TC3 Food Pantry and Mobile Food Pantry this Week

Food insecurity is a problem for college students everywhere. And on the TC3 campus it is especially acute. The college community has responded with two food pantries this week on campus: The TC3 Food Pantry in Room 114 (open all week), and the Mobile Food Pantry on March 29th in D Lot. See below for full details.

The TC3 Food Pantry is open this week! The purpose of the Pantry is to provide non-perishable food items to students in need.  Students need only to show their TC3 ID to use the Pantry to receive food items. Please note that the Pantry can supply a meal’s worth of food, not a week’s worth of groceries at this time.TC3 Food Pantry

Location: room 114

Hours: During the first two weeks, the TC3 Food Pantry will be mostly open during operational hours. Please stop by to check it out and encourage students to do so as well.

Jackie Boyce, a SUNY Cortland Health Education intern, will be staffing the Food Pantry and answering any questions you may have.

The Nutrition and Fitness subcommittee of the Wellness Council is still taking donations. Drop off sites are in both faculty suites, the adjunct office, Health Services, and in Enrollment Services.

Mobile Food Pantry: Tuesday March 29, D-LOT, 12pm to 1pm – This is free food for anyone who needs it.

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Radical Mycology and Mushroom Production on the TC3 Farm

Radical Mycology on the TC3 Farm and Upcoming Free Webinar
We have a lot of students that are interested in Mycology. In fact, you can see two capstone projects that our young mushroom lovers did at: http://tc3farm.com/index.php/2016/03/08/growing-gourmet-mushrooms-indoors-using-arduino/ and http://tc3farm.com/index.php/2016/02/05/sustainable-indoor-mushroom-cultivation-capstone/. Because of this interest, and because of the central role of fungi in soil health, plant health, and agroecology, we necessarily incorporate Mycology into our curriculum in a number of different places. The TC3 Farm is also ramping up its Shiitake log production this spring, and we will be doing a Shiitake production workshop on the Farm in a couple of months (stay tuned!). In fact, we see Mycology as central to everything we do on the farm.
 
Radical MycologyThe importance of Mycology within the food system goes beyond the potential role that mushrooms can play as a specialty cash crop in providing a healthy and delicious delicacy to restaurants and other customers. Mycology also has the potential to address some of the biggest and most pressing problems faced by the food system and the planet. This is where the idea of Radical Mycology comes in. According to it’s founders, “Radical Mycology is a grassroots movement and social philosophy based on accessibly teaching the importance of working with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience”. If you are interested in learning more about Radical Myclology, you can visit the website, or you can participate in a free upcoming webinar on fungal ecology and mushroom cultivation from the founder and author of the book Radical Mycology. Click “Read More” to learn more, including how to register.

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Farming, Gardening and Food Classes in Tompkins County

Check out these Farming, Gardening, and Food Classes happening in the Spring of 2016 in Tompkins County!

Classes from CCE Tompkins County. For full details and to register, visit http://ccetompkins.org/events:

Tompkins County CCEFree Cooking & Nutrition Series beginning Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Want to learn how to prepare healthy, affordable meals for your family? Come join other families while we cook and learn healthy and inexpensive meals to feed your family.

Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. This class will help the beginning vegetable gardener learn how to site the garden, prepare the soil, start and transplant seeds, and how to choose and use mulch.

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Maple Syrup Production and Field Trip

Maple Syrup Production Field Trip – TC3 Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Program

Today we are sharing one of the experiences that the students in the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Program at TC3 have had this semester. In addition to their coursework in Agroecology (ENVS 140), and the seeding and planting they have done in the greenhouse and hoophouse, our students have joined us on 2 exciting field trips to farm/food businesses in the community this Spring.

Sapsquatch

The first field trip we took was to Sapsquatch Sugarbush to see a small scale maple syrup operation. Josh Dolan has about 500 taps in his sugarbush in Enfield, NY, 8 miles from Ithaca on Route 79. Sapsquatch also offers a number of education events and work trade experiences throughout the year. You can check out the Facebook page HERE.

When we arrived, Josh was in the process of boiling down a batch of sap, but was generous enough to spend about 45 minutes talking with us about the process, and the history of his operation. We learned a whole lot about maple syrup production, and the potential for small scale maple syrup production in the area. Josh has managed to grow his operation without taking on significant debt, and has plans to expand further over the coming years – tapping more trees and investing in a reverse osmosis system to concentrate his sap so that it can be boiled down faster.

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Goat and Sheep Workshop in Morrisville NY

Daylong Goat and Sheep Workshop 

Milking GoatCornell Cooperative Extension of Madison and Oneida County are pleased to offer, in conjunction with local and state partners, a day long program for sheep and goat producers in Central New York. Join us on Saturday, April 23rd 2016 from 9:00am-5:00pm at Morrisville State College’s Livestock Facility located on Eaton Street in Morrisville. Registration will begin at 8:30am. The program is $20.00 per person and includes all materials and lunch. Registration is available online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/2016sheepandgoathandson_225.

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Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities Forum

Have you ever wondered how you can leverage the purchasing power of food to improve the health of your community? Join the Food & Health Network and the Broome County Health Department on April 7 at the Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities Forum in Binghamton to learn how your worksite, community group, institution or government organization can improve health and wellness through buying healthy, local food.

Grow Healthy

Learn about healthy food purchasing strategies from food service professionals, policy advocates, dietitians, public health professionals and organizations that have successfully implemented healthy food policies. The event will kick off with a keynote by Dr. Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, one of the country’s leading health advocacy organizations that specializes in food, nutrition, and public health issues.

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