Here at Get Your Green Back Tompkins, we are all about steps. Here are four steps to grow a fruitful garden. Since the summer is upon us, there are some plants that won’t have enough time to grow before harvesting in the fall, but there are still many other options available. Read on to see how easy it can be to grow your green thumb!Read More
Magnolia Ariza-Nieto and Pat Frazier, two gardeners at the Cayuga Meadows Senior Apartments’ Community garden, are just in their first season of growing food, but they have already found a number of benefits. Pat says that when gardening, “the stress goes away”, and “food tastes better if it comes from the garden”.
Magnolia adds: “[Gardening] keeps you excited about coming outside”.Read More
Gibrian Hagood had never gardened before he received seeds and a 5-gallon bucket of soil from Tompkins Community Action two years ago. During the summer, his bucket garden filled up with more fresh produce than Gibrian thought possible. Last year Gibrian rented a plot in a community garden and grew even more. Now Gibrian is volunteering to teach others through Seed to Supper, a free series of classes for budding gardeners.Read More
Ever wanted a free introduction to growing your own fruits and vegetables? This summer, join community members around Tompkins County for Seed to Supper, a series of classes on the basics of gardening that can help you on the road to becoming a master gardener and having more fresh produce to eat.
The class series is based off a curriculum started in Oregon and adapted for New York State that covers topics like garden planning, soil preparation, compost, seed starting, transplanting, planting in the garden, maintenance, dealing with weeds and pests, and harvesting.Read More
"Illuminating", "Instructive", "Helpful", & "Fun"
These are some of the words participants have used to describe the volunteer Energy Navigator program, whose second round of training begins in March 2017. Volunteer Energy Navigators learn to reduce their own energy use and save money, and help other community members do the same.Read More
Although Kris Townsend grew up eating relatively healthily, she bemoans the lack of vegetables in her early diet. Now with her purchase of a CSA share, Kris regularly receives an assortment of fresh, local produce for less than she would pay in a grocery store. Kris says she wishes she’d been brought up eating the amount of vegetables she now receives in her CSA. “I just wish I had known more about the importance of greens in your diet,” she says.Read More
Even though the ground will soon be frozen solid in Tompkins County, area farmers are still offering a way to enjoy local produce, lower prices and show your support for local farmers through Winter CSA shares.Read More