Caroline Elementary School Garden Capstone – Steve

Caroline Elementary School Garden – Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Student Capstone Project – by Steve

Caroline Elementary Service Learning Day
Service Learning Day

When I first signed up for this Capstone class in Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Degree I really had no idea what the class was going to consist of, but I am super happy that it is part of my degree. This class makes you go out and do things in society that you might not think about doing on your own. I have always had a deep passion for gardening, teaching kids how to garden and grow their own food, and helping them to understand where their food is coming from.

Cleanup at Caroline Elementary School Garden
Steve Supervises Compost Hauling

I decided for my project that I was going to devote my time to Caroline Elementary School and teach some kids what I have learned while helping to restore the raised beds that the third graders plant in every year. I started my time there with a service learning day, where all the kids in the whole school came together and completed projects around the school to make it look better. Some were raking, some were weeding and some were taking wheelbarrows to the compost pile. We all got shirts that said we are needed and nothing could be more truthful than that. We had a great day and a lot got done and at the end of the day we all held hands around the whole school while a drone took our pictures from the sky. Unfortunately the pictures did not turn out all that well.

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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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Courtyard Gardens and Gardening Club – Capstone

Campus Courtyard Gardens & Sustainable Growers Gardening Club – Spring 2016 Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Capstone Class at Tompkins Cortland Community College – Student Post by Hailey

This semester for the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems capstone class we worked with the Wellness Council on the Tompkins Cortland Community College campus to plan and change the courtyard spaces on the campus into courtyard gardens. We also began the Sustainable Growers Garden Club as an extension of that project and that turned into another entity itself. We started with big hopes and grand ideas for the courtyard spaces.

TC3 Courtyard Garden Before
Courtyard Garden Before
TC3 Courtyard Garden
Courtyard Garden After

Because we started the courtyard garden planning in the middle of winter, there was no physical labor to do. We put our minds to work first, brainstorming then presenting ideas, landscape layouts, activities, and crop plans to the council. The realities of processes, formalities, supply needs and group efforts really humbled us along the way. While we were short on supplies and good weather, things began to feel stagnant so we turned our attention to the club.

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Sustainable Growers Trip to Cornell Botanical Garden

TC3 Sustainable Growers Gardening Club – Cornell Plantations Botanical Field Trip – Student Post by Indigo

Cornell Botanical Gardens
Cornell Botanical Gardens Welcome Center

A monk by the name of St. Bernard of Clairvaux once claimed, “You will find more in the woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.”. I couldn’t agree more with this, the idea of nature providing more wisdom and knowledge than any human ever could. If focused in the present and observe what is, one can find an unparalleled education that is objective in the most extreme, provided by mother nature herself. That is exactly why the TC3 Sustainable Growers Gardening Club decided to take a Friday afternoon to go on a private tour at the Cornell Plantations Botanical Garden by Cornell’s Adult Educator & Volunteer Coordinator Kevin Moss.

On April 15th, we all meet up at the Botanical Gardens mid-afternoon. We really lucked out on the weather, while it was rather cold and grey all week, our tour day is nothing but clear blue skies and sunshine! Although it is fair weather, most plants have yet to bloom and pop with colors, but no matter – there is still plenty to be observed.  We meet Kevin in front of the parking lot sidewalk, where a map of the gardens stands. Once acquainted, he begins to tell us about the intentional design of the U-sloped ditch in front of the lot. Various shrubs and plants just short of budding are arranged along the inside of the ditch, which he explains is carefully designed to drain rainwater on a slowly on an angle, in order to prevent erosion and the loss of soil nutrients. Even the parking lot was designed in coordination, so the water can drain from there mindfully as well.

Cornell Botanical Herb Garden
Cornell Plantations Herb Garden

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Herb Gardening Class in Auburn, New York

HERB GARDENING CLASS AND LUNCHEON – AUBURN, NEW YORK

Saturday, May 21st – 11:30AM until 2:30PM

Price for the class & luncheon will be $25.

herb gardeningThe focus of this session is on growing and cooking with culinary herbs.  We will start in the restaurant with a light luncheon featuring some of the interesting culinary herbs we grow.  We will discuss our favorite herb varieties. You will see these herbs growing in our herb garden and we will show you how we plant and propagate them. We will discuss how to use them in some delightful summer salads, entrèes and beverages.

If you are interested in attending either of this event please call 315-252-6025 or e-mail us at lou@elderberrypond.com to register

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2016 Earth Week Events at TC3

EARTH WEEK EVENTS at TC3 2016 – April 18th-24th

Monday, 4/18, 12:00 – 1:00, room 210; How a Carbon Fee can Save the Environment, Stop Terrorism, and Grow our Economy, by Pat Sewell – Bring your lunch!

Since the 1970’s, the U.S. has struggled with problems stemming from our dependence on oil. Foreign analysts have tracked oil’s role in destabilizing the Middle East, while at the same time, climate scientists have tracked oil’s role in destabilizing the climate. The sooner the U.S. gets off fossil fuels, the sooner we stop funding terrorists; and the sooner we save the climate. Hear more about the problems of fossil fuels, how the U.S. can wean itself off them, and how you can get involved.

Pat Sewell is a member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national polices to address climate change. He is also an adjunct instructor of Environmental Studies at TC3.

Can You Dig This FilmTuesday, 4/19, 4pm-5:30pm, Sprole, room 204; Film Screening: Can You Dig This?

This documentary follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely urban gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. CAN YOU DIG THIS is not a story of science and economics. It is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some sh*t.” From Executive Producer, John Legend, CAN YOU DIG THIS premiered at the 2015 LA Film Festival and won its Jury Award. Take a look at the website http://canyoudigthisfilm.com/ and the trailer https://vimeo.com/129924807

“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”
– Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”

Light refreshments
Co-sponsors: Sustainability Council, Environmental Studies Program, Office of Multicultural Services, Social Science Program, Sustainable Farming and Food System Program, and Sustainable Growers Garden Club

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