Category: The Big Picture

Movie and Q&A: Food Evolution

From Cinemapolis: FOOD EVOLUTION Wednesday, October 25th at 7 pm BUY TICKETS featuring Q & A w/ scientists from Boyce Thompson Institute & Cornell University co-presented by BTI and the Cornell Alliance for Science From Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, Food Evolution Movie is set […]

Category: The Big Picture

Tompkins County Local Food System Leads: Can it Grow?

Tompkins County’s farm to table movement began over 40 years ago. Monika Roth, Agriculture Program Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension and adviser to Ithaca Farmer’s Market, is an expert on the local food system which rose from this movement. In her paper presentation given on May 13th at the Farm to Plate Conference, Roth gave […]

Category: Food & Eating

Pantry to Pan: A Venture With Shakshuka in Ithaca

Announcement from Pantry to Pan: Organic, Semi-Prepared Shakshuka – Your Next Meal is Stewing on Kickstarter Shakshuka is a North African tomato dish served with softly poached eggs and cheese; we are here to convince everyone to eat shakshuka. Ithaca, NY, 27th March 2017 – Pantry To Pan has developed a shelf stable, semi-prepared shakshuka starter. […]

Category: The Big Picture

Brainstorming session to create NY Organic Action Plan

Announcement from NOFA-NY: Please join NOFA-NY for a brainstorming session to create a New York Organic Action Plan! Let’s stop reacting and work for the future we want! We will hold to gatherings, back-to-back, April 7, 2016, 3 pm to 6 pm, then a light dinner, and 6:30 pm – 9 pm in the Classroom, […]

New pest troubles farmers

In 2013, Aaron Munzer led an educational tour around his farm, Plowbreak Farm near Trumansburg, NY when someone from Cornell Cooperative Extension looked at his crops and told him, “You might have Swede Midge.” Munzer had never heard of the pest, which was new to upstate New York. Later that Fall, his broccoli plants grew […]

Redbyrd, fly on! The story behind Redbyrd Orchard Cider

…from Eric Shatt and Deva Maas cidermakers, orchardists, parents and collaborators @ Finger Lakes Cider House The Orchard In 2003 we started our vision for Redbyrd Cider by planting an orchard high on a hill top near Burdett .  We planted on one acre over 30 varieties of heirloom,  and European cider apple varieties on […]


Redbyrd Orchard Cider Release Party!

Meet the Cider Maker

Eric Shatt is a creative cider maker, amazing orchardist and wonderful wild-crafter. We love that he is grafting wild-found varieties into his orchard, and that he and Deva and their young family is in on the gig.

Built to Pair

FLCH chef Katie Church will prepare a curated tasting board of local delicacies chosen specifically to go with the Rebyrd Orchard Cider flight, including the new releases!


Join us for 2 new Redbyrd Ciders…. Wickson Manchurian Crab and Celeste-Sur-Lie… and 1 new vintage- Cloudsplitter 2014! We’ll serve a full Tasting Menu of Redbyrd’s ciders, feat these two new ones, and Chef Katie will pair each cider with a bite of fabulous FLX food. Join us!

A Year in Orchards: early Summer thinning

Posted here and at Finger Lakes Cider House Written by Chris Negronida- bartender at FL Cider House, Orchardist at West Haven Farm and Black Diamond Farm/Cider. The apples are sizing up nicely and many of the trees are showing a good crop.  The sun has already left a red blush on many of the small apples, […]

Profile: Bensvue Organic Dairy Farm

Ten years ago, the Andra Benson and her husband, farmers in Lansing, decided to convert their conventional dairy to organic. They joined the Organic Valley Co-op, which offered more consistent payment for milk, regional loan assistance, and other benefits, which Andra explained at a recent event, “The Co-op Opportunity,” hosted by GreenStar Community Projects. Luckily, she said, one […]