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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Harvesting Wild Ramps on the Farm

Harvesting Wild Ramps on the Farm – Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Student Post By Josh

A Handful of RampsWild ramps are one of many natural delicacies that exist here in upstate New York. Their species name is Allium tricoccum and they are in the same family as onions, garlic, and leeks. They usually have two or three leaves and a white stalk that goes only an inch or so into the ground. Their root system is not very extensive and they can be harvested quite easily with a shovel or a knife.

Harvesting

There are a few different ways to harvest wild ramps. One is to uproot the whole patch and replant some back scattered about. The other is to cut down at the base of the white stalk or “bulb” as you might call it (though it is not technically a bulb) just under the ground. It is important to harvest ramps in a way that is responsible and thoughtful because the plants are very easily overharvested. It takes a very long time for them to regenerate themselves. Usually it takes about six years to totally repopulate a patch that you harvest from. A common rule of thumb for harvest is to not take more than 10% of the ramps that are growing in an area in a given year.

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Planting Kohlrabi, Picking Rocks, Plant Sale, and More

Planting Kohlrabi, Picking Rocks, Plant Sale, and More – TC3 Farm Field Journal for the Week of May 9th, 2016 – Student Post by Hailey

Kohlrabi Flats
Kohlrabi Flats

T​his is the last week of classes before finals! Today we will be transplanting! This is my favorite activity because we get to physically see the changes both in the plants and the landscape. We plant thousands of little baby plants and watch as they grow and we help to nourish them when necessary. We watch them develop into mature plants and then literally get to harvest the fruits of our labor. I don’t think there is a feeling that quite matches that one.

Planting kohlrabi. Today we planted a lot of kohlrabi seedlings. We planted two varieties of kohlrabi, I don’t remember the names of the varieties but one was green and one was purple. We placed the strings that guide the rows we made and we placed the measuring tape to guide us while planting. We planted three rows per bed and two entire beds. In the two outer rows we planted the kohlrabi transplants every six inches at the six and twelve marks. We had to stagger the middle row, planting the seedlings at the three and nine inch marks. Before planting we lay out the little transplants and what is called their root ball, which is just the mass of roots and seed starting soil attached to the little plants. As we lay them out we either plant them right away or we have another person walk behind us and plant them as we lay them.

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Getting Started Raising Chickens

Getting Started Raising Chickens – Student Post by Kevin

Chickens are becoming more expensive to keep with higher grain and building material costs, but still pay off in terms of  benefits to the land and adjoining systems of vegetable production or human food waste disposal. This is to say that chickens fill many niches in at least these two steps in the food supply chain, and with city ordinances in many places being modified to permit small flocks, even city dwellers can find a chicken situation to fits their needs. While these ordinances might limit flock size to a half dozen, prohibit roosters, and outlaw home slaughter, there is still room within them for production at a scale that far surpasses the needs of an individual family. Joel Salatin, a well known farmer and founder of Polyface Farm has said that chickens are even great role models for our kids – they get up early and always stay busy.

getting started raising chickens
A Frame Chicken Coop and Chicken Run 

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Dine Across America Food and Wine at Coltivare

Dine Across America Event at Coltivare Restaurant in Downtown Ithaca – Thursday May 19th, 2016

Experience Finger Lakes food and wine at its finest. This is a five course meal featuring signature American comfort foods prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Each course will be perfectly paired with a Finger Lakes wine by the Wine Marketing students of Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Menu features: West Coast Salad, New England Fish Chowder, Midwestern Ribs and Corn Bread, Southern Fried Chicken and Greens, and All American Apple Pie.

Dine Across America

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