The concrete walls in the basement of Rome’s old Rod Mill plant are so thick you can grow vegetables, even in winter. Christina Carambia, a recent graduate of Mohawk Valley Commmunity College, wants to create an eight-acre vertical farm there, creating jobs for 40 people.
A native of Orange County, known for its fertile ‘Black Dirt’ region, Skidmore College Claire Lindsay has returned home to join forces with her sister in opening Green Onlon LLC, a farmers’ cooperative. Her aim: To provide a “shared experience of food, the arts, and learning.”
When University at Albany graduate Adam Macdonald decided to launch a business focused on linking restaurants and sustainable farmers, he went with Reezly,com, a contraction of 'real' and 'easy,.' "We're making it easier for restaurants to find locally sourced food, and we're making it easier for growers to find new markets," he says.
In 2010, Luke Evans discovered an antioxidant-rich mushroom called chaga while hiking through the Catskill woods near his home. Now at the University at Albany, he and two colleagues will soon bring to market 15,000 bottles of ‘Tea Tree’ in three flavors.