Week of June 12th – CSA Newsletter

Greetings everyone! The start of the 2017 CSA at the TC3 Farm is here. Welcome to our new members and thanks to our returning members for taking this journey with us once again. For new folks to the TC3 Farm CSA, this weekly post is meant to keep you abreast of farm happenings and an idea of what’s going to be in the share each week.

It’s been a very busy Spring on the farm, even with all the rain (I will definitely be coming back to this topic). Before the semester ended the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems students worked very hard on this year’s crop rotation, getting plants started in the greenhouse for both on farm use and for sale, and transplanting early crops. For most of them, this was their first time with these experiences and I have been impressed over and over again with their willingness to step outside of their comfort zones to try new things, work as a team to make decisions or to just get a job done. 

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Mobile Food Pantry at Tompkins Cortland

mobile food pantryMobile Food Pantry

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Office of Student Life will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry on the Tompkins Cortland campus in Dryden on Monday, March 6th, 2017 in the BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House, 12pm to 1pm

They are still looking for approximately 25 volunteers – if you are interested please contact Barbara Thayer as soon as possible (nelsonb@tompkinscortland.edu)!!!!  Volunteers need to be able to work from 11am – 1pm.  There is a lot of set up and prep time that goes into this before we are able to hand the food out at Noon.

This is free food for anyone who needs it.

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Fall Market Garden Workshop for Veterans

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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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Week of June 20th – CSA Newsletter

Happy Summer Solstice, folks! I hope that you all enjoyed your first week of the CSA season. Those strawberries were delish, weren’t they? It’s been a busy week here at the TC3 Farm. I guess “busy” and “farm” kind of go hand in hand but we got a lot of things accomplished in the last … Read more

Week of June 13th – CSA Newsletter

Well folks, we made it. The start to another CSA season! As the TC3 Farm embarks on its third season, I find myself thinking a lot about the farm (I’m sure all farmers are constantly thinking about their farms). I think about where we started and how far that we’ve come in such a short … Read more

Planting Vegetable Crops on the TC3 Farm

Spring on the TC3 Farm: Planting Vegetable Crops – Student Post by Steve

planting potatoes by handThere has been a ton of planting happening on the TC3 Farm in the last few weeks and there is a lot more to be done. The one big hoop house is completely full of heirloom tomato plants that are looking wonderful and we even have another hoop house being filled with peppers which we are letting grow for longer to get all sorts of colored peppers, not just green. All of our transplants that we worked so hard on in the early spring are ready for planting in the field and all the students have been planting and cultivating the last few weeks. Our CSA program starts on June 14th and you’re really going to miss out on some awesome produce if you haven’t signed up yet. We have been transplanting pretty much every day for the last week or so and we really went to it on the potatoes this last week. Eleven different kinds were planted in 25 different rows. That’s over 1400 taters that

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