Growing Gourmet Mushrooms Indoors Using Arduino

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

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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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Mobile Food Pantry on the TC3 Campus

Mobile Food Pantry on the TC3 Campus – Monday February 29, 2016 in D-LOT, 12pm to 1pm

This is free food for anyone who needs it.

There are no forms to complete and you do not have to ‘qualify’ to receive the food. You just need to leave your name and be willing to give us your phone number and age of everyone in your household/res hall room. (This is just for required data reporting for the funding that supports the mobile food truck.)

Bring bags with you and be prepared to refrigerate food – most of it will be dairy or produce items.

We’ll be set up at the parking lot off of Panther Drive (D-lot) – near the Residence Halls. The photo below is what the truck looks like.

Any member of the TC3 community (faculty, staff, or student) is eligible.

Mobile Food Pantry

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Agritourism Conference – Grow Your Farming Business

Agritourism Presents an Opportunity to Grow your Farming Business!

Don’t miss this Conference especially for farmers and rural landowners contemplating opportunities to grow their business by hosting visitors to our area.

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  • What?  Growing Agriculture and Tourism Connections. A full day conference to learn about the opportunities, benefits and challenges associated with starting or growing your own agritourism venture.
  • When?  March 8th from 8am – 4pm
  • Where?  Coltivare Restaurant in Ithaca, NY
  • Why?  You’ll hear from farmers and agritourism experts from across the Northeast to gather ideas for diversifying your business.  You’ll walk away with real-life examples, tools and materials to help in weighing agritourism options for your farm or business
  • Who?  You!  We’re inviting farmers, rural landowners and agritourism entrepreneurs from throughout central NY, interested in learning about opportunities for launching and growing customer experiences on the farm.
  • How? 

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