Friday, January 1, 2010

January 2010 Calendar of Food, Cooking, Farming, and Eating Events in Ithaca and Tompkins County

January 2010 Calendar of Food, Cooking, Farming, and Eating Events in Ithaca and Tompkins County (and beyond)


Saturday, January 2, 2010


Ithaca Farmers Market, Women’s Community Building- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 2, 2010 http://www.lightlink.com/womens/


January 3, 2010


January 3, 2010 and on. Meat Processing and Food Safety Certificate Program. SUNY Cobleskill will be offering this program in January and June. This intensive hand on training program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills students require entering employment in the meat processing industry. For more information about this program contact SUNY Cobleskill at 518-255-5528 or Training@cobleskill.edu. http://www.cobleskill.edu/conferences/meatpro.asp


January 8, 2010


January 8, 2010. Online Courses for New Farmers Begin. Are you a new or aspiring farmer who would like some guidance in the development of a farm enterprise, but has been unable to locate or attend any training near you? Join experienced CCE educators and 29 of you new farmer peers in a dynamic online learning experience that incorporates both self-paced readings and real-time virtual meetings with discussion forums, homework activities, guest presenters, and developing a customized plan for your next steps in farming. The online course duration in 6 weeks. Instructors: Steve Hadcock, CCE-Columbia County and Dan Welch, CCE-Cayuga County. Cost is $100 per course. To register visit:http://www.nybeginningfarmers.org/courses/


Saturday, January 9, 2010


Ithaca Farmers Market, Women’s Community Building- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 9, 2010 http://www.lightlink.com/womens/


Wednesday, January 13, 2010


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.


Saturday, January 16, 2010


Ithaca Farmers Market, Women’s Community Building- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 16, 2010 http://www.lightlink.com/womens/


January 22, 2010


Organic Farming & Gardening Conference on January 22 - 24, 2010 at The Saratoga Hilton Hotel & Conference Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Join us for more than 80 workshops, 3 keynote speeches, organic trade show, entertainment and local organic meals. Sponsored by NOFA-NY, the Northeast Organic Farming Association.


January 23, 2010


Ithaca Farmers Market, Women’s Community Building- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 23, 2010 http://www.lightlink.com/womens/


January 23, 2010


January 23, 2010 Harvest Dinner on the Farm at Red Newt Wine Cellars. The event begins at 5pm at Finger Lakes Distilling and then moves to Red Newt Wine Wine Cellars. Chef Debra Whiting and Winemaker Dave Whiting with a menu featuring ingredients from The Piggery, Autumn's Harvest, Early Morning Farm, Remembrance Farm, Stick & Stone Farm, Sweet Land Farm, Three Sisters Farm, West Haven Farm, Cayuga Pure Organics, Lively Run and other local farms who support the Healthy Food for All program. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online. Proceeds benefit the Healthy Food for All program, which provides low cost CSA memberships to people in need.


January 25, 2010


Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty invites you to our annual Winter Networking Meeting on Monday, January 25th.  This is a great opportunity to connect with other Finger Lakes farmers, chefs, wineries, artisan food producers, and businesses interested in growing the culinary identity of our region. Information about the keynote speaker, tabling, lunch, registration and fees are forthcoming. Advance registration required. Contact Liz Karabinakis at 607.272.2292 x190 or evk4@cornell.edu to RSVP, request a program or receive additional assistance.


Friday, January 29, 2010


Application Deadline for the 2010 Master Composter Volunteer Training, happening on Wednesday evenings, Feb. 17-May 5 (no class March 24), 6:30-8:30pm at 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.


Saturday, January 30, 2010


Ithaca Farmers Market, Women’s Community Building- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 23, 2010 http://www.lightlink.com/womens/


Saturday, January 30, 2010 


Really Really Free Market on Saturday, January 30, 2010, 1-4pm at the Henry St. John Building, 301 S. Geneva St, Ithaca, NY, Map: http://tinyurl.com/ya2ytdz, RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=247962432737 
You can post haves/wants before the event to the Facebook wall and/or to the Share Tompkins email list:
https://lists.aktivix.org/mailman/listinfo/sharetompkins What to bring: Food and Produce: veggies, teas, baked goods, jams, tofu; Handmade Crafts: ceramics, candles, art; Stuff: electronics, housewares, tools, books; Services: massage, bike repair, web design, accounting, shoveling, moving; Space: housing, working, gardening; Bags, boxes and carts to take stuff home in. What is a Really Really Free Market? From Wikipedia: "The Really Really Free Market (RRFM) movement is a non-hierarchical collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy. The RRFM movement aims to counteract capitalism in a non-reactionary way. It holds as a major goal to build a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all. Markets often vary in character, but they generally offer both goods and services. Participants bring unneeded items, food, skills and talents such as entertainment or haircuts. A RRFM may take place in an open community space such as a public park or community commons."

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Winter Green-Up Grass-Fed Beef Conference January 29-30, 2010. The Small Farms Program and Northeast SARE are pleased to co-sponsor the Second Annual Winter Green-Up Grass-Fed Beef Conference. The conference will be held Friday, January 29, 2010, 10am to 9:00pm and Saturday, January 30, 2010 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Century House in Latham, NY. http://www.smallfarms.cornell.edu

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Small-Scale Farming Classes (3) Saturdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 13 & 27, 12:30-4:30 pm at 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.

Future Events, Beyond January 2010

Saturdays in February, Ithaca Farmers Market from 11am-2pm at the Women’s Community Building.

On February 4, 2010, at 6pm Autumn's Harvest Farm will host a Pig Butchering 101 course Pig breeds utilized at Autumn’s Harvest Farm and why we utilize them, different parts of the pig and what they can be utilized for. Step by step breakdown and butchering of a whole pig. The cost is $50 per person which is non–refundable (limit 10). Description - In this class we are hoping to help people achieve a better understanding of what butchering a pig involves. This class will assist students in obtaining the basic skills needed to butcher a pig. We will end the class with a sausage taste test from sausages made at Autumn’s Harvest farm.

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.

On-going volunteer efforts in Central New York are documenting the history of farm families that had Holstein herds, all breed enthusiasts and others with stories about dairy farming are welcome at an informal gathering at 7:30 pm Tuesday, February 23rd in the Ag Center, 100 Easton St, Morrisville.  Dr. Milt Sernett, professor emeritus of Syracuse University and a volunteer with the Smithfield Community Association will present local dairy history and facilitate a discussion. (sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County).

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.

AgStravaganza! 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: ccetompkins.org/compost). Admission is free and open to the public. See you at the fair!

June 2010. Meat Processing and Food Safety Certificate Program. SUNY Cobleskill will be offering this program in January and June. This intensive hand on training program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills students require entering employment in the meat processing industry. Students will be skilled in sanitation, food safety, slaughter, meat cutting and processing. As part of the students’ preparation for the industry, the program consists of specialized training in the accuracy of cutting, knife handling, portion control, merchandizing and the utilization of all products. The program includes: Safety and Sanitation, Species Harvesting/Slaughtering, Primal Fabrication, Retail Cutting and Wrapping, and Customer Relations. The cost for this program is $2,995 which includes textbook, hard hat, frock, 5 inch boning knife, 12 inch butcher knife and safety cutting glove. For more information about this program contact SUNY Cobleskill at 518-255-5528 or Training@cobleskill.edu.

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