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The downtown Binghamton restaurant Lost Dog Café recently held a ‘Meet the Farmer’ event. Sixty people attended a catered dinner in the back of the busy restaurant. One of the event's organizers, David Currie, went through the menu before people began taking their seats:

“So tonight’s dinner features Blue Heron Acres Kobe Brisket braised in Lost Dog Seasonal Ale, which is also a New York Ale.”

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Here's a catchphrase someone who's been to a farmer's market is probably familiar with: "buy local." And for those who try and follow the mantra closely, you may also be familiar with "food miles," the notion of counting how far your strawberries traveled to land on top of your bowl of Cheerios.

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The Environmental Protection Agency announced this month it will be providing technical assistance to three western New York communities. They were chosen out of 121 applicants and are three of 43 communities to be assisted across the country. The EPA will provide the aid by delivering workshops on developing sustainable growth strategies.

The Broadway-Fillmore corridor in downtown Buffalo is one of the communities to receive EPA support. Once a hub for retail stores and business it is now one of the poorest communities in the country. Neighborhood Housing Services Executive Director John D. Murphy said although the EPA’s support is non-financial, it’s expected to promote investment in the area.

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The North Country Sustainability Plan was unveiled last week. It tackles energy, land use, transportation and water and waste management across seven counties.The Adirondack North Country Association, Ecology and Environment Inc., and Essex County spent much of the past year compiling the plan. They enlisted the help of another 200 people from around the region for the working groups.

The result is a huge document that analyzes resource management and job growth across the North Country.

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Traditional American Indian cropping could be the key to a more sustainable agricultural system, Rochester Institute of Technology students have heard.

The university’s Native Innovation day had a focus on what’s called the ‘three-sister system’ which some scientists believe can decrease soil erosion and protect soil nutrients.