New Beginnings

Photo by Lauren DeCicca.

New Beginnings

A collection of profiles published in the Fall 2011 issue of Fresh Dirt Ithaca.

An ethnomusicologist turned breadmaker. A healer who also makes natural beauty products. A woman who returned to her family’s dairy farm to start making artisanal cheeses. And a young couple who decided to create a permaculture farm. What is it about this region that inspires people to find new beginnings?

Photo by Lauren DeCicca.

New Beginnings: The Good Life Farm

No tractors and no insecticides means managing a staff of horses and turkeys. Sometimes innovation means going a little retro. Melissa Madden is always thinking about how best to make use …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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