Food, Farming, & Cooking Events in Ithaca & Finger Lakes (Spring 2011)

Michael Burns michael at fingerlakespermaculture.org
Wed Mar 2 08:58:45 EST 2011


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Food, Farming, and Cooking Events in Ithaca, Tompkins County, and the Finger
Lakes (Winter-Spring 2011)

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For more regional agriculture and farming events, visit the Groundswell Center
events calendar.

Spring 2011 CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

March 3, 2011

EATING SMART & BEING ACTIVE Learn how to feed yourself and your family
healthy, affordable and tasty food in this 8-week class series, meeting every
Thursday morning, 10:00am-12:00 until April 7 at Tompkins County Cooperative
Extension, 615 Willow Ave.  Join any time - classes are ongoing. Women who are
eligible for WIC, Medicaid, Food Stamps or similar programs can attend this
FREE workshop series.  Meet other parents of young children, make and enjoy a
lunch together, and receive FREE kitchen items you can use at home.


March 5, 2011

Community Supported Agriculture Fair on Saturday, March 5, 12:00-3:00pm at
Boynton Middle School, Cayuga at Rt. 13, Ithaca. What is Community Supported
Agriculture (CSA)? Learn about this partnership between consumers and farmers;
meet and talk with 12+ area CSA farmers in one place! Activities to keep the
kids busy, space to sit and review farm information. Contact Debbie Teeter:
(607) 272-2292, DLT22 at cornell.edu


March 5, 2011

Winter Worm Composting Class on Saturday, March 5, 10:00am-12:00 pm at
Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY. Learn
all you need to know to set up and maintain a worm composting bin. 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 acm1 at cornell.edu
with questions.


March 5, 2011

THE BUSINESS SIDE OF FARMING, Saturday , March 5, from 9am-12pm at CCE-TC, 615
Willow Ave, Ithaca. This session focuses on sharpening your business skills
from the records you need and how to use them for business analysis.  We will
also share information on business services and resources available to you. 
Learn about farm and crop recordkeeping systems that are on-farm tested as
well as typical analysis tools including cash flow, income statements, balance
sheets, etc. that help you know where you are and if you are making progress
in the growth of your business. Instructors: John Bokaer Smith, Westhaven Farm
Vegetable & Fruit CSA Farm, Ithaca; Richard Overton, Financial Consultant,
Cornell FarmNet Program. To register, call (607) 272-2292 or email
mjc72 at cornell.edu.


March 5, 2011

Root Cellaring Basics at White Hawk Eco Village from 1-3PM. Click here for
info and to register. Root Cellars, and related storage areas, are a great way
to preserve food for the winter months. As part of White Hawk's Sustainability
Series, Greg Nelson will cover several important aspects of the process,
including what kind of spaces can be used for root cellaring and Items that
store well in root cellars.


March 9, 2011

Food Garden Panel Discussion on Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-8:30pm at Cooperative
Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY. Don’t miss this
panel discussion by several experienced food gardeners! Master Gardeners and
others with years of food growing experience will highlight some advanced ways
to maximize your crop and extend the growing season. This workshop will assume
that attendees have had some growing experience. For a more basic discussion
of how to get started, go to the Feb. 23 class described above.
Pre-registration recommended. Call (607) 272-2292. Fee: $5.


March 10, 2011

>From Planning to Canning. The Seneca County Cooperative Extension and Ovid
Library have partnered to present a "Planning to Canning" course that will be
held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30PM to 8PM starting March
10th through September 8th at the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, Ovid, NY
(with June & August classes at Ovid Fire Department). Each workshop costs only
$5 or sign up for all seven for $30. From Soils to Seeds—March 10; Planning,
Layout, Planting & Yield—April 14; Pest, Disease & Weed Management—May 12;
Preserving Strawberries & Other Early Produce—June 9; Your Garden Questions
Answered—July 14; Preserving Late Summer Fruits & Veggies—August 11; Put Your
Garden To Bed & Storing Root Crops—Sept 8; For more information or to
register, please call (607-869-3031) or visit the library or call Seneca
County CCE (315) 539-9251 or log onto www.senecacountycce.org.
Pre-registration is advised.


March 10, 2011

EATING SMART & BEING ACTIVE Learn how to feed yourself and your family
healthy, affordable and tasty food in this 8-week class series, meeting every
Thursday morning, 10:00am-12:00 until April 7 at Tompkins County Cooperative
Extension, 615 Willow Ave.  Join any time - classes are ongoing. Women who are
eligible for WIC, Medicaid, Food Stamps or similar programs can attend this
FREE workshop series.  Meet other parents of young children, make and enjoy a
lunch together, and receive FREE kitchen items you can use at home.


March 12, 2011

Tractor Workshop for Small Farms on Saturday March 12, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM at
Dryden Lawn & Recreation at 54 North Street (Route 13) Dryden, New York 13053.
Is there a tractor in your future?  Small farmers and rural landowners who are
considering purchasing a tractor or who need some basic operation,
maintenance, and safety practices are invited to attend this workshop
sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension SCNY Agriculture Program. 
Instructors include Fred Carpenter, owner of the John Deere dealership, and
Dave Buck, Lansing farmer, who has been actively involved in teaching tractor
safety courses. To register for the workshop call CCE-Tompkins at (607)
272-2292 or email mjc72 at cornell.edu.  There is a $5 fee for this class payable
at the door. Dress warmly, workshop is mostly indoor in a heated garage.


March 13, 2011

Sunday Artbreak: Art and Food at the Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University on
Sunday, March 13, 3:00–4:00 p.m. In this second session of a three-part
series, educator Jessica Evett-Miller will explore objects in the Museum’s
collection related to entrées and main courses. Bring your appetite—related
tastes will be served!


March 15, 2011

Tilling the Soil of Community: Community Food Security (CFS) Dialogue on
Tuesday March 15, 7:00 - 8:30 PM at the Women's Community Building, Ithaca, NY
(Corner of Cayuga and Seneca Streets).


March 15, 2011

Hydrofracking & Agriculture the Promise & the Reality. An Open Invitation to
the Farm Community, Property Owners and Interested Citizens. A Farm Forum on
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 7:00-9:00 pm at the Penn Yan Middle School Auditorium
515 Liberty Street, Penn Yan.


March 17, 2011

EATING SMART & BEING ACTIVE Learn how to feed yourself and your family
healthy, affordable and tasty food in this 8-week class series, meeting every
Thursday morning, 10:00am-12:00 until April 7 at Tompkins County Cooperative
Extension, 615 Willow Ave.  Join any time - classes are ongoing. Women who are
eligible for WIC, Medicaid, Food Stamps or similar programs can attend this
FREE workshop series.  Meet other parents of young children, make and enjoy a
lunch together, and receive FREE kitchen items you can use at home.


March 19, 2011

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop on Saturday March 19, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM at
Reisinger's Apple Country Orchards 2750 Apple Lane Watkins Glen, New York
14891. This fun, educational workshop is ideal for those that are new to fruit
growing as well as the seasoned fruit grower. Instructor Rick Reisinger will
demonstrate pruning techniques on apples, stone fruits, nuts and berries
throughout his family orchard. Other topics to be covered include grafting and
apple tree and renovating an older tree to improve fruit production. This is
an outdoor demonstration; participants should dress for the weather. Cider and
donuts will be provided.  Preregistration is required by March 4, 2011 for
admission to either workshop. $15/person or $25/couple. Call Schuyler County
CCE to register at 607-535-7161.


March 23, 2011

History of Beekeeping in the Finger Lakes with Duane Waid - Wednesday, March
23rd 7pm at the Ovid Library. Registration required for all classes.
ovidlib at rochester.rr.com 607.869.3031 www.ovidlibrary.org


March 24, 2011

EATING SMART & BEING ACTIVE Learn how to feed yourself and your family
healthy, affordable and tasty food in this 8-week class series, meeting every
Thursday morning, 10:00am-12:00 until April 7 at Tompkins County Cooperative
Extension, 615 Willow Ave.  Join any time - classes are ongoing. Women who are
eligible for WIC, Medicaid, Food Stamps or similar programs can attend this
FREE workshop series.  Meet other parents of young children, make and enjoy a
lunch together, and receive FREE kitchen items you can use at home.


March 26, 2011

Tree Grafting on March 26th  10:30am-noon at the Ovid Library. Registration
required for all classes. ovidlib at rochester.rr.com 607.869.3031
www.ovidlibrary.org Learn the history, lore and mechanics of fruit tree
grafting with John Reynolds from Daring Drake Farm.  Students will have hands
on practice doing a tongue and whip graft.  Each participant will leave class
with two apple trees to plant.  15+ apple varieties will be provided to choose
from.


March 26, 2011

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop on Saturday March 26, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM at
Reisinger's Apple Country Orchards 2750 Apple Lane Watkins Glen, New York
14891. This fun, educational workshop is ideal for those that are new to fruit
growing as well as the seasoned fruit grower. Instructor Rick Reisinger will
demonstrate pruning techniques on apples, stone fruits, nuts and berries
throughout his family orchard. Other topics to be covered include grafting and
apple tree and renovating an older tree to improve fruit production. This is
an outdoor demonstration; participants should dress for the weather. Cider and
donuts will be provided.  Preregistration is required by March 4, 2011 for
admission to either workshop. $15/person or $25/couple. Call Schuyler County
CCE to register at 607-535-7161.


March 30, 2011

The American Farmland Trust, will hold its No Farms No Food® Rally & Lobby
Day, on Wednesday, March 30, at the State Capitol in Albany, New York. Join
farmers, food advocates, local officials, environmentalists and other New
Yorkers to meet with legislators at the State Capitol about the critical
importance of farms and food to New York State’s economy and food security.


March 31, 2011

EATING SMART & BEING ACTIVE Learn how to feed yourself and your family
healthy, affordable and tasty food in this 8-week class series, meeting every
Thursday morning, 10:00am-12:00 until April 7 at Tompkins County Cooperative
Extension, 615 Willow Ave.  Join any time - classes are ongoing. Women who are
eligible for WIC, Medicaid, Food Stamps or similar programs can attend this
FREE workshop series.  Meet other parents of young children, make and enjoy a
lunch together, and receive FREE kitchen items you can use at home.


April 2, 2011

AgStravaganza! On Saturday April 2, 10:00 AM -4:00 PM at The Shops at Ithaca
Mall, 40 Catherwood Road Ithaca, New York 14850. Learn about agriculture at
the Shops at Ithaca Mall at this FREE fun, family event! Informational
exhibits, hands-on activities, ag videos for kids, tons of fam animals, dairy
food samples, antique and modern tractors, Ronnie Raindrop and more! 
Sponsored by CCE-Tompkins in partnership with the Tompkins County Farm Bureau.


April 2, 2011

The Ithaca Farmers Market opens at Steamboat Landing, 9am until 3pm, and
continues Saturdays through October.  See the Ithaca Farmers Market website
for complete 2011 hours.


April 5, 2011

ServSafe Food Manager Certification Course on Tuesday April 5 and April 12,
8:30 AM -5:30 PM at CCE-Tompkins Education Center at 615 Willow Avenue,
Ithaca, New York 14850-3555. This nationally recognized and accredited food
safety training course is offered over two days and provides participants with
nationally-recognized certification in food safety. The certification is
accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-Conference for
Food Protection (CFP). Fee of $150 is due at the time of registration, and
includes textbook, all printed materials, certification exam and light
refreshments.


April 7, 2011

EATING SMART & BEING ACTIVE Learn how to feed yourself and your family
healthy, affordable and tasty food in this 8-week class series, meeting every
Thursday morning, 10:00am-12:00 until April 7 at Tompkins County Cooperative
Extension, 615 Willow Ave.  Join any time - classes are ongoing. Women who are
eligible for WIC, Medicaid, Food Stamps or similar programs can attend this
FREE workshop series.  Meet other parents of young children, make and enjoy a
lunch together, and receive FREE kitchen items you can use at home.


April 10, 2011

Sunday Artbreak: Art and Food at the Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University on
Sunday, April 10, 3:00–4:00 p.m. As the conclusion of our three-part series,
educator Carol Hockett will explore objects in the Museum’s collection related
to desserts. Bring your appetite—related tastes will be served!


April 13, 2011

40th New York Wine Industry Workshop and New York Wine and Grape Foundation
Annual Seminar from  April 13-15, 2011, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at the Ramada
Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lake Front Drive, Geneva, NY. The New York Wine Industry
Workshop (WIW) is an annual technical meeting focusing on enology concepts and
challenges specific to eastern, cool climate wine production. The fortieth
edition of the WIW will be held in Geneva, NY at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront.


April 14, 2011

>From Planning to Canning. The Seneca County Cooperative Extension and Ovid
Library have partnered to present a "Planning to Canning" course that will be
held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30PM to 8PM starting March
10th through September 8th at the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, Ovid, NY
(with June & August classes at Ovid Fire Department). Each workshop costs only
$5 or sign up for all seven for $30. Planning, Layout, Planting & Yield—April
14; Pest, Disease & Weed Management—May 12; Preserving Strawberries & Other
Early Produce—June 9; Your Garden Questions Answered—July 14; Preserving Late
Summer Fruits & Veggies—August 11; Put Your Garden To Bed & Storing Root
Crops—Sept 8; For more information or to register, please call (607-869-3031)
or visit the library or call Seneca County CCE (315) 539-9251 or log onto
www.senecacountycce.org. Pre-registration is advised.


April 16, 2011

Living with Birds of Prey on April 16th 1pm at the Ovid Library. Registration
required for all classes. ovidlib at rochester.rr.com 607.869.3031
www.ovidlibrary.org
Min Creasy from Thronbush Farm will present her work as an animal
rehabilitator.  Min lives cooperatively with birds of prey and uses them as a
songbird deterrent in her Finger Lakes vineyard.  Min's talk will be
complimented by Rose Borzik who will present a rehabilitated Red-tailed Hawk.


April 16, 2011

Planning to Preserve from 3pm-5pm in Ithaca, NY. This IthaCan event will
address common questions about preserving food, such as: Wondering how to get
started preserving at home this summer?  Do you have the time? Do you have the
equipment? What kind of stuff is good to make, anyway? We'll discuss these
questions and get you started making your personal plan to preserve. Join
IthaCan for free to attend this workshop.


May 1, 2011

Compost Fair on Sunday May 1, 12:00 PM -4:00 PM at CCE-Tompkins Education
Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, New York 14850. Celebrate spring's arrival
by stopping in the Compost Fair to see and experience ALL aspects of
composting. There will be food, music, interactive displays, activities for
kids and continuous tours of our composting demonstration site. Learn about
the various ways to compost and have your questions answered by Master
Composters - just in time for spring clean up and gardening! Prize drawings
will be held at 3:30pm for all attendees.  The Fair will be held in
conjunction with the 4-H Rubber Duck Race & 5K Run so there will be lots of
displays and fun activities for children of all ages.  Admission is free and
open to the public.


May 12, 2011

>From Planning to Canning. The Seneca County Cooperative Extension and Ovid
Library have partnered to present a "Planning to Canning" course that will be
held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30PM to 8PM starting March
10th through September 8th at the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, Ovid, NY
(with June & August classes at Ovid Fire Department). Each workshop costs only
$5 or sign up for all seven for $30. Pest, Disease & Weed Management—May 12;
Preserving Strawberries & Other Early Produce—June 9; Your Garden Questions
Answered—July 14; Preserving Late Summer Fruits & Veggies—August 11; Put Your
Garden To Bed & Storing Root Crops—Sept 8; For more information or to
register, please call (607-869-3031) or visit the library or call Seneca
County CCE (315) 539-9251 or log onto www.senecacountycce.org.
Pre-registration is advised.


May 14, 2011

Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale on Saturday May 14, 9:30 AM -2:30 PM CHECK
BACK FOR NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!  Cooperative Extension Master Gardener
volunteers, over 40 area growers,  and other garden groups offer perennials,
specialty plants and gardening advice. You will find organically grown
vegetable transplants and heirloom varieties, a huge variety of annuals, herbs
and many specialty perennials, flowering shrubs, trees, hardy roses and fruit
crops.  Free soil pH testing is available and educational exhibits and
information are offered.  Kids can join the Ithaca Children's Garden for a fun
hands-on activity.  Bring baskets, wagons, and other containers for
transporting plants.  For more information, call (607) 272-2292.


May 21, 2011

The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute presents Mushroom Innoculation
Workshops on May 21 & 22 in the Finger Lakes region, NY at Hawk Meadow Farm
and Cayuta Sun (near Ithaca). The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute invites
you to our workshops that introduce participants to the world of mushrooms,
their link to healthy soils and forests, and their growing potential on both a
home and commercial scale. We will inoculate shiitake, oyster, and stropharia
mushrooms and discuss how to successfully raise multiple harvests. Workshop
participants receive complete instruction and take home an inoculated log,
coffee ground substrate, and instructional booklet with further resources.
Visit: http://FingerLakesPermaculture.org for information and registration.


May 22, 2011

The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute presents Mushroom Innoculation
Workshops on May 21 & 22 in the Finger Lakes region, NY at Hawk Meadow Farm
and Cayuta Sun (near Ithaca). The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute invites
you to our workshops that introduce participants to the world of mushrooms,
their link to healthy soils and forests, and their growing potential on both a
home and commercial scale. We will inoculate shiitake, oyster, and stropharia
mushrooms and discuss how to successfully raise multiple harvests. Workshop
participants receive complete instruction and take home an inoculated log,
coffee ground substrate, and instructional booklet with further resources.
Visit: http://FingerLakesPermaculture.org for information and registration.


June 9, 2011

>From Planning to Canning. The Seneca County Cooperative Extension and Ovid
Library have partnered to present a "Planning to Canning" course that will be
held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30PM to 8PM starting March
10th through September 8th at the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, Ovid, NY
(with June & August classes at Ovid Fire Department). Each workshop costs only
$5 or sign up for all seven for $30. Preserving Strawberries & Other Early
Produce—June 9; Your Garden Questions Answered—July 14; Preserving Late Summer
Fruits & Veggies—August 11; Put Your Garden To Bed & Storing Root Crops—Sept
8; For more information or to register, please call (607-869-3031) or visit
the library or call Seneca County CCE (315) 539-9251 or log onto
www.senecacountycce.org. Pre-registration is advised.


July 14, 2011

>From Planning to Canning. The Seneca County Cooperative Extension and Ovid
Library have partnered to present a "Planning to Canning" course that will be
held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30PM to 8PM starting March
10th through September 8th at the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, Ovid, NY
(with June & August classes at Ovid Fire Department). Each workshop costs only
$5 or sign up for all seven for $30. Your Garden Questions Answered—July 14;
Preserving Late Summer Fruits & Veggies—August 11; Put Your Garden To Bed &
Storing Root Crops—Sept 8; For more information or to register, please call
(607-869-3031) or visit the library or call Seneca County CCE (315) 539-9251
or log onto www.senecacountycce.org. Pre-registration is advised.


August 11, 2011

>From Planning to Canning. The Seneca County Cooperative Extension and Ovid
Library have partnered to present a "Planning to Canning" course that will be
held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30PM to 8PM starting March
10th through September 8th at the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, Ovid, NY
(with June & August classes at Ovid Fire Department). Each workshop costs only
$5 or sign up for all seven for $30. Preserving Late Summer Fruits &
Veggies—August 11; Put Your Garden To Bed & Storing Root Crops—Sept 8; For
more information or to register, please call (607-869-3031) or visit the
library or call Seneca County CCE (315) 539-9251 or log onto
www.senecacountycce.org. Pre-registration is advised.


September 8, 2011

>From Planning to Canning. The Seneca County Cooperative Extension and Ovid
Library have partnered to present a "Planning to Canning" course that will be
held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30PM to 8PM starting March
10th through September 8th at the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, Ovid, NY
(with June & August classes at Ovid Fire Department). Each workshop costs only
$5 or sign up for all seven for $30. Put Your Garden To Bed & Storing Root
Crops—Sept 8; For more information or to register, please call (607-869-3031)
or visit the library or call Seneca County CCE (315) 539-9251 or log onto
www.senecacountycce.org. Pre-registration is advised.



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