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Mason - Our Mascot

Posted by Mark Norton on April 23, 2014 at 7:33am

Meet the Members: IthacaNancy

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Posted by Katie Quinn-Jacobs on January 15, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

2013 IthaCan Slate of Events

Posted by Katie Quinn-Jacobs on November 20, 2012 at 8:00am

Thanks Katie!

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The heart of oatmeal season

IthaCanners gathered this past March to learn how to cook over a wood cookstove. 

We made a delicious vegetable soup and mulled cider, which we shared with a loaf of homemade bread for lunch.

We also shelled homegrown dried beans and set them up to slow cook on the side burner.  And we put a locally raised chicken in the oven with herbs and spuds from the root cellar.

Great conversation, warmth from the stove and good food made for a wonderful morning.

Photos by:  Katie Quinn-Jacobs

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IthaCan Organic Cider Pressing 2014 at Ithaca

October 4, 2014 from 9am to 12pm
We'll be pressing apples again this fall. BYOA (Bring Your Own Apples). If you have access to unsprayed/untreated apples bring 'em along.We combine all our apples, which gives the resulting cider a full bodied flavor, and pool our labor too!  We'll prorate the product based on how many apples participants contribute.  Limit 2/bu/participant.Last year, we pressed over 30 galllons of cider and averaged 2.25gal/bu.  Let's hope for another apple-friendly year this harvest season.Spouse and kids…See More
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"Another lamb at noontime today. I arrived at the barn just before it was born. Wonderful to see one born again...it's been awhile."
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"Hi Jules. What was the name of that green leaf with some red on it that you had us take a taste of when we were looking for leeks? Just curious."
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Ramping up on ramps! at Whitehawk Cohousing Community

May 3, 2014 from 1pm to 2:30pm
Come take a tour of Whitehawk's fields of ramps and learn how to harvest them sustainably.  Learn what they need to grow, and if you have a spot, take a few plants home to get started! See More
18 hours ago
Mark Norton posted a blog post

Mason - Our Mascot

Shortly after IthaCan was formed as a community Kate Quinn-Jacobs created "Mason" our mascot.  You can see him waving to you at the top of this page.  Although he has served well in banners, we'd like to put Mason on coffee mugs, aprons, and other things.  To do that, we need to convert him from his current JPEG file format to Encapsulated Postscript (EPS).  An EPS allows us to scale him up or down cleanly.As it happens, I own a copy of Adobe Illustrator.  Using it, I was able to convert Mason…See More
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Jules Behrens commented on Jules Behrens's event Ramping up on ramps!
"Hi Kate. They need moist areas, under deciduous trees. The soil should have a good amount of organic matter in it and drain well.They like a regular amount of moisture, but don't do as well in wet soil. We have a seasonal creek, and they are…"
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Katie Quinn-Jacobs commented on Jules Behrens's event Ramping up on ramps!
"What type of soil do ramps flourish in?  Here in the Ellis Hollow area the soil is very alkaline."
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Mark Norton posted a status
"Slowly reclaiming our land from invasive Japanese Honeysuckle. Fortunately, it's shallow rooted and can be dug out by one person."
Monday
Jules Behrens commented on Jules Behrens's event Part One Blackberry Pruning - reclaiming old patches
"Thanks to all who came! I had a great time. If you want to come from time to time to see how your patch looks, just drop me a line. And Mark - thanks for grabbing out the honeysuckle bush! Only about 2, 346 to go!"
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Mark Norton commented on Jules Behrens's event Part One Blackberry Pruning - reclaiming old patches
"Brigid and I had fun hacking away at your Blackberries yesterday.  Though we made a progress on our small patch, it seems like a drop in a very BIG bucket.  I hope that once paths are established that they will be maintained. I had a laugh…"
Sunday
Mark Norton commented on Jules Behrens's event Ramping up on ramps!
"Thanks for the Ramps Tour yesterday, Jules.  It helps to know what they look like and where they live.  Brigid and I took a walk around our land today looking for ramps, but didn't find any.  Clearly we need to transplant some…"
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Ramping up on ramps! at Whitehawk Cohousing Community

May 3, 2014 from 1pm to 2:30pm
Come take a tour of Whitehawk's fields of ramps and learn how to harvest them sustainably.  Learn what they need to grow, and if you have a spot, take a few plants home to get started! See More
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Part One Blackberry Pruning - reclaiming old patches at Whitehawk Cohousing Community

April 19, 2014 from 10am to 12pm
This is part one of a two part workshop. We'll prune a blackberry patch gone wild, create paths, get rid of old canes, and cut back the patches to make them more accessible.Part 2 will happen in July when the berries are ripe, pruning participants get to come back to see how things look, and pick a bucket or two! You must attend part one to come for part 2!Please bring pruning shear and good sturdy gloves, pants, coats and shoes -  these plants are pricker crazy!!See More
Apr 16
Mark Norton commented on Jules Behrens's event Ramping up on ramps!
"Very sorry to miss this one, we really wanted to get some ramps.  However, blowing off Mom&Dad's Diamond Anniversary is not an option."
Apr 16

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ALERT! Little green man invasion!

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

To replace the default profile image with one of your own...simply go to the "My Page" tab and click on the link "Settings" in the right-hand column, then click on "Profile Photo" to browse your computer and select your photo file. Be sure to click "Done". Your photo will appear immediately.

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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