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Foodnet Meals on Wheels Recruiting Volunteers

Foodnet Meals on Wheels is currently looking for volunteers for their Social Dining Program. They are seeking friendly individuals to help with serving meals in their community dining rooms, with help being needed Monday – Friday from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM. Any person interested in encouraged to contact Joseph Fort at or call 607-266-9553.

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Video: Community Gardens aim to combat food insecurity

Finger Lakes Eat Smart NY is helping communities establish community gardens. The team, which is part of a larger effort within NYS, is made up of educators with experience in nutrition, public health, health education and gardening. “Individuals who qualify for and/or receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may participate in our free events,” […]

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Event: The Future of Nature: Agriculture

From The Nature Conservancy: The Future of Nature: Agriculture Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:00 p.m. — Reception 6:00 p.m. — Program Coltivare: 235 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 Did you know that about 23% of New York’s land is used by farms to produce a diverse array of products? Meet two NatureNet fellows and explore connections […]

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Youth Gardening Symposium: Call for Proposals

Announcement from Fiona Doherty, Cornell Garden-Based Learning Educator Enrichment Specialist: Cornell Garden-Based Learning is excited to host the American Horticultural Society National Youth Gardening Symposium in July 2018. Please consider submitting a session proposal by December 8th, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.  We’re glad to offer a quick read to your proposal if you […]

Report: Hard Cider Industry

From Cornell Research: “Since 2011 the growth of the cider industry has been astronomical,” says Gregory M. Peck, School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture. “There’s been more than a 900 percent increase in the volume of cider produced in the U.S. New York has more individual producers than any other state in the country. Right […]

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Loaves and Fishes Empty Bowls Fundraiser: Sunday, November 4th

Loaves and Fishes will be holding their 22nd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Sunday, November 4th at St. John’s Church, located at 210 N. Cayuga St. at 6:15 PM. Tickets are still available at $75 each. Local potters will be donating ceramic bowls for guests to use for their soup and take home with them. […]

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Workshop on Making Permanent Raised Beds with Hand Tools

From the Groundswell Center event page: “Saturday, November 18th, 9AM – 2PM Groundswell Incubator Farm, 100 Rachel Carson Way Bring weather appropriate clothes and a bag lunch Cost: Sliding Scale, $5-$25   Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres will lead a very hands-on workshop showing participants strategies and techniques for taking ‘weedy’ areas of shrubs, brambles, tall grasses, young trees, […]

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It’s Crunch Time! Trumansburg Students to Join Big Apple Crunch October 19

By Kate Frazer For many of us living in Tompkins County, fall feels incomplete without a candied apple from the Apple Harvest Festival, cider donuts from Littletree Orchards, or a cider tasting at the Finger Lakes Cider House. But there’s something magical about apples in their purest form—plucked right from the tree and savored in […]

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Farming for Justice Meeting Wednesday, October 18

The Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming will be hosting the first in a monthly meeting series titled Farming for Justice on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Groundswell Center located at 225 S. Fulton St.,  and is described as “a monthly meeting for farmers, food producers, […]