Assessing Fruit Quality at Harvest

Assessing Fruit Quality at Harvest

Determining when fruit is ready to pick can be tricky especially if you’re looking for specific quality characteristics, such as for hard cider, storability, or fresh eating quality. Fruit is NOT magically ready when it turns red! In this workshop we’ll discover how to assess fruit quality and learn how much fruit quality can change over just a few days or weeks. Learning how to determine optimal harvest time involves knowing your objectives, taking note of obvious changes such as seed color, skin color, aroma, acidity, tannins, and overall taste, and measuring brix, starch, titratable acidity, firmness, and more. We’ll go over each metric and how to use affordable instrumentation accurately.
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
$40 or $35 for those who pre-register by 10/8

Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow

Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow

REGISTER – PAY


Instructor: Jeromy Biazzo, Wolftree Farm, skilled scythe maker and mower, and co-owner of Wolftree Farm

Students will make a simple one handed snath (handle) to fit a blade they bring or purchase from Groundswell. Snath design and assembly will be made simpler so that more time can be applied to mowing. Ring clasps will be purchased and handles will be attached with a hanger bolt.

Course Fee: $50
Materials Fee: $90
Total: $140
Materials needed: Scythe blade, ring clasps, whetstone, whetstone holder. If you plan to bring all of these items we will waive the Materials fee. (Pay just the Course Fee)

If you want to purchase tools independently, they can be bought from Scytheworks.ca, www.lehmans.com or onescytherevolution.com, howlandtools.com, or scythesupply.com.

This course is limited to 10 people.

Instructor Bio: Jeromy Biazzo is a skilled scythe make and mower, and owner of Wolftree Farm.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@groundswellcenter.org or 607.319.5095 with questions about access to materials, transportation, etc.

Soil Health for Perennial Fruit Crops

Soil Health for Perennial Fruit Crops

Managing orchard fertility is about more than just fertilizer. The fact is your orchard soil is a giant digestive engine, chewing up carbon, nitrogen, and minerals to feed not only your trees but the soil food web. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the basics of your soil so you can better understand what’s going on right under your feet, the mineral connection, and what you can do to improve the soil’s health and overall vitality to grow better fruit. Last year we discussed the basics of soil chemistry, physical characteristics, and soil biology. This year we’ll focus more on the practical aspects of what you can do to holistically improve your soils, but we’ll also go over some basics methods you can use to assess your overall soil health and fertility.
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
$40 or $35 for those who pre-register by 6/18

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

The Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) is now accepting registrations for its acclaimed 5-workshop “From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership” series.  This series is designed especially for staff, volunteers and Board members in Tompkins County organizations committed to the inter-related work of building inclusive, just and ecologically sound – that is, sustainable — communities. Open to participants from all levels of their organization. We encourage organizations to send multiple participants to increase impact and bolster organizational change.

While a series requires a significant time commitment, participants will use in-class time to work with others (within and across organizations) to:

  • Identify new approaches to cultivating diverse relationships and leadership
  • Develop concrete action plans to meet personal and organizational goals
  • Try out ideas out between sessions, and return to share successes, problem-solve solutions, gain new perspectives and refine plans
  • Build a support network for change – within and beyond your organization
  • Evaluate success.

By the end of the series, participants will have a concrete work plan that integrates cultivating diversity into the work they are already doing.

Tiny House Class

Tiny House Class

Have you wondered if you could live in a smaller space? Are you considering building a small home? Do you want to learn first hand from someone who has gone through the process and is now living in a Tiny House what it takes to build one? And live in one? Come spend a day at my Tiny House and let’s explore the many decisions it takes to create a house that feels like home.

Instructor: Miwa Oseki Robbins

What Will be Covered:

• Small House Design: A conceptual design process , based off of my training in Permaculture and self study of Pattern Language, Ianto Evans ’Hand Sculpted House’, and my own experience

• Trailer or no trailer?

• Building codes and permits

• System design decisions : Heat, Electricity , plumbing , and refrigeration

• Building science: Air sealing and insulation

• DIY or hire someone? And everything in between. The pros and cons of different ways to go about it

• And More… Come with Your Questions and Enthusiasm!

What To Bring: Small dish or snack to pass. Vegetarian soup will be provided. Paper, pencil, water.

Location: Miwa’s Tiny House, Trumansburg, NY

Cost: Suggested fee $80, but it is pay what you can, and what you feel is fair.

To Register: RSVP to miwarobbins@gmail.com for directions and to save your spot!

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

The Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) is now accepting registrations for its acclaimed 5-workshop “From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership” series.  This series is designed especially for staff, volunteers and Board members in Tompkins County organizations committed to the inter-related work of building inclusive, just and ecologically sound – that is, sustainable — communities. Open to participants from all levels of their organization. We encourage organizations to send multiple participants to increase impact and bolster organizational change.

While a series requires a significant time commitment, participants will use in-class time to work with others (within and across organizations) to:

  • Identify new approaches to cultivating diverse relationships and leadership
  • Develop concrete action plans to meet personal and organizational goals
  • Try out ideas out between sessions, and return to share successes, problem-solve solutions, gain new perspectives and refine plans
  • Build a support network for change – within and beyond your organization
  • Evaluate success.

By the end of the series, participants will have a concrete work plan that integrates cultivating diversity into the work they are already doing.

Scything: Preparing to Mow – Sharpening & Peening

Scything: Preparing to Mow – Sharpening & Peening

Due to low attendance, we have canceled this workshop. Good news is we have a beginner scything class coming up on July 8th!

 

Instructor: Jeremy Biazzo

The scythe has been used as a human powered mowing technique for centuries. Austrian-style scythe blades are forged from a single piece of steel into a light and graceful tool. Get your scythe ready for the season at this upcoming workshop! Students will learn how to prepare their blades for peening, use a peening jig and sharpen with a whetstone.  Scythe Fitting issues will also be addressed.

Date: Saturday, May 20th, 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Location: Groundswell’s Incubator Farm, Ithaca
Cost: $30 Workshop Fee
Tools required: scythe
Materials Fee: $65 for jig, whetstone, whetstone holder, earplugs [Waived if you plan to bring your own materials]

Instructor Bio: Jeromy Biazzo is a skilled scythe maker and mower and co-owner of Wolftree Farm

Registration Deadline: May 8th
This course is limited to 20 participants.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@groundswellcenter.org or 607.319.5095 with questions about access to materials, transportation, etc.

Crop Load Management for Productivity and Quality

Crop Load Management for Productivity and Quality

Saturday May 13, 2017 ~ 11:00am-4:00pm
Crop load management is more than just fruit or blossom thinning. It’s about managing the fruit load on your trees for optimal yield, quality, and nutritional value. How you manage fruit load has a direct effect on return bloom for next year’s crop, as well as the quality and productivity of this year’s harvest. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the basics of floral bud induction and development, flowering and early fruit development, return bloom, and crop load management tactics (yes, including thinning). Trees should be at or close to bloom so we can study the flowers in situ and discuss the direct impact your practices can have not only on this year’s crop, but next year’s as well.
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
$40 or $35 for those who pre-register by 5/7

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

The Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) is now accepting registrations for its acclaimed 5-workshop “From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership” series.  This series is designed especially for staff, volunteers and Board members in Tompkins County organizations committed to the inter-related work of building inclusive, just and ecologically sound – that is, sustainable — communities. Open to participants from all levels of their organization. We encourage organizations to send multiple participants to increase impact and bolster organizational change.

While a series requires a significant time commitment, participants will use in-class time to work with others (within and across organizations) to:

  • Identify new approaches to cultivating diverse relationships and leadership
  • Develop concrete action plans to meet personal and organizational goals
  • Try out ideas out between sessions, and return to share successes, problem-solve solutions, gain new perspectives and refine plans
  • Build a support network for change – within and beyond your organization
  • Evaluate success.

By the end of the series, participants will have a concrete work plan that integrates cultivating diversity into the work they are already doing.

Fig Growing 101

Fig Growing 101

Ronald Wagner from CNY Figgery will be at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls (Silverspoon/OFA Café) to discuss the niche crop potential, growing and care of over 150 varieties of figs.

Workshop fee is $10 and pre-registration is required.

Please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension’s, Roger Ort (email) or call 607-535-7161.

Undoing Racism Workshop

Undoing Racism Workshop

Undoing Racism Workshop, a signature workshop facilitated by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, will take place in Ithaca, NY April 6 – 8th and registration is now open to the public.

The Undoing Racism Workshop is 2 days + an evening; April 6 (5-9pm), 7 (9am – 5pm) and 8 (9am – 5pm). Registrants must be able to commit to attending the entire workshop. Location: announced when registration confirmed.

Cost is $350 per person, $175 for small non-profit organization staff and high school students. (These are standard costs for these workshops.)

This Workshop is Full. You are welcome to Register and be added to the waiting list. 

 

Can’t attend but want to help? 




 

The Ithaca Undoing Racism Workshop is being organized and hosted by The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Youth Farm Project and Tommy Miller, and can only accommodate a limited number of individuals.

We are grateful to the Park Foundation for a mini-grant that directly supports tuition assistance to over 50% of workshop participants.

While there are organizations in Ithaca providing anti-racism education, the objectives of bringing the People’s Institute to Ithaca are to:

  • Cultivate a shared language around racism, white privilege, equity and diversity within an organization’s staff and board to inform recruitment, hiring and retention
  • Establish a cohort of local graduates who identify actionable steps towards undoing racism in Ithaca and surrounding areas and commit to post workshop collaboration
  • Enable local social justice leaders to participate in a workshop with peers, co-workers and community members
  • Call-in people in decision making positions to understand why race is central to multiple sectors including food, education, policy, social services, foundations and private business
  • Build our community’s capacity to undo racism and implement anti-racist strategies and policies

More about the Undoing Racism Workshops and the People Institute, can be found on their website, http://www.pisab.org/programs.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions, would like to volunteer or help fundraise for this workshop!

Thank you,

Katie Church and Rafa Aponte, Youth Farm Project

Elizabeth Gabriel, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming

Fabina Colon, Multicultural Resource Center

Holistic Apple Scab and Fireblight Control

Holistic Apple Scab and Fireblight Control

Apple scab and fireblight are two of the biggest disease issues apple growers ever have to contend with in any given season. 2016 was a relatively low pressure year, but who knows what 2017 will look like? In this workshop we will discuss the biology and ecology of each disease, disease cycles, forecasting tools, varietal resistance/susceptibility, control opportunities, and what to do if the inevitable strikes! We will use a variety of approaches to examine trees and leaves, discuss how to assess current year infection potential, and how to use techy forecasting tools to better prepare and holistically manage for these nefarious diseases.
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
$40 or $35 for those who pre-register by 3/26

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Ecologically Sound, Inclusive & Just Communities

The Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) is now accepting registrations for its acclaimed 5-workshop “From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership” series.  This series is designed especially for staff, volunteers and Board members in Tompkins County organizations committed to the inter-related work of building inclusive, just and ecologically sound – that is, sustainable — communities. Open to participants from all levels of their organization. We encourage organizations to send multiple participants to increase impact and bolster organizational change.

While a series requires a significant time commitment, participants will use in-class time to work with others (within and across organizations) to:

  • Identify new approaches to cultivating diverse relationships and leadership
  • Develop concrete action plans to meet personal and organizational goals
  • Try out ideas out between sessions, and return to share successes, problem-solve solutions, gain new perspectives and refine plans
  • Build a support network for change – within and beyond your organization
  • Evaluate success.

By the end of the series, participants will have a concrete work plan that integrates cultivating diversity into the work they are already doing.

Women In Agriculture Discussion Group

Women In Agriculture Discussion Group

The business aspects of farming are an increasing challenge… whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been farming for years. Spend some time this winter improving your business skills!

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga and Chemung Counties will host a “Women in Agriculture” Discussion Series in February and March. Come meet other farming women in a supportive environment and hear from three great speakers!

February 28th 2017 – Farm Business Plans

March 14th 2017 – Understanding Financial Documents

March 28th 2017 – Handling Stress and Conflict on the Farm

Location: Waverly Village Hall, 32 Ithaca St., Waverly, NY

Cost: $5 at the door

Light refreshments will be provided. Class size is limited so please pre-register by calling 607-687-4020 (CCE Tioga) or 607-734-4453 (CCE Chemung).

We hope to see you there!

Fill Your Freezer: Purchasing Local Meat in Bulk

Fill Your Freezer: Purchasing Local Meat in Bulk

Ready to start buying locally-raised meat in bulk? It’s easier and more affordable than you might think, and the benefits are great: know your farmer, know your food, cook and eat with confidence! We will guide you through everything you need to know about researching and contacting farms near you, why buying in bulk can save you money, and how to use the Ithaca and Corning community Meat Lockers.

This class is FREE and open to the public, and will be offered on the following dates and locations:
•       March 9th, SE Steuben County Library, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza #101, Corning, NY, 5:30-7:30 PM
•       March 15th, CCE-Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY, 6:30-8:30 PM

Visit our Facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/394142814265867/