Past Events



First Friday 

Friday, June 7, 5-8pm, Main Street Plein Air Paint Out. Reception at the Cinch Art Space, 75 E Court Street. See the complete First Friday schedule here.

Lime Hollow 20th Anniversary

June 8, 10:30am-noon, Lime Hollow Center, 338 McLean Rd. You are invited to an Open House Celebration as we reflect on past memories, learn about current projects and chat about the future. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by June 1, 662-4632 or e-mailing.


Park 2 Park Circuit Sundays

Starting 1pm Sunday, May 12 at Beaudry Park

Container Gardening Made Simple

Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm-7:30 pm, Cortland Free Library, 32 Church Street. Want to grow your own food but don't have the time or space to maintain a garden? Container Gardening is for you. Free, registration required. For more info, 753-1042 or e-mail.

Homer Farmer's Market Opens

Saturday, May 11, 9am to 1pm, Homer Village Green. For more info, click here. Bring your Mom to the Market Tent and get a free Edgewood Bakery cookie!  Visit their new bakery at 7 Wall Street, Homer. 

Bike and Walk to Work Week

May 13-17.  Use your feet or your bike instead of your car for a healthier you and community too!  Sign up with your friends today. See our links for a flier and team sign-up here.

Paradise Lot: Growing An Edible Garden Oasis

Monday, May 13, 6pm, at the Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Room. Click here for more info. 

Black Gold Unveiled

May 16, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Cortland Free Library, 32 Church Street. Always wanted to compost but never knew how? Cornell Cooperative Extension is clearing away the dirt from home-composting. Free program, registration required. For more info, call 753-1042 or e-mail.  

Raising Your Own Food: Small Livestock, Forest Mushrooms and Permaculture

Saturday, May 18, 9-1pm, part of the Rural Landowner Workshop Series. Topics to be covered include starting a small livestock operation, growing mushrooms on logs and an overview of permaculture principles. For more info or to register.

Cortland Farmer's Market Opens

June 1 to October 26, 8 am - 2 pm, Tuesdays & Saturdays, Downtown Main St. between Orchard St & Court St. Small market with a full variety of vendors, EBT accepted. 


April 10: Greg Pahl Lecture, Sperry 204, 7pm

Author of Power From The People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects,

Th, April 11: Wind Energy talk by Brice Smith 7pm, Main Street SUNY Cortland, Room 202

Sa, April 13: Home Conservation for Changing Times, 9am-12pm, NYS Grange

Learn about composting, rainwater conservation, and programs/services for home energy conservation. Contact Jared Popoli to RSVP or for more info: 756-5991 Part of the Rural Landowner Series, For details.

Sa, April 13: Preble Solar Tour of the Preble Town Hall, 2pm

April 13 & 14: Farm Hack at Northland Sheep Dairy in Marathon.

A design/build event with a focus on the conversion of a tractor to a piece of a draft-powered equipment. Folks of all skill levels are encouraged to attend! RSVP is requested For more information about this event, click here.

April 18: Mark Hertsgaard Lecture at SUNY Cortland, noon

April 19: “Weather or Not: Effect of Changing Weather on Local Agriculture.” 8am-1pm, NYS Grange Place, Cortland

April 20: Climate Smart Climate Ready Conference, Cortland/Ithaca, all day. More info here.

April 21 (Sunday): Cortland Blooms Festival 2013.  Click here to learn more.


March 13 (Wed): Sustainable Cortland Monthly Meeting, 3pm, Main Street SUNY Cortland

March 16 (Sat): Solar Tour Dryden, 10am-noon, 812 Irish Settlement Road

March 23 (Sat): Gardening Workshop, 8-noon, more info here.

March 23 (Sat): Property Management: Getting the Most out of Your Woodlands, 9-12, NYS Grange, Part of the Rural Landowner Series, For details.

March 26 (Tues): DIY Workshop: How to Raise Your Own Chicken, 6:30pm, Main St SUNY Cortland


February 6: Bread Making for Busy People Workshop

February 11: Parker School Community Garden Planning Meeting, Parker School, 7pm

February 13: Sustainable Cortland Monthly Meeting, 3pm, Main Street SUNY Cortland

February 19: Solar Tour Dryden, 7pm, 301 Turkey Hill Road

February 19: Presenting Community Garden Plan to Common Council, 7pm

February 27: Cookies & Conversation


January 10: Cortland Counts Community Forum

January 18: Cortland Counts Sustainability Track Break Out Session, 8:30am, Main St., SUNY Cortland.

January 23: Bread Making for Busy People, 6:30pm, NYS Grange, 100 Grange Pl., Cortland.

    Learn how to make simple, healthy and delicious artisan bread with Chris Applegate of the Virgil Farmer’s Market. 

January 30:  Cookies & Conversation


December 1: Holiday Wreath Making at Lime Hollow Nature Center, 1-3pm

December 2:  Holiday Gift Bazaar, Cortland Corset Building, 75 E Court St., Cortland. 12-4pm

December 11: Holiday at the Hollow! 1-3pm, Lime Hollow, 338 McLean Rd., Cortland.     Free.


November 10: 7-8:30pm. Energy Hog or an Energy Hero? Seminar at Lime Hollow Visitor Center.


October 3:  Farm to school event at Homer Elementary, details TBA

October 3: A Campus Conversation on Climate Change, SUNY Cortland, 4-7pm

October 21: How to Plant and Grow Your Own Garlic

    Monarch Farm, Scott. 1-3:30pm

October 14: Sustainable Living Tour, 1-4pm, Marathon Area

October 21 (Sunday): How to Plant and Grow Your Own Garlic

    Monarch Farm, Scott. 1-3:30pm

October 27 (Saturday): Light It Up Cortland

    10-11am, Main St SUNY Cortland, come learn about energy conservation and hear from Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton and Mayor Tobin, along with Barb Henza (CCE), Jon Wood (Green Sun Solar), Janeille Franzburg (SVHC), Frank Kelly (EAC).

    11-1pm: Community service event handing out 500 energy efficiency info bag to 500 city of Cortland residents.

October 29 (Monday): Book Discussion by Greg Pahl, author of Power From the People: How to Finance, Organize and Launch Local Energy Projects.

    7pm, Sperry 204 (SUNY Cortland)


September 19:  Sustainable Health through the Cold and Flu Season

                                    Visit the “Sustainable Health” section of our site

September 22:  A Taste of Autumn, 9-2pm, downtown Homer

                                    Visit the “A Taste of Autumn” section of our site

September 29:  Garden Tour of NY Botanical Garden, Monet Exhibit


August 8: Sustainable Cortland meeting at 6:30pm

August 12: Garden Tour #3: A Community Garden Tour, 1-4pm

August 22:  Beyond Sauerkraut -

                       How to Make Your own Cultured (lacto-fermented) Foods

                       led by Chris Applegate of the Virgil Farmers‘ Market

                       6pm, NYS Grange, 100 Grange Place, Cortland. 


July 24: YERT film screening

5pm at Cortland Youth Center (35 Port Watson St., Cortland)

7:30pm at Homer Center for the Arts (7pm Community Social)


June 2:    21st annual Water Festival

                    Cortland Waterworks, 10am to 2pm (Saturday)

                        *Sustainable Cortland will be there!


                Amazing One-Day End-to-End Hike of the FLT In celebration of the 50th    

                Anniversary of the FLT and National Trails Day.  Here locally, MJ Uttech is

                leading the hike #46 (Leaves at 9am).               

                Downtown Cortland Market Open!

June 5:  Dairy Parade

                    6:30pm, downtown Cortland

June 9:    Wild Food Walk

                    Saturday, 11am-1pm, Meet at the Lime Hollow Visitors’ Center, 338 McLean Rd

                         *A two-hour exploration of edible wild plants guided by Peter Harrity    

                           and Tess Ruswick of the Lime Hollow Nature Center.

June 13:     Sustainable Cortland monthly meeting

MAY 2012

May 5:    7th Annual Community Clean-Up Day

    Meet at the Chamber Parking lot at 37 Church Street, at 8:30 a.m. (refreshments and supplies will be provided). 9-11 am.

May 5:    Onion Planting Party at Frosty Morning Farm

                    10am to 12:30pm, followed by a potluck lunch, Frosty Morning Farm in

                    Truxton.  Contact Allison Frost at

May 8:    “Worms Eat My Garbage” Make Your Own Vermicomposting Bin: A Hands

                    On Workshop by Rickie McClure, 6:30pm at Main Street SUNY Cortland.   

May 9:     SC Monthly Meeting

                        6:30pm, 9 Main St., Cortland   

May 14-18: Bike/Walk to Work Week

APRIL 2012

Sustainability Week 2012 at SUNY Cortland

Click here for schedule.

2nd annual Cortland Blooms Festival

An Interactive Family Festival Celebrating Earth Day

April 22, 2012 (Earth Day)


at the County Office Building

See Cortland Blooms for more details!

Alternative Energy Vehicle Show

As part of the Cortland Blooms Festival, in the County Office Building parking lot

MARCH 2012

March 24:    Gardening Workshop

                        Port Watson Mini Conference Center, 131 Port Watson St.

                        8am to noon

                        Sponsored by Seven Valleys Health Coalition, register by March 16    

                        (download form at or call 756-4198)

March 27:    Sandra Steingraber Lecture at SUNY Cortland

                        Sperry 205 at 7pm

March 29:    “Soup and Sustenance: Winter Reading Series”

                        6:00-7:30 PM at the Beard Building, 9 Main Street, Cortland, NY

Join us as we dine on soup and bread to discuss “But Will the Planet Notice: How Smart Economics Can Save the World” by Gernot Wagner.

                                                                                          For more info: Soup & Sustenance

March 29:     Solidarity Salsa Party

                        7:30-10pm, Stone Lounge

                        Salsa lesson + open dance party

                        Support the CNY-Cajibio Sister Community Project


Feb. 28:        Film Screening of “EMPOWERED”

                       Beard Building (Room 202), 6:30pm

It is a film about Tompkins County locals who generate their own power using solar, wind and other renewable technologies.            Click here for sneak peak.

Panel discussion to follow film.  Panelists will include the director Shira Evergreen and the producer Suzanne McMannis, along with Cortland County locals (Jonathan Wood of Green Sun Solar, representative from the Corset Building in Cortland, Beth and Karl Klein, and Chuck Uttech).                  Click to see the Flyer!

MARCH 2012

March 1:     Community Forum: Protecting Homer’s Environment, Health and Agriculture Against  Hydrofracking. Thursday, March 1st at 6:30-7:45pm, Homer Public Library. For more information contact Gary Thomas Smith, Executive Director of MICAH at 607-423-6456.

March 3:      “Opera’s Greatest Hits:” A Cabaret Dinner

                        Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main, St., Homer

                        $50/person (tickets) - fundraiser for the Center

This is an evening of grand opera by the Tri-Cities Opera Company (TCO) served up cabaret style for your enjoyment.  This event includes a local foods dinner (donations from local farms coordinated by Sustainable Cortland).

                        To buy tickets.

March 6:      Agriculture Day Luncheon

                       Elks Club

                       $12, pre-register by contacting Sharon Vandeusen

                   or (607)753-5078