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Farm distillery tasting room opens in Lebanon

A new whiskey distillery and tasting room has opened its doors to the public in the Madison County town of Lebanon. Old Home Distillers, owned and operated by longtime area residents Gerald and Marlene Carvell, in partnership with their two adult sons Aaron and Adam, is now open for tours, tastings and sales on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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New greenhouse, florist coming to Nelson

Spruce Ridge Landscape and Design expands business

The four corners of Nelson has become a hub of business activity, with a new coffee roaster, nanobrewery, cigar shop and restaurant either in place or coming in 2016 — and now, just around the corner on Erieville Road, Spruce Ridge Landscape and Design is opening a new garden center and florist in the former Brookside Greenhouse location.

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Empire Farmstead Brewery one step closer to completion

New 60-barrel brewhouse, bottling line delivered to site

The Empire Farmstead Brewery on Rippleton Road moved one step closer to completion this week with the delivery of a brand new, state-of-the-art 60 barrel brewhouse, as well as a brand new bottling line and cutting-edge water treatment facility. The machinery arrived during a three-day delivery process — and in the midst of a snow storm that shut down the Cazenovia school district — and all was installed immediately upon delivery. The new brewery is on schedule for opening to the public in May.

4-H Tractor Safety and Certification Course to be held for teens

Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension will soon be hosting the 2016 4-H Agriculture & Tractor Safety Certification Program available to 14 and 15 year olds interested in gaining employment on a farm. This seven-session course will cover many components of agriculture safety. With the successful completion of this course 14 and 15 year olds are eligible to be hired on a farm.

Farm transition planning for women to be offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension

Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive business can be challenging. Farm women can learn how to plan a successful farm transition in a five-session course offered by Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension. The Annie’s Project, “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning” program, will begin on Thursday, Feb. 4, and will be held at CCE Madison County, 100 Eaton St., Morrisville.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Latest ag. receipts show growth in industry; craft beer industry thriving

It was recently reported that agricultural receipts in New York came in at $6.36 billion in 2014 — a $1.7 billion increase over 2010 and a $667 million increase over 2013.

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A barnyard with benefits

B’ville’s Purpose Farm gives kids in need a sense of family

Purpose Farm was born of a message from God. Sandra Seabrook, along with her husband, Howard, founded the farm in 2012. She said she was called to create the farm after witnessing firsthand the heartbreaking circumstances of orphans half a world away — and learning of a tragedy much closer to home.

Nearly $600,000 awarded to tourism projects in Madison County

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $581,535 in economic and community development funding has been awarded to tourism projects in Madison County through Round V of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative and the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI). This funding will be used to help build a hand boat launch for kayaks and canoes at Lakeland Park in Cazenovia, create better access to the National Abolition Hall of Fame’s second floor assembly room in Peterboro, prepare a joint Waterfront Revitalization Plan for the waterfront communities located along the Old Erie Canal and more.

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Guest column: Melvin Farm incentive zoning application raises questions

As many local residents already know, a real estate developer, Marden Associates, has applied to the town of Lysander for approval of their plan to build 447 homes on 280 acres on property located on the “peninsula” along Hayes Road, close to the northwest end of that road. This is known as the “Melvin Farm Zoning Change Application.”

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Town clerk clashes with board over incentive zoning notifications

Melvin Farm, Cabbage Patch public hearings canceled

Developers in charge of the proposed Cabbage Patch and Melvin Farm incentive zoning developments will have to wait for the next Lysander Town Board to decide the fate of their projects. The board voted Monday night to cancel the public hearings on the two applications, which had been scheduled for Dec. 28.

Madison County CCE announces 2016 programs

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County has announced three programs it will offer in 2016, including the reorganizational meeting date for Open Farm Day 2016.

“Horses for the Holidays” donation drive now underway

Skanda Equine has announced the opening of the second annual Horses for the Holidays donation drive. Horses for the Holidays invites the equine community to show its love for horses by donating new and used equine supplies to horses that will need assistance getting safely through the winter.

CCE holds annual meeting, elects new officers

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County held its annual meeting last week, during which the board of directors welcomed four new members, said goodbye to three members, reviewed the past year and looked ahead to projects they have planned for 2016.

Local farms receive $600K in watershed grants

Ten farms in Onondaga County have received $644,371 in grant funding from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. The grants will go toward practices that improve water quality in area watersheds.

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Local businesses, organizations help send trees to military families for the holidays

Critz Farms a collection point for Trees for Troops program

Cazenovia-area businesses, organizations and individuals this week helped a national foundation gather and send more than 100 Christmas trees to the families of military service members throughout the United States. Trees for Troops, a nationwide program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation in conjunction with FedEx Corp., made a stop at Critz Farms in Cazenovia to collect trees donated by Christmas tree growers throughout Central New York.

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