Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mark your calendars! Upcoming events in Ithaca and Tompkins County

Just got this announcement from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE-TC) listing many upcoming events related to food. Soon, the Ithaca's Food Web Calendar for January will be updated. In the meantime, check out this line up to get you through these cold winter months:

Community Food Gardening Volunteers
Seeking experienced and enthusiastic gardeners who are willing to share their knowledge about growing home vegetable and fruit gardens with beginning gardeners and youth. Training will be provided. Volunteers can assist in a variety of ways from mentoring a group of beginning gardeners to teaching classes. We will also offer training to new gardeners who are interested in starting or improving their home gardens or those who would like to see more gardening in their neighborhood. For more information contact Josh Dolan at Tompkins County Cooperative Extension, 607-272-2292

Garden Educators Network Gathering
Wednesdays, January 13, 6:00-7:30pm
Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY
This meeting is for formal or informal educators interested in garden based education. Hear presentations from fellow educators on a variety of topics, share resources and curriculum ideas, and work on strategies to spread gardens throughout the community. Contact Josh Dolan with questions or presentation proposals at 272-2292. Meets again on Tuesday, March 2 and Tuesday March 30, 6:00-7:30 pm.

2010 Master Composter Volunteer Training
Wednesday evenings, Feb. 17-May 5 (no class March 24), 6:30-8:30pm
Application deadline: Friday, January 29
Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY
Join this enthusiastic group committed to promoting responsible composting in Tompkins County. Training involves 20 hours of class time covering composting in depth, and 20 hours of practical internship. After completing the training, Master Composters give back to the community in a variety of outreach activities. Contact Adam Michaelides at 607-272-2292 x124 for information or to receive 2010 Training announcements.

Small-Scale Farming Classes
(3) Saturdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 13 & 27, 12:30-4:30 pm
Various locations
These classes provide the basics for those interested in becoming small farmers. Fee: $8/person or $15/couple for each class. To register or for information, call TOMPKINS County Cornell Cooperative Extension at (607) 272-2292 ext. 126.
1/30-The Basics: site/soil, programs/services, legalities, and planning. Held at Varna Community Center, Rt. 366, Ithaca.
2/13-Intro to Livestock Farming: large & small ruminants, pastured poultry. Held at SCHUYLER Co. Cooperative Extension, Human Services Complex, Rt. 14, Montour Falls.
2/27 - Intro to Market Gardening veggies, berries, fruit, flowers, herbs and plants. Held at the Candor Fire Hall, Rt. 96B, Candor.

Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening
Thursday, February 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY
Learn where to site your garden, how to prepare the soil, how to start seeds, how to plant, when to mulch, which easy veggies to try first, and so on. Pat Curran, Horticulture Educator, will also discuss favorite varieties, container gardening, and harvesting tips. Please pre-register so we may prepare a sufficient number of handouts. Fee: $5. For additional information, call 272-2292.

Beginner Maple Workshop
Saturday, February 27, 9:00 am to 12 Noon
Hamley’s Sugarhouse, 70 Frost Hollow Road, Barton, NY
$10 registration includes class materials and pancake breakfast. Please call SCHUYLER County Cooperative Extension at 607-535-7161 for more details.

Annual Local Foods Volunteer Celebration!
Monday, March 1, time & location to-be-determined
Are you enthusiastic about growing, eating, preparing or preserving locally grown foods? Come celebrate with other locavores and join a fun team of farmers, chefs, gardeners, nutritionists and many others working together to promote local foods and farms in our community. Meet & mingle with others interested in local foods and find out how you can put your talents to use with an existing project, or start a new one! For more information or to rsvp, contact Liz Karabinakis at 607-272-2292 x190

Winter Worm Composting Class
Saturday, March 6, 10:00 am – 12 Noon
Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY
This hands-on class teaches all you’ll need to know about “vermicomposting,” an indoor composting system that is easy and produces particularly rich compost for your garden and houseplants. Each paying household will go home with a working worm bin. Fee: $10 per household Register early, space is limited. Contact Adam Michaelides at 607-272-2292 x124 for more information.

Food Gardening Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 pm
Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY
A panel of Master Gardeners and others with years of food growing experience will share some advanced ways to maximize your crop and extend the growing season. This workshop assumes that attendees have had some growing experience. Fee: $5. Pre-registration recommended; call (607) 272-2292.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair
Sunday March 21, 12:00-3:00 pm
Boynton Middle School, 1601 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca
What is CSA? Learn about this partnership between consumers and farmers; meet and talk with more than 12 area CSA farmers in one place! There will be activities to keep the kids busy, and space to sit and review farm information. For more information, contact Debbie Teeter at Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 607-272-2292.

Saturday, March 27, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Shops at Ithaca Mall, off Rt. 13 North, Ithaca
Family fun, informational exhibits, hands-on activities, agriculture videos for kids, tons of farm animals, dairy food samples, antique and modern tractors, Ronnie Raindrop, and more! Sponsored by Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the Tompkins County Farm Bureau. For more information, contact Debbie Teeter at 607-272-2292.

Growing Fruit at Home
Saturday, April 17, full day program
Reisinger’s Apple Country, Watkins Glen
Growing fruit at home can be fun and provide your family with fresh, flavorful and nutritious food. Come learn the basics you’ll need to succeed! We’ll cover apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. $10/person, pre-registration required, call 687-4020

2010 Compost Fair
Saturday, May 1, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca
Celebrate spring’s arrival by stopping by the fair for a guaranteed good time! See and experience all aspects of composting. Learn more than you ever thought possible about making and using “black gold.” Teams of Master Composters will be on hand to answer your questions. There will be interactive displays, activities for kids and continuous tours of our composting demonstration site. Prize drawings will be held at 3:30 pm for all attendees and everyone registered on the Tompkins County Compost Map (register by filling out a card at Cooperative Extension or click on “Get on the map!” on our website: Admission is free and open to the public. See you at the fair!

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