Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Street gaze (part 52)

Friday, November 28th, 2014
Final touches

Final touches

Street gaze (part 51)

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Orange and Blue from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Week in Review

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
The Spirit of Generosity: River of Live Church, James Street

The Spirit of Generosity: River of Life Church, James Street

Just above Warren Street

Just above Warren Street

The General Body (Monday).

The General Body

Street gaze (part 50)

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Scramble Board: Green Street

Scramble Board: Green Street

Capture the Cuse

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
State Tower, Hanover Square

State Tower, Hanover Square

Street gaze (part 48)

Friday, November 14th, 2014


Design Matters

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Here is a short comment by NYC developer/civic consultant Abby Hamlin from last night’s MICD talk at the Everson Museum. The event featured mayors from the Northeast, academics and other design professionals.

Design in Cities by Sifsound on Mixcloud

Syracuse Architectural Digest: Adaptation

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
JGB Headquarters is located in a former firehouse near the Inner Harbor.

JGB Headquarters is located in a former firehouse near the Inner Harbor.

Good & Plenty

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Gordon Tripp, farmer (Owen Orchards)

Gordon Tripp, farmer, holding a Snapdragon and a Honeycrisp variety of one of CNY's most recognizable crops, talks in the audio clip below about his childhood dream job.

Gordon T by Sifsound on Mixcloud

1. How did you get started in the orchard business?
The orchard was originally started by my grandfather, Charles Owen, back in the 1930s. It got sold in 1969. Another orchard ran it for a number of years. Then they decided they didn’t want to run it any more. Then my son wanted to know how to grow apples, so we went back into the orchard business. Since then we’ve re- planted the whole orchard with about 13,000 trees. We also run a farm market.

2. Since you have been in the business, what has changed the most?
The biggest is the people and what they buy. When we first started, a lot of people did home preserving and they would come in and buy bushels of apples and take them home and make apples sauce or apple pies. There was more home use. Now it’s more of a recreation. There is still some home use aspect, but now people may come in buy a pack of apples. Most people come as an outing. They come to pick apples and go for a walk in the orchard. It’s not like it used to be.

3. Talk about this year’s crop
This year’s crop is probably, quality-wise, one of the better crops we’ve had. Weather conditions have been almost perfect for growing. It was kind of a light crop and that is because we had a heavy crop last year. When you have a heavy crop it doesn’t set a lot of fruit the following year.

A couple of varieties are little bit light, but quality-wise it’s excellent.

4. What is the hardest part about the job?
The hardest part of the job is dealing with the regulations and things like labor issues. A lot of people think we just pick apples in the fall, but we work year-around. We start in January trimming our trees, and they all have to be trimmed by the first of April. Then we plant new trees and take care of existing ones, clearing off the brush off and get ready to spray and fertilize. Then we get ready for the fall harvest.