Share Tompkins

Share Tompkins helps folks share and trade goods and services in Tompkins County, NY.

Food & Gardening

LOCAL:

  • Google Map of Area Food Pantries & Meals
  • Updated Food Pantry Schedule – “Tompkins County has the fortune to host many different places where one can obtain free food or prepared meals.”
  • F.L.O.W.E.R. (Fresh, Local & Organic Within Everyone’s Reach) – “The overall goal of the FLOWER program is to reduce the economic barriers that exist within our community to affordable, wholesome, organic food. Participating members will receive a 13 percent discount above the regular 2 percent discount for a total discount of 15 percent at Greenstar cooperative market. The program is designed to help individuals and families who qualify for and receive state and federal assistance through programs such as Food Stamps, WIC and Medicaid.”
  • IthacaPlantCycle – “IthacaPlantCycle is a grassroots community-based effort to distribute plants, food and plant knowledge in our community. The IthacaPlantCycle model and inspiration comes from Freecycle.”
  • Map of Ithaca Food Gardens – “Yellow pegs indicate school gardens, blue community gardens, green are farmer’s markets and red are CSA farms. Flags indicate sites for possible future community gardens.”
  • Loaves and Fishes – Local food pantry and community meals
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY Locavore Challenge – “Running throughout the month of September 2010. The Locavore Challenge serves multiple functions…the first is as a general awareness builder, the second is as a membership recruitment initiative and the third is as a major annual fundraiser for the organization. The goal is to have more than 4,000 participants throughout the state involved in this event.”
  • Friendship Donations Network – Food rescue and distribution
  • IthaCan – “a web-based social network where home food preservers in Tompkins County organize food preserving events and share information”
  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension: Local Foods Resources
  • Directory of Community Supported Agriculture in Tompkins County
  • Regional Access – “New York State’s leading purveyor of local, natural and specialty foods, offering weekly blanket coverage of New York State.”
  • Harvestation – “a web-based tool that connects local farmers and buyers looking to purchase in bulk.”
  • Tompkins County Farm Markets and Roadside Stands
  • Pick Your Own Produce in Tompkins County
  • GreenStar Natural Foods Market – “GreenStar Cooperative Market is a consumer-owned, democratically-run cooperative corporation, committed to providing wholesome food and quality goods to our members at the lowest practical cost, through operation of one or more retail stores and related activities. All profits are returned to the cooperative, rather than to individuals. Member labor is a significant and valued component of GreenStar’s workforce.”
  • NY Food Trader – “Lets you sell, give away or trade food you don’t want with people who do, like an online garage sale. There’s lots of free stuff available, plus it’s good for the environment. You can also post requests for items that you need. The site works like a classified ad section, and it’s free to use.”
  • Kitchen Swingers – “Kitchen Swingers is an open community for all who enjoy preparing and sharing good, healthy food! Each Kitchen Swinger can attend any two meals a week hosted by other community members. Each Kitchen Swinger hosts a good, healthy meal once a month for at least 8 other members.”
  • Guide to Foods Produced in the Southern Tier & Finger Lakes – “These pages reproduce the printed publication that is compiled by staff at CCE-Tompkins, and distributed free-of-charge by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Program in Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins Counties to help you locate foods grown or produced in your community.”
  • Ithaca Crop Mob – “We are a group of farmers and community members who love our local farms. Once a month, we assemble and ‘mob’ a local farm, putting our hands to work to accomplish a goal. Afterwards, we share a meal. Join this group to receive communication about times, dates, and locations of crop mobs. All are welcome!”
  • Northeast Permaculture Seed Bank – “seeks to make plant varieties useful to sustainable alternative agriculture more accessible to anyone who wishes to grow them. It also seeks to popularize (or re-popularize) new or unusual plant varieties.”
  • Groundswell – their “mission is to help youth and adult learners develop the skills and knowledge they need to build sustainable local food systems. Our focus is providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities with real working farms and food businesses in the Ithaca area. Through collaboration with area schools, colleges and universities Groundswell will offer programs of study for beginning farmers, students, community members, and professionals.”
  • Crooked Carrot Community Supported Kitchen – “We produce a variety of healthy, locally-sourced foods to help you transform seasonal produce into delicious, convenient meals. Crooked Carrot works similarly to a CSA: CSK members receive a “share” of food every other week.”
  • Wood’s Earth Community Gardens – “The name Wood’s Earth Living Classroom describes our physical setting, our philosophy of respect for the natural landscape, and our overall mission of facilitating responsible land use for learning and mentorship.”
  • Ithaca Community Harvest
  • Stone Soup Supper Club – “is a community supported kitchen (CSK) in Ithaca, NY. We offer a simple and delicious connection to Ithaca’s local food web by transforming fresh ingredients from local farms into deliciously wholesome, seasonally satisfying soups and stews and delivering them to your door every week on Thursdays.”

NATIONAL WITH LOCAL POTENTIAL:

  • Food Not Bombs – reclaiming and “sharing free vegetarian food with hungry people and protesting war and poverty”
  • VeggieTrader – buy/trade/sell veggies
  • SharedEarth.com – “a free website that connects land owners with gardeners and farmers,” 1 person in Ithaca
  • SeedLiving – “online venue for buying, selling and swapping open pollinated seeds and live plants.”
  • Boskoi Augmented Foraging Phone App – “A mobile phone guide to edible urban wild-food sources. We have chosen Boskoi as a name for the mobile app because it translates as ‘grazer’ or ‘browser’ from the Greek ‘βοσκοί’. Functionalities (being implemented): Showing edible or useful wildfood sources in your area, displaying direction and distance to plant, providing info on edible parts of the plant, enabling anyone (with gps on mobile) to upload new entries to the database, providing links to expert knowledge (botanical, herbal, culinary, ecological)”
  • Neighborhood Fruit -“is here to help you find and share fruit locally: both backyard bounty and abundance on public lands. Currently, there are over 10,000 registered trees nationwide and more get added everyday.”
  • Urban Garden Share -“Matching homeowners (with garden space) to gardeners (with experience) is the perfect solution for cultivating both food production and community.”
  • Urban Patches -“can turn your lawn or underused property into a thriving garden, give you a weekly share of fresh local produce, or both!”

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