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Climate Wise Gardening: An Earthkeeping Fair

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Everyone with a garden or yard can be “climate wise” by adopting practices that protect the earth and support wildlife. Hands-on activities and displays will show how the ecosystem works and how soil, microorganisms, and plants capture carbon. Together, we can contribute to bringing carbon and water cycles back into balance.

FREE! Demonstrations, exhibits, talks, and films on these and related topics:

30 Minute Talks – In the Theater

10:15 – 10:45 Making Soil Healthy - Joseph Amsili, Cornell Soil Health Program

11:15 – 11:45 Rain & Water Management - Sean Dembrowsky, Edible Acres Nursery

12:15 – 12:45 No Mow Lawns & Meadows - Krissy Boys, Cornell Botanic Gardens

1:15 -1:45 Intensive Planting on Small Lots - Jonathan Bates, Food Forest Farm

2:15 -2:45 Best Native Plant Choices - Krissy Boys, Cornell Botanic Gardens

Exhibits and Demonstrations – 10:00 – 3:00

  • Attracting pollinators – Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Bee display; pollinator plants - Finger Lakes Beekeeper Club
  • Biochar and how to make it demo - Cornell Crop & Soil Science (OUTSIDE)
  • Carbon fee policy - Citizens’ Climate Lobby NY23
  • Cayuga Lake, maps of the watershed - Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
  • Community Garden – plot information for Ithaca Community Garden
  • Composting at home – Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Cover crops - Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
  • Food activity - NY Coalition for Healthy Schools
  • Food security & buying local food - Healthy Food for All
  • Fruit and berry plant sales - Of the Forest Nursery
  • Grafting demonstration - Cummins Nursery
  • Groundswell Center for Local Feed and Farming
  • Hoop Houses in your back yard – Carrie Kerr
  • Invasive pests (Emerald Ash Borer and more) – Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Life in the Soil –art/sewing activity by Mary Milne – Fossil Free Tompkins
  • Lyme Disease prevention – Don’t Get Ticked! – Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Microbes under the microscope - Cornell Crop & Soil Science
  • Native plant sales - Twisted Tree Farm
  • Nut tree sales & books - Finger Lakes Native Plant Society
  • Protected areas and maps - Finger Lakes Land Trust
  • Q & A: Ask a Master Gardener - Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Roses grown sustainably and plant sales- Der Rosenmeister Nursery
  • Science activity - New Roots Charter School
  • Soil display - Cornell Soil Health Department
  • Soil mixes and compost - Greentree Garden Supply
  • Soil survey maps, pollinator plants, coloring books - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Soil testing for pH - Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Soil testing info – Agro-One Soils Lab
  • Tree seedlings give-away - Fossil Free Tompkins
  • Water percolation demo – Soil Health Trailer (OUTSIDE)
  • Worm composting display – Organix Green Industries

Videos - Running continuously 10:00 – 3:00

  • The Soil Story by Kiss the Ground
  • Rain Gardens- Stormwater Pollution Solutions by Sustainability Ambassadors
  • The Story of Solutions by the Story of Stuff
  • Soil Organic Carbon: The Treasure Beneath Our Feet by Food and Ag Organization of the UN
  • The Compost Story by Kiss the Ground
  • Soul Fire Farm: Feeding the Soul, Growing Community by Laura Flanders Show

Co-Sponsors: Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County, Fossil Free Tompkins, Social Ventures, Soil and Water Conservation District, NRCS, Citizens Climate Lobby, Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition, League of Women Voters, Environmental Management Council, Cornell School of Integrative Plant Science, and many others.




Monika Roth
Agriculture Specialist (Part-Time)
(607) 272-2292 ext. 126


Boynton Middle School Cafeteria
1601 N. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Last updated May 1, 2019