Category: The Big Picture

Study: Modern European genes may favor vegetarianism

by Krishna Ramanujan This article originally appeared in the Cornell Chronicle. A Cornell study, published May 26 in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, describes how shifts in diets in Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary trends of the time. Before the Neolithic revolution that […]

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Do you know of a community program that could use free food?

From Friendship Donations Network: Do you know of a community program that could use free food? Friendship Donations Network is Ithaca’s food rescue organization. We rescue fresh, nutritious food that​ ​would otherwise be thrown away from stores and farms and redistribute it to neighbors in need throughout Tompkins County and beyond. We provide food donations […]

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Friendship Donations Network on WRFI

From the WRFI Human Rights Show: Meaghan Sheehan Rosen and Art Pearce from the Friendship Donations Network (FDN) talk about how the organization is rescuing surplus food and distributing it to food pantries and other sites across the county. Every year they distribute 500,000 pounds of food in Tompkins County and every week this services […]

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Innovations in Food Systems: Feeding a Growing World

Announcement from Cornell: Innovations in Food Systems: Feeding a Growing World Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Cornell University Biotechnology Building G10 The CTL Partnership Forum entitled “Innovations in Food Systems: Feeding a Growing World” will bring together leaders from industry, the investment community, and academia to explore current topics and trends in agriculture and animal production […]

Spot Hollow Farm raises unique sheep breed

From Country Folks Magazine, a story about Spot Hollow Farm: “Marie Roenke, of Trumansburg, NY, was 12 years old when she started raising sheep as a 4-H project. But she didn’t start out with one of the most common breeds. ‘I wanted goats, but someone offered me some Jacob sheep,” said Marie. “I said sure, […]

Category: Food & Eating

Distilling Workshop at Cornell

Cornell University Two-Day Distilling Workshop – Spring Session 2017 Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 9:30am to 4:30pm Stocking Hall, Cornell University Food Science Center Ithaca, NY 14853-7201 CARL’s Distilling Workshop Program in the USA is the original distilling workshop, now in its 20th year.   The Distilling Workshop is a two-day comprehensive primer with distillation […]

Yellow Bell Pepper Seedlings in Spring
Category: Food & Eating

Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale

Announcement from Cornell Cooperative Extension: Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9am-2pm Ithaca High School (see map) One of the Finger Lakes’ most highly anticipated events is the annual Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale, organized since 1982 by Master Gardener volunteers from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. The Garden […]

Pear ready to be picked
Category: The Big Picture

Farm to Plate: Nourishing Food for Everyone

Submitted by Jay Smith, Farm to Plate Conference Committee: Food for everyone, abundant and cheap.  Isn’t that part of our American Dream. When Norman Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his contributions to the Green Revolution of the 50’s and 60’s, it seemed like abundant, cheap food for everyone would be possible, ending starvation in […]

Audio: Erica Frenay chats about Shelterbelt Farm

From the Heritage Radio Network, this interview first aired in December 2016: “Erica Frenay manages 35 acres of sheep, cattle, ducks, orchard, apiary, and high tunnels at Shelterbelt Farm near Ithaca, NY, with her husband and two young kids. She has also worked for the Cornell Small Farms Program for 11 years, co-founding the Northeast […]