Sautéed

Ithaca College’s (ICTV) cooking show Sautéed reached out to the gardens to see about incorporating local produce into one of their cooking segments. We were happy to bring them some of our hyper local produce from right here on campus! The Sautéed chefs were sent a list of available and ripe produce in order to…

“Whoa, you have to try these!”

One of the most unique plants grown in the gardens were the ground cherries. These small, tomato-esque fruits are grown in a papery husk and look almost like small paper lanterns. Ground cherries belong to the same genus as tomatillos which have a similar papery husk and are members of the same as tomatoes. Ground cherries have a…

You Say Tomato

One of the most successful crops grown during the summer season were our tomatoes. We had many varieties, growing in all shapes and sizes. These tomatoes were harvested all summer long and enjoyed by many. Residential Life here at  Ithaca College has made use of these tomatoes in their community dinners. The Sustainable Conscious Community, or…

Pole Beans

Beans are the gift that keeps on giving! We were able to harvest purple and yellow pole beans for about 2 and a half months this summer and into the school year. These beans were sweet, crunchy, and grew to be quite long! The lower garden was the perfect place to plant pole beans, as…

Summer Lovin’ (Organic Produce)

Here are some photographs from this summer (2016). Although the school year has started and produce is currently being used in the classrooms, the garden workers grew a plethora of previously unmentioned crops. These include rainbow chard, basil, radishes, and peas. These photographs were too beautiful to exclude from our website. This food was harvested…

Glass Gem Corn Harvest

A follow-up to the previous post “Here’s a Corny One for You” Students harvested the corn from both the monoculture bed and polyculture bed and marveled at the beauty of the glass gem corn. So many gorgeous colors on one cob! Students in the Contemporary Applications of Ancient Agriculture class were careful to keep the…

Garlic

This summer, the organic gardeners grew plenty of hardneck garlic. The garlic grew quickly and we were fortunate enough to harvest the scapes and make a super garlicky pesto! After a few months, in late July, it had matured and was ready for harvest! We attempted garlic braiding (which required a good deal of skill…

Gardening Across Disciplines

The campus gardens are more than sources of food production and cultivation, but connect many departments around the Ithaca College campus as centers of learning and discovery. The gardens themselves are run by the Environmental Studies and Sciences department at IC, but are currently being utilized by departments of Anthropology, History, Chemistry, Health Sciences, and…