Upcoming Gardening/Farming Events at Cooperative Extension

Sandra Repp sjr37 at cornell.edu
Fri Mar 11 08:17:22 EST 2011

Tractor Workshop for Small Farms
Saturday March 12, 9:00am-12:00pm
Dryden Lawn & Recreation, 54 North Street (Route 13), Dryden
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. The 
dealership where this workshop will be held 
carries and repairs smaller tractors that are 
suitable for small farm use.  To register, call 
(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.

Garden Travel Slide Show: Botanical Travel to the Finger Lakes (and Beyond)
Saturday, March 12, 2:00-3:30pm
at Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY
This slide presentation by Daniel Segal of The 
Plantsmen Nursery will feature some of the most 
beautiful native species that make Ithaca and 
surrounding areas truly a travel destination. For 
a fun twist, we will also look at some related 
species from other regions, and discuss some 
basics regarding relationships between these 
plants and our own. A light dose of plant 
geography and ecology with a heavy dose of pretty 
plant slides.  Refreshments and time to socialize 
will follow the talk.  Free and open to the 
public but a $3 suggested donation helps support 
the Horticulture Program.  Please call (607) 272-2292 for more information.

G4H / Garden Educator Training
(4) Mondays March 14 & 28, & April 11, 
6:00-9:00pm, Saturday April 2 10:00am-4:00pm
Must attend all 4 sessions.
A FREE 15-hour training to create more garden 
educators in our community, with the Gardens 4 
Humanity program.  This 'garden based learning' 
training covers topics including gardening 
basics, effectively teaching kids and adults in 
and out of the classroom setting, and garden and 
food related activities. Registration required. 
Application available online at 
www.ccetompkins.org/g4h or for pick-up at 
CCE-Tompkins and GIAC. For questions please contact Liz Falk erf59 at cornell.edu.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Saturday March 19 OR 26, 9:00am-12:00pm
Reisinger's Apple Country Orchards, 2750 Apple Lane, Watkins Glen 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. $15/person or 
$25/couple  Preregistration is required by March 
4, 2011 for admission to either workshop.  Call 
Schuyler County CCE to register at 607-535-7161.

Community Beautification Volunteer Training
(2) Tuesdays, March 22 & 29, 6:00-8:30 pm
at Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY
The Beautification Brigade takes care of public 
flower plantings in Ithaca. Have fun, learn 
gardening techniques, and keep Ithaca 
gorgeous.  Free dinner provided at the 
trainings.  Free and open to anyone who wishes to 
volunteer with the program.  Email Dan Klein at 
dek22 at cornell.edu, or call (607) 272-2292, for 
more information or a volunteer application.

Learn to Prune Trees & Shrubs
(3) Mondays, April 4, 11 & 18, 7:00-8:30pm
at Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY
Each spring, CCE-Tompkins offers a training 
series for individuals who wish to volunteer with 
the Citizen Pruner Program and for members of the 
general public. Three workshops will be offered this year:
·         (4/4) Trees for Challenging Sites, with 
Dr. Nina Bassuk of Cornell's Urban Horticulture Institute
·         (4/11) Training Young Trees, Pruning 
Older Trees, and Tools of the Trade, with City 
Forestry Technician Jeanne Grace and arborist Keith Vanderhye.
·         (4/18) Pruning Shrubs, with Monika 
Roth, Agriculture Extension Educator at CCE-Tompkins.
Take one or all: classes are $5/each for the 
general public and FREE to volunteers! Join the 
Citizen Pruner Program! Citizen Pruner volunteers 
prune trees and shrubs on streets and in parks 
throughout the City of Ithaca.  Volunteer once a 
week or when available, from May through 
October.  Training dates are held at the 
CCE-Tompkins Education Center.  For more 
information, contact Monika Roth at (607) 272-2292 or mr55 at cornell.edu. 
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