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Tompkins County Food Policy Council Addresses The City of Ithaca’s Food Systems Goals and Food Waste Across the County

From the Tompkins County Food Policy Council: The Tompkins County Food Policy Council (Food Policy Council), formed in January 2016 after a multi-year community-planning process, has spent the second half of 2017 focusing in on two key action areas to strengthen and improve Tompkins County’s local food system: helping Ithaca’s city government realize their Comprehensive […]

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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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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.

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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 […]

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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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Dear Readers, At its most basic, Hot Potato Press is a way to keep up to date on what’s happening in food and farming in Ithaca and Tompkins County. But at its core, Hot Potato Press is a community conversation about food, one that spans beyond the web to person-to-person relationships. We’re not here to tell you what to […]

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Groundswell Center Seeks Business Development Program Coodinator

The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is currently accepting applications for a new Business Development Program Coordinator. This 30-hour/week position supports beginning and established farmers from diverse backgrounds in their business development goals. It includes overseeing Groundswell courses and services for English speaking and English as a New Language Learners. The deadline for […]

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Exploring Our Roots: Food Justice History, Understanding & Action

Announcement from Groundswell Center for Food and Farming: Exploring Our Roots: Food Justice History, Understanding & Action Saturday, December 9th, 2017, 10AM – 3:30PM Location TBD Please bring a bag lunch! Cost: sliding scale $15 – $50, no one turned away for lack of funds Looking to deepen your understanding of food justice and your own role in creating a […]

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Online Exhibit: Food Trade Cards

From the Cornell University Library, announcing a new online exhibit: Trade Cards: An Illustrated History features highlights from the Waxman Collection of Food and Culinary Trade Cards—a remarkable assemblage of advertising trade cards about food and related subjects ca. 1870-1900. Trade cards provide a surprisingly revealing look at America during a period of growth and […]

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Agricultural Research Service Redesigns Website to Allow Easier Access to Scientific Materials

The USDA Agricultural Research Service has recently completed a major website overhaul with the goal to make their scientific materials more accessible. On of the main changes has been optimization for mobile devices, which means users can access the information on the site with a tablet or smartphone in addition to their computer. Another notable […]