I did another section of the North Country Trail, this time in Hoxie Gorge State Forest near Cortland, NY. It was the beginning of September, so still warm out but the feeling of fall nearing. This section of trail comes out onto Underwood Hill with great views of Central New York.
My short doc HOPPED UPSTATE will be screening at Glimmerglass Film Days in Cooperstown, NY on Nov. 6th. I’ll be there along with Dave, the subject of the film, to talk hops production in New York State.
Leslie Von Pless, director, will present her video project following the resurrection of hop farming in New York State. Over the last decade, the country has seen an enormous shift in beer consumption from the mass-market lagers to dynamic, flavorful, homegrown brews created by small, region-specific microbreweries. New York ranks in the top three states with the fastest growing craft beer industry. It’s been called a “bright spot” in the economy and the rapid growth is continuing. In 2012, Governor Cuomo and the state legislature passed the Farm Brewery Act, which includes tax incentives and other benefits to give financial relief to burgeoning breweries. The legislation also requires that 20% of ingredients used by breweries must come from NYS farms, and that increases eventually to 90%. In response to the Farm Brewery Law, Dave Pasick is starting a hops yard on his family farm near Utica, NY. Feeling confident that Upstate New York’s craft beer scene will continue growing, he’s hoping it will create a new market for hops needed by local breweries. Dave is now onto his second growing season and is not only looking to produce a larger harvest this year, but to be a part of a budding economic movement in his rural hometown. Following the screening, Brewery Ommegang’s brewers will discuss Ommegang’s collaboration with Cornell to find the best hops for Otsego’s growing conditions. 2013, USA, 15 mins.
Today I went for a hike in southern Onondaga County, NY between Labrador Pond (with Labrador Mountain in the distance) and Spruce Pond in Morgan Hill State Forest. This trail is part of the Finger Lakes Trail in Central New York, which is also part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. I come to this area of CNY frequently to hike various sections, I have always loved the farms along the rolling hills and small mountains.
This is a series of videos from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council profiling Upstate New York dairy farms, created to educate inner-city school kids about where their milk and yogurt comes from. I especially like that two of them feature women farmers.