Upcoming Gardening Classes/Events at CCE-Tompkins
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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.  Scheduled talks are: 1/10: Dan Klein, “Some Dusty Gardens and Agriculture of South India”; 1/24: Carol Eichler, “World Travels: A Gardener’s View” including gardens in China, Costa Rica, and Turkey; 2/28: Marlene Kobre, “Gardening in Time.” Free and open to the public, suggested donation of $3 helps support the Horticulture program. Questions? Contact (607) 272-2292 or pc21@cornell.edu.

Introduction to Permaculture
Wednesday, February 24, 6:30-8:30pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
Permaculture (short for ‘permanent agriculture’) is a system of growing food that minimizes labor by using mostly perennial food plants, which come back year after year. Join Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres for an introduction to basic permaculture concepts. We’ll look at living examples of plant guilds, polycultures and plants often used in northern permaculture landscapes. Sean also will discuss some of the concepts that inform permaculture ethics and design in gardens and beyond. Cost: $5-$10 self-determined sliding scale. Call (607) 272-2292 to sign up or save time at check-in by registering online at: http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=621 . Contact Chrys at cab69@cornell.edu with questions.

Winter Worm Composting Class
Saturday, February 27, 10:00am-12:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
No backyard needed! Vermicomposting is an easy indoor system that produces rich compost for your plants. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to care for your very own bin. Each paying household will go home with a starter bin and worms. $10/household; space is limited!  Call (607) 272-2292 to register or save time at check in and ensure your space by registering online at: http://bit.ly/1lcvBOh! Contact Adam at acm1@cornell.edu with questions.

Permaculture Design Studio
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres will lead an informal design studio to help you incorporate permaculture design into your own garden or homestead. Bring a map, site plan or sketch of your property to work on in the class. If the weather is suitable we will also walk a few blocks to the Permaculture Park to see some of the permaculture features that have been implemented in recent years by CCE staff and neighborhood volunteers. Cost: $5-$10/person sliding scale fee.  Call (607) 272-2292 to sign up, or save time at check-in by registering online at: http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=621 . Contact Chrys at cab69@cornell.edu with questions.

CSA Fair
Saturday, March 5, 12:00-3:00pm
at Boynton Middle School, 1601 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? Learn about this partnership between consumers and farmers, meet and talk with 20+ area CSA farmers in one place!  Activities to keep the kids busy, space to sit and review farm information. No need to register – just show up!
Contact Avi Miner at (607) 272-2292 or agm32@cornell.edu with questions.

Getting Started With Nut Trees
Monday, March 7, 6:30-8:30pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
Nut trees can provide highly nutritious food for centuries. Local nuts can be used for anything from holiday snacks to staples like flour, oil, and butters. This class, taught by experienced nut growers Brian Caldwell and Akiva Silver, will provide information on growing nut trees in a changing climate, the best types of nuts for growing in NY, harvesting and processing nuts, and samples of several types of local nuts. Pre-registration is required.  Fee: $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale. Call (607) 272-2292 to sign up or save time at check-in by registering online at: http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=619&reset=1 .  Contact Chrys at cab69@cornell.edu with questions.

Seed Starting for Beginners
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
Start your own plants from seeds indoors this spring! Seed starting is fun and easy, a great activity to hasten spring while saving money and growing the varieties you want! In this workshop participants will learn to construct a simple PVC light stand to grow seedlings under lights, and gain hands-on experience sowing different types of seeds and transplanting seedlings that they can take home for their own gardens.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended so that we can contact participants in case of cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Fee: $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale. Call (607) 272-2292 to sign up or save time at check-in by registering online at: http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=625&reset=1 . Contact Chrys at cab69@cornell.edu with questions.

Spring Propagation of Fruit Plants
Wednesday, March 23, 6:30-8:30pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
Sean Dembrosky, owner of Edible Acres in Trumansburg, will lead this hands-on workshop on propagating edible perennial plants from cuttings, seeds and by layering. Species covered will include currants, jostaberries, gooseberries, hardy kiwi, elderberry and nut trees. Sean will also demonstrate taking cuttings of willow and other useful/ornamental woody plants. Participants will be able to take propagation materials from these plants for their own gardens. Fee: $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale. Call (607) 272-2292 to sign up or save time at check-in by registering online at: http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=653&reset=1. Contact Chrys at cab69@cornell.edu with questions.

Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting
Saturday, April 2, 10:00am-12:00pm
Rain date: Sunday, April 3, 10:00am-12:00pm
@ Indian Creek Farm, 1408 Trumansburg Road (Rt. 96), Ithaca
If you grow fruit trees, it’s important to know how to prune them correctly to promote yearly fruiting and reduce disease problems. In this hands-on workshop at a local orchard, pruning and training techniques will be demonstrated for newly-planted and young trees. The workshop will begin in the barn, where participants will learn how apple trees are grafted and will have an opportunity to graft two apple trees to take home and plant.  Following the grafting demonstration, we will head out to the orchard to learn about different training and pruning systems for young trees. We will be outdoors for approximately 60-90 minutes so please dress for the weather. Cost: $13-$18/person self-determined sliding scale (Fee includes $8.00 for materials to graft two apple trees to take home) Pre-registration is strongly recommended so that we have participants’ contact information on file in case the class is cancelled due to inclement weather. Call (607) 272-2292 to sign up or save time at check-in by registering online at: http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=626&reset=1. Contact Chrys at cab69@cornell.edu with questions. [Note that this class will not cover pruning or renovation of large, mature or overgrown trees. A second Fruit Tree Pruning class on April 16 will cover pruning and renovation of large trees.]

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, May 14. 9:00am-2:00pm
at Boynton Middle School, 1601 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

2016 Master Composter Training
(10) Thursday evenings, Feb. 11-May 12, time tbd
Application Deadline: Monday, February 1
Become a Tompkins County Master Composter to learn all about composting and volunteer to teach others. This enthusiastic group of community volunteers lead and participate in exciting projects to reduce waste, and improve gardens. For more information or to apply, visit our website http://ccetompkins.org/mc or contact Adam Michaelides at 272-2292 or acm1@cornell.edu.

Beautification Brigade Training
Thursday March 31 AND Wednesday April 6, 6:00-8:30pm
The Beautification Brigade takes care of all the public flower plantings in Ithaca. Have fun, learn gardening techniques and help keep Ithaca gorgeous. Free dinner provided at two trainings: Thursday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 6, 6-8:30pm at CCE-Tompkins. First work session is Saturday, April 2, 1:00-5:00pm, location TBA.  Free and open to anyone who wishes to volunteer with the program. Contact Martha Gioumouses at mg10@cornell.edu, or (607) 272-2292 ext. 123, for more information or to request a volunteer application.

Citizen Pruner Training
Mondays, April 4, 11, 18 & 25
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
FREE! Got a passion for trees? Learn proper planting and pruning techniques in this series which is open to the public and interested volunteers. All classes are 7:00-8:30pm except for 4/25 which starts at 5:30pm take one or all! Contact Monika Roth at (607) 272-2292 or mr55@cornell.edu for more information.

·         4/4: “Trees in Difficult Sites” with Dr. Nina Bassuk
·         4/11: “Tree Pruning” with Jeanne Grace, City Forester and Keith Vanderhye of Limbwalker Tree Care
·         4/18: “Shrub Pruning” at 5:30pm with Monika Roth, CCE-Tompkins Ag Educator
·         4/25: Outdoor demonstration workshop at 5:30pm with Monika Roth, CCE-Tompkins Ag Educator

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