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Ongoing Farmers Markets 2013
Ithaca Farmers Market at The Space@Greenstar from 11am to 2pm (runs from January 12 until March 30) http://www.ithacamarket.com/
Ithaca Children's Garden Winter Sprouts at Mama Goose, Monday January 14, 10:30 AM -11:30 AM, Join the Ithaca Children's Garden for stories of plants, gardens, and nature plus hands-on activities for children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers. FREE! For more information or to RSVP: Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo, Education Coordinator 272-2292 x186. Repeats Mondays in January and February.
Whisk(e)y 101 at Stella's in Collegetown. January 15. Every Tuesday, we taste and talk our way through four whiskies that we’ve found to be especially compelling together. Come explore the dynamic world of whiskey!
IthaCan Seed Catalog Tea on January 20 from 2pm to 4pm. The holidays are over and the quiet of January mixes with the promise of a new year. The unsorted mail is full of seed catalogs with those glossy veggie photos and voluptuous descriptions calling to you like a 17 year old male spying the Victoria Secret catalog. Whelp, share the joy and come to the first annual IthaCan Seed Catalog Tea. We'll compare catalogs, exchange faves and have tea. Maybe even combine orders, if it seems like a good fit. RSVP through IthaCan.
Gardens 4 Humanity Gardeners Networking Meeting, Wednesday January 23, 5:30 PM -7:30 PM, Josh Dolan of Gardens 4 Humanity will give a short presentation on garden planning followed by general discussion and break-out groups. G4H also will release its 3rd "Resource Guide for Community and School Gardeners".
NOFA-NY Conference (Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY): Organic Farming and Gardening Conference in Saratoga, NY from January 25-27.
ABC Café for a Day, Saturday January 26, 12:00 PM -8:00 PM, The former ABC Café, an iconic vegetarian restaurant and music venue in Collegetown, closed in June 2009. It's back - for one day only, as a "pop-up" cafe at the Brooktondale Community Center (524 Valley Road, Brooktondale, NY 14817) to raise funds for the Gardens 4 Humanity program! Former ABC Café staff will be on hand to help reunite your palate with some of your favorite meals.
Master Composter Volunteer Training, Monday January 28, 5:00 PM, Master Composters are trained volunteers who promote responsible composting in Tompkins County! Training involves 20 hours of class time covering composting in depth, and 20 hours of "practical internship". After training, Master Composters give back to the community in a variety of outreach activities. For more information on the program, click here.
Nice Buns: A dissertation on the erotics of bread Tuesday, January 29th, 7pm, 2013. Staff of life? Or fermenting change by reclaiming our food systems and the sensuality of locally-produced grains? Join artisan baker-local foods promoter-anthropologist Stefan Senders to learn about the art and science (and perhaps politics) behind the phenomenal baked goods he creates at Mecklenburg’s Wide Awake Bakery at Lot 10 Bar and Lounge| 112 S Cayuga St | FREE
IthaCan Myer Farm Distillery visit. For more information, see IthaCan's announcement.
Community Seed Swap, Sunday February 24, 11:00 AM -3:00 PM, Join us for the first ever Seedy Sunday in Ithaca! Bring your extra seeds to swap and share with others - they can be home-saved seeds or purchased seeds that you have in surplus. Plus talks and workshops on seed saving and community seed libraries. Free event!
Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening, Thursday February 28, 6:30 PM -8:30 PM, This class for the beginning vegetable gardener will be offered twice this year! 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. Patricia Curran, Horticulture Educator, will also discuss favorite varieties, container gardening, and harvesting tips. Please call to pre-register so we can make sufficient handouts. Call (607) 272-2292 to sign up!
IthaCan Book Discussion: Omnivore's Dilemma on March 8 from 7 until 8:30 in Ithaca. See IthaCan for more info.
Cayuga Wine Trail: Say Cheeese! March 9 and 10. Savor the spectacular tastes of local artisan cheeses and fine wines along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Receive a wine glass, a wine charm from each winery and recipe cards as you travel along the trail experiencing perfect wine and cheese pairings.
Winter Worm Composting Class, Saturday March 9, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM, No backyard is needed - learn all you need to know to set up and maintain an indoor worm composting bin in this workshop. Every household leaves with a starter bin and worms. Children are welcome with an accompanying adult. Fee: $10 includes starter bin & worms. Register early at (607) 272-2292. Space is limited! Contact Adam Michaelides at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Veggie Gardening Beyond the Basics, Thursday March 14, 6:30 PM -8:30 PM, Learn about less common veggies, maximizing your crop, seedstarting tricks, which seeds to start when, techniques to extend the season, and more. Fee: $5/person, please call (607) 272-2292 to pre-register so we can be sure to make sufficient hand-outs.
ServSafe® Food Safety Basics, Friday March 15, 8:30 AM -12:30 PM, This 4-hour class is designed for food service employees, job seekers, volunteers, and anyone involved in food preparation outside the home. It is based on the ServSafe program of the National Restaurant Association, and will cover: the basics of foodborne illness; purchasing, receiving, and storing food; preparing, cooking, and serving; cleaning, and sanitizing. Participants receive a certificate upon completing this workshop. Fee: $40 per person, includes book and all printed materials.
Grow Your Own Spuds! Wednesday March 20, 6:00 PM -8:00 PM, Everything you always wanted to know about potatoes! Potatoes are one of the most productive and easiest garden crops for anyone to grow. We will dig an Irish 'lazy bed' - this is a great way to break new ground for next year's veggie garden. We'll also cover information on common diseases and pests of potatoes and how to manage them organically.
Fruits for the Home Gardener, Thursday March 28, 6:30 PM -8:30 PM, Find out which small fruits and tree fruits are easiest to grow in a home garden. Using microclimates, picking the hardiest varieties for a cold site, selecting disease-resistant varieties, and preparing the soil are the keys to success. Pre-registration recommended; call (607) 272-2292 to sign up. Fee: $5.
ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Course, Tuesday April 9, 8:30 AM -5:30 PM, This course offers nationally-recognized certification in food safety. It is administered through the National Restaurant Association and offered at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County by a certified ServSafe instructor who is also a Cornell Cooperative Extension educator. The course conforms to the New York State Food Handler certification requirements and uses the most recent FDA Food Code updates/standards.
Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening, Tuesday April 16, 6:30 PM -8:30 PM, This class for the beginning vegetable gardener will be offered twice this year! 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. Patricia Curran, Horticulture Educator, will also discuss favorite varieties, container gardening, and harvesting tips. Please call to pre-register so we can make sufficient handouts. Call (607) 272-2292 to sign up!