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.

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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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Groundswell Community Events and Programs

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS and PROGRAMS from GROUNDSWELL CENTER for LOCAL FOOD and FARMING
 
Groundswell’s Incubator Farm Volunteer Party / Work Day 
Saturday, April 16, 10am – 2pm
Groundswell’s Incubator Farm • 115 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850

It’s time to get out to the farm and get some projects done! We are calling on all of our friends, fans and fellow farmers to come on out and pitch in, learn a new skill, get a little dirty and have some fun! Help us build a hoop house and install fencing! Snacks and drinks will be provided. Sign up in advance (and attend) and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Gift Certificate from Home Green Home and a Groundswell T-Shirt! Due to the nature of the work, we ask that volunteers be age 16+MORE INFORMATION • RSVP HERE • FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

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Groundswell’s Spring Mixer & Plant Swap

Sunday, May 22, 2pm – 6pm
Groundswell’s Office  • 225 South Fulton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

 Let’s celebrate Spring and the coming growing season! Join us at our office (225 South Fulton Street) for fun, food by Iron Owl Kitchen, drinks, and great music. We will even have a plant and seed swap to help get your gardens going. This is also the first meeting of our Homestead Farmer and Gardner Network.  MORE INFORMATION • RSVP HERE • FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Grazing & Pasture Management
SESSION 1 (of 8): It’s All About the Grass
Monday, April 18, 5pm – 8pm
Tuition: $45 (or $280 for all 8 Sessions)
Understanding how soil, grass, and grazing interact to grow better animals. Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenberg, NY.  MORE INFORMATION • REGISTER
Groundswell Teamster TrainingDraft Animal Practicum
Sunday, April 24, 9am – 4pm
Don’s Teamster Training School, Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY
Tuition: $175
This popular one-day workshop includes hands-on practice with experienced draft animals under the supervision of knowledgeable teamsters. This class is appropriate for anyone considering getting started with draft animals, as well as those with a few years of teamster experience. No prior horse experience is necessary.  MORE INFORMATION • REGISTER
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Starting Seeds and Direct Seeding at the TC3 Farm

While the weather outside may still be brisk, Spring has emphatically arrived at the TC3 Farm. We are excited to be starting our first full growing season with greenhouse seedlings and hoophouse crop production. Our students have been keeping busy seeding and planting, and we now have production started in all of our houses. This photo essay will give you an idea of what we have been up to, and for those of you that are CSA members, a preview of what you can expect in the first few pickups this year.

Starting Seeds in the Greenhouse

The greenhouse at the TC3 Farm has 6 benches – each 12 feet x 6 feet. The benches are strung with thin rubber tubing that runs heated water under the plants, providing seeds with a little bit of warmth to get them started. Above you can see 10 flats of onion seeds sitting on one of these benches.

In the past couple of weeks Sustainable Farming and Food Systems students have helped us plant over 5500 seedlings of onions, leeks, basil, parsley, and cumin  into plug trays.

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New York Organic Action Plan Meeting in Ithaca

New York Organic Action Plan – Meetings April 7th in Ithaca, NY

Join NOFA-NY to Create a New York Organic Action Plan on April 7, 2016 NOFA-NY will hold two gatherings, back-to-back, April 7, 2016. The first is from 3 pm to 6 pm. There will then be a light dinner. The second gathering is from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. The gatherings and dinner will be held in the Community Space, Green Star, Ithaca. Come for either session and get a bite to eat before or after, free of charge.

Organic Action Plan NOFA NYPlease join NOFA-NY for this brainstorming session in Ithaca and help create NOFA’s New York Organic Action Plan. It is a chance to work together for the future we want.

National Policy Consultant Liana Hoodes and Board member and farmer Elizabeth Henderson will facilitate. Jonathan Latham of the Bioscience Resource Project has been asked to speak briefly.

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