Category: The Big Picture

Health, food justice, and collective impact

A few years ago I became very interested in food justice, mainly because of the correlation between poor eating habits, poor foods, and a higher incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and cancer, particularly among communities of color. Although I don’t think anyone has the right to tell another person what to eat, I […]

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Is hunger a problem in Tompkins County?

From the United Way of Tompkins County: “51% of residents and 70% of key informants indicated that hunger was a critical problem in the community. The perception of hunger as a problem was nearly equal across all income levels and age categories suggesting that the issue has been more visible in the community. On the […]

Category: Food & Eating

Edible Acres: A local permaculture nursery

From Sean at Edible Acres: Hello to you in this snowy and cold time of year.  As we snuggle near the wood stove and enjoy indoor time, I’m guessing a lot of you love to look at plant catalogs and dream about spring gardening and plans for the future.  What a great time to dream! […]

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Library discussion: Feeding the World from Kansas to the Kalahari

Announcement from Dryden’s Southworth Library: The last session of of the “Bringing It to the Table: Feeding the World from Kansas to the Kalahari” will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 21 at the Southworth Library, 24 West Main Street, Dryden. This final session will examine the pros and cons of GMOs and […]

Category: Food & Eating

Full Plate Farm Collective announces cooking classes

Announcement from the Full Plate Farm Collective: Are you a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) member, or curious about taking advantage of the fresh bounty produced right in your backyard? Worried about myths of never-ending boxes of beets? Afraid your kale will wilt before you hit the kitchen? Let out a big sigh of relief and […]

Category: Food & Eating

Changes Forthcoming in Food Scraps Recycling Program

List of Acceptable Items Narrowed to Ensure Quality of Finished Product The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division and Trumansburg-based Cayuga Compost will be implementing changes to the highly-successful food scraps recycling program. Beginning April 1st, 2016 only food items and paper napkins and paper towels will be accepted, along with compostable bin liners. That means […]

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming announces new director

Announcement from Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming: Elizabeth Gabriel joins Groundswell as the new Director in January of 2016, bringing significant experience in leadership, education and addressing food sovereignty.  For five years, Elizabeth served as founding director of Washington, DC-based non-profit Common Good City Farm, where she grew the organization from the ground […]

Category: Food & Eating

Upcoming Gardening Classes/Events at CCE-Tompkins

Announcement from CCE: Winter Garden Travel Slide Shows Sundays, January 24, and Feb. 28, 2:30pm @ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca Let our weekend garden slide talks be the antidote for your winter gardening withdrawal! Each features a local gardener sharing garden or landscape slides from a trip, followed by refreshments and socializing.  […]

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Fallen Tree: A unique project to foster community on Muriel Street

Fallen Tree: An Overview of Its History and Intentions By Jane-Marie Law Fallen Tree is the name given to a ¾ acre tract of land on which sits a 920 square foot pre-fab house built in 1954 located at 128 Muriel Street in the Town of Ithaca. The second owner of this piece of property […]