Paul and Maria Morra Scholarship Trust Awards Presented
Five residents of Columbia and Greene counties have been selected as the first recipients of the Paul and Maria Morra scholarship Trust Awards presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties. They were chosen on the merit of their applications which described the breadth of their involvement in work, community programs, volunteer activities and awards. They also provided a personal essay describing their plans for the future and the experiences that influenced their decision to pursue a career in the field of horticulture, agriculture, forestry or natural resources.
Erin Wadsworth is the daughter of Douglas and Mary Ellen Wadsworth and lives in Valatie. She currently attends SUNY Cobleskill where she will graduate in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. Erin plans to receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Her award is $2,500.
Ben Gardner is the son of James and Sandra Gardner and lives in Hillsdale. He plans to attend Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Science where he will pursue a degree in agriculture sciences – dairy cattle genetics. Ben has received an award of $2,500.
McKayla Snyder is the daughter of Vickie Snyder and lives in Ancramdale. She will be pursuing a degree in animal science from either the University of Vermont – Burlington or SUNY Cobleskill. She received an award of $2,000.
Meagan Chittenden is the daughter of Brian and Beth Chittenden and lives in Schodack Landing. She currently attends SUNY Cobleskill where she will receive a Bachelor of Technology degree in agriculture business as well as an Applied Associates degree in sustainable crop production. Her award is $2,000.
Austin Winegard is the son of Timothy and Jeneen Winegard and lives in Greenville. He currently attends SUNY Cobleskill where he will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management. He has received an award of $1,000.
Photo: (l-r) Linda Tripp, 4-H Issue Leader; Glenn Weyant, Morra Estate Executor; Erin Wadsworth; McKayla Snyder; Ben Gardner; Nate Chittenden, CCE Board President. Not shown –Meagan Chittenden and Austin Winegard.
Summer Farmers Children's Program
Children who participate in the Summer Farmers will grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers on an organic farm, then eat what they grow with tasty recipes like cool cucumber mint soup, pico de gallo salsa, berry popsicles, garden fresh pizza, and lots more. The program will also feature investigations into ecology, science & math, and literacy through fun, hands-on learning in the children's garden.
Six week-long sessions will begin July 13 and run through August 19.
- Young Farmers (ages 8-11) will meet on Mondays from 9am-12pm - $60 per child
- Bean Sprouts (ages 5-7) on Tuesdays from 9am-12pm - $60 per child
- Sweet Peas (ages 3-4) a parent/child program on Wednesdays from 10am-11:30am - $40 per child.
- One week-long end of summer session is also available from August 24-27 for Summer Farmers (ages 6-11) Monday-Thursday from 9am-12pm - $40 per child.
The program is being coordinated by Jaime Winans-Solis. Jaime, a native of Catskill, has been designing and leading programs to connect children with nature for 15 years. She holds degrees in ecology and education, most recently completely a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi. Winans-Solis was formerly the executive director of the Odyssey After School Enrichment Program and conservation educator of the Welder Wildlife Foundation, both in south Texas.
To register online for any of the Summer Farmers weekly sessions go to https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/summerfarmers_210 or call CCE's Agroforestry Resource Center 518‐622‐9820 x0. These registration forms are also required to be completed and returned to CCE, 6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405, for each participant. Register early, spots are limited.
Please support the programs of CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties by making your tax-deductible donation via PayPal. Questions? Call 518-622-9820 x21. Thank you!
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Upcoming Events & Workshops
|How to Stop the Spread of Invasive Species|
Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Friday, July 17th 2015
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Mushroom Foray (FULL)|
Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra.
Saturday, July 18th 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Invasive Species Walk with Greene Land Trust|
Willows at Brandow Point, 480 NYS Route 385, Athens, NY
Saturday, July 18th 2015
4:00 pm -
|Safe Sitter for Adolescents (July)|
Extension Education Center, Hudson
Tuesday, July 21st 2015
8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405
Map to Acra office (see green pin)
Extension Education Center
479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534
Map to Hudson office (see green pin)
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