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2/24: Community Seed Swap

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Join Cornell Cooperative Extension for the first ever Seedy Sunday in Ithaca! Bring your extra seeds to swap and share with others – they can be home-saved seeds or purchased seeds that you have in surplus. Plus talks and workshops on seed saving and community seed libraries. Free event!

Sunday February 24, 2013, 11am-3pm
CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY


11:00 am – 11:30 am: Screening of the film Seeds of Freedom, featuring environmental activist Vandana Shiva The film charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity-rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolize the global food system. Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the idea that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how the corporate agenda has driven the takeover of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the global food system.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Seed Saving for Beginners (and children!) Learn the basics of getting started with seed saving and get some hands-on experience in seed cleaning. This workshop will empower you to start saving your own seeds this year! Learn how to make Magic Seed Wands for children, and how to construct seed cleaning tools from recycled materials. Presented by Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm: Advanced Seed Saving and Selection Techniques We’ve all seen tomato blossoms turning to seed-laden fruits, but have you ever seen a parsnip or carrot plant blossom and go to seed? Come learn about biennial life cycles of root crops and the art and science (mostly the former!) of growing them on to the seed-producing stage. Learn about selection, overwintering of the first year roots, replanting in spring, flowering, seed harvesting and drying. Bring any and all questions related to seed and feel free to share what you’ve learned from your garden, as well! Presented by Petra Page-Mann of Fruition Seeds

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: Restrictions on Saving Seed in the EU In the US, we are very fortunate that there currently are no restrictions on saving seed to sell or share with others. However, in the European Union, it’s a vastly different situation, with prohibitive registration fees and tight controls over who is allowed to produce seed. Much of this legislation has been driven by the multi-national agriculture companies in order to protect their profits and this has spurred a lively resistance movement in the EU for “Seed Sovereignty”. Presented by Chrys Gardener, CCE staff and former manager of the Irish Seed Savers Association

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Roundtable Discussion on Seed Saving Join us for an open discussion on seed saving techniques and anything else to do with seeds! All are welcome to bring questions, tips, and ideas. Discussion leaders include experienced seed savers Tim Springston of Oxbow Farm, Petra Mann-Page and Matthew Goldfarb of Fruition Seeds, and Chrys Gardener, CCE staff.


12/8: Take It Or Leave It Sustainable Gift Swap

Thursday, December 8, 2011, 8am-5pm
Emerson Suite B in Campus Center at Ithaca College

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Looking for some interesting gifts for friends and family but not looking to break your bank account? Need to get rid of some stuff? Come to Ithaca College’s Take It Or Leave It sustainable gift swap, where you can do both of these things! The gift swap is brought to you by ICES (the IC Environmental Society), REMP (IC’s Resource and Environmental Management Program), and Share Tompkins.

Donate your gently used clothes, odds and ends, school supplies, kitchen supplies, books, movies, etc. to the gift swap and avoid sending it to the landfill. And rather than buying something new and increasing demand for extraction of natural resources, you may find something that one of your loved ones could really use or appreciate.

The event will be held Thursday, December 8th, from 8am – 5pm in Emerson Suite B in Campus Center at Ithaca College. Drop off your donations as early as 8am or any time throughout the day until 5pm, and browse for as long as you wish.

There will also be food (including vegan hot chocolate!), music, and fun such as face painting and hula hooping, and space to just take a break and kick back. We will also be raffling off sustainable items and gift certificates to local businesses, such as Finger Lakes ReUse and Collegetown Bagels.

This event is entirely free and open to the public. The more the merrier! For additional info and individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations contact Margaret Keating.

Press: Share Tompkins in Tompkins Weekly Article about Economics of Happiness Screening

On April 27th, we were invited to speak about Share Tompkins as part of the panel discussion following the community screening of the film The Economics of Happiness.

The event was featured in an article by Eric Banford in the May 2-8 issue of Tompkins Weekly. You can read the full article on the Sustainable Tompkins site and here are some key excerpts:

Share Tompkins has been hosting monthly swaps and “Really, Really Free Markets” and co-founder Shira Golding said they
have received email from all over the U.S. and as far away as the UK,
asking how to start similar ventures…

Shira Golding and McKenzie Jones-Rounds of Share Tompkins talked about real life swap examples fostered through swap meets. Jones-Round swapped for a cello that wasn’t being used for a year of
guitar lessons. She shared that, “It’s not just about the stuff we keep out of the waste stream or save money on, it’s also about instilling in the kids in the community the value of who they are and what it means to be part of something bigger than themselves. It’s good to be someplace where people aren’t just willing to share their things, but they share themselves too. We are building a resilient, self-reliant, non-monetary based economy through this.”

Photos: Swap #15 at the Jones-Rounds’ House

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January 26: Community Potluck and Swap Meet

Our 15th swap is being hosted by the Jones-Rounds family…

Community Potluck and Swap Meet
Wednesday, January 26, 5-8pm
At the Jones-Rounds’ House
713 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY

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Barter, trade, or give away…
– Children and baby clothing, toys, and gear
– Electronics, instruments, CDs, tapes, DVDs, and books
– Winter clothing
– Fresh produce or preserved food
– Services such as massage, graphic design, health care, gardening, yoga
…and much, much more!

Bring a dish to pass if you can, or just check out the goods being offered.

We’ll also do a demo of GoGoVerde, a website where we can post offers and requests between our in-person events.

For more information, contact McKenzie at or 717-903-4871.

Get what you need in your very own neighborhood, for barter or worse!

Photos: RRFM at the North Star Market

Thanks to everyone who came out and shared today and thanks to Phoebe at The Shop and Northstar House for partnering with us for this event!

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Aug 28: Really Really Free Market at the North Star Market

August 28, Noon – 3:00pm
The Old Fall Creek Cinema Parking Lot
202 E. Falls St., Ithaca, NY
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Share Tompkins’ third Really Really Free Market is part of the new Fall Creek North Star Market! Food, books, electronics, clothes – EVERYTHING in the RRFM area is free. Bring what you can, take what you need. The more we can provide for one another locally, the closer we are to sustainability!

The North Star Market takes place every Saturday from 10am-4pm outside the Northstar House (the old Fall Creek cinema lot on E. Falls street). Offerings include coffee and tea by The Shop Cafe, produce from Burdock Farm (Alpine, NY), baked goods and bread by Edgewood Bakery, and Re-Cycle Bike Repair by Nis.

Acoustic musicians are also encouraged to come down and play!

You can post haves/wants to the Wall of Facebook event or to the Share Tompkins email list.

Join the Share Tompkins Facebook group.

For more info about the North Star Market contact

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Please spread the word even if you can’t come!

Photos: Newfield Swap/Tweetup

We had a great time at Phoebe and Matteo’s in Newfield with tons of people, food and, of course, stuff! Almost everything people brought went in the “free” pile, which suggests folks really do like no-strings-attached sharing. The event was also a tweetup, meaning locals who make posts to twitter, had a chance to meet up face-to-face to hang out.

Here are some photos from the first half of the event – stay tuned for more!

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July Community Swap Meet and Tweetup – our first event in Newfield!

Saturday, July 17, 2010
The Wyllyamz Home!
6 Brown Road, Newfield, NY

Drop in as you like for …

4-8pm Share Tompkins Swap Meet
6-8pm BBQ and Potluck
8pm… Country Bonfire

Bring stuff, services, or skills you’d like to swap, share, barter, sell, or give away. Think: yard sale meets opportunity to network.

Would you like to meet others from the Twitterverse? This is a laid-back gathering for local & regional Twitter enthusiasts to meet one another and hang out.

Whether you are an established musician or just like to bang on the drum from time to time, please come and bring your instruments and play (or sing) along! Let’s make music together! (This can be ongoing throughout the evening.)


1) Something to share: dish to pass, or something to grill, or a beverage (alcohol welcome), or a dessert. Veg-friendly event with dedicated meat-only & plant-only grills. If you like, coordinate foods in the comments section below.

We’ll also need picnic-ware: Please pack-in/pack-out your own plates, bowls, silverware, etc, or bring compostable: cups, forks, knives, spoons, plates (paper is okay).

2) Dress to be outdoors. Lawn chairs, blankets, balls, frisbees, hackysacks, games, guitars, drums, bug spray, towels, kids’ bathing suits, friends & family. There is a stream; kids (young and old!) can get wet!

Very kid & dog friendly.
Also, did someone mention s’mores?

If you are on twitter, please RSVP to the tweetup by going to and clicking the button in the right column so that we’ll know you are coming. If you need help with transportation, let us know, and we’ll help arrange carpools. We are located 6 miles from the southern edge of Ithaca. Campers are also welcome if you want to avoid a late-night drive home. Thank you. – Phoebe and Matteo 🙂

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Photos: Really Really Free Market at the Congo Square Market

On Friday, June 25th, we joined forces with the weekly Congo Square Market at Southside Community Center to offer our second Really Really Free Market to the community. There was a great turn-out, tons of stuff was given away and we all had a great time listening to live music and chowing down on the fresh fruit and yummy cooked food from the vendors at the market. We’re hoping to do more events at Southside in the future!

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