Category: Q&A

Do we really need another food website in Tompkins County?

Q: Do we really need another food website in Ithaca and Tompkins County? A: Yes! And, plus, this is not just another website. Currently, no website exists for ongoing local food news and conversation. This site offers current information, like a newspaper, about what’s going on in our food system. And it offers a place for conversations and connections, where […]

Category: The Big Picture

Networking for Food Systems Change

In their recent book Connecting to Change the World, authors Peter Plastrik, Madeleine Taylors and John Cleveland highlight the transformative potential of what they call generative social-impact networks in affecting systems change. They define these as “networks of individuals or organizations that aim to solve a difficult problem in… society by working together, adapting over […]

Category: Food & Eating

CSA Fair Saturday 3/14/15

Announcement from CCE-Tompkins: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair Saturday, March 14, 2015 12:00-3:00 pm at Boynton Middle School, 1601 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca What is CSA? Learn about this partnership between consumers and farmers, and how it can benefit you! More than 20 CSA farmers serving Tompkins, Seneca, Cayuga, Tioga, Chenango, and Schuyler Counties will […]

Category: Food & Eating

Classes: Vegetable Gardening and Rain Gardens

Announcement from CCE-Tompkins: Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening Monday, March 23, 6:30-8:30 pm CCE-Tompkins, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca 14850 This is the class for the beginning vegetable gardener!  Learn where to site your garden, how to prepare the soil, how to start seeds, how to plant, when and how to mulch, and which easy veggies […]

Category: The Big Picture

Grants To Support Local Food Systems, Specialty Crop Producers and Farm to School Efforts

Announcement from the USDA: Grants Will Support Local Food Systems, Specialty Crop Producers and Farm to School Efforts; Expands Risk Protection for Specialty Crop Producers (deadline: May 14, 2015)Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the availability of $96.8 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to support specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs, and […]

Talk: The Importance of Bees

Announcement from the Environmental Management Council: The production of fruits and many vegetables is dependent on successful pollination. Honey bees are the most widely used crop pollinators, but honey bee populations have experienced steep decline in North America over the past 50 years due to a variety of causes.  One potential solution to the decline […]

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Category: Food & Eating

Free Food in Tompkins County (March 2015)

This is an announcement from Friendship Donations Network (FDN), which provides produce, breads, desserts, dairy, deli, and groceries (if available) to the programs listed below. For a complete listing of food pantries and community meals in Tompkins County, please visit: hsctc.org/food. Updated February 27, 2015. Monday – Friday: Loaves and Fishes. Free daily meals. All […]