eco-local living: the sustainable lifesyles magazine of New York's upper Hudson Valley
So here it comes, the fabled end of 2012 – and the end of the 5,000 year old Mayan calendar…will it be the end of the world as we know it? Regardless of what the Mayans may have in store for us, the Winter solstice of 2012 should be a time of renewal, and reflection where we have been, and where we need to go. The Powers-That-Be seem to like the status quo – we just went through a torturous election cycle and nothing changed. The President, the Congress, New York Senate and Assembly –everyone was re-elected. Meet the new boss - same as the old boss. We say we want change, but do we really? Change is scary, unknown. The status quo is safe, familiar, even if it is taking us toward the abyss. We've taken the bait of globalism, enjoying the flood of cheap consumer goods and electronics into our lives, but at the expense of domestic jobs and imploding city centers. We have more stuff than ever before, but less connection to the people and places we've called community. The Holiday season again approaches, and the Black Friday seduction will beckon even earlier, attempting to steal the valued time we used to call Thanksgiving, now just another day to get in line to get the deals. Are we that narcissistic? Maybe we deserve to have the world as we know it end, because the world we have created so far has gone mad.
By Patricia Older
Looking to downsize after running a popular hotel in the Catskills for many years, partners Mariana DiToro and Rosemary Jensen rolled the dice and decided to purchase an aging farm in Saratoga Springs.
“We came to see [the Lombardi Farm in the dead of winter and it immediately felt ‘right’,” said Mariana of the property, renamed The Saratoga Farmstead B&B.
Tags Saratoga Farmstead - B and B's in Saratoga Springs - Inns in Saratoga Springs - Audubon Green Leaf Certified
Summer is the high point of the vacation season, and every year, the question always arises, where should we go? The options are endless, but are usually restricted by the budget. With gas prices near the four dollar range, and lodging costs continually rising every year, for many, there is a personal austerity that affects travel plans. Long distance trip are out, more localized travel is in. Glitz is out, human-scaled, low impact eco-tourism is in. Disney and Vegas fakeness are out, small towns with history, heritage, and authentic downtowns are in.
Tags eco-local magazine summer 2012 - Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort - Lake Placid - Saratoga Farmstead - AAC Family Wellness Centers - Dr. Michael Quartararo - raw food
Story and photography by David Delozier
story and farm photography by David Delozier
Tags long lesson farm