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Make a Bee Hotel for Native Pollinators, Wed March 7

Cornell Cooperative Extension will be offering a class on Wednesday, March 7 about making a “bee hotel” for native pollinators. From their event page: “Native solitary bees, like mason bees and leafcutter bees, are gentle, easy to raise, and are as important for pollinating as honey bees. “Jacob Johnston from Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology will […]

Category: Food & Eating

Ithaca is Foodies: The Science of Taste Tour

Ithaca is Foodies is currently offering a Science of Taste Tour, which explores the different flavor types (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami) and how they work together. This 2.5 hour lunch tour visits six different locations as follows: Luna Inspired Street Food F. Oliver’s Oils and Vinegars Hawi Ethiopian Cuisine Coltivare Culinary Center Press Cafe […]

Category: The Big Picture

Meat, Money, and Minorities: February 22, 4:30 PM

On February 22, speaker Christopher-Sebastian McJetter will give a talk titled Meat, Money, and Minorities. This talk focuses on how “anti-black racism and class discrimination are related to animal cruelty, and how incorporating animal rights and food empowerment into a broader socio-political agenda creates meaningful justice for all persons.” The talk will be help at […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]