Groundswell to Host Burmese Food Sale & Fundraiser

This Saturday, August 12 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Burmese Farmers of Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farmers will cook dinner to fund their projects and support the incubator farm. The event will include take-out dinner with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The meals will be cooked and sold at Henry St. John Building…

Stonecat Cafe & Guest House

Stonecat Cafe in Hector, NY is dedicated to providing fresh, regional cuisine and reducing their environmental footprint, while keeping prices affordable and accessible. While looking through the images on their menu, I couldn’t settle on just one to feature – so many of the offerings look delicious! The Cafe recently went through a re-envisioning process…

Roots Cafe

Roots Cafe is a fun and welcoming restaurant that supports local businesses and celebrates Finger Lakes abundance in everything from the organic produce, drinks, and meats that they serve to the flowers on their tables. I happened to be driving by last month, and the vibrant blues and purples of the historic home-turned-restaurant drew me…


Agava is a farm-to-table restaurant that works to source ingredients from local and regional sources when possible, working with suppliers and farmers to get fresh seasonal ingredients that are incorporated into their in a variety of Southwestern dishes. Their current farms and distributors include: Autumn’s Harvest, Stick and Stone, Plowbreak Farm, Here We Are, Remembrance…

Birdskog Farm

Birdskog Organic Farm was established in 2016 by Reuben Granskog & Hannah Birdsall, a husband/wife team. Originally located near Trumansburg, NY, they now operate in Alpine, near Catharine, NY. Birdskog is a no-till, certified organic farm that focuses on high-quality, clean vegetables that are rich in both nutrients and taste! Reuben and Hannah are passionate…

Shelterbelt Farm

Shelterbelt Farm, in Caroline (9 miles SE of Ithaca) is home to the Frenay/Modisher family and — cattle, sheep, chickens, geese, dogs, bees, fruit trees, and vegetables. Why are they a Sign of Sustainability? They farm with the goal of regenerating the health of the community and the land! They focus on building soil and plant diversity, by incorporating elements of silvopasture and agroforestry. Farm owner, Craig, applies his net-zero building design and construction skills at STREAM Collaborative architecture. Farm owner, Erica, supports beginning farmers via the Cornell Small Farms Program.

Grants available for NYS farmers!

The New York Farm Viability Institute works to help New York farmers become more profitable and improve the long-term economic viability and sustainability of New York State’s farms, the food system, and the communities they serve. To that end, NYFVI has issued an RFP for its competitive grant program, which will provide grants of up to $125,000 over two years in support of proposals that have clear relevance to the state’s agriculture community, demonstrated producer support, and have the ability to deliver farm-level economic impact over time.

NY Potential in Perennial Nut Crops

New York State has a long history of nut growing and harvesting, dating back at least 6,000 years. Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in this nutritious, perennial crop as part of our agricultural systems. Samantha Bosco, a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University’s School of Integrated Plant Science, recently gave an inspiring and informative talk on the history and potential of nuts. The talk was titled “Nut Production in New York: Past, Present, Future” and is available on the Cornell Small Farms YouTube Channel, along with other talks from the current series. Bosco covered the history of nut tree cultivation in the area and how their local production can help meet climate resilience and social justice goals.

Schuyler County Farm Trail Weekend this Saturday and Sunday

Have some family fun down on the farm during the 2nd Annual Schuyler County Farm Trail Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th (10:00am-4:00pm unless noted). Ten of the finest farms in the Watkins Glen area and throughout Schuyler County will be open to the public, offering tours, tastings, hay-rides, demonstrations, apple picking, farm-market shopping. Meet the farm animals, too!

Enjoy a community meal and learn about Tompkins County’s Food System Action Plan!

The Tompkins Food Future team invites the public to attend a free community event where results of the Tompkins County Food System Baseline Assessment will be shared. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 29th at 5:00pm at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market, 545 Third Street, in Ithaca. Organizers will review the results of the baseline assessment so far. This will include challenges, strengths and opportunities in the Tompkins County food system which have been identified via interviews, surveys, focus groups and data collection throughout 2020 and 2021. Tompkins County residents, community members, municipal leaders, and food system stakeholders are invited to eat, connect, offer feedback, and provide input on the development of a Food System Plan for Tompkins County. A light meal will be provided by Head Over Heal and guest chefs. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend!