Finger Lakes Permaculture Tour


See the practice of permaculture firsthand in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York.
Permaculture design uses ecological principles is to produce food, medicine, and other products while restoring the health of the ecosystem.
Learn about the wide range of permaculture practices at active sites including urban gardens to large-acre farms.
Connect and network with others who are interested in living more sustainably, and walk away with ideas for your own property.



Schedule of Events


Movie: Friday, August 21st

6:00 p.m.

Viewing of the film “INHABIT” followed by discussion with filmmaker Costa Boutsikaris

Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. It is a call to action and a glimpse into what’s possible and what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. See the trailer at


Schuyler County Cooperative Extension

323 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY 14865


Tour: Saturday, August 22nd


Sites are “open house” style. Some sites have guided tours, others will be self-guided. ALL are open for browsing and visiting during the stated hours.


Map of sites:

9am – 12pm: Sites in Ithaca, Syracuse, and East/South of Ithaca


Shelterbelt Farm (Caroline NY)

Orchard, cropping and grazing ecosystem, beehives, sheep, and chickens, swales, green living roof, bioshelter under construction, graywater system, and diverse fruit/nut species (serviceberry, mulberry, elderberry, hazelnut, persimmon, chestnut, currant, etc)


Twisted Tree Farm (Spencer NY)

Diverse small farm on 20 acres of hillside. Bare root and potted nursery with thousands of fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes, and perennials. Young orchards of chestnut, mulberry, hazel, persimmon. Swales, ponds, and gardens.


YB Forest Farm (Freeville, NY)

Off grid 33 acre forest farm adjacent to Yellow Barn State Forest. Our forest is “managed” for wildlife, water quality, edibles, medicinals and forest products including maple syrup, 340 inoculated shiitake logs, oyster mushroom totems, wine cap bed, oak stumps and girdled beech trees inoculated with Lion’s mane, hardwood and softwood lumber, and firewood, forest orchard, maple syrup, Hugelkultur, solar power.


Permaculture Park (Ithaca, NY)

A neighborhood shared green space along the Cascadilla Creek in Ithaca’s Northside community. The Park is a community effort which demonstrates ecologically sound landscaping practices in a public setting. Featuring a wide array of native and lesser known edible plants free for anyone to enjoy, the park is intended to be a model for other cities to create beautiful and sustainable park lands while also addressing hunger.


Bread n Roses (Syracuse NY)

An Urban housing collective strives for community building based on cooperation, ecological sustainability, and mutual aid. Organic vegetable & fruits gardens with rain garden, stone wall terraces (construction in progress), and rain barrels. Composting on site involves local cafe network.


Rahma Forest Garden (Syracuse NY)

Using Perennial Permaculture Landscaping to Bring the Free Health Clinic’s Mission Outside Its Doors: Rahma Edible Forest Snack Garden is a tree and community based permaculture place growing to enrich its space ecologically and socially since its initiation.


Bitternut Homestead (Syracuse NY)

Named after the Iroquois word Otisco, or Us-te-ke, “bitter-nut-hickory”, a 100-year old renovated Victorian purchased in 2010 for $1 from Home Headquarters (HHQ), a local quasi-governmental/non-profit housing agency. The house had been vacant for 3-4 years at the time of purchase, and required new plumbing, electric, heating, hot water, structural repairs from water and animal damage, and major interior and exterior finish work.


1pm – 4pm: Sites West of Ithaca:

Hawk Meadow Farm (Hector, NY)

Woodland mushrooms for food and medicine, perennial herbs, maple syrup, forest management


Edible Acres (Trumansburg, NY)

A permaculture nursery and food forest homestead 7 years in the making. There will be inoculated shiitake mushroom logs and potted perennial/edible/medicinal plants available for purchase


Wellspring Forest Farm (Mecklenburg, NY)

10-acre permaculture and agroforestry inspired farm and homestead producing shiitake, oyster, stropharia mushrooms, maple syrup, duck eggs, pastured lamb, and establishing elderberry & paw paw plantings. Off-grid solar, rainwater catchment, yurt, cob oven.


Cayuta Sun Farm (Cayutaville, NY)

A small woodland farm producing grass-fed poultry, forest-raised pork, log-grown shiitake mushrooms and food for the residents. It also hosts many events and classes for the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. See website for schedule of activities on August 22nd.


CCE Schuyler Gardens (Montour Falls, NY)

The CCE Teaching Garden began with a grant designed to help fight community obesity, get people outside and promote healthier eating habits. The garden has grown to include over 60 varieties of fruiting plants. There are new trials added each year, including a Cranberry planting from Rutgers and many new Blueberries varieties. Come over and see our Hardy Kiwi, Honeyberry, Seaberry plants and our one-of-a-kind Grape arbor outdoor teaching pavilion.



5 – 8pm – Reception — Good Life Farm & Finger Lakes Cider House, Interlaken NY: and
A reception with live music, a raffle, cash bar and tours
The Good Life Farm is a diverse, ecological farm featuring perennial alley cropping of apples, peaches, asparagus, vegetables, ginger, turmeric in high tunnels. Animal powered with draft horses, turkeys, geese, and beef cows. Finger Lakes Cider House is the hub of the hard cider renaissance in New York apple country.  In our tasting room, here on Good Life Farm, you can savor the craft of five artisan cider makers and many inspired local food growers.



Map of sites:


Your donation of $5 – $50 benefits Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute.


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