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Report from the DIY Solar Panel Cooker Class

Last Saturday, Shawn Reeves of came over to Shira and Ari’s house to give a workshop on how to make a solar panel cooker using recycled materials. Visit the Shirari blog for photos and info on how to make your own!


Video: Ithaca Freeskool at Ithaca Ignite

Ignite Ithaca
is a “high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea – and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd.” Lily Gershon did a jam-packed presentation on Freeskool on November 6, 2010 at the Pixel Lounge.

Ithaca Freeskool on!

Ithaca Freeskool on the homepage of

“Shareable is a nonprofit online magazine that tells the story of sharing. We cover the people, places, and projects bringing a shareable world to life. And we share how-tos so you can make a shareable world real in your life.”

Freeskool organizer Lily Gershon wrote a great article about Ithaca Freeskool for the site called “How to Share an Education, ” featuring photos and a video by Shira Golding. You can read the whole article and here’s an excerpt:

You’re in the park surrounded by swaying willows, or maybe knee deep in goldenrod in someone’s backyard, or sunk into the couch in a small apartment on Cayuga Street.

Usually, one way or another, a circle is formed. What are you doing here with a professor from Maine, a few pink-haired chatty teenagers from town, a local diesel mechanic, and a retired couple who brought cookies? You’re here to learn how to weave baskets out of the long limbs of willow trees. You’re discussing how Thor got along with the giants in Norse Mythology. You are about to plant the first herb in your medicinal garden. You’ve been hearing about natural gas drilling, but want to get more information. Any one of these people might be your teacher today.

In Ithaca, New York, the Ithaca Freeskool offers you an alternative to traditional education. With classes like Mushroom Hunting, Bike Repair, Know Your Rights with Debtors, and D.I.Y. Movie Making, it’s a refreshing variety of completely free classes for people of all ages. Started only a few years ago and run entirely by volunteers, the Freeskool gives the community an opportunity to share their skills and knowledge.

Photos: Carl Whittaker’s Ithaca Freeskool Mushroom Hunt

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Photos: Learning to Make Pumpkin Cheesecake with the Vegan Cooking Skillshare

Thanks for teaching us the recipe, Sharon!

Join us for the next class, every other Wednesday beginning June 3rd at 6pm. Check out the Facebook group for the latest info.

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Photos from the Ithaca Freeskool Outreach Board Decorating Party

We’re planning on doing some tabling in the hopes of getting more people involved in Ithaca Freeskool. So we got together at Lily/Sharon/Marina’s place to create an outreach board, science fair style. Check out the photos below…

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Photos of Ithaca Freeskool – Add Your Own!

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