Microgrants Available for Agriculinary Tourism Projects

Press release from the Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau: The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau (a division of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce) is pleased to announce that we have received funding to provide “microgrants” (small grants of up to $500 per project) directly to farms, food and beverage producers, farm stands, and […]

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 […]

Groundswell Center is Hiring

The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is hiring, Ithaca, NY To learn more and to apply, visit our web site, groundswellcenter.org/employment Position Title: FARMING & BUSINESS SPECIALIST Application Deadline: Open until filled Position Start Date: March 2017 is ideal Employment terms: This is a full-time salaried position, averaging 35 hours/week. Due to the seasonal […]

Groundswell Center’s 2016 Course Offerings!

Check out Groundswell Center’s website for many Spring, 2016 program listings. There are too many to list here, so please check them out. From their website, “Groundswell’s Incubator Farm is the first of its kind in New York State, creating pathways to ownership for aspiring farmers from marginalized communities, including people of color, refugees and other […]

Who farms in Ithaca and Tompkins County?

Who farms in Ithaca and Tompkins County? With more than 550 farms in the county, there is no single answer to that question. Here are just three examples of people in the farming scene: Burmese Refugees at Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming Polestar Farms at Ithaca Farmers Market Bensvue Organic Dairy with Organic […]

NYS New Farmers Grant Fund Program announced

Press release from Gov. Cuomo: Applications Now Being Accepted for 2016 New Farmers Grant Fund Program and New York State Young Farmers Loan Forgiveness Program Governor Cuomo announced $1 million in funding is available to assist new farmers begin their careers. Now in its second year, the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund will […]

Category: Food & Eating

Local veggies throughout the frigid winter

Local farmers continue to produce vegetables throughout the frigid winter in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Winter Farmers Markets: Ithaca Farmers Market at Steamboat Landing (thru Dec 19) Ithaca Farmers Market at The Space @ GreenStar (Jan-March) Winter CSAs: Blue Heron Farm offers vegetables weekly at the Ithaca Farmers Market. Early Morning Farm offers two deliveries […]

Family farm managers earn ’emotional’ wealth, research shows

From the Cornell Chronicle: Researchers “examined dairy farm income in 1999 through 2008 and showed that New York farm manager median salaries varied widely from $41,884 in 1999, to $64,466 in 2004 to $74,986 in 2005, all adjusted for inflation to 2008 dollars. While the family farm managers were paid on average about $22,000 less, […]