Ag/Environmen

Trust protects two Lansing parcels, 5 miles apart

LANSING – The two preserves 5 miles apart are about as different as can be, yet their owner says they serve the same mission. The 287-acre Cayuga Shores Wildlife Management Area off Nut …

Trinity Valley a century in the making

Trinity Valley dairy products result from decisions made over the past 100 years by an upstate New York family (now headed by Ken and Sue Poole; Branden and Rebekah Brown). Vision, ambition, …

Families celebrate each other at Cortland's dairy parade

The diverse crowd Tuesday at the Cortland County Dairy Parade shared a common thread – they were there to cheer on kids, grandkids, siblings. Their love of dairy varied, from cheese to ice …

‘We’re proud to be farmers’

Three generations of the Poole family stood together Tuesday as they accepted this year’s Warm Hands award, marking the start of Dairy Month in Cortland County. “It makes us feel …

The parade has had to adapt in many ways over the past few years, but the Cortland County Dairy Parade will return Tuesday in a route that takes it from North Main Street toward the Cortland County …

Lime Hollow receives $250k for building work, solar panels

Lime Hollow Nature Center has been around for more than 30 years. The $250,000 grant it announced Friday will help it for the next 40, its director said. Lime Hollow Executive Director Ilya …

In case of a rainy day

The sun shone Friday in Cortland – the sky a bright blue, only a small spattering of clouds. Birds whistled in tune with the wind; the leaves rustled, cars rumbled in the background. But …

Festival celebrates the one that on which all life depends

Not only does water plays a vital role in our daily existence, but all forms of life depend upon it. The cycle of water commences with precipitation falling to earth, where some of it is …

Uses found for unusable land

Officials don’t know how many unusable sites are spread across Cortland County. But they have value, and if they can be re-developed properly, can add life to the community. …

Landfill filling as county weighs what to do

mmellott@cortlandstandard.com The current cell in the Cortland County landfill is due to close in 12 years, but if the county wants to open a new one – that could take eight to 10 years. …

Trees to return to Cortland

Landscaping for new trees on Main Street should be done by Labor Day along with the rest of the street’s redevelopment, more than a year after they were cut for construction. Landscape and …

‘One tool in the toolbox’

Village of Homer residents are encouraged to stop mowing in May – no citations will be issued to registered properties – to help pollinators as they come out of hibernation. Village …

Community garden to expand children’s area, build walkway

An outdoor kitchen, of sorts, where kids can create concoctions of mud and grass – and likely whatever else they can get their hands on – is called a mud kitchen. And soon, the one …

Lime Hollow to host clean up day and musical celebration

  Lime Hollow to host clean up day and musical celebration By LILY BYRNE Staff Reporter lbyrne@cortlandstandard.com While few people look forward to cleaning up sticks …

NYSERDA describes how it would turn landfill into light

DRYDEN – Dryden residents and other interested parties got their first official look Wednesday at a project designed to breathe new life into an old landfill. The site, the former Caswell …

Seed library sprouts in Homer to feed curiosity

Seeds aren’t usually something you can check out from a library – but you can in Homer. Well, you can’t exactly check them out and return them, but you can take some for your …

County panels wants chicken processor to spread its wings

Cortland County has 73 farms raising chickens, federal data show, but only six raising them for meat. A Truxton farm wants to expand its flock, and is winning county support to do so. Hillside …

Trash costs more but saves on blue bags, private haulers

Cortland is collecting more than twice the trash now than when it used a blue-bag system through 2022, city records show. That means a greater cost to property tax payers, but a savings in neither …

SUNY Cortland to host food system education week

Starting Monday, SUNY Cortland kicks off Harvest Week – the culmination of its year-long series of events surrounding food. Every year, the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee …

‘We all eat’

The farmer. The grocer. The shopper. The chef. The diner and the designers. Everyone has a place in the food system and Tompkins Cortland Community College students are getting a two-year degree by …

County flares landfill methane

Cortland County residents can expect less odor from the landfill, less pollution — and maybe some savings, too — thanks to a new methane gas collector. The $2 million project wrapped …

The winter that wasn't

Last year, Grisamore Farms in Locke lost nearly all of its crops from a May freeze — could it happen again? Maybe, experts said, if there’s a spring freeze. A mild winter, like this …

Landfill to become solar farm in Dryden

DRYDEN – An old landfill would get a new life hosting a facility to produce and store solar energy, under a proposal being developed by a state agency and an as-yet unidentified private …

Dryden to require PILOTs for solar projects

DRYDEN – If you want to erect a solar farm in Dryden, prepare to negotiate a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with the town. The town board voted, 4-0, Thursday to require a PILOT …

Hay producers – watch for this invasive spreading in Cortland

There is a continuous need to be vigilant against invasive species, and a species that has been present in the United States for well over a century: Swallowwort. This invasive plant that is …

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