Organic produce, hands-on learning
As one half of the College's Farm to Bistro program, the TC3 farm is located adjacent to the College's Dryden campus and will supply fresh produce to the College's downtown Ithaca restaurant and culinary center, Coltivare.
The farm directly supports students in the College's innovative Sustainable Farming and Food Systems program, but classes and volunteer opportunities will be open to all members of the TC3 community.
The farm will be certified organic after going through a transition period and will include a greenhouse and hoop houses for year-round growing, as well as an orchard and other exciting agricultural opportunities still in development. Students will experience cultivation of the land using sustainable farming practices on a farm which we intend to have run free of the commercial energy grid through the use of solar and geothermal technology.
Check it out: the TC3 Farm Tumblr
Stay abreast of plantings, harvests, and more farm news with the TC3 Farm Tumblr, written by the farm's director, Todd McLane.
The farm will also gives students and other members of the TC3 community the opportunity to join a CSA (community supported agriculture).
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a shared connection between a farmer and the folks who eat the food the farmer grows. It is a mutual commitment between the farmer and the shareholders. The farmer grows the food and the shareholders reap the bounty, as well as sharing the risks.
What does it mean for you?
It means that you will have the opportunity to support the new organic farm here at TC3! You will have an opportunity to gain a greater connection to where your food is coming from by eating organically grown vegetables from the TC3 Farm.
Who can join?
Any member of the TC3 community, including faculty, students, and staff.
Ok, I want to join. What are the details?
There are two share options for 2015:
A Full Season share, which will run for approximately 24 weeks from the beginning of June until the beginning of November. The second is a Fall Only share, which will run for approximately 12 weeks from the end of August until the beginning of November.
What’s the cost?
Making the CSA affordable to everyone is an important goal, so the TC3 Farm will be offering shares on a sliding scale:
Full Season share: $475 - $600 (paying above $525 helps to subsidize shares)
Fall Only share: $225 -$350 (paying above $262.50 helps to subsidize shares)
If you pay the average share cost, it comes out to less than $22/week for local organically grown produce!
For more information or to sign up for the TC3 CSA, contact Farm Director Todd McLane at farm@TC3.edu.