Adirondack Council awards farm micro-grants

The Adirondack Council and Klipper Family Fund announced the winners of 23 micro-grants as part of the Cool Farms/Healthy Park initiative last week.

Some of the grants will go toward energy efficiency, such as the $500 awarded to an ice cream shop in Newcomb to improve its air conditioner or $1,500 to a farm for a solar irrigation system.

Other grants will go toward beekeeping equipment, a moveable greenhouse and other small projects.

The Council, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, announced the winners in honor of Earth Day. The Council will provide more than $27,000 to farms and businesses around the Adirondack Park in an effort to promote more environmentally friendly farming techniques and healthier Adirondack communities.

“Climate-smart Adirondack farms and businesses provide our communities with safe local food, jobs and tourism attractions while helping to combat global climate change and to protect Adirondack water, wildlife and wilderness,” said Courtney Klipper, co-founder of the Klipper Family Fund. “These Adirondack farmers and business owners are taking it upon themselves to be greener. We are thrilled to help them achieve that goal.”

“Grants were reviewed by the Council and a panel of partners that included individuals representing the American Farmland Trust, Open Space Institute, Adirondack North Country Association, the Adirondack Foundation and Cornell Cooperative Extension,” a press release said.

For more information on the Cool Farms/Healthy Communities program, go to www.adirondackcouncil.org/page/cool-farmshealthy-park-program-189.html.

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