The following classes, workshops and volunteer opportunities will be offered 
through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County during February and 
March 2018.  We now offer online registration and payment for most of our 
Gardening / Horticulture classes.  For more information on any offerings, 
please get in touch directly with the staff contact listed in each event 
description, thanks!


Application Deadline, Seed-to-Supper Volunteer Training
Thursday, February 15, 5:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Would you like to help beginning gardeners in your community learn to grow 
their own vegetables? The Seed-to-Supper training program prepares volunteer 
educators to teach free vegetable gardening classes throughout Tompkins County. 
You'll become familiar with the Seed-to-Supper curriculum and learn some 
hands-on activities to use when teaching the classes. Volunteers work in pairs 
or small groups to run the classes in their own communities, and are given all 
the materials needed to run the classes. FREE training will be held on  
Thursday February 22, 5:30-8:30 pm (dinner provided) and Saturday, March 17 
from 10:00am-4:00 pm (lunch provided). Volunteers must be able to attend both 
training dates, and to review the Seed to Supper curriculum materials at home 
in between the two sessions.  Contact Chrys Gardener, Community Horticulture 
Educator at ca...@cornell.edu<mailto:ca...@cornell.edu> or Cornell Cooperative 
Extension of Tompkins County  (607) 272-2292 with questions. Learn more about 
Seed-to-Supper and download a volunteer job description and application at 
http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=1318&reset=1

Parents Apart(r)
Saturday, February 17, 9:00am-4:00pm
@ Confidential Location, provided upon registration
Parents Apart(r) is a six-hour workshop for parents who want to learn how to 
help their child(ren) adjust during their separation or divorce. The workshop 
is taught by therapists and attorneys and focuses on how children react 
emotionally to their parents' separation or divorce, and what parents can do to 
help them adjust. Registration is confidential and parents of the same 
child(ren) are placed in different workshops. Cost: $60-$100, self-determined 
sliding-scale. Reduced rates available. No one will be turned away.  For 
information, to pay by credit card, to request a reduced fee, or to discuss 
concerns about safety or other special circumstances, contact Jennifer Gray, 
Parenting Educator, at jc...@cornell.edu<mailto:jc...@cornell.edu> or at 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (607) 272-2292.

Making & Using Biochar in Your Garden
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 -8:30pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue,  Ithaca, NY
What is biochar and how does it improve garden soil? Sean Dembrosky from Edible 
Acres will lead this workshop on the benefits of biochar and show how to make 
it yourself.  We'll discuss easy ways to make biochar in the wood stove, in 
simple outdoor pits, in mobile containers, and more.  We'll also explore how 
biochar can provide amazing boosts to your soil and discuss appropriate ways of 
incorporating it. Cost is $7-$10/person sliding scale, pay what you can afford. 
 Pre-registration is required, please register and pay online at 
http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1274 or call 
CCE-Tompkins at 272-2292 and we will register you online with your input. 
Questions? Contact Chrys Gardener, Community Horticulture Educator, at 
ca...@cornell.edu<mailto:ca...@cornell.edu> or at Cornell Cooperative Extension 
of Tompkins County  (607) 272-2292 (Voicemail #241)

Thriving With Your Spirited Child
Tuesday, February 27, 6:00-8:00pm
@ Dryden Elementary School, 36 Union Street,  Dryden, NY
This FREE, 7-week workshop series is for parents and caregivers who want to 
learn how to effectively supportive and raise their spirited child(ren). Learn 
how to understand a child's temperamental traits, identify clues leading up to 
challenging behaviors, cope with tantrums and blow-ups, and develop strategies 
for reducing or eliminating power struggles. Workshop is led by trained 
facilitators Mary Hicks and Megan Redmond and meets on Tuesdays February 27, 
March 6, 13, 20, (no 27th)  April 3, 10, 17, 2018. [Note: no one may join the 
class after March 6]. Please call by Friday Feb. 24 for free childcare; space 
is limited. Contact Jennifer Gray, Parenting Educator, at 
jc...@cornell.edu<mailto:jc...@cornell.edu> or call Cornell Cooperative 
Extension of Tompkins County (607) 272-2292 with questions or for more 
information.

Landscaping Design Tips and Tricks
Wednesday, February 28, 6:30-8:30pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Learn some simple design techniques that can make your gardens shine while 
reducing maintenance tasks. In this class, we'll cover design concepts like 
garden rooms and hardscaping, and how designing with plant shapes and textures 
as well as foliage colors can make your garden more interesting. Cost: 
$7-$10/person self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford. 
Pre-registration is required, visit 
http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=1266&reset=1 to 
register and pay online. Questions? Contact Chrys Gardener, Community 
Horticulture Educator, at ca...@cornell.edu<mailto:ca...@cornell.edu> or 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (607) 272-2292  (Voicemail 
#241).

Bokashi Composting Workshop
Saturday, March 3, 10:00am-12:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
This Japanese composting technique involves natural fermentation and offers a 
way for people to manage food scraps. The liquid produced can be used to water 
houseplants while the food scraps are pre-digested, and can then be composted 
or buried in the soil to finish. Join bokashi expert from NYC, Shig Matsukawa, 
in learning about the practice and go home with your own bokashi starter kit. 
Fee: $10/household includes starter bin. Register and pay online eat 
http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=1329&reset=1
Questions? Contact Adam Michaelides, Compost Educator, at 
a...@cornell.edu<mailto:a...@cornell.edu> or Cornell Cooperative Extension of 
Tompkins County (607) 272-2292 ext. 124

Make a Bee Hotel for Native Pollinators
Wednesday, March 7, 6:30-8:30pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Help increase populations of native bees in your yard and garden with a 
handmade bee hotel! Native solitary bees, like mason bees and leafcutter bees, 
are gentle, easy to raise, and are as important for pollinating as honey bees. 
Jacob Johnston from Cornell's Lab of Ornithology will give a presentation on 
the life cycle of these fascinating native insects and show you how to make a 
bee hotel to attract them to your garden. Materials will be provided for 
participants to make bee hotels to take home. Cost: $10/person includes 
materials, pre-registration is required to hold your place in the class, and so 
that we have your contact information in the event that a class is postponed or 
cancelled and we need to contact you.  Please register and pay online at 
http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=1269&reset=1 or call 
CCE-Tompkins at 272-2292 and we will register you online with information you 
provide. . Questions? Contact Chrys Gardener, Community Horticulture Educator, 
at ca...@cornell.edu<mailto:ca...@cornell.edu> or Cornell Cooperative Extension 
of Tompkins County (607) 272-2292  (Voicemail #241).

Overview of the Ins & Outs of Insurances
Thursday, March 8, 11:00am-1:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
FREE! In this Consumer Issues Program, New York State Assistant Attorney 
General Mike Danaher will discuss insurance related issues.  He will explore 
things consumers should consider when determining insurance needs; what 
insurance can and cannot do; and what to do if problems occur. After the 
presentation, attendees may consult individually with Attorney Danaher about 
specific consumer issues that they have been unable to resolve locally. For 
more information about this program or other consumer issues, contact the 
Consumer HelpLine at 
cce.consumerh...@cornell.edu<mailto:cce.consumerh...@cornell.edu>  or call 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (607) 272-2292 weekdays. 
Presentations are video taped for broadcast on Public Access Channel 15 on 
Mondays at 7:00 am, 1:00pm & 7:00pm..  This presentation on Insurances will be 
broadcast on Mondays in April.

Seed Starting
Saturday, March 10, 10:00am-12:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Grow everything from artichokes to zucchini from seed at home. Save money, 
enjoy the miraculous process of seed germination, and get your garden started 
early. This class will cover techniques such as cold stratification and 
scarification as well as simple recipes for making your own potting and 
fertilizer mixes. We'll talk about tools such as grow lights and heat mats and 
soil blocks. All participants will receive a few veggie starts to take home. 
Cost: $7-$10/person self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford. 
Pre-registration is required to hold your place in the class, and so we can 
contact you if a class is postponed or cancelleds. Please register and pay 
online at: 
http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/participant/add?reset=1&action=add&context=standalone&eid=1271
 Questions? Contact Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, at 
jr...@cornell.edu<mailto:jr...@cornell.edu> or Cornell Cooperative Extension of 
Tompkins County (607) 272-2292, ext 146.

Energy Navigator Application Deadline
Sunday, March 11, 5:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
This 10-session training prepares volunteer Energy Navigators to help others in 
their community understand their energy use and take steps toward reducing 
energy use and bills, and switching from fossil fuels to renewables. Topics 
include understanding energy bills, calculating carbon footprint, home energy 
efficiency, renewable heating, solar energy, transportation alternatives, and 
more. Based on the preference of the majority of interested participants, the 
Energy Navigator training will be held on (10) Thursday evenings from 
6:00-8:00pm at CCE-Tompkins, beginning April 11th.  Applications for the 
program can be found at www.getyourgreenbacktompkins.org/navigators, and are 
due on March 11. For more information and to register your interest, contact 
Karim Beers at (607) 272-2292 Ext. #186 or 
k...@cornell.edu<mailto:k...@cornell.edu>. Energy Navigators is a program of 
Get Your GreenBack Tompkins with the support of Cooperative Extension of 
Tompkins County.

Prenatal Nutrition & Breastfeeding Group
March-April 2018
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
NEW GROUP forming! Workshop dates and times to be determined! In this series of 
8 FREE workshops, you'll prepare a healthy meal at each session and learn more 
about: healthy nutrition for mom during and after pregnancy; the importance of 
breastfeeding for mom and baby; breast changes during pregnancy; positioning 
for breastfeeding; understanding baby's hunger signals; how to know whether or 
not baby is getting enough to eat; and overcoming barriers to breastfeeding.  
At each workshop, you'll take home easy, healthy and affordable 
freezer-friendly recipes AND freezer-ready food for after your baby comes. 
Email Tina Snyder at t...@cornell.edu<mailto:t...@cornell.edu> or (607) 
272-2292 ext. 128 or Heather Ward at 
ha...@cornell.edu<mailto:ha...@cornell.edu>  with questions or to indicate days 
and times you could attend.

Parents Apart(r)
Monday, March 12, 6:00-9:00pm
@ Confidential location, provided when you register
Parents Apart(r) is a six-hour workshop for parents who want to learn how to 
help their child(ren) adjust during their separation or divorce. The workshop 
is taught by therapists and attorneys and focuses on how children react 
emotionally to their parents' separation or divorce, and what parents can do to 
help them adjust. Registration is confidential and parents of the same 
child(ren) are placed in different workshops. Workshop is offered on:(1) 
SATURDAY, 9:00 am-4:00pm with a 1 hour break OR (2) consecutive MONDAY 
evenings, 6:00-9:00pm. Cost: $60-$100, self-determined sliding-scale; no one 
will be turned away. For information, to pay by credit card, to request a 
reduced fee, or to discuss concerns about safety or other special 
circumstances, please contact Jennifer Gray, Parenting Educator, at Cornell 
Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 
jc...@cornell.edu<mailto:jc...@cornell.edu> or (607) 272-2292 (Voicemail #240).

Soil Series #1: Know Your Soil
Wednesday, March 14, 6:00-8:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Knowing more about your soil can really improve your gardening practice. 
Participants will bring in soil samples from their own gardens and will learn 
to assess the texture, color, drainage, fertility, pH and type of soil. We also 
will cover  how to read soil analysis results and how to use the online Web 
Soil Survey tool to see detailed information about soils on your property. 
Bring a soil sample from your home garden to assess, and a laptop (if possible) 
to access the online soil survey tool. A limited number of CCE laptops will be 
available for participants to use as well. with particular Cost: $7-$10/person 
self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford.  Register and pay 
online at http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1275 
, or call CCE-Tompkins at 272-2292 and we will help you with online 
registration using your input. . Questions? Contact Chrys Gardener, Community 
Horticulture Educator, at ca...@cornell.edu<mailto:ca...@cornell.edu> or 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (607) 272-2292  (Voicemail 
#241).

Soil Series #2: The Soil Microbiome
Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-8:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Join Professor Peter Hobbs of Cornell University for an exploration of the 
hardest workers in your garden--the soil microbiota. Explore the fascinating 
world of the soil bacteria and fungi that do the work of creating fertile soil. 
A better understanding of the life in the soil help us to understand how to 
facilitate the growth and resilience of our gardens and orchards. We'll talk 
about practical techniques for facilitating a healthy microflora in your garden 
for maximum garden sustainability and productivity. Cost: $7-10/person 
self-determined sliding scale (pay what you can afford).  Pre-registration is 
required; visit 
http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=1317&reset=1 , or call 
(607) 272-2292 and we will register you online with your input. 
Pre-registration is highly recommended so participants can be contacted if the 
class is postponed due to weather. Questions? Contact Jennie Cramer, 
Horticulture Program Manager, at jr...@cornell.edu<mailto:jr...@cornell.edu> or 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (607) 272-2292 Ext. 146.

Spring Worm Composting Class
Saturday, March 24, 10:00am-12:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Learn how worms can make fast, rich compost for your garden while disposing of 
your food scraps. $10/household fee includes a starter bin and worms to take 
home! Space is limited. Register and pay online at 
http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=1330&reset=1.  
Questions?  Contact Adam Michaelides, Compost Educator, at 
a...@cornell.edu<mailto:a...@cornell.edu> or Cornell Cooperative Extension of 
Tompkins County (607) 272-2292 ext. 124.

Community Seed Swap
Sunday, March 25, 11:00am-2:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Bring your extra seeds (home-saved or purchased) to share with others and go 
home with lots of seeds for your spring and summer planting! Learn about seed 
saving from some of our region's avid seed savers, and take home seed varieties 
that you won't find anywhere else and that are well-adapted to our growing 
conditions. Free hands-on demonstrations will be held throughout the day on 
starting seeds, seed saving, seed cleaning and more! $5 suggested donation, or 
free if you bring seeds to share! Questions? Contact Chrys Gardener, Community 
Horticulture Educator at ca...@cornell.edu<mailto:ca...@cornell.edu> or Cornell 
Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (607) 272-2292 (Voicemail #241).

Community Beautification Trainings
Monday, March 26, 6:30-8:30pm
AND Thursday, March 29, 6:00-8:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
FREE TRAINING. Join the Beautification Brigade and take care of public flower 
plantings in Ithaca.  Have fun, learn gardening techniques, and help keep 
Ithaca gorgeous. No experience required. Free dinner provided at the trainings. 
 FREE and open to anyone who wishes to volunteer with the program.  Contact 
Martha Gioumousis, Community Beautification Program Manager, at 
m...@cornell.edu<mailto:m...@cornell.edu> or Cornell Cooperative Extension of 
Tompkins County (607) 272-2292 ext. 123 for more information. Download an 
application and learn more about the program at: 
http://ccetompkins.org/events/2015/03/18/community-beautification-trainings

Soil Series #3: Improving Your Garden Soil
Wednesday, March 28, 6:00-8:00pm
@ CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Learn how to improve your soils from the Master Gardener and Master Composter 
teams. Learn tips for working in tricky clay soils, and techniques for 
improving your soil fertility, tilth, microbial and fungal diversity with tools 
such as sheet mulching, compost and vermicompost, cover crops, compost teas and 
juices, biochar, broad forking, double digging, and more. If the snow has 
melted, we'll head outside and demonstrate some of these techniques hands-on 
and explore the compost demonstration site. Cost: $7-10/person self-determined 
sliding-scale (pay what you can afford). Pre-registration is required to hold 
your place in the class; visit 
http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=1318&reset=1 to 
register and pay online.


Sandy Repp
Communications & Marketing
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, New York 14850-3555
(607) 272-2292



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