Week of August 22nd – CSA Newsletter

Howdy Folks! My apologies for last week’s newsletter snafu. Technology just didn’t want to cooperate. Things have been fairly quiet on the farm for the last couple of weeks. Literally. Without the students around and their always very interesting topics of discussion, it’s been a time to recharge for the new semester. Work on the … Read more

Week of August 8th – CSA Newsletter

Greetings folks! Well, we made it through another successful summer semester at the TC3 Farm. This crop of students have been outstanding in the field. It’s been a pleasure to nurture these Sustainable Farming and Food Systems students and watch them grow during their time here at Tompkins Cortland Community College. They have truly blossomed….. … Read more

Week of August 1st – CSA Newsletter

Hallelujah! It’s rained and I mean, a real live soak into the ground and saturate things rain. This is a much needed relief. Not only for the plants but for all us crop savior’s who take turns watering for hours each day, every week. The plants are surely going to like it and I’m excited … Read more

Dry Farming, Weeding, and Sticky Traps – Student Post

Dry Farming, Weeding, and Sticky Traps – Student Post By Maria

With the 2016 season well underway, many of the tasks on the TC3 Farm revolve around giving the plants a helping hand, the backbone of being a farmer.  As Todd mentioned in his CSA newsletter this week, our area has been upgraded to a “severe” drought; a big problem here because we mostly practice dry farming. But the plants need water, so I have been lucky enough to have the role affectionately titled Crop Savior. (watering picture) The past few weeks it was an arduous process that involved filling many 5-gallon buckets and trucking them to the field from the barn because the field does not have a water source yet, then using watering cans to get the water to the plants. Water Tank This required a team of people as a couple people filled buckets, while a couple more did the actual watering.  In the aforementioned newsletter, Todd shared the news we were gifted with a very large water tank that fills up the whole of the truck bed. (I was remiss in getting a picture of the tank like I’d hoped)  It has no pump, so it uses gravity to move the water, so our field being on a slope is a good thing in this regard.  While it is a slow flow from the tank out of the hose and it can be a lonely one-person job, the tank lasts for hours before needing a refill!  It’s almost a meditative job, so I rather enjoyed the watering shifts.

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Week of July 25th – CSA Newsletter

So, Grassroots came and went and no rain! It’s the first time that I can remember that happening since I’ve been in the Ithaca area. But we got some today, and boy, did it feel good. I didn’t get a chance to check the rain gauge but when I went out to the field this … Read more

Main Street Farms Visit – Student Post

A Visit to Main Street Farms – Tompkins Cortland Community College Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Student Post by Justin

Main Street FarmsIn the week of June 27th through July 5th we took a trip to Main Street Farms in Cortland and in Homer. We got a tour through the main farm site and the owner Allen told us about how they started in 2011 selling to various farmers markets to how they became a large scale provider from many restaurants, schools, grocery stores etc.  Allen took us through his fields and told us certain ways he does different things and how small details can make a big difference in farming such as making sure your rows are straight so it is easier to weed around the crops with a tractor. He also showed us all of his equipment and told us about each tool and what it does. He told us about how older equipment is very difficult to have because it needs to be maintained because it always breaking so you need to know how to fix things or you will have some issues.

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Week of July 18th – CSA Newsletter

So, guess what folks? The US Drought Monitor has upgraded our area to “severe” drought. I’m not sure that designation brought any relief to our students or plants but I guess it’s nice to have some validation. We’ve gotten a little rain in the last week but again we need some soakers. I’m not too … Read more

Poison Ivy and Weed Identification

Poison Ivy and Weed Identification – Student Post by Indigo

poison ivy weed identificationNothing seems quite as serene as taking a stroll down the back roads of Upstate New York, especially to a local like myself. The Summer is in full swing – the sun seems brighter, birds and insects sing their promiscuous songs, and the foliage resembles a lush sea of green. This is about as peaceful as life gets out here on the Lansing-Groton town line. I took a walk down the street the other day to find specimens for our plant-identification assignment, as the roadside bordering the woods is cluttered with weeds of various kinds. There are so many species; one tends to get lost in the mix of it all. After a few minutes of rummaging, I find some flowering ones, then pick them to be pressed and identified back at home. I notice and recognize a few varieties in the ditch I’m in, but little did I know I had missed one of particular importance. I’d once gotten Poison Ivy years ago in my childhood – you think I would’ve learned from the first experience. Apparently not.

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Week of July 11th – CSA Newsletter

Here we are folks, entering the 5th week of the CSA, and you guessed it, still no rain. There were some nice steady downpours throughout the day on Sunday but when I went out to the fields that night, there wasn’t much that had penetrated down into the soil. But we’ll take whatever we can … Read more

Fall Market Garden Workshop for Veterans

After Action Farmers

Fall Market Garden Workshop for Veterans

A Free Workshop for Veterans interested in homesteading and market gardening…

A Capstone Project for the TC3 Sustainable Farming and Food Systems

This veteran-focused workshop will cover everything you need to know about the preparation and planting of a fall vegetable garden. Whether growing food for the family or preparing to sell for a Fall Market or farmstand, home gardens are a great way to provide for you and your family. The workshop will guide beginning homesteaders and gardeners through the process of choosing the best crops for fall production, preparing the garden, and proper growing techniques. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about: site assessment and bed preparation, direct seeding and transplanting, organic pest and weed control, mulching, and more. The workshop includes a free lunch at the Legion. Come join your fellow veterans to learn about growing, share ideas, and help grow a strong network of Veteran Growers.

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