're planning. And they're worrying.

All this year, David Sommerstein is sending monthly stories from one organic vegetable farm, Kent Family Growers in St. Lawrence County. He'll follow the seasons, the crops, the labor, and the business of making a living being an "eat local" farmer. This time of year, all the action's in the greenhouse.  Go to full article
Josh Parker stands next to his pellet-fired evaporator at his sugar shack near Canton. Photo: Todd Moe
Josh Parker stands next to his pellet-fired evaporator at his sugar shack near Canton. Photo: Todd Moe

Canton teen is young maple syrup entrepreneur

Joshua Parker doesn't have his driver's license yet, but he's a young maple syrup entrepreneur with big plans. At 16, he's one of the country's youngest maple producers.

Joshua catches rides with his dad and neighbors to check the taps in his sugar bush. And even though he relies on advice from more experienced maple producers, he's the boss and owner of Parker Maple Farm, near Canton. Five years ago, he started tapping sap with 10 buckets, as a hobby. Last year, he got serious and installed a tubing system with 3,500 taps. He created a business plan, borrowed money for state-of-the-art equipment (with help from his parents) and is waiting for the sap to start flowing.  Go to full article
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe

A Winterlude interlude along Ottawa's Rideau Canal

Ottawa's National Capital Commission (NCC) has embarked on multi-year project along the Rideau Canal to attract more skaters, strollers and cyclists in the winter and summer months. It's part of a larger experiment to increase the number of visitors to Ottawa's historic and landmark sites.

Two years ago, the NCC approved four pilot projects along the canal as part of an effort "to bring more vitality to the shoreline."  Go to full article
Convergys is buying out Stream Global Services in an $820 million deal.
Convergys is buying out Stream Global Services in an $820 million deal.

Buyout could mean growth for Watertown employer Stream

There have been a lot of questions in the wake of an announcement that the Watertown call center Stream will be sold. The company that's buying it says if anything, the sale should make workers optimistic.  Go to full article
The new study found that non-profits drive nearly half a billion dollars of economic activity in the North Country.
The new study found that non-profits drive nearly half a billion dollars of economic activity in the North Country.

Non-profits grow up into major North Country industry

When a lot of people in the North Country think about non-profit organizations, the image that comes to mind is the local community theater or small social-service groups or environmental activists.

But non-profits have grown into one of the region's biggest economic forces. A new study released last week found that one out of every seven jobs in the private sector in our region is provided by a not-for-profit.

Leaders of non-profits gathered last week in Tupper Lake to talk about their impact and their challenges.  Go to full article

Books: When Men and Mountains Meet

Next Monday marks a little known event in American history. On November 25, 1783, the last of the British forces departed from Manhattan and the last shot of the Revolutionary War was reportedly fired. A new book tells the story of attempts to settle and industrialize the Adirondacks after the end of the war.

Todd Moe talks with historian and author Glenn Pearsall about his book, When Men and Mountains Meet. It focuses on the history of the Adirondacks, from 1790 to 1820, when the region became a land of opportunity for businessmen and land speculators.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo and Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack launch StartUpNY on Long Island Tuesday. Photo: Governor Cuomo facebook feed
Gov. Cuomo and Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack launch StartUpNY on Long Island Tuesday. Photo: Governor Cuomo facebook feed

New York launches tax-free business zones

New York's plan to attract new business and jobs to the state by offering them tax free space at public colleges is underway. Officials Tuesday outlined for the first time specifics about how the program will work. The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports.  Go to full article
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office

Comptroller: NY looking to invest in more entrepreneurs

The state Comptroller says he's looking for more start up companies and entrepreneurs to invest in, as part of a partnership between the state's pension fund and private equity managers.  Go to full article
Sharon Bastille ("Mom") presents a pie. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Sharon Bastille ("Mom") presents a pie. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Mom's Schoolhouse Diner closes after a decade in West Potsdam

For the last ten years, Sharon Bastille - better known as "Mom" - and her husband Dick have been running Mom's Schoolhouse Diner in West Potsdam. But the Mom's era will come to an end this weekend, as the diner shuts its doors after Saturday, August 17.  Go to full article
A worker checks finished yogurt cups at the North Country Dairy in North Lawrence. Photo: Courtesy Upstate Niagara Cooperative.
A worker checks finished yogurt cups at the North Country Dairy in North Lawrence. Photo: Courtesy Upstate Niagara Cooperative.

Milk culture: touring the North Country yogurt plant

A couple of years ago, things looked bad for dairy processing in North Lawrence. Healthy Food Holdings was shutting down its Breyer's yogurt plant, and laying off more than 100 workers.

But within weeks, the plant was quietly purchased by the Upstate Niagara Cooperative. The Buffalo-based dairy processor renamed the plant the North Country Dairy. It says yogurt is on an upward trend in New York State, and the Cooperative wants to be part of that.

Many food manufacturers guard trade secrets tightly, and won't allow visitors. Upstate Niagara wouldn't allow the North Country plant manager to talk on tape for a story. But he did take me on a full tour of the facility.  Go to full article

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