Strawberry Jam Preservation

​Learn to safely prepare canned and freezer varieties of strawberry jam. This is a hands-on class where participants will prepare strawberry jam to take home.

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Jams and jellies


A BioBlitz is an event to survey a location for birds, trees, butterflies, fish, amphibians and more! This event is for all naturalists

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Identity Theft Awareness

Protect Against Identity Theft workshop to be held on Monday, June 18 at the Nassau Free Library from 6:30-7:30 pm.

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Identity theft

Cornell Cooperative Extension puts a wealth of useful, research-based information at your finger tips!  In addition to what you'll find here on our website, we offer free or low-cost workshops on topics that range from how to start an organic garden to making a home spending plan. Explore our links, check out our upcoming events, then give us a call or visit our offices to learn more. We're here to help, with information -- and people -- you can trust!


CCE Educator Receives New York Agriculture in the Classroom Scholarship to Attend National Conference in Maine

Margaret Smith, 4-H Youth Development Educator, Agriculture and STEM, for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties has earned a scholarship to attend one of the largest gatherings of educators with a passion for teaching through food and agriculture. The scholarship value is $1,200 and includes National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference registration, transportation, lodging, and 28 hours of CTLE Professional Development Credit.

Aquaculture, school gardens, oxen, whoopee pies, distilleries sustainability, biodiversity and more will be the focus of this year’s National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Portland, Maine June 26-29. For the first time, New York Agriculture in the Classroom has dedicated scholarship funding to provide sixty New York classroom teachers and CCE educators the opportunity to attend the premier professional development conference about teaching through a lens of food and agriculture.

Margaret has been the 4-H Ag and STEM Educator with CCE Columbia and Greene for the past three years. Her exuberance, fun-loving nature, belief in youth development and on-going efforts to share the world of agriculture with youth in Columbia and Greene Counties and beyond were certainly key in her receiving this award. Margaret’s program emphasis is to take youth development programming in the areas of agriculture and STEM to youth through all avenues of reach including school classrooms, afterschool programs, libraries, our 4-H club program as well as Special Interest (SPIN) clubs.

During this unique experience educators will network with like-minded colleagues from across the country, participate in over thirteen experiential learning workshops, and bring home resources including the latest technology, methods, and tools for integrating agriculture and food systems into the work they do. This year’s conference theme is “Agriculture for ME – On Land and Sea”. Margaret will be joined by two local teachers, Lindsay Meyers from Ichabod Crane Central School and Pamela Coloton from Hunter-Tannersville School District.


New York State 4-H Shooting Sports

New York State 4-H Shooting Sports is part of the 4-H Natural Resources Program. Human growth and development is the primary goal of our programming.

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Master Gardener Volunteers

Our Master Gardener Volunteers teach classes and workshops, provide information and soil pH testing at events, and answer gardening questions from callers.

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Choosing A Forester

In addition to timber harvest work, professional foresters can also help with non-harvest questions, like forest trail design, appraisals, tax basis determination, advice about forest property tax programs, and managing for wildlife

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Support CCE!

Your support helps CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties to do more and to reach more -- youth, adults and families in our communities -- with high-quality, research-based educational programs they can trust!

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Saving Water & Energy

You can save water AND energy when you wash dishes by not leaving the water running and by only washing when you have a sink full of dishes. Find more tips here.

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Cornell small farms video


Expertise from Cornell is available to local producers through regional teams that serve our area. Find out more about these teams, and other resources, here on our site.

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Last updated June 18, 2018