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Events Winter - Spring 2019
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.

January

Master Composter Volunteer Training
Training dates: (10) Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm
February 7 - May 2 (no class 2/21, 3/14 & 4/4)

10 in-depth classes train Master Composters, an enthusiastic group of community volunteers committed to promoting responsible composting. Training also involves volunteer activities. $60 deposit - refunded upon completion of volunteer hours. Apply online or request an application. Application Deadline, Monday, January 28th. READ MORE

Don't Get Ticked NY
Sat. Jan. 26, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Come learn about the habitat, biology, identification, and control of tick species found in our area. Learn how to monitor your yard for high density tick populations and how to reduce their occurrence. We will also cover some of the basics about what to do if you find a tick on your body. All families will leave with a tick kit to carry on hikes and the like. Sponsored by the NYS Integrated Pest Management Program. Refreshments provided.
FREE but please register here: http://ccetompkins.org/events/2019/01/26/dont-get...

Radon Action Event
Thurs. Jan. 31, 6:00-8:00 pm

January is Radon Action Month! Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Come to a presentation and learn how to perform a home radon test. Then receive a FREE home radon test kit while supplies last. Email registration to abk95@cornell.edu or see our event on ccetompkins.org. FREE

Community Energy Conversation
Thurs. Jan. 31, then every fourth Thurs or each month, 6:00-8:00 pm, FREE.

Learn about energy efficiency tips and free programs as well as about NYSEG's Energy Smart Community pilot project and the different programs NYSEG offers that may help lower your electricity bill such as the Smart Usage Plan, and the Smart Home Electric Vehicle charging program.  READ MORE

February

Feel Good Heat: Whole-Home Heating with Wood Pellets
Look for these events on our website, in early February

Wood pellets are a local renewable resource that support our local community, can be part of an overall program to improve forest health and biodiversity, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, lower our carbon footprint, and can save home and business owners money. Wood pellets are made almost entirely of waste wood from other mill operations, making use of sawdust and offcuts and providing a revenue stream for struggling mills. And there's now fully automated, highly efficient equipment that can utilize local wood pellets. Come learn all about the latest equipment, incentives that are available, and meet people in our community who are stoked to be heating with a local renewable resource! for more info. contact Guillermo Metz at 607-272-2292 or email: gm52@cornell.edu

Raise a Home Poultry Flock
Wed. Feb. 6, 6:30-8:00 pm

Learn about keeping chickens in the backyard - breeds, housing, feeding and sanitation will all be discussed. This class is required for City of Ithaca residents who want to keep up to 4 chickens on city lots of at least 3000 SF. Fee: $5/person or $8 for family. READ MORE


Botanical Slide Show: Glorious Gardens of NYC (part 1)
Sunday, February 10th 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Pat Curran, retired horticulture educator, toured 3 NYC gardens on a beautiful sunny weekend in October 2017. The New York Botanical Garden included a display of Dale Chihuly's glass art. The High Line (the elevated train tracks converted into a high-in-the sky garden) and Wave Hill were both lush with fall flowers. Escape the gray and white for an hour and enjoy refreshments provided by the Tompkins County Master Gardeners. Fee suggested donation $3-10
REGISTER HERE!

Let's Talk Solar
Wed., Feb 20, 6:00-7:30 pm

Join an Energy Educator at Cooperative Extension to learn why this is the year to go solar. We will give a short presentation on solar followed by plenty of time to discuss rooftop and community solar. If you have any general energy questions, you are also welcome to bring them to this event and an energy educator will help you address them. READ MORE>
To register email: abk95@cornell.edu

Practical Landscape Design
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Landscaper and Master Gardener Mary Kirkwyland and design a garden from scratch. Come with a space in mind, leave with a plant list and design!
Mary will give you the practical skills to discover your garden style and design a garden that reflects it. She will offer several different styles of gardens with suggested plant lists that you can choose from as you create your design and add your own flair or go your own way.
Bring along a map of your garden space if you have one and if not, we can offer you a template to work from. This class is not to be missed! REGISTER HERE!
Fee: $20-40 sliding scale

Botanical Slide Show: Glorious Gardens of NYC (part 2)
Sunday, February 24th 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Suggested donation $3-$10
The High Line, NYC: Join retired horticulture educator Pat Curran for a tour of the NYC High Line on a sunny October day. The High Line is the transformed elevated rail line that used to supply the Meatpacking District. Now is it flowers, landscapes, art, suspended high in the air, and a major NYC destination. Stick around after the slide show for refreshments and socializing.
REGISTER HERE!

March

Energy Navigator Training Start in March
Dates are not set, check our website for dates:

www.getyourgreenbacktompkins.org/navigators/
or email Karim Beers: kwb6@cornell.edu

Tompkins County Agriculinary Tourism Workshop sponsored by CCETC & County CVB.
Tues. Mar. 5, 9-5,  Hotel Ithaca.

For farm and rural residents looking to attract visitors via events or farm stays as a source for added income. $50 per person.
Register via the Tompkins County CVB - Kendall Blizzard, 607-272-1313.

Community Seed Swap
Sat. Mar. 9, 11:00 am - 2:00 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! suggested donation $5

Botanical Slide Show: Wild Gardens and Wild Landscapes of Ireland
Sunday, March 10th 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Chrys Gardener will present slides of public gardens and natural areas in the west of Ireland, where she lived from 2008-2012. Ireland is a gardener's paradise, with a warm moist, temperate climate (zone 9). One of these areas, the Burren, is an unusual limestone karst landscape, where alpine and arctic plant species grow side-by-side. REGISTER HERE! Suggested donation $3-$10


Planning Your Vegetable Garden
Wed. Mar. 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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. We will talk about integrating flowers and herbs and explore a few style of planning including drawings, spreadsheets, journals, and online programs. Come with a drawing of you garden and a list of what you plan to plant and we will have some time to start working on your plan. Sliding scale: $10-$20

Let's Talk Solar
Thurs. Mar. 21, 6:00-7:30 pm

Join an Energy Educator at Cooperative Extension to learn why this is the year to go solar. We will give a short presentation on solar followed by plenty of time to discuss rooftop and community solar. If you have any general energy questions, you are also welcome to bring them to this event and an energy educator will help you address them. READ MORE> To register Email abk95@cornell.edu

Spring Worm Compost Class
Sat. Mar. 23, 10-12 noon

No backyard needed! Vermicomposting is an easy indoor system that produces rich compost for your plants. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to care for your very own bin. Each paying household will go home with a starter bin and worms. Fee: $10 per household. REGISTER HERE or call 272-2292x124

Beautification Brigade Training
Mon. Mar. 25 OR Thurs. Mar. 28, 6:00-8:00 pm

Join the Beautification Brigade--a group of volunteers that plants and maintains public flower plantings in Ithaca, including the Ithaca Commons. Have fun, learn gardening techniques and help keep Ithaca gorgeous. Free dinner provided at two trainings: Monday, March 25, 6-8pm or Thursday, March 28, 6-8pm, at the Cooperative Extension Education Center. First work session (indoors) Saturday, March 30, 1-5pm, location TBA. Outdoor work sessions start in early April.

Free and open to anyone who wishes to volunteer with the program. Email mg10@cornell.edu, or call 272-2292 ext. 123, for more info or to request a volunteer application. To learn more about the beautification program, visit ccetompkins.org/beautification.

Spring Plant Propagation
Wed. Mar. 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres to learn about simple ways to propagate and expand your perennials in the spring. We'll talk about dividing, taking cuttings, layering and other VERY easy and accessible ways you can grow more perennials where you live! Sliding scale: $10-$20

April

Seed Starting 101
Wed. Apr. 3, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Grow everything from artichokes to zucchini from seed at home. Save money and enjoy the miraculous process of seed germination and plant growth in your home to get you through these last weeks of winter and get your vegetable, herb, and flower garden started early. We'll cover techniques such as cold stratification and scarification as well as simple recipes for making your own potting and fertilizer mixes to save even more money. We'll talk about tools such as grow lights and heat mats and soil blocks. All participants will leave with a few starts to take home. Sliding scale: $10-$20

Citizen Pruner Program - Monday evenings
April 15, 22 & 29, 7-8:30 PM at the Cooperative Extension office.

Learn about Trees and Pruning! Know your trees and how to care for them, including pruning of trees and shrubs in a 3 part series of classes offered by Cooperative Extension and the City of Ithaca Forestry Dept. Anyone who is interested in becoming a Citizen Pruner Volunteer for the City is encouraged to take these classes in preparation for volunteering in the summer.
Topics include:
April 15 - Tree selection and planting care - REGISTER HERE
April 22 - Training and pruning trees - REGISTER HERE
April 29 - Pruning shrubs - REGISTER HERE
There is a $7-15 sliding scale fee to attend individual classes. REGISTER HERE for all 3 for $20 total. Following the classroom instruction, there will be a hands-on pruning workshop on
Monday, May 6, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
(for an additional $5). For questions, contact Monika Roth at mr55@cornell.edu or call 272-2292 and leave a message.

Let's Talk Solar
Fri. April 12, 6:00-7:30 pm

Join an Energy Educator at Cooperative Extension to learn why this is the year to go solar. We will give a short presentation on solar followed by plenty of time to discuss rooftop and community solar. If you have any general energy questions, you are also welcome to bring them to this event and an energy educator will help you address them. READ MORE To register Email abk95@cornell.edu

No Till Gardening Techniques
Wed. Apr. 24, 6:00-8:00 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-till techniques, including broad forking, sheet mulching, lazy beds, tarping, cover crops, hugelkultur, straw bales, and raised beds. Weather permitting, this class will take venture outdoors at the end so wear your gardening shoes. Information hasn't been posted yet, check our website at ccetompkins.org/events for information. Sliding scale: $10-$20

Compost Fair & 4-H Duck Races
Sun. Apr. 28, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

Celebrate spring's arrival by stopping by the fair for a guaranteed good time! Held in conjunction with the 4-H Duck Race, visit the Compost Fair to see and experience all aspects of composting. Teams of Master Composters will be on hand to answer your questions. There will be music, food, interactive displays, activities for kids and continuous tours of our compost demonstration site. Prize drawings will be held for all in attendance. See you at the fair! Free and open to the public.

May

Creative Container Gardening
Wed. May 1, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Learn how to integrate perennials, annuals, herbs and edibles into containers from the leader of the Community Beautification Program, Martha Giomousis who creates, designs, and plants the beautiful containers throughout Ithaca including the ones that decorate the 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. Sliding scale: $10-$20. Information hasn't been posted yet, check our website at ccetompkins.org/events for information.

Garden Fair Plant Sale, Sat. May 18
9 am - 2 pm at Ithaca High School,
Sponsored by the TC Master Gardeners

Let's Talk Solar
Tues. May 21, 6:00-7:30 pm

Join an Energy Educator at Cooperative Extension to learn why this is the year to go solar. We will give a short presentation on solar followed by plenty of time to discuss rooftop and community solar. If you have any general energy questions, you are also welcome to bring them to this event and an energy educator will help you address them. READ MORE To register Email: abk95@cornell.edu

(More classes may be added, be sure to check back on our website or sign up for the monthly Garden Post Newsletter to stay informed about all of our farm and garden programming here.)

Ithaca Children's Garden

all programs held at the
Ithaca Children's Garden,
southern end of Cass Park, Rt. 89, Ithaca


Festival of Fire & Ice
Saturday Feb. 9th, 2019 from 3pm-6pm.

An annual celebration of winter outdoor play, the festival provides time and space for us to remember the winter games we love and to discover new ways to play through the coldest season. Enjoy ice sculptures, sledding, hot chocolate, snow fort and den building, bonfires, and so much more! Dress warmly and bring some cash for fiery/icy treats along with your own frozen creations to add to the collaborative fun! This event is free and open to everyone. There is a suggested $15 family donation or $5 individual donation. The Festival of Fire & Ice is made possible with support from The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

After School at ICG
When the school bell rings, we'll be ready for some full-on nature play in the Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone, some hands-on learning in the Veggie Garden, Bioswale, and Rice Paddy Pond, and a whole lot of fun! An afternoon of nature and play is just what your child needs to start the school year off right!
Mondays and Thursdays, April 22 - June 20
(no program Monday, May 27, Memorial Day)
Contact Ithaca Children's Garden for more information: 607-319-4203 or register@ithacachildrensgarden.org

Playful Nature Explorers
ICG's Playful Nature Explorers is for children ages 2.5-6. It is research-based, child-centered, and brings a world of discovery, learning, and joy to your child's day and season through nature and play immersion. Following the rhythm of the seasons, our play-based curriculum allows the natural curiosity of young children to lead our explorations, experiments, and creative expressions.

Flexible schedules and enrollment options allow you to choose what works best for your family. Register for the Academic Year and receive a 10% discount on tuition. Register for the Season (Fall, Winter, or Spring) and receive a 5% discount on tuition.You may also register month-by-month pending available space. 4-day, 3-day, and 2-day schedules are available.
Contact Ithaca Children's Garden for more information: 607-319-4203 or register@ithacachildrensgarden.org


All programs take place at Ithaca Children's Garden, 121 Turtle Lane in Ithaca, at the southern end of Cass Park, unless noted otherwise. For more information visit www.ithacachildrensgarden.org. For questions: 607-319-4203 or register@ithacachildrensgarden.org

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County provides equal program and employment opportunities.




Contact

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

Last updated January 22, 2019