Yogurt Land

In between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, where most barns are firetruck red, a tall green one with a curved roof stands out. Just down the road from Lori, New York, the barn is only a few minutes away from a roadside ice cream stand called Fingerlicks. From the big barn’s front entrance, the distant cool blue of Seneca Lake beckons behind an extremely faded white sign with black lettering. Strangers driving past the farm would have almost no chance of deciphering “Ithaca Water Buffalo Farm” before they whiz by.

On the far side of the barn, green pastures that are spread over gently rolling hills lie in wait for the farm’s cattle and water buffalo population, but in early April it is still a little too chilly for the animals to roam. And so they rest in the barn in two long rows.

Stepping into the dimly lit space, Eve Rosekrans is met by two dozen pairs of eyes. One Jersey cow is on its feet, and a dozen others lie calmly in their open stalls, attached by rope and chain tethers to a metal rail that blocks off a walkway littered with hay. Dim light illuminates the reddish-brown coats of twenty female cows. Heavy heads swing with slow grace toward Rosekrans, and a minute later nearly all the cows are on their feet.

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Customers select fresh produce

Ithaca farms adjust to new season with winter crop shares

By Kelsey McKim and Kristen Gowdy

As customers step into the cozy haven of Stick and Stone Farm’s crop share distribution barn, they are greeted by large cardboard boxes and plastic bins filled with fresh vegetables. The brightly-colored produce and large paintings of fruits and vegetables on the walls contrast sharply with the overcast sky and November chill outside.

It is the final week of the Full Plate Farm Collective’s summer season, and customers are picking up their last boxes of fresh food for the summer share.

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Exterior of Ithaca City Hall

New zoning system could change the look of Ithaca

By Kelsey McKim

Like the look of the Commons? Aesthetics could become an additional factor that developers will have to consider when building or updating structures in the area.

The look and feel of the downtown Ithaca business district could be the focus of ordinances enacting a new style of zoning over the next five years, said JoAnn Cornish, director of planning and development for the city of Ithaca.

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Homegrown skate decks

Local skate shop is more than just a store for Ithaca community

By Kelsey McKim and  Kristen Gowdy.

On an uncharacteristically warm November day, Andrew Douglas stands outside washing the windows of his store, Homegrown Skateshop.

The store is, for now, void of customers. In this first hour of the business day, the interior of the shop is silent, except for a soft guitar tune that solidifies the shop’s eased nature. Inside, neat rows of shoes and clothes line the perimeter of the simplistically modern space. The back wall has been covered in an array of decks, save for a small television in the corner that plays skating videos on repeat.

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Freshmeat Training

New skaters learn roller derby skills at Freshmeat Training

By Kelsey McKim, Frances Johnson, and Katelyn Harrop

The ILWR’s Freshmeat Training program began Oct. 20 and takes place until Dec. 17 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at ILWR’s training facility in Lansing. The training is open to women over 18 years of age who have health insurance, and participants are not required to have previous skating or derby experience.

Allison Ditzig, an Ithaca College junior going through the training, said why she was motivated to participate: “Aggression and pent-up teenage angst that still exists. We’re all emo boys at heart, deep down.”

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TCWC Exterior

Religious beliefs motivate some members of living wage movement

By Kelsey McKim and Frances Johnson.

Laurie Konwinski’s passion for advocating for a living wage for all workers in Tompkins County stems from her faith.

“I would say that, really, my faith as a Catholic is absolutely central to why I do this work and why I’ve been at it for what feels like a long time, 20-something years,” Konwinski said.

Konwinski is the deputy director and coordinator for the Justice and Peace Ministry of Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga counties. The Justice and Peace Ministry, specifically the Labor-Religion Coalition of the Finger Lakes — which Konwinski co-chairs — works to promote a living wage in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

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Bernie Buttons

Ithaca residents support Bernie Sanders’s progressive policies

By Kelsey McKim and Elizabeth Morris.

Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Company’s back room is split into two sections: one with extra gear and other storage, the other full of buttons, bumper stickers, pamphlets and yard signs neatly displayed on tables. It is all arranged with one goal in mind: supporting Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Ithaca and Tompkins County have been highly supportive of Sanders so far, and the group Ithaca and Tompkins County for Bernie Sanders is working to keep the trend going. Ithaca’s zip code (14850) ranks ninth nationally in campaign contributions to the Vermont senator, with $11,470 raised. This figure is based on Federal Election Commission data released Aug. 3 of individual contributions of $200 or more. Campaign donations are only one indicator of support for a candidate, however.

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