Food systems are complicated and LivingADK has begun connecting dots in the Western Central Adirondacks to work on strengthening all levels of food security within our region.

 

We are addressing the 30,000 foot view such as mapping our food systems, finding ways to connect growers to restaurants/stores/consumers, food surveys, etc.  LivingADK is partnered with Mohawk Valley Economic Development District and Cornell Cooperative Extension Herkimer County to collect data and develop programs.
 
We currently run the Old Forge Farmers Market, which has helped connect farmers to our locals and seasonal tourism population for over 14 years.  As well, we have partnered with the Inlet Area Community Task Force to bring farm fresh produce to the Inlet/Eagle Bay/Raquette Lake area through the Inlet farm stand held on the property of the Inlet Common School year-round.
To address food cost subsidies, we have partnered with Blue Mountain Collective's Hamilton County Cares program to subsidize the Inlet Farm Stand. In addition, LivingADK carries its own food subsidy program that those in need can use at the Old Forge Farmers Market.  To date, this program has delivered over $25,000 in direct nutrition assistance to local residents directly out of the market's vendor rental income budget.
 
We are fortunate to work closely with St. Bartholomew's Church, Inlet Community Church, the Old Forge Library and Niccolls Church in their ongoing efforts as local food pantries.
We have most recently partnered with Inlet Area Community Task Force to establish local community gardens and expand local gardening/agriculture education.
 
Our next target is to work with the Oneida/Herkimer Solid Waste Authority to evaluate and facilitate programs around food waste reduction, composting etc.... within the region. 
LivingADK has been the facilitator connecting these organizations.  Food security is a multi-faceted problem, and we have been fortunate enough to begin strengthening these systems to allow our community to operate through the challenges of today and into the future.

Highlights

  • Sponsored/Run Old Forge Farmers Market since 2008
  • Creating partnerships on all levels of food security
  • Addressing the interplay between food access, healthcare, environmental change and economy
  • We connect our region to programs in the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, and Park-wide