Edible Acres Permaculture Farm Field Trip

Edible Acres Permaculture Farm Field Trip – Student Post by Juliet

Edible Acres Permaculture Garden
Permaculture Garden at Edible Acres

The summer Integrated Pest Management class had the opportunity to take a field trip on Monday June 19th, 2017 to see Sean Dembrosky’s homestead farm, Edible Acres.  Edible Acres is a permaculture farm business and nursery where he plants, cultivates, cares for, harvests, and sells both perennial and annual plants like chestnut trees, currants, wild onions, and cacti.  He farms several plots of land throughout the Ithaca area, owned by several different people.  This flexibility allows him the opportunity to continually expand his business and experiment with different practices since he is not tied down by the cost of land ownership.

It was a gray, drizzly day on Monday, and the sky threatened to crack and cause a downpour.  The  weather this spring has been a complete reversal from what we had experienced at this same time last year.  In any case, this was farming, and rain or no rain, we were all excited to head out on this field trip.  And so, we quickly bundled up into our raincoats and jumped in the van to make the short drive to Sean’s homestead.

When we arrived at Edible acres, Sean eagerly greeted us in the front of his yard.  Our class had worked with him previously, because he helped us to create a small nursery and permaculture minded growing space at the farm where we planted our gooseberry, elderberry, and currant bushes.  It was during this past workshop that  we learned about the true meaning behind the term ‘permaculture’.  Coined by its founder, Bill Mollison, permaculture is actually a combination of two words- permanent and agriculture.  According to Mollison, Permaculture is an ethically based design system for human habitation that is in harmony with the natural world.   Mollison himself states that, “It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing for their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.”   For example, pumpkins planted in between hop plants, the ‘Three Sisters’ (corn, beans, and squash) system of planting, or peas trailing up a nut tree would all be examples of permaculture practices. (http://library.open.oregonstate.edu/permaculture/chapter/what-is-permaculture/)

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Wild Foods Forage and Feast at Tompkins Cortland

Farm to Bistro Wild Foods Forage and Feast – Tompkins Cortland Community College

When: Saturday May 6th, 2017 – 10:30-2:30

Where: Starting at the TC3 Farm – 100 Cortland Rd, Dryden, NY

Ending at Coltivare Restaurant – 235 S. Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY

Cost: Public $35/Students $25. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Spaces are limited so RSVP to haydenstebbins@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Forage and Feast

 

 

 

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Ithaca Farmers Market

Ithaca Farmers Market Opens April 1st 2017

Come and rediscover a local tradition…

Ithaca Farmer’s Market opens up for the 2017 season on April 1st, from 9 AM- 3 PM! Sunday Farmer’s Market kicks off on the 7th. Come down to greet returning  and new chefs, farmers, artisans.

Ithaca Farmers MarketOther locations and times:

STEAMBOAT LANDING (545 Third St.)

Saturdays
4/1–10/28, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
11/4–12/16, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sundays
5/7–10/29, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
11/5–11/26, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

DEWITT PARK (N. Cayuga St. and E. Buffalo St.)

Tuesdays
5/2–10/24, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

EAST HILL PLAZA (380 Pine Tree Rd.)

Wednesdays
6/7–10/25, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

NIGHT MARKET at STEAMBOAT LANDING (545 Third St.)

Thursdays
6/29–9/28, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Agritourism Workshop in Rochester New York

Agritourism Workshop in Rochester – March 30th, 2017

Agritourism WorkshopThis agritourism workshop is part of a series designed to help farmers build useful skills and partnerships, scale up their business, and create new markets by expanding from purely agricultural operations to creating an experience-based ‘destination’ farm for the public.

Agritourism Workshop Time: Thursday, March 30th, 2017; 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Agritourism Workshop Location: Wegman Lodge, 2222 St. Paul St., Seneca Park, Rochester, NY, 14621

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