Farm to Hospital Presentation by TC3 Food Systems Instructor

Bobby J. Smith, who teaches Food Systems Seminars at Tompkins Cortland Community College, recently presented on his research about Farm to Hospital programs at TEDxCortland. In this talk he explores the supply chain relationship of locally produced fresh foods between hospitals or healthcare facilities and farms. This includes food that is incorporated into food service and patient meals as well as on site farmers markets. Smith’s research involves over 100 hospitals across the United States, as well as key informants from the programs operating at hospitals in Burlington Vermont, New Milford Connecticut and the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca. In his TED talk, he stresses not only the benefits of Farm to Hospital programs for local food systems, but also the challenges of implementing such programs. The talk also focuses on the importance of Farm to Hospital programs for the economic development of the communities in which they reside. He is a great teacher, and we expect to have him back in the Fall to teach Food Systems Seminar I: Introduction to the U.S. Food System (ENVS 110).

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Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association2016 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association National Conference

July 29–31, 2016, in Santa Cruz, California

Join us to explore this year’s conference theme:

“The Ecology of Food Systems: Engaging Interdisciplinary and Applied Education for a Just and Sustainable Agriculture”

Hosted by The University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems

Co-Hosted by: UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UH West O’ahu, Cal Poly SLO & Swanton Pacific Ranch, ALBA, Merritt College, and Stanford University

With major support from the University of California Global Food Initiative

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SAEA Conference

Conference Format 

When it comes to food and agriculture education that is experiential, interdisciplinary, and systems-based, the SAEA conference strives to walk the talk. The SAEA champions innovative educational approaches for sustainable agriculture through the development, application, and research of teaching and learning practices. The goal of the conference is to connect educators, teachers, students, apprentices, staff, and administrators who focus on teaching and learning at the adult level.

The format of the three-day conference is designed with specific learning outcomes in mind, and utilizes multiple approaches to learning styles and competency development.

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The Holy Earth by Liberty Hyde Bailey

Book Talk: The Holy Earth by Liberty Hyde Bailey

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 4:00pm

Mann Library, 160 Stern Seminar Room Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Protecting and sharing our environment for future generations is a global challenge we face today, and to celebrate Earth Day which falls on April 22nd this year, Mann Library is hosting a panel discussion highlighting the newly released 100th anniversary edition of The Holy Earth by Liberty Hyde Bailey (published by Counterpoint in cooperation with the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, December 2015).

The Holy Earth by Liberty Hyde Bailey

Join us for a Chats in the Stacks panel discussion with Scott Peters, Department of Development Sociology; Jim Tantillo, Department of Natural Resources; and John Linstrom, editor of the anniversary edition of The Holy Earth, and former curator and director of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum.

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TC3 Farm Starting Ginger, Tumeric, and Seedlings – Student Post

Starting Ginger, Tumeric, and Seedlings on the TC3 Farm – By Steve

The first in a series of Sustainable Farming and Food Systems student posts for the Spring 2016 semester

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Seedling Flats in the Greenhouse at the TC3 Farm

Here at TC3 Farm we have been very busy getting ready for the planting season. In the last few weeks we have started over 5,000 seeds and planted over 1200 lettuce transplants. We also have Arugula and Mustard Greens started in one of our hoop houses. We are taking a lot of our mixed greens to Coltivare Restaurant and to The Rook Restaurant, both in downtown Ithaca. We are supplying the greens to them once a week so they can incorporate fresh local food to their menu items. These greens are what we call, cut and come again crops, which means we will get three or four harvests off each plant. This year the farm also decided to plant some ginger and some tumeric. These plants start right from the root and are in our greenhouse now, germinating and getting ready to be planted when the last frost hits.

planting ginger and tumeric
Planting Ginger and Tumeric

This year the farm is also doing custom seedling sales for the home gardener that does not own a greenhouse or growing lights. They supply the organic seeds they want germinated and we start the seeds in a flat seedling tray to start transplants in the greenhouse for them to plant in their gardens when it is time. Also, we have started many seedlings for a plant sale that will be taking place at Greentree Garden Supply store located on Route 13 in Ithaca, 606 Elmira Road, in front of Ithaca Brewing Company. It is on Saturdays and the dates are May 21st, May 28th, and June 4th , from 9am-2pm. Transplant sales, tours, and workshops. There are over 45 different varieties of produce and herbs being grown on the farm this year which supplies produce for the CSA program and the produce stand out in front of main campus at TC3.

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Farmland Protection Workshop in Morrisville, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County will host a workshop April 13th, 2016 to continue educating farmland owners about farmland protection. This meeting will focus on preparing landowners to move forward with the process involved in farmland protection programs. We plan to have representatives of Cazenovia Preservation Foundation, the New York Agricultural Land Trust, and the Southern Madison Heritage Trust to answer questions about the purchase of development rights and agricultural easements.

The workshop will cover some basics of farmland preservation, conservation easements, landowner commitment, and available farmland protection programs. There will be emphasis on the NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets Farmland Protection Implementation Grant Program (FPIG). The pre-application is designed to screen farmland owners interested in applying for the FPIG Purchase of Development Rights program.

Farmland Protection

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Sustainable Food Systems Cartoon

About the Sustainable Food Systems Cartoon: The other day I ran into a Culinary Arts student that I had in my Introduction to the U.S. Food System class last semester. She was in the TC3 Adjunct Office dropping off a political cartoon she had drawn to her Nutrition Professor. She told me that it had been inspired partly by things we had talked about in Food Systems, so I asked to see it. The cartoon is very clever, and very well drawn. It shows a lot of the dedication she has to feeding her family healthy food. In her case, this was necessitated by a number of health problems that she and her children were experiencing that have been greatly improved by particular dietary changes. She gave me permission to present the cartoon here. Without taking away from her creativity, her political views, or her personal experience with food, I just want to make a quick disclaimer that the content of the cartoon should not be confused with the content of my class. The cartoon consists of 8 panels. Click “read more” below to see the whole thing…

Food System Cartoon


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