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Mason - Our Mascot

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Meet the Members: IthacaNancy

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IthaCan is a volunteer citizens' advocacy effort and recognizes front and center that it is neither infallible or all-knowing. So, use your common sense before following any advice found on this site.

IthaCan and its administrative members assume no responsibility for information disseminated from IthaCan or for what may occur at food preservation gatherings at other people's houses.

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Fall is for Nuts!

It's that time of year for chestnuts and roasting fires.  On one of our fairest fall days, nut lovers from around Tompkins County attended the "Nut Bonanza" at Twisted Tree Farm in Spencer.  Hands on activities, nut nursery items and information on nut growing and processing were on display.

Hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts and heartnuts grow well here in our Hardiness Zone 5 area and complement fruit plantings in the home orchard.

Roasting chestnuts is easy, but take care when scoring the nuts prior to roasting them.  They can roll under your knife.

Chestnuts by: Twisted Tree Farm

Photo by: Katie Quinn-Jacobs

Latest Activity

Elizabeth Gabriel replied to Elizabeth Gabriel's discussion Frozen soil, harvest or not to harvest? in the group Cellaring
"Thanks all. We have two dogs around so rodents don't come too close to the garden, but good to know! I've decided (partially out of laziness :) and partially out of too many other winter-prep things to do on a warm day) to leave the crops…"
Monday
IthacaNancy replied to Elizabeth Gabriel's discussion Frozen soil, harvest or not to harvest? in the group Cellaring
"Thanks to Elizabeth and Kate, as I am worried about leeks and parsnips in my garden.  How nice we have a  65 degree day to visit the garden today!"
Monday
Katie Quinn-Jacobs replied to Elizabeth Gabriel's discussion Frozen soil, harvest or not to harvest? in the group Cellaring
"I think your plan to keep an eye on the weather and soil conditions for digging will work, if the root crops are insulated in the ground.  One person I know who did something along these lines, did have a problem with nesting rodents looking…"
Monday
Susan Verberg replied to Susan Verberg's discussion hopper popper - quick chicken and rabbit dispatch in the group Livestock
"Yes, for chickens only, I would have bought chicken cones myself. Not only do they keep the body confined (no flapping of wings) it also allows for easy draining of the blood. But that is not a concern for rabbits, at least not that way, and with…"
Monday
Elizabeth Gabriel added a discussion to the group Cellaring
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Frozen soil, harvest or not to harvest?

I thought I posted this this morning, but I don't see it on the forum, so perhaps I did something wrong - here it goes again.I decided to leave my carrots and beets in the ground under mulch and plastic and use that as storage for them for a while. But the cold last week was way colder than I expected, so the top 1/2 inch or so of soil was frozen a few days ago.    Now I'm trying to assess - should i harvest them and put them in cold storage, or keep them in the ground longer since temps appear…See More
Monday
Katie Quinn-Jacobs replied to Susan Verberg's discussion hopper popper - quick chicken and rabbit dispatch in the group Livestock
"Thanks for sharing this gizmo, Susan.  It does look like a humane way to put down small game.  Something to keep in mind for the future.  I'll be using my chicken cones to process my older laying hens."
Sunday
Susan Verberg added 2 discussions to the group Livestock
Friday
Susan Verberg posted a status
"Looking for a breeding buck, preferably nubian on boer, but by now anything will balls would do :)"
Friday
Amanda Auerrell posted a status
"Rainbow,the Nubian is not.Funny thing about Rainbow is that she milks even when not freshened.."
Nov 20
Amanda Auerrell posted a status
"i have two lovely dairy goats, not for food! to part with. one is a purebred Alpine and a Nubian(not for food)Ebony is a great breeder."
Nov 20
Amanda Auerrell posted a status
"hi"
Nov 20
Jennifer Maffett posted a status
"We have four mature Rhode Island Red chickens looking for a home. They still lay eggs, but the primary caretaker has given up egg eating!"
Nov 10
Katie Quinn-Jacobs replied to Katie Quinn-Jacobs's discussion Giving away 6 Mature Laying Hens in the group Livestock
"Mo, I'll send you an email so we can work out logistics, off site.  Best, Kate"
Nov 7
Mo Barger replied to Katie Quinn-Jacobs's discussion Giving away 6 Mature Laying Hens in the group Livestock
"Where are you?"
Nov 6
Katie Quinn-Jacobs replied to Katie Quinn-Jacobs's discussion Giving away 6 Mature Laying Hens in the group Livestock
"Yes, are you interested?  If so, when can you come pick them up?"
Nov 6
Mo Barger replied to Katie Quinn-Jacobs's discussion Giving away 6 Mature Laying Hens in the group Livestock
"Hi,  are  they still available?"
Nov 5

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ALERT! Little green man invasion!

We love our mascot Mason, but we also want to see a picture from you!

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IthaCan's Mission

IthaCan was created to help the people of Tompkins County, NY, meet up with others in our area who are interested in preserving food at home. You don't have to be an expert to get started, just have a willingness to learn and connect with like-minded people. The fun takes care of itself once you jump in.

Preserving food at home is important, because it...
• Is critical to the development of the local foodshed
• Builds community resiliency
• Encourages household self-reliance
• Can contribute significantly to individual efforts to lower carbon footprints
• Is a wonderful way to network with others, to learn and share.
 
 
 

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IthaCan is a web-based social network where home food preservers in Tompkins County organize food preserving events and share information.

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Bulk Foods

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Books

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Farmers

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Recommended Websites

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Resources

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Retailers

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