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Welcome to our Executive Email!

Through this small newsletter, we will share a recap of the previous month and some of the latest updates at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County.  Please browse some our Program happenings below & click the links supplied to read more!  Be sure to keep up to date through our Social Media...we are always updating our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account!

We have a lot of great events ahead of us in 2021! Keep in touch and stay involved!

We hope you enjoy & as always, thank you for supporting CCE.

Executive Director,

Next Board Meeting:
September 16, 2021 at 5:30 pm, CCE Onondaga


  • Ever think of becoming involved with CCE in a bigger way? We're looking for a new 4-H educator to help run our Youth Leadership program. Apply today! We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. Please pass along this opportunity to your friends, family, and neighbors!
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  • Help put experience and research-based knowledge to work. Continue to support education through CCE Onondaga programming by making a donation today!
  • Check out our 2020 Annual Report


  • We're hiring!  Apply today! We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. Please pass along this opportunity to your friends, family, and neighbors!
  • 4-H will be tabling at the “Cuse Quine” Syracuse Parks & Rec summer program. Come say hello or  find out more information about 4-H:
    •  July 18 - Thornden Park
    • July 25 - Lower Onondaga Park
    • Aug. 1 - Schiller Park
    • Aug. 8 - Burnet Park
    • Aug. 15 - Barry Park
  • July 28-31: Onondaga County 4-H Youth Fair! Click the link to see this years schedule!

If you are...

-11 to 18 years old

-A resident of Onondaga County

-Interested in leadership skills to reach your goals and help your community

Then this program is for you! For seven weeks, we will be exploring the meaning of leadership, practicing different skills such as communication and teamwork, goal setting, creating plans to demonstrate leadership in our community, and learning more about ourselves. All who complete the program will receive a youth leadership certificate.

Classes are:

Tuesdays from 2:00pm-3:30pm, for seven weeks, starting July 13th and ending August 24th at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Questions before registering? Contact 4-H Program Leader Cindy Albro at

Check out the Syracuse Youth Leadership website for some example activities.


  • Welcome to our Agriculture Communications Specialist, Jenny Smith!
Who's ready to go back ON the farm? This free, family-friendly event is your chance! Mark your calendars for September 18th!

Get directions and details for the 5th annual ON Farm Fest, including all 9 farms at, then get ready to enjoy:
-Interactive tours of 9 farms in Onondaga County
-Discover the latest advances in agriculture
-Enjoy live music and giveaways (while supplies last)
-Many farms will have food/drinks available for purchase
Onondaga County is gifted with highly productive agricultural soils, a legacy of farming operations and know-how, and an environment that supports a highly diverse array of crops and opportunities to engage with the local food system.  In recognition of these assets,
County planners, led by the Onondaga County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board, have been working on updates for the Onondaga County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Plan.
Local agriculture remains a critical part of our economy, food system, and landscape. The Farmland Protection Plan, an update to the 1997 plan, reports on the state of our agriculture and is a framework for both protecting this farmland and supporting agricultural viability.
The project team will be compiling data on the current agricultural conditions in the county that will help them develop and communicate a shared vision and venture proposals for agricultural economic development and farmland protection. The plan is also focusing on increasing public interest and awareness of local agriculture. The plan will include input from farmers, business and the public who are welcome to provide ideas, feedback and be involved in upcoming meetings.
Do you want to stay up to date with the plan and share your thoughts for a new plan? Check out our new website at and learn about the plan, sign up for emails and alerts on events, and submit your feedback.


  • Are you eligible for savings?? Smart Energy Choices is a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension that provides free energy advising to residents, small commercial, non-profit and multifamily building owners and managers to help them reduce their energy use, switch to renewable energy, save money, and improve the comfort of their homes and buildings.  Our Association started a Community Energy Engagement Program (CEEP) in July and provides a Community Energy Advisor to assist Onondaga and Oswego county community members to make informed energy decisions, financing options, implement clean energy projects and connect with the correct energy contractors in their county. Smart Energy Choices is funded in part by a grant from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). See our news coverage here!
Did you know it's easy to treat your clothing and gear to reduce the risk of getting a tick bite? Kristina Ferrare, our Forestry Educator, tells you how!
The Lake Friendly Living Coalition of the Finger Lakes hosted the first Lake Friendly Living Awareness Week from May 2nd – May 8th, 2021 with several free, virtual education sessions. The sessions informed and empowered watershed residents to make changes to help protect the Finger Lakes. CCE Onondaga Water and Ecology Educator, Camille Marcotte, presented on May 6th about Landscaping for Shorelines. 43 attendees joined the session to learn more about the ecological benefits of natural shorelines, as well as social science research about preferences for different shoreline types. For more information on the sessions, and to view resources and recordings of the presentations, visit:

Master Gardeners

Master gardeners recently participated in our fourth Blocks in Bloom event. This year it was held in the 100 block of Wood Ave in Syracuse and coordinated by Sue Lewis. Master gardeners collaborated with residents to design and plant front yard gardens at six houses. Residents were provided with information sheets regarding the plants for their yard and given tips for ongoing care and maintenance of their new gardens.
The demonstration garden at CCE Onondaga is looking great! This year the Master Gardeners created a large perennial garden and 3 raised beds for vegetables. More beds will be added next year.

Nutrition & Health

  • Welcome to new SNAP-Ed Summer Intern, Emma Schwingel-Sauer!
After attending an 8-week series of virtual zoom workshops, from the curriculum “Eat Healthy Be Active”, a group of parents and grandparents met in-person, at Huntington Family Center on 4/27/21 to create their own versions of salt-free herb and spice seasonings… (a DIY  Mrs Dash project!).  Throughout these zoom lessons , the group  learned about the importance of limiting sodium, sugar, saturated and trans fats, as well as skills to plan, purchase and prepare meals at home on a budget from whole unprocessed foods. All participants went home with 2 bottles of the seasoning blend to be used to prepare healthy meals for their families.

For more information regarding SNAP Ed please visit

You can also access the NYS SNAP Ed YouTube channel to access a library of food demonstration and prerecorded lessons from across all the SNAP Ed regions in NYS. 

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