Week of October 16th – CSA Newsletter

The oats/peas cover crop is coming along.

We’ve made it to the home stretch, folks. Week 19 of the CSA is upon us. There are 3 remaining weeks to the CSA season after this week. It’s been a roller coaster ride of a farm season that I’ll be sure to recap in the coming weeks.

But first, some farm updates. We finished getting the rest of the potatoes out of the ground last week. It definitely feels good to get a harvest like that done for the season. Potatoes aren’t one of the easiest of crops to harvest at the TC3 Farm. We really don’t grow enough potatoes to justify purchasing a potato harvester, so we dig our taters by using a digging fork. After loosening the soil with the forks, it’s on to our hands and knees to go searching for our “buried treasure”. It’s definitely a satisfying job but not always the easiest, especially when you have as many rocks in the field as we do.

After a beautiful weekend, today was the first real miserable day (mostly the morning) on the farm of the season. Even after all the wet weather we had this year, I can honestly say that. This was the kind of day that comes to mind when people comment to me on how awesome it must be to be working outside all the time. You know, that first really cold, wet kinda day. The one where your hands are really cold and they start to go numb while you harvest or do field work or wash veggies. Now, this isn’t a Puddles Pity Party, not in the least. I’m just saying that farmers work in all extremes to get done what needs to get done. And today that was harvesting.

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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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Ithaca Farmers Market

Ithaca Farmers Market Opens April 1st 2017

Come and rediscover a local tradition…

Ithaca Farmer’s Market opens up for the 2017 season on April 1st, from 9 AM- 3 PM! Sunday Farmer’s Market kicks off on the 7th. Come down to greet returning  and new chefs, farmers, artisans.

Ithaca Farmers MarketOther locations and times:

STEAMBOAT LANDING (545 Third St.)

Saturdays
4/1–10/28, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
11/4–12/16, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sundays
5/7–10/29, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
11/5–11/26, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

DEWITT PARK (N. Cayuga St. and E. Buffalo St.)

Tuesdays
5/2–10/24, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

EAST HILL PLAZA (380 Pine Tree Rd.)

Wednesdays
6/7–10/25, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

NIGHT MARKET at STEAMBOAT LANDING (545 Third St.)

Thursdays
6/29–9/28, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Farming Workshops in Central New York

Upcoming Farming Workshops in Central New York for March and April 2017

Farming WorkshopsWe hope that all of you have had a chance to dig yourselves out of the snow. Please find below listings of some upcoming farming workshops in Central New York that may be of interest taking place over the next few weeks:

Strengthen the Bond to Boost Sales – Wednesday March 22nd, Noon to 2pm (online)
No pressure, but YOU are the key selling point for your customers! Only at a farmers market can shoppers get “face time” with multiple farmers – and get to know who grows their food. With practical strategies and sales secrets, you can build up that farmer-consumer bond and your bottom line.

Growing Vegetables in a High Tunnel – Saturday March 25th, 9am-2pm (Shared Roots Farm)
Calling all Veterans: Are you interested in learning how to grow vegetables in high tunnels? Join us at this one day intensive workshop at a farm to learn from experts at Cornell Cooperative Extension about successful growing in a high tunnel, marketing and then we’ll hear tour the high tunnels and hear from the farmers about how they operate their CSA and sell at farmers markets. Veterans get priority for spots, civilians can still attend if spots exist. Travel stipends available. Only $25 includes all education, handouts and lunch.

Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference – Tuesday March 28th (Waterloo)
For those interested in making craft beer and/or cider. Workshops, tours, trade show and more!

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Organic Hemp Focus of Winter Meeting

2017 New York Certified Organic winter meeting: Organic hemp, alternative forage

organic hempMonday, March 13, 2017 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

Jordan Hall, Geneva Experimental Station, 614 W. North Street, Geneva NY

The last of the 2017 New York Certified Organic winter meetings on Monday, March 13 in Geneva, NY, will include an update on organic hemp production trials plus presentations on nutrient balancing, crop production, and alternative forage production for organic farming systems. Presenters include Cornell University and University of Vermont faculty and a New York organic dairy farmer.

The meeting will start promptly at 10 am in Jordan Hall at 630 West North Street at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva. There is no cost or need to register to attend the NYCO meetings; participants are asked to bring a dish for potluck lunch. The Monday date is a break with the traditional Tuesday meetings.

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Tompkins County Ag Summit Wednesday

2017 Tompkins County Ag Summit

2017 Tompkins County Ag SummitWednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

Ramada Ithaca Hotel & Conference Center

2310 N Triphammer Road, Ithaca NY 14850

Please join us for this meeting which covers a range of topics important to farmers and all agricultural landowners.

AGENDA

  • The Proposed Cayuga Lake TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load)
    With staff from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

    Come listen, learn what’s proposed, provide information about water-protecting farming practices already in place in the region, and ask questions.
  • Large-Scale Solar: What Landowners Need to Know to Protect Themselves
    With Chris Denton, Attorney
    Rural landowners throughout the region are being approached by landsmen offering lease for land for potential solar installations. Learn about the dangers and pitfalls of these agreements, and what to consider.
  • Community Scale Solar & Using Sheep to Control Ground Cover Growth
    With staff from the Renovus Solar and sheep farmer Caleb Scott
  • Changes in the CRP to Include Pastureland
    With Erin Madden, Farm Service Agency
    CRP now includes a grassland program. If you are grazing animals and interested in rotational grazing, come learn about this program. If selected to participate, there could be cost share fencing and water systems assistance.

Fee: $10 per person. Includes Lunch.

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