Learn to Grow Ginseng

This workshop is designed to teach individuals how to get started growing American ginseng on forested land. It will cover basic ginseng botany, economics of ginseng production, site selection criteria, harvesting and marketing.

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CCE's annual meeting is November 13.

Join us at 6:30 pm in the Student Center (cafeteria) of Columbia-Greene Community College.

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Fall plant sale

The Master Gardener Volunteer Program will hosts its annual Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 6 at both the Extension Education Center in Hudson and the Agroforestry Resource Center in Acra.

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Notice to Interested Vendors

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties is seeking New York food and beverage manufacturers and makers from Greene, Columbia, Albany, Delaware, Dutchess, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington, Warren & Ulster Counties for a sales opportunity at a store opening soon.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor OR if you have a product or idea that you would like to bring to market, please contact Angela Tallarico amt18@cornell.edu or 518-622-9820 x101. 

CCE Hosts Successful “Taste of Twin Counties” Dinner Fundraiser

On Saturday, September 8, the friends, staff and volunteers of CCE came together for our annual fundraising dinner. It was a great success and everyone enjoyed the food, music, prizes and company!  This year the event was hosted at Joe’s Garage Catskill and was beautifully decorated by CCE Board President Cathi Annese and Karen Gallo of Karen’s Flower Shoppe.Douglas Koch of Douglas Koch Designs, Ltd. also contributed to the décor.Members of the dinner committee were Cathi Annese, Emili Ponte and Linda Fix (board members) as well as Evon Antonio and Angela Tallarico (CCE staff).

Special thanks to Chef Salah of 394 Main Catskill.  He prepared a delicious Mediterranean-themed meal!The event featured ingredients and products from the following local producers and businesses: Bonfiglio & Bread, Lime Kiln Farms, Son Val Farm, Fix Brothers Fruit Farm, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ronnybrook, Bulich Mushroom Farm, Story Farms, Bulich Creekside Farm, Tousey Farm Honey, Boehm’s Farm and Crossroads Brewery.

We would especially like to thank the following supporters for their contributions as financial sponsors: Willow Springs Charitable Trust Foundation (Major Donor); Farm Credit East, ACA; Robin & Martin Smith; Cricket Hill Farm, Inc.; Evon & Sydney Antonio; Whitbeck Benedict & Smith LLP; Michael McCrary; Living Structures Realty; Fix Brothers Fruit Farm; National Bank of Coxsackie; James & Michelle Story; Frisbee Agency; Sandra & James Gardner; Oakencroft Equine Veterinary Assoc.; Bruce & Sarah Meyers; Richard’s Funeral Home; Valley Energy; Shook Insurance Agency; Talco Service Plumbing & Heating; Helmedach & Young, Inc.; Glenda & David Berman; Matt Luvera; Dr. Neil & Cybil Howard; Don & Lynn MacCormack; and Asha Sangavi.

Under the direction of 4-H Leader Jessie Zuwarel, our 4-H servers did an outstanding job as usual and they were Lily Hepperle, Hunter Gardner, Jack Hilliard, Norah Schweter, Michaela Wright and Abigail Wright.

Gift certificates and door prizes were donated by Hudson-Chatham Winery; Macko Chiropractic; Field Goods; Alicia McCagg; Fix Brothers Fruit Farm; Lime Kiln Farm; Stewart’s Shops; Annie Borgenicht; Bavarian Manor Country Inn; Five Guys Restaurants; Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop; Midas; Taconic Orchards; Salon Chic; Behn’s Best Perennials; Story Farms; Cathi Annese & Sandy Muller; Karen’s Flower Shoppe; Tradewinds; Massage & Therapies Unlimited; Linda & Bruce Tripp; Hillrock Estate Distillery; Olana State Historic Site; Riverdale Farms; Hannaford Supermarket; CCE Master Gardener Volunteers and Dutch Hollow Farm. Joe’s Garage Catskill and Big Top Tent Rentals provided in-kind support. The evening’s entertainment featured live music by The Hilltown Ramblers.

Our sincerest apologies if we failed to acknowledge any supporters.  Please contact 518-622-9820 x101 for any oversight.  Thank you!


Taste NY Assistant Market Manager

The Assistant Market Manager assists with all aspects of the New Baltimore Taste NY Market, including day-to-day planning, coordination, routine management, opening and closing duties. The Assistant Market Manager is responsible for customer support guidance to Market clerks, inventory management, purchasing, operation of cash register, basic cash controls, operation and maintenance of inventory and Point of Sale software, regular staff scheduling, transportation of inventory from warehouse to store, customer service, and general record keeping.

The Assistant Market Manger will also help represent Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties to the public, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and Cornell University; and demonstrate familiarity with local agriculture products and retail food sales.

The Assistant Market Manager assists in ensuring the store is visually distinctive and impeccably maintained.

The Assistant Market Manager highlights and educates on local NY farm products, and assists in the research, evaluation and documentation of agricultural marketing and agri-tourism strategies. Responsible for assisting with financial management and record keeping. This position provides oversight to temporary program staff and program volunteers as needed.

This is a grant-funded position.

Application deadline is September 28, 2018. Applications will be accepted online only https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CCECareerPage/job/New-York-State-Other/Taste-NY-Assistant-Market-Manager-New-Baltimore-Travel-Plaza---Hannacroix--NY_WDR-00016465

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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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Invasive Pests

Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to New York's biodiversity. Learn about the various introduced pests that have been introduced to our state.

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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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Wildlife Damage Fact Sheets

See a list of fact sheets for various species that create negative economic impacts, or health and safety concerns.

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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 September 25, 2018