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New Beginnings: Wide Awake Bakery

Bread-making was just a hobby for Mecklenburg resident Stefan Senders, until he left academia to launch a bread CSA. Now dozens of members line up to get their weekly bread. […]

Crop Mob!

Flash mobs meet agriculture in this boon to local farmers. Rachel Firak and Katie Church, inspired by a New York Times article about a group of 19 strangers who descended […]

New Beginnings: Keeley’s Cheese Co.

Keeley McGarr returned to her family’s dairy farm in King Ferry to launch her own cheesemaking business. It’s only year two, and she’s already developed a following. Most people, when […]

3 Steps to Greener Feet

1. Before you buy, do some legwork. Simple Shoes ( lowers your sneaks’ footprint—they‘re made from recycled tires, plastic bottles, and organic cotton. (Get the style below at Fontana‘s for $65.) […]

Make Art, Not Junk!

Duchamp did it 100 years ago, kids do it at the Sciencenter’s Reinvention Station today, and now turning castoffs into artistic creations is becoming a national trend. Justin Whitaker, whose […]


Cartoons by Marshall Hopkins, graphic design professor at TC3 and former assistant cartoon editor at The New Yorker.

A Secret History: The Cayuga Nature Center, Then and Now

Now: Close to 25,000 adults and children visit the Cayuga Nature Center each year for hands-on lessons in wildlife and environmental studies. They participate in Critter Camps; play in Treetops, […]

New Beginnings: Roots Rose Radish

Whipped up in a kitchen in Freeville, Christian Toscano’s handcrafted line of organic cleansers and lotions are more than skin deep. Christian Toscano admits she’s one picky customer. The cabinets […]

Savior of Buffalo Street Books

When Ithaca’s last full-service independent bookstore faced imminent death, local citizens wondered, could anyone help? The answer was obvious: What about Bob? On a drizzly, cold day last February, Gary Weissbrot, owner […]


One day, not long after the oil started pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, I came across a blog entry by Michelle Schoffro Cook called “Advice From an African Medicine […]