In cooperation with the Environmental Studies Program at Tompkins Cortland Community College, Groundswell will again offer the popular Summer Practicum in Sustainable Farming and Food Justice in 2012. Students will meet Monday through Thursday from 9am to 2pm each week to explore the issues affecting social justice and sustainability of agriculture and food systems through readings, discussion, lectures, field trips, labs, and immersion in the actual work of operating a successful and sustainable small farm.
Mondays will be spent working and learning at West Haven Farm at EcoVillage. Farm Manager Todd McLane will provide instruction in a variety of sustainable farming practices, from crop cultivation to pest and weed control, to harvest, post-harvest handling and record-keeping.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the class will meet at one of EcoVillage's comfortable Common Houses to interact with a stellar line-up of guest speakers from TC3, Cornell, Ithaca College, and the local community. Thursday is also the day for our "Local Lunch Labs," weekly hands-on meals highlighting one or two locally available ingredients in season that week. Each week a team of students is in charge of planning the menu and procuring local ingredients to feed the entire group on a budget of $2 per person. You'll take over the Common House kitchen -- chopping, dicing, chatting, mixing, baking, chatting, boiling and enjoying some delicious and affordable local meals.
On Wednesdays we'll hit the road and visit more local farms, food businesses, and community organizations for a close-up look at Ithaca's vibrant local food system. Students will be amazed and inspired by the passion and dedication of people like GreenStar Co-op's Joe Romano, Melissa Madden and Garrett Miller of The Good Life Farm, Eric Smith and Dan Lathwell at Cayuga Pure Organics, Natasha Thompson of the Southern Tier Food Bank, Cal Snow at SnoFarm Dairy, Kirtrina Baxter and Jemila Sequeira of the Ithaca Youth Farming Project, and many other local food system innovators.
The Summer Practicum is designed for students from any discipline or non-students who are interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture, local food systems and small-scale farming. We seek a diverse group of students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. People of color are especially encouraged to apply. Of our 14 participants in 2011, 11 were college students, 4 hailed from outside New York State, 10 received college credit through TC3, and 4 took the course as non-credit students enrolled through Groundswell.
FOR CREDIT For-Credit Tuition for those enrolling through TC3 is: NYS residents: $858 TC3 Tuition* plus $250 Groundswell Lab Fee Non-residents: $1,776 TC3 Tuition* plus $250 Groundswell Lab Fee *Additional fees may be charged by TC3. Please contact TC3's Enrollment Services Center at 607-844-6580 to find out which fees apply.
NON-CREDIT Non-Credit Tuition for those enrolling directly through Groundswell is $850 which includes the $250 lab fee.
TO REGISTER You must first apply for enrollment through the Groundswell Center. Our online application can be found here. Contact email@example.com for application assistance.
SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT We are able to offer some scholarship support for people of color and of limited-resources for the 2012 Practicum, thanks to funding from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grant # 2010-49400-21799.