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Classes, Workshops, Events

Unless another address is given, all classes and events will be held
at the CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
To Register for classes, call: (607) 272-2292.

February

Seed-to-Supper Volunteer Application
Application Deadline -Friday, Feb. 21, 5:00 PM 

Are you interested in helping beginning gardeners in your community learn to grow their own vegetables? This training will prepare Seed-to-Supper volunteer educators to teach FREE vegetable gardening classes in communities across Tompkins County. Volunteers will become familiar with the Seed-to-Supper curriculum, learn some hands-on activities to use to teach classes their own communities, and will receive all materials needed to run the classes. This training and the community classes are both FREE.

UPDATE: Training dates are Thursday, February 27th, 5:30-8:30pm (dinner provided) and Saturday, February 29th from 10am-4pm (lunch will be provided). Volunteers must be able to attend both training dates, and review the Seed to Supper curriculum materials at home in between the two training sessions.

Volunteers will learn to teach the Seed to Supper curriculum, which consists of six Powerpoint presentations and a 100 page gardening manual for class participants. Topics include planning the garden, soil preparation, composting, planting, garden maintenance, pests and diseases, and harvesting.

Contact: Jennie Cramer at jrc10@cornell.edu with questions or to receive a volunteer application. You also may download a volunteer job description and application from the left sidebar on this page. Application deadline: Friday, February 21
Fee: FREE! Learn More: https://civi.ccetompkins.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=1780


Join Our Environment Advisory Committee
Wednesday, Feb. 26,  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE-Tompkins) is seeking six community members who will form a Program Advisory Committee to develop and guide environmental issues programming in our county. This effort emerges from increased local interest in climate change, renewable energy, water quality, alternative forms of transportation, and resource conservation issues.

Program Advisory Committees typically meet once a quarter, and volunteer for a term of 1 to 3 years.

It is the intention of CCE-Tompkins to include a diverse cross section of the community in its leadership positions, including people who participate in its programs and allied professionals. Interested applicants must be residents of Tompkins County and should have interests that are among the environmental topics mentioned above.

To express your interest in joining the Advisory Committee, please send a letter of interest by February 26th to Dawn Montanye at dm773@cornell.edu or at CCE-Tompkins, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850-3555. Please direct questions to Dawn at 607.272.2292.

CCE-Tompkins is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational information and programs that help people in our county to improve their quality of life. It offers educational programs in the areas of consumer issues, personal finance, family and community development, agriculture and horticulture, natural resources/environment, nutrition and health, and 4-H youth development.

March

Community Seed Swap
Saturday, March 7, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

NEW TIME - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Calling all seed savers, gardeners, and curious creatives! It’s time for beloved annual CCE Tompkins Community Seed Swap. Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to answer all your seedy questions. Go home with lots of locally adapted seeds from other local gardeners. Bring your own seed collection and set up a table to share your abundance. Children are welcome! No pre-registration required.
$5 suggested donation at the door; FREE if you bring seeds to share!
Fee:$5 suggested donation.
Contact: Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, jrc10@cornell.edu (607) 272-2292 ext 146


Garden Planning, Step 3: Garden Design Principles 
Wednesday, March 11,  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

It's time to design your garden, but where to start? Join designer Mila Fournier as she leads you through basic design principles that will help you make a successful plan that will bring you beauty for years to come. This class will not focus on individual plants (though no class here is complete without at least one list of favorites), but instead will focus on the geometries and repetition that are the fundamental tools all good designers use. We'll start with sizing and spacing of garden beds or areas, move on to hardscape and structures, then tackle placement of trees and shrubs to create the bones of your garden. We'll finish with placement of perennials, annuals, and any moveable elements.

This is an excellent follow-up to the first two classes in our Garden Design Series, however, each class is designed as a stand-alone class so participating in those classes is NOT REQUIRED to be part of this one. The class will be limited to 24 participants, so register now to save your spot!

Garden Planning, Step 1: Site Analysis on January 29th (register here)

Garden Planning, Step 2: Practical Landscape Design on February 12th (register here)

Please bring a map of your property, if you have one. If not a template will be provided.

Mila Fournier is a garden designer and educator with two decades of design experience that started with guerilla gardening in Brooklyn and has moved her through designing some of the most sophisticated gardens in NYC. Once in Ithaca, Mila has worked as an educator, designer, and horticultural consultant, including managing Ithaca Children's Garden and helping large developers create habitats to offset new construction.

Fee:Self Determined Sliding Scale ($10-30)

Learn More: https://civi.ccetompkins.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1765

Planning Your Vegetable Garden
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Take your vegetable gardening to the next level by learning how to create a comprehensive garden plan that includes timing on seeding, transplanting, succession planting, interplanting and crop rotation. Class will cover how to integrate flowers and herbs and will explore a few styles of garden planning including drawings, spreadsheets, journals, and online programs. Come with a drawing of your garden and a list of what you plan to plant and we will have some time to start working on your plan.

Instructor Jennie Cramer is our Horticulture Program Manager and coordinates our Master Gardener Volunteer Program. She is a former conservation biologist with a passion for organic gardening, regenerative agriculture, natural history and botanical education. She is especially smitten with the intricacies of seeds.

This class is designed for gardeners who have some experience growing vegetables and want to make the most of their gardens this year. If you are new to vegetable gardening, you may want to join our Vegetable Gardening 101 class on Saturday, March 21st.

Fee:$10-$30 self-determined sliding scale

Learn More: https://civi.ccetompkins.org/civicrm/event/info?id...
Contact: Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, jrc10@cornell.edu (607) 272-2292 ext 146

April

Climate Wise Gardening: An Earthkeeping Fair
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 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. Please check back for the day's schedule of events and exhibitors.

Fee:FREE! 

Contact : Monika Roth, Agriculture Specialist (Part-Time),  mr55@cornell.edu


AARP Smart Driver 2-Day Class
(a 2 day course, you must attend both days) 
Monday, April 6, 2020, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM 
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Way2Go, in partnership with AARP, offers the nationally recognized 2-day AARP Smart Driver Workshop. The course is designed to meet the needs of older drivers, but it is suitable for drivers of all ages and is open to the general public.

  • This class is offered over 2 DAYS: Monday & Tuesay, April 6 & 7, from 12:30PM to 4:00PM BOTH DAYS. Participants must attend BOTH sessions and must bring their driver’s license and AARP card (if a member) to class.
  • YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER TO HOLD YOUR SEAT. PRE-REGISTER or by calling CCE-Tompkins at providing your name and contact information and we will register you by entering the information you give us over the phone.
  • Cost is $20/AARP members, $25/non-members. Bring your payment to the first class in the form of cash or a check made out to AARP. Bring verification of your AARP membership.

Fee: $20/AARP members, $25/non-members. 
Pay by cash or a check payable to AARP. 
Learn More: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/SmartDriver_250

Make Your Veggie Garden Beautiful
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Up Your Vegetable Gardening Game: Pointers on Making it Pretty!
You've learned how to make your vegetable garden bountiful…now make it beautiful too! Join Master Gardener, Teresa Craighead, as she covers: flowers for in and around the vegetable garden, things to consider when introducing vegetables into ornamental gardens, vegetables with ornamental qualities, potager gardens, elements of garden design, planting patterns that please the eye, structures and accessories. This class is designed for vegetable gardeners, ornamental gardeners and anyone who is striving to create a summer veggie patch that both pleases the palate and delights the eye by blending with an ornamental landscape.

Fee:Self Determined Sliding Scale ($10-30)
Learn More: https://civi.ccetompkins.org/civicrm/event/info?id=1774&reset=1 
Contact: Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, jrc10@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext 146

Propagating and Growing Culinary Herbs
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come join farmer Karma Glos of Kingbird Farm to learn how to grow culinary herbs in your home garden or farmstead. Karma will cover growing annual and perennial herbs from cuttings and seeds and how to process and dry herbs to keep your family eating homegrown fresh and dried herbs all year round. Participants will practice rooting herb cuttings and can take home a rooted cutting from Karma’s mother plants.

Pre-registration is required. Go to the registration page to register and pay online, or call CCE-Tompkins at 272-2292. Pre-registration is required to hold your place in the class, and also in the event that a class is postponed or cancelled and we need to contact participants.

REGISTER & PAY ONLINE HERE

Fee: $10-$30/person self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford

Learn More: https://civi.ccetompkins.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1319

Contact: Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, jrc10@cornell.edu

Compost Fair & 4-H Duck Race
Sunday, April 26, 2020, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate spring's arrival by stopping by the Compost Fair for a guaranteed good time! The Compost Fair is held in conjunction with the 4-H Duck Race. Admission to all events is FREE and open to the public.

At the Compost Fair, there will be information and demonstrations of beginning and advanced compost techniques, continuous tours of our demonstration site, live music, food and activities for kids. Several partner organizations, gardening and sustainability groups will be joining us. All attendees will be eligible to win fabulous compost prizes. Compost bins (Earth Machines, welded wire cylinder and worm compost bins) will be for sale while supplies last. Go home a composter!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Entertainment
TBD
3:30: Duck Race Prize announcements

Compost Education Booths

Basic Composting Booth
Compost Kids Activities
Indoor Composting
Advanced Composting
Critter Shed
Outdoor Composting

Partner Organizations
TBD

Prize Drawings

Every hour (1:00, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00), open to all who register at the welcome booth

Compost Bin sales (while supplies last!)

Earth Machines, welded wire cylinder bins, worm bins, also at the welcome booth

Food

The Famous Duck Deli

Let us know you are coming via our Facebook event page ( *coming soon!*)

See you at the Fair!

Fee: FREE and open to the public

Contact: Adam Michaelides, Compost Educator, acm1@cornell.edu


Growing Cut Flowers
Wednesday, April 29, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

What a joyful privilege to bring colorful blooms inside! Join us to learn about annual flower varieties that are easy to grow in your home garden and lend themselves to making beautiful arrangements. Each student will go home with seeds.

Fee: $10-$30 per person self-determined sliding scale

Learn More: https://civi.ccetompkins.org/civicrm/event/info?id=1778&reset=1 

Contact: Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, jrc10@cornell.edu (607) 272-2292 ext 146

No-Till Gardening Techniques
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Reducing tillage in your garden helps preserve soil structure and also reduces the number of weed seeds that germinate each year. This helps improve your soil while also reducing the chore of weeding. At this hands-on class, participants will learn a variety of no-dig techniques, including broad forking, lazy beds and using raised beds. Weather permitting, the class will venture outdoors so wear your gardening clothes and shoes!

Instructor Jennie Cramer is our Horticulture Program Manager and coordinates our Master Gardener Volunteer Program. She is a former conservation biologist with a passion for organic gardening, regenerative agriculture, natural history and botanical education.

Pre-registration is required.to hold your place in the class, and also in the event that a class is postponed or cancelled and we need to contact participants. Sign up on the LEARN MORE link below.

Fee:$10-$30/person self-determined sliding scale; pay what you can afford

Learn More:https://civi.ccetompkins.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1677

Contact: Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, jrc10@cornell.edu (607) 272-2292 ext 146


May

Sustainable Rose Care
Wednesday, May 13,  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Roses are often considered a difficult group of plants to grow. But with the right selection, roses can be a joy to have in your garden and do not take a lot of work.

Learn about the "easy care" roses that not only survive but flourish in the Finger Lakes. Proper care of these roses will also be discussed -- planting, fertilizing, and pruning.

Lee Ginenthal is the owner of Der Rosenmeister Nursery in Ithaca, NY. He has been gardening since he was a young boy and growing roses for the past thirty years. A retired teacher and staff trainer for the Ithaca City School District, Lee is a Consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society and a member of the NY State Nursery & Landscape Association.

Fee: $10-$30/person self-determined sliding scale

Learn More:https://civi.ccetompkins.org/civicrm/event/info?id=1775&reset=1

Contact: Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, jrc10@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext 146

Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale
Saturday, May 16, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers, an estimated 40 area growers, and other garden groups offer perennials, specialty plants and gardening advice. You will find organically grown vegetable transplants and heirloom varieties, a huge variety of annuals, herbs and many specialty perennials, flowering shrubs, trees, hardy roses and fruit crops. Free soil pH testing is available and educational exhibits and information are offered. Bring baskets, wagons, and other containers for transporting plants. 

Fee: FREE!

Contact: Jennie Cramer,  Horticulture Program Manager,  jrc10@cornell.edu

(607) 272-2292 ext 146

Small Fruits for Home Gardens
Wednesday, May 20, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Small fruits are ideal fruits to grow if you are short on space and time. Currants, gooseberries and jostaberries should be ripe in the CCE gardens, if so we will do some tasting of these lesser-known fruits. We will also explore more common fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Find out about cold hardiness, pollination, soil preparation, propagation, varieties to try, and more.

Pre-registration is required. Register and Pay Online HERE.

Fee: $10-$30/person self-determined sliding scale

Learn More: https://civi.ccetompkins.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=719

Contact: Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, jrc10@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext 146

Creative Container Gardening
Wednesday, May 27,  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn how to combine perennials, annuals, herbs and edibles into containers from the leader of the Community Beautification Program, Martha Gioumousis who creates, designs, and plants the beautiful containers throughout Ithaca including those on the Ithaca Commons. No gardening experience necessary but even advanced gardeners will leave with new information, ideas, and inspiration. Martha will have a few choices of plants suitable for container gardening for you to take home.

This is one of our most popular classes! Sign up now at the "Learn More" link to secure your spot.

Fee: $10-$30/person self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford.

Learn More: https://civi.ccetompkins.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1776

Contact: Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, jrc10@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext 146

Garden Insect ID & Organic Controls
Wednesday, June 17, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learning to identify the beneficial insects and pests in your garden will help reduce insect damage to your vegetables, fruits and flowers. Participants at this class will learn characteristics of the major insect orders in our region, have an opportunity to try their hand at identifying insects using web and print resources, and gain information on how to deal with common insect pests organically.

Pre-registration is required. Go to the registration page to register and pay online, or call CCE-Tompkins at 272-2292. Pre-registration is required to hold your place in the class, and also in the event that a class is postponed or cancelled and we need to contact participants.

Register and pay online here.

Fee:$10-$30/person sliding scale

Learn More:https://civi.ccetompkins.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1439

Contact: Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, jrc10@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext 146



Contact

Maria Christian
Administrative Assistant
mjc72@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext. 130

Last updated February 19, 2020