Category: The Big Picture

Holiday BackPack Repack Event Photos

On December 13th, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and the Chair of the Tompkins County Health and Human Services Committee, Anna Kelles, hosted a their Holiday BackPack Repack Event at The Space at GreenStar. The event featured community leaders, including Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, helping to pack BackPacks of food for over 300 children […]

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Groundswell Center: Farm Business Planning Course

The Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming will be conducting their 5th annual Farm Business Planning Course from January 9th through March 6th at the Just Be Cause Center.  The 9-session course will teach people in the early to mid stages of developing an agriculture business about setting goals, matching production to market strategy, […]

Category: The Big Picture

Friendship Donations Network: How One Garden Grew Into a Food Donation Effort

The Friendship Donations Network has released a story describing how Harriet Becker, a resident of Sheldrake, on the west coast of Cayuga Lake, turned her neighbors’ garden surplus into 1,000 pounds of donated food. You can read the full story on the Friendship Donations Network website.

Tourism Board Seeking Agriculture Representative

The Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board (STPB) has announced an opening for an agriculture representative. Applicants must demonstrate a broad understanding of the relationship between agriculture and tourism. This is a volunteer position, with the STPB meeting the third Wednesday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Applications for the STPB seat should […]

Category: The Big Picture

NYS Farmers and Drought: Q&A with Shannan Sweet

From The Nature Conservancy: Our World faces unprecedented challenges with climate change — challenges that NatureNet Science Fellows are helping to solve by pushing conservation science into entirely new areas. The NatureNet Science Fellows program is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and premier universities that’s designed to amplify the Conservancy’s work by investing in […]

Cornell Small Farms Program Online Courses Beginning January 15th

The Cornell Small Farms Program has released a list of new classes beginning on January 15th. Below is a list of the highlighted courses. You can see a full course listing on the Cornell Small Farms Program website. BF 102: Exploring Markets and Profits Have an idea for a farm enterprise but not sure if […]

Category: Food & Eating

Elementary School Students Sample Ayurvedic Cuisine

Students from Beverly J. Martin (BJM) Elementary School in Ithaca recently were treated to a unique culinary experience, thanks to a new program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE-Tompkins) and the volunteer efforts of a group of visiting school superintendents from Wayne County. It all began with a call from the Wayne Finger […]

Category: The Big Picture

Groundswell Center’s Farming for Justice: December Discussion

On December 12th the Groundswell Center will be hosting their monthly Farming for Justice discussion. In these meetings farmers, food producers, and food system workers explore the intersection of food, agriculture, and social justice. Some general topic areas include what role people see themselves playing in racial/economic justice work, what barriers they face, and how […]

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Category: Food & Eating

Friendship Donation Network List of Food Pantries, Hot Meals, and Other Services: December, 2017

The Friendship Donations Network has released a new list of food pantries, hot meals, and other services in the Tompkins County area. You can find a PDF version of the list for easy printing here. The Friendship Donations Network is Ithaca’s local food rescue organization. They rescue fresh, nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away from stores […]