Farm to Bistro Programs
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The future of food is not in a box.
It’s in the dirt. It’s in a real kitchen with real people.
And it tastes incredible.
The Educational Core
Tompkins Cortland Community College's innovative Farm to Bistro program will give students hands-on experience in every aspect of the food-production system, as the College will operate its own organic farm and supply fresh, local produce to Coltivare, the College's planned downtown Ithaca culinary center.
The program supports two new degree programs at the College, Culinary Arts and Sustainable Farming and Food Systems, although students in all programs will be able to take classes offered at the farm and Coltivare.
Filling a Need
The Farm to Bistro program is unique in our region, and will address a need for qualified workers in organic farming, culinary arts, hospitality, and food and wine marketing. Local agriculture and related retail continue to grow – our students will lead the way.
Key Components: The TC3 Organic Farm
Students will learn year-round, modern organic vegetable production with the added benefit of doing so in direct relationship with the distribution and preparation needs of Coltivare.
Sustainability will be the focus of the farm, as students experience cultivating the land and working in hoop houses on a farm run free of the commercial energy grid through the use of wind, solar, and geothermal technology.
The TC3 farm is located adjacent to the Dryden campus and provides the ideal opportunity for students to experience food production at a human-scaled, local level. This dynamic field lab and classroom will also enrich the curriculum in agriculture, biology, environmental studies, and other classes.
The Coltivare culinary center supports the educational mission of Farm to Bistro with teaching labs and real-world experience for students in the restaurant, as well as an event space and tasting room. Under the supervision of professional staff and faculty, students will experience every aspect of the operation.
Fresh food from the TC3 farm, combined with other local ingredients, will create a distinctly seasonal and unique regional menu.
Students will learn to prepare fresh, hand-crafted foods and learn all aspects of a team-driven restaurant enterprise – meal planning and preparation, professional service techniques, and food and wine pairing expertise. Drawing from TC3’s long-standing commitment to international education, Coltivare will have a distinctly global flair, even as it is sourced with local ingredients.
The Learning Labs
Students will practice and perfect food-preparation techniques in separate state-of-the-art teaching labs.
Coltivare also presents community members with an opportunity to join demonstration courses and partake in workforce training. They will benefit from the professional expertise of our international partners and the international experience of faculty and students who have studied across the world.
Featuring local wines and beers, Coltivare will highlight the rich variety of wineries and breweries in our area – one of the most diverse and successful wine-growing regions in the world. Students will have the unique educational experience of learning about wine styles, wine pairings, and the wine business while immersed in a culinary setting.
Flexible event space will be available to host public and private tastings, banquets, and other events. Attendees will benefit from Coltivare’s freshly sourced local menu, attention to detail, and dedicated service with a unique and Coltivare flair.