Vets Growing Berries Workshop for Farmer Veterans

Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Broome County Presents: Vets Growing Berries Saturday, April 23rd, 9am-2pm Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County 840 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905 Calling All Veterans:  Do you have an interest in growing strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or other small fruits? Maybe you’d like to start a U-pick, or sell at your … Read more

Tompkins County Food Insecurity – Capstone Project

Assessing Food Insecurity in Tompkins County – Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Capstone – Sarah 

After researching food insecurity in Tompkins County for three months, I know so much more than I did when I started out, but I feel like I’ve still only breached the tip of the iceberg. There is so much complexity that goes into the way that people receive help in this area. Even the ways that the words “poverty” and “food insecurity” are defined are complicated.

Loaves and FishesSo here’s a summary of what I found out:

The groups of people who have the highest instance of poverty in this area are families with children under five, specifically female led households, and people of color. In the city of Ithaca, 100% of female led households with children under five live at or below the poverty line according to the Tompkins Community Health Analysis.

The biggest sources of help to impoverished individuals in Tompkins County are the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and the programs mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The former supports soup kitchens and food pantries across 6 counties and distributes over one million pound of food each year. The latter provides funding for things like school and summer lunch programs, and for WIC (the special supplemental program for Women, Infants, and Children).

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Growing Gourmet Mushrooms Indoors Using Arduino

Growing Gourmet Mushrooms Indoors: The Arduino Grow Chamber – Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Capstone – Aiden

Arduino Picture
This is the Arduino

My project was an exploration into the world of fungus cultivation, specifically indoor production. I worked with a partner and mentor, Jordan E_____, in designing a system that could monitor itself, perform crucial actions automatically, and ultimately provide the fungus growing inside of it with the most ideal conditions for it to thrive. This was achieved with the help of a little microcontroller called Arduino. For those that are unfamiliar with microcontrollers, they can be thought of as a miniature computer that can be programmed to perform a wide variety of tasks. In this case, it interprets input from a temperature and humidity sensor and reacts accordingly, either turning on the heat mat underneath the chamber or turning on the humidifier. Fresh air exchange is achieved through the use of an air pump.

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Internships with Ithaca Children’s Garden

Spring and Summer Internships with Ithaca Children’s Garden. Application Deadline Extended to March 9th!
 Ithaca Children's Garden

 

 If you’re looking for an extraordinary internship experience that will knock your resume out of the park, and help you see the world in a new way, apply now to join the ICG team.
  • Educator/Playworker
  • Horticulture
  • Environmental Educator
  • Garden Educator
  • Food Systems, Cooking, & Nutrition Educator
  • Teen Urban Farmers Mentor
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Non-profit Administration
All positions pay $10-12/hr, and are 25-40 hrs/wk.
Federal Work Study eligible students are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Edible Rooftop Ithaca: Capstone Project

Capstone Project – Angela: Edible Rooftop, Ithaca

Center Ithaca Rooftop GardenAs a lifelong member of the Ithaca community, I have decided to participate in the sustainable development of our recently remodeled commons area. My contribution is that of an Intensive vegetative green roof design of the Center Ithaca building located in the heart of downtown. Center Ithaca has seen a lot of change in its time and is most recognized for the size and beauty of its Atrium. The plan is to create a proposal that is attractive to the building owner as well as the businesses and residents that occupy the space, by designing a garden that begins on the roof and ends in hanging baskets for people to enjoy inside the building and out, by providing aesthetic beauty, access to fresh foods, and insulation through the winter months.

The most important component of this project was to find a way of installing a green roof as least expensively as possible. Cost is the hurdle that deters those who would have been participants in this movement from doing so. With careful planning and consideration of materials, weight, and accessibility, the lowest price can still be much higher than any. Individual might be able to economically justify, as I learned in this project. However, through donations, grants, and a CSA modeled system, one can find a more reasonable way of managing these finances.

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