Cooperative Extension workshops

Ithaca Children›s Garden

Composting
Master Composter volunteers from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County will provide information and hands-on demonstrations on how to set-up and manage a successful composting system, August 25, 10-11 a.m. at the new Compost Demonstration site, Ithaca Farmers’ Market, 545 Third Street, Ithaca. Questions? Contact Mila Fournier at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (607) 272-2292 or ymf5@cornell.edu.

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail open house
Visit local cheese producers and sample their products, August 25, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. at various locations in the Finger Lakes. These producers make artisan cheeses from milk produced at their family farms, ranging from English style raw milk cheddars, cheese curd, gouda and swiss types to blue cheeses, chevre and feta. Free. Information at ccetompkins.org/cheesetrail; visit http://flcheesetrail.com/; or call (607) 272-2292 or email mr55@cornell.edu

Harvest dinner
Menu and wines from Red Newt Cellars Winery and Bistro will be served at a harvest dinner at Stick and Stone Farm, August 26, 5-9 p.m., 1605 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca. Proceeds benefit “Healthy Food for All,” a collaboration between CCE-Tompkins and local farms to provide community-supported agriculture scholarship shares for 125 families in the community with limited incomes. Tickets are $75-$150/person all-inclusive, and may be purchased online or by check. Visit: http://www.healthyfoodforall.org/ or call Liz Karabinakis at (607) 272-2292.

Garden chefs mini-camp international
Join Ithaca Children’s Garden for a mini-camp packed with two days of flavor and fun, August 29-30, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Ithaca Children’s Garden, Rt. 89 at Cass Park, Ithaca. Learn how to build a solar oven; explore creative ways to cook garden-fresh ingredients outside. For rising 1st-5th graders. Cost: non-members: $100-120, members: $90-110, sliding scale. For more information: Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo (607) 272-2292 x186 or lam26@cornell.edu.

Summer Sprouts
Experience the wonders of gardening through stories and hands-on gardening projects, on Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., through Sept. 12 at Ithaca Children›s Garden, Rt. 89 at Cass Park, Ithaca. Especially for young children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Free and open to the public; donations welcome. For more information: Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo 272-2292 x186 or lam26@cornell.edu.

Garden chefs drop-in program
Gardening, cooking and culture combine in a series of hands-on lessons, final one on August 30, 10-11 a.m., at Ithaca Children’s Garden, Rt. 89 at Cass Park, Ithaca. Harvest from the garden, learn cooking skills, and prepare and eat snacks, salads, meals and more. Ages 4+ with caregiver. $6-10 self-determined sliding scale. No need to register in advance. For more information: Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo 272-2292 x186 or lam26@cornell.edu.

Cooperative Extension Board of Directors meeting
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County Board of Directors will meet Sept. 6, 5-7 p.m., at the CCE-Tompkins Extension Education Center. Members of the public are welcome.  For more information: ccetompkins.org or (607) 272-2292.