The Three Sisters - winter squash, maize and climbing beans - are the main agricultural crops of various Native American groups, particularly the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) of the Finger Lakes region. Indigenous farmers in the northeast have been growing these crops for hundreds of years, and continue to do so today. Jane Mt. Pleasant (Tuscarora), Associate Professor in Horticulture and affiliated with the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program at Cornell University, will give a presentation about Haudenosaunee agriculture, knowledge and the productivity of indigenous cropping systems.
Start planning your edible food forest this fall! Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres will demonstrate techniques for propagating edible tree species, such as stratifying seeds of a variety of fruit and nut trees and striking cuttings from fruit bushes. Ripe paw paws from Cornell's orchard will be available to taste and participants will be able to take home seeds and cuttings as well. - See more at: http://ccetompkins.org/events/2015/10/13/fall-propagation-of-fruit-and-nut-trees#sthash.tNXQljcG.dpuf
Growing vegetables and herbs in containers is a great way to get started with gardening! Container gardens need little care other than watering, and most herbs and vegetables can be grown in pots and planters, even root crops like potatoes, carrots and onions. Many items can be upcycled for planters, including old watering cans, rubber boots, handbags, and anything else that holds soil! Bring your own creative container to this class and you will go home with it planted. - See more at: http://ccetompkins.org/events/2015/05/26/creative-container-gardening#sthash.A1j6mnfg.dpuf