Maple Fest

Join us for Maple Fest on March 23 in Acra.

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Do you want to learn how to tap your trees for syrup? Tapping maple trees and making maple syrup is one of the most time honored rural winter traditions, resulting in a delicious product.  This program will cover a variety of areas relevant to anyone fairly new to maple production, either the small commercial producer or back yard producer. Topics include: why make maple syrup, tree identification, tapping, sap collection, boiling, finishing and storing maple syrup, regulations and other resources for maple producers. The first half of this program will focus on these basics of maple production. The second half of the program will focus on little reverse osmosis units for syrup production, which is a way to remove more of the water content of the sap before it is boiled down.

Spring Gardening Day

Spring Gardening Day will be held on Saturday, April 6 at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson.

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Taste NY Market Event

There will be a Bee Hollow Farm Honey and Apiary Event on March 22 at the Capital Regional Welcome Center on the NYS Thruway in New Baltimore.

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Paul and Maria Morra Scholarship Trust Application Available

The application is now available for the Paul and Maria Morra Scholarship Trust which is administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties. The purpose of this scholarship trust is to honor the lives of Paul and Maria Morra (trust benefactors) and their commitment to preserving the natural resources of our region. Applicants must be pursuing further education in the field of horticulture, agriculture, forestry or natural resources.

Complete application packet must be received by March 25, 2019. Scholarship selection is not based solely on academic standing but greater emphasis is placed on the interest and motivation of the student to excel in their chosen field of study. Applicants should ensure their application packet responds very directly to the goals of the benefactors.

The number of scholarships awarded is based on available funds with the average scholarship amount being $1,000. We expect to be able to provide as many as five scholarships this year. The scholarship check will be sent directly to the academic institution upon receipt of a copy of the students’ tuition bill and the college/institution mailing address.

Eligible individuals are those pursuing immediate post-high school education as well as older individuals looking to increase their knowledge. To be eligible an individual must be:

  • A current resident of Columbia County or Greene County
  • Enrolled in an accredited academic institution including public and private colleges or universities, community colleges and trade schools
  • Pursuing further academic work beyond high school in the field of horticulture, agriculture, forestry or natural resources
  • Excluded from applying are: current Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties Board members and staff, as well as their immediate family (significant other and children).

To receive an Application Packet contact Emily Warrington at 518-318-1210 or OR click here.


Spring Gardening Day - April 6, 2019

Registration is now open for Spring Gardening Day. The annual event sponsored by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Columbia-Greene Community College.

This year's Spring Gardening Day will include keynote speaker, Margaret Roach. Margaret was a garden editor for Martha Stewart Living and EVP/Editorial Director of Martha's company, and spent a decade each at Newsday and the New York Times. She now creates the nationally acclaimed website and hosts the award-winning companion public radio show and podcast.

The day will also include three break-out sessions on a a variety of gardening topics including: Designing Your Front Yard, Herb Gardening, Vegetable Gardening, Deerproofing Your Yard and much more, presented by local experts and master gardeners. New this year will be a Garden Marketplace, featuring a variety of local gardening vendors. Please check out the class descriptions and speaker biographies.

Please see the registration form which contains detailed information about the event. Space is limited, so register now to secure your place.  To register online, go to

For additional questions, please contact Emily at 518-828-3346 x209 or

Shooting sports

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 Scholarship 2019

Ask a Master Gardener!

Master Gardener Volunteers provide research-based gardening information to county residents (soil testing, ID of pests/diseases & answers to horticultural questions). Call us or send an email to

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Suislaw Model Forest

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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Enjoying Wildlife in the Forest

Forests give us a wonderful opportunity to see and enjoy wildlife. Learn how to protect the wildlife as you enjoy it.

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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 March 20, 2019