July 2016 20 Questions: Dani R. Baker, Cross Island Farms

Organic Growth

Dani R. Baker, co-owner and operator of Cross Island Farms, a certified organic farm on Wellesley Island. The farm is in its 11th year of operation.

Dani R. Baker, co-owner and operator of Cross Island Farms, a certified organic farm on Wellesley Island. The farm is in its 11th year of operation.

Diverse Cross Island Farms enters 11th year, moves toward profitibility

After a career as a psychologist, Dani R. Baker never thought she would own the only diversified certified organic farm in Jefferson County, but since establishing Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island in 2006 she and her partner, David Belding, have turned a small vegetable garden into a diversified farm with about 100 different vegetables, livestock, and her newest endeavor, an edible forest garden. This month we sit down with Ms. Baker to discuss the place of small, niche farms in the north country’s agriculture industry. [Read more…]

Gov. Cuomo announces minimum wage increase for SUNY employees

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announces in a conference in New York City Monday a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour for all employees of the State University of New York’s colleges statewide. Photo from Watertown Daily Times.

15123145876136 NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s minimum wage hike to $15 per hour for all employees of the State University of New York’s colleges statewide, announced Monday, could modestly affect the north country. [Read more…]