We congratulate two local businesses that recently won prestigious awards for their excellent green achievements: Rivermede Farm of Keene Valley and the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in downtown Lake Placid.
Rob Hastings of Rivermede Farm received the Glynwood Harvest Farmer Award for advancing the field (pun intended) of sustainable family farming. By using heated greenhouses and "high tunnels," unheated plastic shelters that provide weather protection and passive solar heat, Mr. Hastings is extending the growing season well into October for many of his 30 crops, including tomatoes and red raspberries, and growing hardier crops like arugula year round.
Meanwhile, the Holdereid family, which owns the Golden Arrow, earned its prestige as the first hotel to win an Environmental Excellence Award in the five years the state Department of Environmental Conservation has been giving them out. The hotel's "green roof," covered with plants, reduces water runoff and helps keep the inn warm in the winter and cool in the summer - plus it provides homes for animals, and it has a limestone beach that counteracts the effects of acid rain. In addition, the hotel was retrofitted with efficient plumbing and electrical infrastructure, offers in-room recycling and gives incentives for guests to travel by foot, ski, bike or hybrid car. If it sounds like it's taking the "green" thing beyond practicality into the realm of trendiness, well, it's practical business these days to appeal to the green traveler. Smart move, we say.
These business people are leaders in a nation that realizes it needs to incorporate the best of both old and new ideas and technology to rebuild our fallen economy.
You can read more about both of these awards in today's Business section (adirondackguide.com/page/category.detail/nav/5017/Business.html).