Letter to the editor.
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Since 2011, Forge Cellars has been committed to proper land management and increasing biodiversity of the Finger Lakes region. We have spent the last few years reclaiming and replanting our site on Seneca Lake by painstakingly moving through acre-by-acre to bring it back to its full potential. We focus on farming bio-intensively, which allows us to build up the soil with organic matter and eliminate the use of herbicides and harsh chemicals.

Today, our farm spans 21-acres, which includes our winery, 8-acres of densely planted vines and 7-acres to be planted in the near future.

As winemakers and growers, we depend on the nutrient-rich soil of the Finger Lakes. Circular enerG’s proposal for a trash incinerator would pose a threat to our vineyards and the region’s quality of life. Our vineyards are our livelihood and help fuel the local, nearly $3 billion tourism business. We do not deserve to suffer the consequences of toxic emissions for the monetary gain of a big corporation.

Governor Cuomo’s continued support of our industry is appreciated and essential. We ask that he keep his promise to protect the Finger Lakes region by signing bill 5029A or “The Finger Lakes Community Act of 2019” to ensure that no incinerators are ever built in the Finger Lakes.

Richard Rainey

Forge Cellars

3775 Mathews Road

Burdett, NY 14818