Michael Burns | 16 Apr 19:10 2014

Pigstarter: Network of permaculture graduates bootstrap new venture with crowdfarming

Graduates of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute's permaculture design course want to demonstrate
that young farmers with intelligence and drive but no start-up funds or land can "crowdfarm" their way
into a successful business.

They are offering a lifetime discount for any donation over $10!

http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?p=2527

The Pigstarter project is to provide the means to create food sustainably in a small-scale, highly
productive agricultural system. 

They will supplement our their own background in pig production with techniques from Joel Salatin of
Polyface Farm, Sepp Holzer of the Krameterhof, and other leaders in sustainable and permaculture-based
animal husbandry. Rotational pasturing, on demand water, consolidation of local food waste systems,
and a finishing on apple pomace will yield a high-quality, locally grown pork. 

When the season ends they plan to create a how-to guide that can assist other *entre-pig-neurs* in starting
pork operations in their own areas.

Read more and watch the video at: http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?p=2527

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Chrys B. Gardener | 15 Apr 17:30 2014
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Potato Class at 4H Acres, Thursday 4/24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Grow Your Own Spuds!

Thursday, April 24 from 6:30-8:30 pm

4H Acres, Lower Creek Road, Lansing

$5.00 - $10.00 (sliding scale)

 

Everything you always wanted to know about growing potatoes!  Potatoes are one of the most productive and easiest garden crops for anyone to grow, plus they store well for winter. We will dig an Irish 'lazy bed' - this is a great way to break new ground for next year's veggie garden and produces higher yields than conventional planting methods. The class will also cover information on common diseases and pests of potatoes and how to manage them using organic techniques. To register please call 272-2292 or email cab69-HmMyXyqgL2CVc3sceRu5cw@public.gmane.org

For more information go to http://ccetompkins.org/calendar

 

 

Chrys Gardener
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850
(607)272-2292, extension 241
www.ccetompkins.org

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Grow Your Own Spuds!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Thursday, April 24 from 6:30-8:30 pm<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>4H Acres, Lower Creek Road, Lansing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>$5.00 - $10.00 (sliding scale)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Everything you always wanted to know about growing potatoes!&nbsp;
</span><span>Potatoes are one of the most productive and easiest garden crops for anyone to grow, plus they store well for winter. We will dig an Irish 'lazy bed' - this is a great way to break
 new ground for next year's veggie garden and produces higher yields than conventional planting methods. The class will also cover information on common diseases and pests of potatoes and how to manage them using organic techniques. To register please call
 272-2292 or email <a href="mailto:cab69@...">cab69@...</a> <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For more information go to http://ccetompkins.org/calendar<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chrys Gardener<br>
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator<br>
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County<br>
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850<br>
(607)272-2292, extension 241<br><a href="http://www.ccetompkins.org"><span>www.ccetompkins.org</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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Michael Burns | 15 Apr 15:40 2014

Permaculture Design Course with FLPCI: Early Bird Discount Deadline is May 1



The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute invites you to our annual Permaculture Design Certificate
course. 

Join us this summer (July 25 - August 10, 2014) at our off-grid permaculture learning community in the
beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York.

Deliver your full payment by May 1st and earn a $200 discount off our full tuition.

Immerse yourself in 15 days of instruction by qualified, practicing permaculture teachers at real
permaculture sites.

	• Read more at: http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?page_id=954
	• Watch videos about our programs at: http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?tag=video
	• Follow our blog at: http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?page_id=861
	• We are also found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FingerLakesPermaculture 


The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute invites you to our annual Permaculture Design Certificate
course. 

Join us this summer (July 25 - August 10, 2014) at our off-grid permaculture learning community in the
beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York.

Deliver your full payment by May 1st and earn a $200 discount off our full tuition.

Immerse yourself in 15 days of instruction by qualified, practicing permaculture teachers at real
permaculture sites.

	• Read more at: http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?page_id=954
	• Watch videos about our programs at: http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?tag=video
	• Follow our blog at: http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?page_id=861
	• We are also found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FingerLakesPermaculture 

Chrys B. Gardener | 7 Apr 16:09 2014
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High-Density Crops, Tues 4/8 at CCE Tompkins

High Density Crops for Your Garden

Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-8:30pm

<at> Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca

 

Learn how to grow crops in your garden that are easy to grow and will feed you next winter, such as dried beans, dried corn, soup peas (similar to chickpeas), soup beans, and root crops like potatoes, leeks, carrots and parsnips. The workshop will include demonstrations of grinding corn into cornmeal for polenta and baking, as well as threshing and winnowing black beans harvested last fall. Pre-registration is required;  $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale fee.  For more information or to register call 272-2292, or email Chrys Gardener at cab69-HmMyXyqgL2CVc3sceRu5cw@public.gmane.org

 

 

Chrys Gardener
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850
(607)272-2292, extension 241
www.ccetompkins.org

 

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<p><span>High Density Crops for Your Garden</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p><span>Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-8:30pm</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p><span> <at>  Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca
</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p><span>Learn how to grow crops in your garden that are easy to grow and will feed you next winter, such as dried beans, dried corn, soup peas (similar to chickpeas), soup beans,
 and root crops like potatoes, leeks, carrots and parsnips. The workshop will include demonstrations of grinding corn into cornmeal for polenta and baking, as well as threshing and winnowing black beans harvested last fall. Pre-registration is required; &nbsp;$5-$10/person
 self-determined sliding scale fee.&nbsp; For more information&nbsp;or to register call 272-2292, or email&nbsp;Chrys Gardener&nbsp;at
<a href="mailto:cab69@...">cab69@...</a> <p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chrys Gardener<br>
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator<br>
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County<br>
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850<br>
(607)272-2292, extension 241<br><a href="http://www.ccetompkins.org"><span>www.ccetompkins.org</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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Chrys B. Gardener | 31 Mar 17:12 2014
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High-Density Crops for Your Garden, Tues 4/8 at CCE Tompkins

High Density Crops for Your Garden

Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-8:30

Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca

$5-$10 sliding scale fee

Pre-registration required - call 272-2292 or email cab69-HmMyXyqgL2CVc3sceRu5cw@public.gmane.org


Learn how to grow crops in your garden that are easy to grow and will feed you next winter, such as dried beans, dried corn, soup peas (similar to chickpeas), soup beans, and root crops like potatoes, leeks, carrots and parsnips. The workshop will include demonstrations of grinding corn into cornmeal for polenta and baking, as well as threshing and winnowing black beans harvested last fall.


For more information or to register call 272-2292, or email Chrys Gardener at cab69-HmMyXyqgL2CVc3sceRu5cw@public.gmane.org

Visit http://ccetompkins.org/calendar


Chrys Gardener
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850
(607)272-2292, extension 241
www.ccetompkins.org
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<p>High Density Crops for Your Garden</p>
<p>Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-8:30<br type="_moz"></p>
<p>Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca </p>
<p>$5-$10 sliding scale fee</p>
<p>Pre-registration required - call 272-2292 or email cab69@...</p>
<p><br></p>
<p>Learn how to grow crops in your garden that are easy to grow and will feed you next winter, such as dried beans, dried corn, soup peas (similar to chickpeas), soup beans, and root crops like potatoes, leeks, carrots and parsnips. The workshop will include
 demonstrations of grinding corn into cornmeal for polenta and baking, as well as threshing and winnowing black beans harvested last fall.</p>
<p><br></p>
<p>For more information&nbsp;or to register call 272-2292, or email&nbsp;Chrys Gardener&nbsp;at cab69@...
<br></p>
<p>Visit http://ccetompkins.org/calendar<br></p>
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Chrys Gardener<br>
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator<br>
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County<br>
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850<br>
(607)272-2292, extension 241<br>
www.ccetompkins.org<br>
</div>
</div>
</div>
</div>
Michael Burns | 28 Mar 17:18 2014

FLPCI Alum practices permaculture for food & justice in NY & AL

Anna McCown was raised as a Southern Baptist in subtropical Alabama. Yet now we find her as a queer
southerner surviving the cold winters of upstate New York learning how to appreciate the summertime
while honing her permaculture organizing skills…

After her Permaculture Design Certificate course with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (FLPCI),
Ms. McCown went back to Alabama and started Magic City Agriculture Project (MCAP) with friends from
neighborhoods all over Birmingham… This year, Anna and her partner will live and work for Giving Ground
Farm in Trumansburg...

Read more at: http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?p=2434

NOTE: Giving Ground Farm is offering CSA shares that give back to the community including us! For each
half-share purchased from the farm, a $25 donation is sent to FLPCI to support our permaculture education
efforts. If you live near Ithaca or Trumansburg, NY and want to enjoy and support a permaculture-inspired
family farm, buy a share and mention the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute to help us out.
Chrys B. Gardener | 26 Mar 19:57 2014
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Spring Into Gardening workshops - Saturday 3/29 at CCE Tompkins

Spring Into Gardening
Saturday March 29, 9 am - 5 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins County
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY


Had enough of winter? SPRING IS COMING – this Saturday, March 29! Start off on the right foot by learning skills to grow, cook and preserve your own fresh organic fruits and veggies! This year's Spring Into Gardening theme is Gardening and Climate Change - learn how sound gardening practices can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while reducing your 'food miles'. There will also be classes on preserving the harvest and cooking with renewable energy sources.

Cost: $8.00 per workshop, or register for four different workshops for just $25! 

Workshop descriptions and a downloadable brochure are available at  http://ccetompkins.org/garden/spring-gardening

Spaces are limited! Call CCE's reception desk at 607-272-2292 to register or download a brochure and send it in with your workshop choices. For more information contact Chrys Gardener at cab69-HmMyXyqgL2CVc3sceRu5cw@public.gmane.org

Spring Into Gardening 2014 – Workshop Descriptions

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Gardening in a Warmer Climate: Gardeners and farmers know that our climate is changing and we have to adapt our growing methods. Climate change means increased opportunities, such as a longer frost-free season and warmer temperatures for heat-loving crops, but it also can bring challenges such as droughts and new insect pests and diseases. The Master Gardeners will share some tips for taking advantage of the longer growing season and new plants to try out in your garden, as well as information on preparing your garden for longer dry spells and dealing with new insect pests and diseases.

Water-Wise Gardening: Climate change is altering the rainfall patterns – our region is predicted to receive fewer rain events of increased intensity. Gardeners need to be prepared to harvest and store rainwater to use during dry spells, and also to design gardens that can absorb run-off during heavy storms. Sharon Anderson, CCE Environmental Program Leader, will present information on using rainwater harvesting systems and planting ‘rain gardens’.

10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Composting Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases:  We all know how composting can reduce our trash disposal costs, but did you know that, when done properly, composting can also help reduce greenhouse gases? Composting helps sequester carbon in soils, improves the water-holding capacity of soils, and reduces or eliminates the need for fertilizers and pesticides. The Master Composters will share information on the best composting methods and techniques.

Extending the Growing Season: Learn about different strategies to extend the growing season into the fall and winter. Margo Hittleman and Richard Lansdowne will present information on constructing high tunnels and low tunnels to grow greens all winter, and Chrys Gardener will talk about solar greenhouses, which require no additional heat and can be used to grow salad greens in winter. There will also be a hands-on demonstration on constructing an inexpensive light stand from PVC to grow plants under fluorescent lights.

Canning Garden Fruits and Vegetables:  Canning is a great way to preserve some of the garden harvest for winter. This class covers the science of food preservation and how to safely can high-acid foods,, such as tomatoes, fruits or pickles.  Participants will receive up-to-date information and see a demonstration of canning by CCE Consumer Educator Carole Fisher.

12:15 pm – 1:14 pm: Lunch   Bring a brown bag lunch to eat at CCE or go out to a restaurant or café downtown

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Unusual Fruits and Perennial Vegetables for the Ithaca Area: Sean Dembrosky, owner of Edible Acres in Trumansburg, will talk about less-common fruits such as paw-paw, persimmon, hardy kiwi , currant and jostaberry, and perennial vegetables such as cardoon, sea kale, skirret and air potato. Sean will also lead a hands-on demonstration on taking cuttings from jostaberry and hardy kiwi. Participants will take home cuttings from these plants for their own gardens.

Using Biochar as a Soil Amendment: There’s a lot of buzz lately about biochar and its role in boosting soil fertility and sequestering carbon in soils.  Created through a process called pyrolysis, biochar locks in and stabilizes carbon that decomposing green waste would otherwise release back into the atmosphere as CO2. In the form of biochar, that carbon can be returned to the soil where it will continue to store carbon while increasing water retention and air capacity as well as providing habitat for soil microbiology, which helps cycle nutrients. John Gaunt from GreenTree Garden Supplies will talk about what biochar is and how to use it, and he'll have biochar samples to show.             

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Worm Composting: No space for an outdoor compost pile? The Master Composters will teach you all you need to know about “vermicomposting,” an indoor composting system that is easy and produces particularly rich compost for your garden and houseplants. Participants go home with a working worm bin. There is an additional materials fee of $15 per household (payable directly to the instructor on the day of the class).

Cooking with Renewable Energy : You have grown and harvested your garden vegetables in the most sustainable way possible, now learn to cook those vegetables using sustainable and renewable energy sources. Joey Gates, proprietor of Sol Kitchen, will show different types of solar cookers and talk about solar cooking techniques as well as cooking on a woodstove.

Freezing and Dehydrating Garden Fruits and Vegetables: Learn how to preserve your garden harvest to feed your family throughout the winter. Carole Fisher, CCE Consumer Educator, will demonstrate techniques on freezing fruits and vegetables to get the best results. You'll learn tips on blanching, packaging, and how to avoid freezing errors, as well as methods for dehydrating fruits and vegetables.

Chrys Gardener
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850
(607)272-2292, extension 241
www.ccetompkins.org

 

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<span>Spring Into Gardening</span><span><br></span><span>Saturday March 29, 9 am - 5 pm</span><span><br></span><span>Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins County</span><span><br></span><span>615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY</span><span>
</span><p></p></p>
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<span><br>
Had enough of winter?&nbsp;SPRING IS COMING &ndash; this Saturday, March 29! Start off on the right foot&nbsp;by learning&nbsp;skills to grow,&nbsp;cook and preserve your own fresh&nbsp;organic&nbsp;fruits and&nbsp;veggies! This year's Spring Into Gardening theme is Gardening and Climate Change -
 learn how sound gardening practices can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while reducing your 'food miles'. There will also be classes on preserving the harvest and cooking with renewable energy sources.
</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">
<span>Cost: $8.00 per workshop, or register for four different workshops for just $25!</span><span>&nbsp;</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">
<span>Workshop descriptions and a downloadable brochure are available at&nbsp;
</span><span><a href="http://ccetompkins.org/garden/spring-gardening" target="_blank"><span>http://ccetompkins.org/garden/spring-gardening</span></a></span><span><br><br>
Spaces are limited! Call CCE's reception desk at <a href="tel:607-272-2292" target="_blank">
607-272-2292</a> to register or download a brochure and send it in with your workshop choices. For more information contact Chrys Gardener at
<a href="mailto:cab69@..." target="_blank">cab69@...</a></span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" align="center">
<span>Spring Into Gardening 2014 &ndash; Workshop Descriptions</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>9:00 am &ndash; 10:30 am<br></span><span>Gardening in a Warmer Climate: </span>
<span>Gardeners and farmers know that our climate is changing and we have to adapt our growing methods. Climate change means increased opportunities, such as a longer frost-free season and warmer temperatures for heat-loving crops,
 but it also can bring challenges such as droughts and new insect pests and diseases. The Master Gardeners will share some tips for taking advantage of the longer growing season and new plants to try out in your garden, as well as information on preparing your
 garden for longer dry spells and dealing with new insect pests and diseases. </span>
<p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Water-Wise Gardening:
</span><span>Climate change is altering the rainfall patterns &ndash; our region is predicted to receive fewer rain events of increased intensity. Gardeners need to be prepared to harvest and store rainwater to use during dry spells,
 and also to design gardens that can absorb run-off during heavy storms. Sharon Anderson, CCE Environmental Program Leader, will present information on using rainwater harvesting systems and planting &lsquo;rain gardens&rsquo;.
</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>10:45 am &ndash; 12:15 pm<br></span><span>Composting Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases:&nbsp;
</span><span>We all know how composting can reduce our trash disposal costs, but did you know that, when done properly, composting can also help reduce greenhouse gases? Composting helps sequester carbon in soils, improves the water-holding
 capacity of soils, and reduces or eliminates the need for fertilizers and pesticides. The Master Composters will share information on the best composting methods and techniques.
</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Extending the Growing Season:
</span><span>Learn about different strategies to extend the growing season into the fall and winter. Margo Hittleman and Richard Lansdowne will present information on constructing high tunnels and low tunnels to grow greens all
 winter, and Chrys Gardener will talk about solar greenhouses, which require no additional heat and can be used to grow salad greens in winter. There will also be a hands-on demonstration on constructing an inexpensive light stand from PVC to grow plants under
 fluorescent lights. </span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Canning Garden Fruits and Vegetables:&nbsp;
</span><span>Canning is a great way to preserve some of the garden harvest for winter. This class covers the science of food preservation and how to safely can high-acid foods,, such as tomatoes, fruits or pickles. &nbsp;Participants
 will receive up-to-date information and see a demonstration of canning by CCE Consumer Educator Carole Fisher.</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>12:15 pm &ndash; 1:14 pm</span><span>: Lunch&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span><span>Bring a brown bag lunch to eat at CCE or go out to a restaurant or caf&eacute; downtown</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1:15 pm - 2:45 pm<br></span><span>Unusual Fruits and Perennial Vegetables for the Ithaca Area:
</span><span>Sean Dembrosky, owner of Edible Acres in Trumansburg, will talk about less-common fruits such as paw-paw, persimmon, hardy kiwi , currant and jostaberry, and perennial vegetables such as cardoon, sea kale, skirret and
 air potato. Sean will also lead a hands-on demonstration on taking cuttings from jostaberry and hardy kiwi. Participants will take home cuttings from these plants for their own gardens.
</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Using Biochar as a Soil Amendment:
</span><span>There&rsquo;s a lot of buzz lately about biochar and its role in boosting soil fertility and sequestering carbon in soils.
&nbsp;Created through a process called pyrolysis, biochar locks in and stabilizes carbon that decomposing green waste would otherwise release back into the atmosphere as CO2. In the form of biochar, that carbon can be returned to the soil where it will continue
 to store carbon while increasing water retention and air capacity as well as providing habitat for soil microbiology, which helps cycle nutrients. John Gaunt from GreenTree Garden Supplies will talk about what biochar is and how to use it, and he'll have biochar
 samples to show.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>3:00 pm &ndash; 4:30 pm<br></span><span>Worm Composting: </span><span>No space for an outdoor compost pile? The Master Composters will teach you all you need to know about &ldquo;vermicomposting,&rdquo; an indoor composting system
 that is easy and produces particularly rich compost for your garden and houseplants. Participants go home with a working worm bin. There is an additional materials fee of $15 per household (payable directly to the instructor on the day of the class).
</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cooking with Renewable Energy :
</span><span>You have grown and harvested your garden vegetables in the most sustainable way possible, now learn to cook those vegetables using sustainable and renewable energy sources. Joey Gates, proprietor of Sol Kitchen, will
 show different types of solar cookers and talk about solar cooking techniques as well as cooking on a woodstove.
</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Freezing and Dehydrating Garden Fruits and Vegetables</span><span>: Learn how to preserve your garden harvest to feed
 your family throughout the winter. Carole Fisher, CCE Consumer Educator, will demonstrate techniques on freezing fruits and vegetables to get the best results. You'll learn tips on blanching, packaging, and how to avoid freezing errors, as well as methods
 for dehydrating fruits and vegetables.</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chrys Gardener<br>
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator<br>
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County<br>
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850<br>
(607)272-2292, extension 241<br><a href="http://www.ccetompkins.org"><span>www.ccetompkins.org</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
</div>
</div>
Michael Burns | 21 Mar 03:37 2014

Building a farm with apples & permaculture in the Finger Lakes Region of NY

Peter Sutera studied permaculture with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (FLPCI) in 2010. Since
then, he has started his own farm in Hammondsport, NY – about an hour’s drive west of Ithaca – where 64
apple trees yielded nearly 500 gallons of cider this year. He says working with FLPCI and those involved
with the Institute was one of the main influences in his decision to buy land after graduating college.

“Getting on that track of permaculture and agriculture really made me fall in love with the region and got
me on the path that I’m on today,” he said.

Read more about Peter & Oak Osage Farm at: http://fingerlakespermaculture.org/?p=2442

This Saturday (March 22, 2014), Peter will offer a workshop on apple tree pruning. If you live in the region
contact Pete at <oakosagefarm@...>. The class is expected to
begin at 10 a.m.

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Chrys B. Gardener | 12 Mar 20:14 2014
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Spring Into Gardening workshops, 3/29 at CCE-Tompkins

Spring Into Gardening
Saturday March 29, 9 am - 5 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins County
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY


Had enough of winter yet? Start spring off on the right foot by learning skills to grow, cook and preserve your own fresh organic fruits and veggies!


This year's Spring Into Gardening theme is Gardening and Climate Change - learn how sound gardening practices can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while reducing your 'food miles'. There will also be classes on preserving the harvest and cooking with renewable energy sources.


Workshop descriptions and a downloadable brochure are available at  http://ccetompkins.org/garden/spring-gardening

Spaces are limited! Call CCE's reception desk at 607-272-2292 to register or download a brochure and send it in with your workshop choices. For more information contact Chrys Gardener at cab69-HmMyXyqgL2CVc3sceRu5cw@public.gmane.org


Chrys Gardener
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850
(607)272-2292, extension 241
www.ccetompkins.org
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<div>
<p><span>Spring Into Gardening<br>Saturday March 29, 9 am - 5 pm<br>Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins County<br>615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY</span></p>
<p><span><br>
Had enough of winter yet?&nbsp;Start&nbsp;spring off on the right foot&nbsp;by learning&nbsp;skills to grow,&nbsp;cook and preserve your own fresh&nbsp;organic&nbsp;fruits and&nbsp;veggies!</span></p>
<p><br><span></span></p>
<p><span>This year's Spring Into Gardening theme is Gardening and Climate Change - learn how sound gardening practices can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while reducing your 'food miles'. There will also be classes on
 preserving the harvest and cooking with renewable energy sources. </span></p>
<p><br><span></span></p>
<p><span>Workshop descriptions and a downloadable brochure are available at&nbsp;
<a target="_blank" href="http://ccetompkins.org/garden/spring-gardening">http://ccetompkins.org/garden/spring-gardening</a><br><br>
Spaces are limited! Call CCE's reception desk at 607-272-2292 to register or download a brochure and send it in with your workshop choices. For more information contact Chrys Gardener at cab69@...<br></span><br></p>
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Chrys Gardener<br>
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator<br>
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County<br>
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850<br>
(607)272-2292, extension 241<br>
www.ccetompkins.org<br>
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Chrys B. Gardener | 11 Mar 14:56 2014
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Seed Saving workshop TONIGHT 3/11 at CCE-Tompkins

Introduction to Seed Saving
Tuesday, March 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue Ithaca

Cost: $5-$10 self-determined sliding scale

 

To register, please call 607-272-2292 or email cab69-HmMyXyqgL2CVc3sceRu5cw@public.gmane.org

 

Saving your own seeds is a fascinating and rewarding skill that can help increase self-sufficiency and save money while increasing agricultural biodiversity. This class will cover basic information to get you started saving your own vegetable, herb and flower seeds this summer. Learn the difference between open pollinated and hybrid varieties, which types of seeds are easiest to save, cross-pollination vs. self-pollination, and how to easily incorporate seed saving into your food and flower gardens.

 

 

 

Chrys Gardener
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850
(607)272-2292, extension 241
www.ccetompkins.org

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Introduction to Seed Saving</span><span><br><span>Tuesday, March 11, 6:30-8:30 pm</span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue Ithaca</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cost: $5-$10 self-determined sliding scale
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>To register, please call 607-272-2292 or email
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Saving your own seeds is a fascinating and rewarding skill that can help increase self-sufficiency and save money while increasing agricultural biodiversity. This class will cover basic
 information to get you started saving your own vegetable, herb and flower seeds this summer. Learn the difference between open pollinated and hybrid varieties, which types of seeds are easiest to save, cross-pollination vs. self-pollination, and how to easily
 incorporate seed saving into your food and flower gardens. <p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chrys Gardener<br>
Commercial/Community Horticulture Educator<br>
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Tompkins County<br>
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850<br>
(607)272-2292, extension 241<br><a href="http://www.ccetompkins.org"><span>www.ccetompkins.org</span></a><p></p></span></p>
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David House | 7 Mar 01:41 2014

Learn all about how to make and use Biogas in NYC

Learn about and use biogas

Biogas is “the original natural gas”. Put together materials similar to those used in making a compost pile, keep the stuff warm, wet, and away from the air, and bingo: a burnable gas is produced. Use it anywhere you might use fossil natural gas, but without the fracking. You can cook, heat, provide light, and with enough biogas, even run engines or vehicles.

On the weekend of April 26th-27th, in Brooklyn NY, David House, the author of The Complete Biogas Handbook (referred to by some as “the bible of biogas”), will be offering a biogas workshop. The first day of the workshop offers complete information about how to understand, successfully make and properly use biogas. David will show you examples of and provide plans you can use to make any of the four most common types of small scale biogas digesters (the sealed containers used to make biogas).

You can bet that most of us live near a grocery store or a restaurant that is throwing away food every day. What if you knew how to build a digester and generate biogas from that food waste? David will show you the example of a small restaurant in Oregon where, from food they are presently throwing away (less than a pick-up load a week), they-- or someone else-- could generate better than 20,000 cubic feet of biogas every month!

The second day will be mostly hands-on, but first you will learn the astonishing benefits of biogas, worldwide. Then those who have purchased a $30 kit will build their very own (it’s-yours-so-take-it-home) core for a very low-cost biogas digester. (If these digester cores are kept warm and well fed, they can produce enough gas for a family of 2 or 3 to cook all their meals, but the kits do not include insulation, a gas storage unit, stoves or other appliances.) Everyone who attends will get a copy of the Complete Biogas Handbook, and a CD containing the world’s best free information on biogas. Zero to biogas in two days!

Finally, at this workshop, a new, inexpensive, well insulated, 2 cubic meter digester design will be shown, and every participant will be given plans showing how to build it from widely available low-cost materials: a $175 value! (Kits for these digesters, different from the workshop digesters, will also be made available.)

For further details or to sign up, please visit the complete biogas web site, at completebiogas.com/workshops.html . (Or if you wish, you can sign up by using the buttons, just below.)

Register here . Get a core kit (workshops registrants only) here .


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David William House
"The Complete Biogas Handbook" www.completebiogas.com

"Make no search for water.       But find thirst,
And water from the very ground will burst."
(Rumi, a Persian mystic poet, quoted in Delight of Hearts , p. 77)

http://bahai.us/
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        <h2>Learn about and use biogas </h2>
        <p>Biogas is &ldquo;the original natural gas&rdquo;. Put together materials
          similar to those used in making a compost pile, keep the stuff
          warm, wet, and away from the air, and bingo: a burnable gas is
          produced. Use it anywhere you might use fossil natural gas,
          but without the fracking. You can cook, heat, provide light,
          and with enough biogas, even run engines or vehicles.</p>
        <p>On the weekend of April 26th-27th, in Brooklyn NY, David
          House, the author of&nbsp;The Complete Biogas Handbook (referred to
          by some as &ldquo;the bible of biogas&rdquo;), will be offering a biogas
          workshop. The first day of the workshop offers complete
          information about how to understand, successfully make and
          properly use biogas. David will show you examples of and
          provide plans you can use to make any of the four most common
          types of small scale biogas digesters (the sealed containers
          used to make biogas).</p>
        <p>You can bet that most of us live near a grocery store or a
          restaurant that is throwing away food every day. What if you
          knew how to build a digester and generate biogas from that
          food waste? David will show you the example of a small
          restaurant in Oregon where, from food they are presently
          throwing away (less than a pick-up load a week), they-- or
          someone else-- could generate better than 20,000 cubic feet of
          biogas every month!</p>
        <p>The second day will be mostly hands-on, but first you will
          learn the astonishing benefits of biogas, worldwide. Then
          those who have purchased a $30 kit will build their very own
          (it&rsquo;s-yours-so-take-it-home) core for a very low-cost biogas
          digester. (If these digester cores are kept warm and well fed,
          they can produce enough gas for a family of 2 or 3 to cook all
          their meals, but the kits do not include insulation, a gas
          storage unit, stoves or other appliances.) Everyone who
          attends will get a copy of the Complete Biogas Handbook, and a
          CD containing the world&rsquo;s best free information on biogas.
          Zero to biogas in two days!</p>
        <p>Finally, at this workshop, a new, inexpensive, well
          insulated, 2 cubic meter digester design will be shown, and
          every participant will be given plans showing how to build it
          from widely available low-cost materials: a $175 value! (Kits
          for these digesters, different from the workshop digesters,
          will also be made available.)</p>
        <p>For further details or to sign up, please visit the complete
          biogas web site, at&nbsp;<a href="http://completebiogas.com/workshops.html">completebiogas.com/workshops.html</a>
          . (Or if you wish, you can sign up by using the buttons, just
          below.)</p>
        <p>Register <a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=F8RUNCSS43VZC">here</a>
          . Get a core kit (workshops registrants only) <a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=PD8BU58P9XBNC">here</a>
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              William House<br></span>
            <div>"The Complete
              Biogas Handbook" <a href="www.completebiogas.com">www.completebiogas.com</a>
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            <div>"Make no search for water. &nbsp;
              &nbsp; &nbsp; But find thirst,<br>
              And water from the very ground will burst."
              <div>(Rumi, a
                Persian mystic poet, quoted in Delight of Hearts
                , p. 77)<br><br><a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://bahai.us/">http://bahai.us/</a>
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