Thursday, April 1, 2010

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

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

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Friday, April 2, 2010

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Food Activists on April 2, 2010 - 12:15PM to 1:30PM at Caldwell Hall, Rm 100, Cornell University. Wayne Roberts will speak about his experiences as a food activist and manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council, a citizen body of 30 food activists and experts widely recognized for its innovative approach to food security. NOW Magazine named Roberts one of Toronto's leading visionaries of the past 20 years. Roberts also worked for two decades in community organizing, university teaching, media, labor education, industrial relations and union administration, during which he served as senior negotiator between the Ontario Housing Corporation and Charles Street Tenants' Association in the longest and biggest rent strike in Canadian history. Funded by GPSAFC and City and Regional Planning. Co-sponsored by FANG and the Program for International Nutrition.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Cafe Con Leche - Living/working Conditions of Farmworkers on April 2, 2010 - 6:30PM to 7:30PM at Latino Living Center, Main Lounge, Cornell University. The topic we wish to present to the Latino and broader Cornell community is an awareness and action presentation on the living and working conditions of farmworkers. Instead of discussing only the issues our hope is to enact change and awareness in our community by also explaining what we can do during our time in Ithaca. Unlike many issues which we may speak about, we can find agriculture workers just 20 minutes outside of Ithaca and we can support the New York Farmworker Fair Labor Standards Act currently in the New York senate. Open to Public, Alumni, Students, Faculty, and Staff.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Ithaca Farmers Market Opening Day at Steamboat Landing. 9am until 3pm, Rt 13 and 3rd streets, behind Aldi’s, Easter Egg Hunt starting at 11:15 opening day of Market (over 250 hidden eggs) hunt, hunt, hunt!! Also look for Vendor Sales and Specials.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Community Food Growing Series: Pests and Diseases on Tuesday, April 6, 7:00-8:30pm at CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850. Learn how to keep your plants healthy by recognizing the early warning signs of plant damage as well as some preventative measures you can take to keep the bugs away. Instructor: Monika Roth. $5/session or $20 for the entire series. Pre-registration required. Contact Josh Dolan at or call (607) 272-2292.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Cheese Club at Cornell with Guest Jenny Harris on April 7, 2010 - 5:15PM to 6:45PM Guest, Jenny Harris will present. As a freshman at Cornell, Jenny Harris discovered two life changing things: 1. Electrical engineering was not for her, and 2) cheese was. After switching majors to French literature, Jenny gravitated to other interests including agriculture. She worked with local dairy farms as a student, frequently making cheese herself. After graduating, Jenny worked at Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca before relocating to Philadelphia. Currently, she is the executive chef at Tria (, Philadelphia's wine, beer, and cheese cafe. Join us for more on her career path and to experience unique cheese and food pairings. The cost for this event is $5 per person for cheese/food pairings. If you can join us, please RSVP to, Stocking Hall, Rm 204, Cornell University. Open to Public, Alumni, Students, Faculty, and Staff.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Improving Food Security of Rural Communities in Zambia through Value-Added Food Processing and Food Safety on April 7, 2010 - 12:15PM to 1:15PM Emerson Hall Rm 135 Cornell. Dr. Moraru will describe her work with the COMACO community food security and conservation project in the Luangwa Valley of Zambia. For more information on COMACO, see the project website:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Assessing Food and Beverage Manufacturing Growth in New York State on April 7, 2010 - 3:00PM to 4:30PM in Warren Hall Room 60, Cornell University. From 1998 through 2007, manufacturing employment declined 29% in New York State. A comprehensive survey of food and beverage manufacturing establishments in New York State was conducted in 2009 to investigate the effect of various aspects of the business environment within the state, identify the effectiveness of firm-collaborative strategies and public policy interventions on improving firm performance, and collect plant-specific information on current and expected growth. Lecture by Todd Schmit, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Applied Economics and Management.

Friday, April 9, 2010

*Perspectives on Urban Agriculture and Food Justice:* A panel discussion with the people behind three urban agriculture initiatives in NY State, Friday April 9, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Cornell University Campus 404 Plant Science Building (Tower Rd.) 1) East New York Farms! - Youth Urban Agriculture Internship United Community Centers, Brooklyn, NY, 2) Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities - A research and education partnership with urban gardeners Urban Soils Group, Cornell Waste Management Institute 3) Gardens for Humanity Whole Community Project - Cornell Cooperative Extension – Tompkins County Contact:, Potluck downtown to follow 7:00 to 9:00 pm please call (607) 273-5762 for directions and to RSVP. This is an all ages alcohol free family friendly dinner.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Youth in Urban Agriculture and Community-led Economic Development, Hands on workshop supporting local urban agriculture initiatives, Saturday, April 10 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (lunch will be served) Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St. 
Youth in Urban Agriculture: from NYC to Ithaca - a presentation by East New York Farms and Gardens for Humanity.
Bountiful Cities - A tour of inspiring community gardening initiatives in the U.S. and around the world.
World CafĂ©: Envisioning Gardens for Humanity - An interactive, action-oriented brainstorming for strengthening Ithaca’s Gardens for Humanity and Congo Square Market initiatives, with our friends from East New York Farms.
Lunch - provided, Hands-On Urban Agriculture Workshops – Choose from a variety of workshops, ranging from practical gardening skills to art in the garden., Wrap-Up – Formulating action plans for urban agriculture and food justice in our communities, Contact: Jemila Sequeira (607) 272-2292, Fri & Sat events sponsored by Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Gardens4Humanity, East New York Farms, funding provided by Cornell Department of Crop and Soil Science, the New World Agriculture and Ecology Group (NWAEG) at Cornell & Nutrition Graduate Students' Organization. These events are free and open to the public and funded in part by the GPSAFC.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ithaca Farmers Market at Steamboat Landing, 9am until 3pm.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Movie Screening Homegrown: The 21st Century Farm on Sunday April 11 3 :00 pm Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St. Sponsored by Gardens 4 Humanity and the Southside Community Center. $2 – 20 suggested donation at the door, contact: or (607) 272-2292

April 15, 2010

The Finger Lakes Wine Industry Reinvents Itself: A History of the Wine Industry through 3 Waves of Variety Introductions on April 15, 2010 - 4:00PM to 5:00PM at Mann Library, Room 160, Cornell. Over 40 varieties of grapes are grown in the 10,000 acres under production in the Finger Lakes. Why are there so many, and how did they get here? The answer involves the region's unique and challenging climate, a root insect called phylloxera, Thomas Jefferson, grape breeders on both sides of the Atlantic, a newspaper editor and wine enthusiast from Baltimore, and business imperatives of the changing wine industry from the 1860s to the present. In a talk at Mann Library, Tim Martinson (Dept. of Horticultural Science, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station), contributing author to Wine Grape Production in Eastern North America (NRAES, 2008) will weave together biological facts about our grape varieties with the history of the Finger Lakes wine industry to explain why perhaps the world's most diverse collection of wine grapes exists right here in the Finger Lakes.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Growing Fruit at Home Workshop, Saturday, April 17 8:30 am-2:30 pm at Reisinger’s Apple Country Orchard, 2750 Apple Lane off Ellison Road, Watkins Glen, NY. Growing fruit at home can be fun and provide your family with fresh, flavorful and nutritious food. This full day class covers the basics youll need to succeed with apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. It will also mention nut trees, currants and gooseberries. Sessions cover site selection and preparation, including soil testing and fertilizing; critter control and small scale irrigation; planting, pruning, pest control and other growing practices. Optional lunch session on the nutritional value of fruit, and techniques for preserving the harvest. Bring your own lunch. Fee: $25/person or $40/couple. Preregistration is required: call Tioga County Cooperative Extension at (607) 687-4020 or email Molly Shaw at

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ithaca Farmers Market at Steamboat Landing, 9am until 3pm.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

April 18 Sheldrake Point Vineyard & Simply Red Lakeside Bistro, Simply Red Bistro: A Taste of Spring Cooking Class. Join Chef Samantha Izzo in the kitchen to create a seasonally inspired menu. 11:00am - 2:00pm. $55 per person/$50 per Wine Club member. The class menu focuses on whole steamed artichokes with a mint, cream cheese sauce for dipping, leg of lamb marinated in the romantic spices of the Middle East and olives, mint & lemon, exotic dipping sauces liven up the feast and your taste buds:mint, tahini & lime sauce, harissa sauce, spicy mint sauce and a mango mint chutney, and more. Class size limited to 16. To Register: Call Sheldrake Point Vineyard at 607-532-9401 ext. 106 or email us at

Wednesday, April 21

Civic Dialogue Series: Health & Food Security on Wednesday, April 21, 6:00-7:30 pm Women's Community Building, 100 West Seneca Street, Ithaca. Join Civic Leader Fellows Bethany Schroeder (President of the Board of Directors of the Ithaca Health Alliance) and Jemila Sequeira (Gardens for Humanity, Whole Community Project, Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension) for this second of two dialogues to consider issues of health and food security in our community. Light dinner and childcare are provided both evenings! Please register so that food and childcare arrangements can be accommodated: or 607-255-1148. Sponsored by the Cornell Public Service Center and co-sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Whole Community Project of CCE, the Ithaca Health Alliance, the Ithaca Free Clinic, and the Office of Government and Community Relations at Cornell University.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Africa's Food Crisis: Conditioning Trends and Global Development Policy on April 21, 2010 - 12:15PM to 1:15PM in Emerson 135, Cornell. Dr. Akin Adesina was Associate Director of Food Security at the Rockefeller Foundation before moving to the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where he now serves at Vice President for Policy and Partnerships. He is passionate about ending hunger and poverty in Africa and will present a seminar on the food crisis facing Africa today.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Cayuga Wine Trail 18th Annual Wine & Herb Festival on April 23-25, 2010. It’s time to think SPRING as you receive an herb or veggie plant from each winery along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Sample herb prepared edibles paired with fine wines. Souvenir wine glass and recipes are included. Visit Six Mile Creek, Long Point, King Ferry or Montezuma wineries on Friday afternoon to make it a grand weekend. Enjoy Early Bird specials at Long Point or King Ferry wineries at 9:00AM on Saturday for delectable breakfast treats. Friday - 1PM - 5PM at participating wineries and Saturday and Sunday - 10AM - 6PM. Tickets can be purchased at Wegmans for $35 each or at the door for $40.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ithaca Farmers Market at Steamboat Landing, 9am until 3pm.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Community Food Growing Series: Season Extension on Tuesday, April 27, 4:30-6:00pm at Ithaca Children’s Garden at Cass Park, Rt. 89, Ithaca NY 14850. In our cold climate, serious food growers have developed many ways to protect their plants during the cold spring, fall and winter months. We will join the Ithaca Children’s Garden learning about basic cold frame construction and use, floating row covers, hoop houses and cold season crop selection. Instructor: Josh Dolan. $5/session or $20 for the entire series. Pre-registration required. Contact Josh Dolan at or call (607) 272-2292.


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!

5th Annual MUSHROOM WORKSHOP WEEKEND on May 22 & 23 Our annual mushroom weekend is back and expanding to include more on the fascinating world of fungi. Workshops will cover the basics of both wild and domestic mushroom production and harvesting with local grower Steve Sierigk and special guest Rafter Sass. CHOOSE TO:
(a) Join us SATURDAY, May 22 (9 a.m. to noon) at the sugarbush of Sapsquatch Maple Products ( in Enfield, NY where local artist and mushroom grower Steve Sierigk will cover the basics of shiitake log cultures; species to harvest, when and how to prepare wood, and a hands-on demo of the process inoculated with sawdust spawn. FEE: $30
(b) Join us for the ENTIRE WEEKEND (Sat & Sun, 9 - 5 p.m.), where in addition to the Saturday inoculation, we'll dive deeper into the potential of mushrooms with guest instructor Rafter Sass. Discover how we can incorporate delicious, nutritious fungi in our veggie gardens, backyards, lawns, landscaping, balconies, window boxes, and more. Sunday's workshops will be at Cayuta Sun ( in Cayutaville, NY. Limited camping is available for a donation. FEE: $100-300 (sliding scale)
Everyone takes home an inoculated log. No previous experience is necessary for any of these workshops. Please register to attend. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please fill out an application. MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION:

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

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