Connect with new friends and the community by exploring local food options.

The Green Tour is an opportunity for first-year students to explore several resources to learn about the Ithaca area food scene. Participants will visit a farmer’s market or a u-pick farm to check out locally grown produce, learn about eating local at an Ithaca restaurant, and learn how to prepare a sustainable meal together.

 In this program, participants will: 

  • Learn about being a part of a connected community and understand the impact their food choices have on the local, regional, and global levels. 
  • Explore the beautiful Pounder Heritage Vegetable Garden and learn about the amazing sustainable gardening and landscape practices that are showcased in this garden and throughout Cornell Botanic Gardens.
  • Visit Indian Creek Farm, a 100-year old orchard nestled in Finger Lakes wine country and pick local apples, peaches and enjoy a batch of their famous donuts. 
  • Sample local foods throughout the day including hand pies, ice cream and cheese. Come hungry! 

“The Green Tour was a great experience where I got to learn about local agriculture and explore Ithaca. It showed me how I could better help the environment, and it helped me adjust to college life before other students arrived. I even met my best friend there!”

two red apples on tree

Students who participate in the GREEN Tour have a chance to learn about local food sources and taste local foods on this tour around beautiful Cayuga Lake. 

Program logistics: 

  • New students can participate in the Green Tour program on August 14-15, 2022.
  • Jumpstart participants will move into their residence hall rooms on Sunday, August 14.

  • The program runs from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Sunday, 9:00am-6:00pm on Monday, with an optional closing event on Monday evening from 8:00-10:00pm. 

  • Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. 

  • Participants will be walking about one-mile total on smooth surfaces with small inclines.   

  • COVID Precautions: Students will be required to follow the most up to date COVID protocols as required by IC and any community partners.

  • There is no charge for this program.