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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 NEW Instagram account!

We have a lot of great events ahead of us in 2019! Keep in touch and stay involved!

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

Executive Director,

Next Public Board Meeting:
March 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm, CCE Onondaga


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  • For two years in a row CCE Onondaga celebrates a great tradition for the American Red Cross's National Wear Red Day!


2019 NY Ag Literacy Week

March 18 - March 22

New York Ag-in-the-Classroom and the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H program invite you to be a reader for the annual Agriculture Literacy Week. Last year, 2000 books were donated to school or classroom libraries and books were read by volunteers to thousands of second graders throughout New York State. Read more about this years book through the link above!

Check out this great article
featuring CCE Onondaga's 4H Afterschool Educator, Ashmita Das!


Partnership with 4-H Program Teaches Middle School Students Healthy Living


  • Check out the upcoming events for our South Central New York Dairy and Field Crops Team
CCE Onondaga hosted a Farmland Protection workshop in January. ‘Farmland Protection: An Inside Look at Appraisals and Tax Implications’ focused on the details of these two important components of the NY State Farmland Protection Implementation Grant Program process. Guest speakers included tax specialists from Farm Credit East and a local appraiser with 44 years of appraisal experience and knowledge.

Seventeen farmland owners and agency representatives participated in the workshop gaining a wealth of information on the topics presented. CCE Educator, Melanie Palmer, also shared Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement of the record-breaking $35 million that has been awarded to 40 farms across 19 counties (Onondaga County being one of them!) in New York State to protect 13,000 acres of agricultural land. The grants mark a historic level of funding awarded in a single round of the State’s Farmland Protection Implementation Grant Program.

On February 21st, CCE Onondaga helped to host a hands-on learning experience of fruit tree pruning from the expert orchardist, Walt Blacker, at local Apple Acres’ orchards. We will go out to the orchard to experience hands-on learning of fruit tree pruning. Cornell Professor Terence Robinson will lead the pruning workshop. Professor Robinson is a recognized fruit crop physiologist at Cornell AgriTech (New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, NY).  His goal is to solve practical fruit production problems that will increase the profitability and strength of the New York fruit industry and fruit growers around the world with his program being largely field oriented and of an applied nature. 

This workshop didn't teach the pruning of traditional apple trees but rather specifically focus on the pruning of Tall Spindle Apple Trees, more commonly grown by commercial apple producers at the present time. 


CCE Onondaga presented at the Winter Maple Conference in January, highlighting its urban maple program with the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs.

“Syracuse’s Urban Maple Program: The Beginning of Something Sweet” highlights the accomplishments of the small but growing maple sugaring education program for Syracuse City Youth. The presentation highlighted how to capitalize on existing staff and resources to build the partnerships necessary for an urban maple program – bringing a rural tradition to children and families in the city. Participants, from local town school teachers to Maine maple producers, participated.
CCE educator Shannon Fabiani gave presentation on Road Salts and Best Practices to the Onondaga Council on Environmental Health this January. Presentation covered the environmental and health impacts of road salt applications and discussed ways that municipalities, private companies, and homeowners can apply de-icing agents in a sustainable and efficient manner. 
Check out our new resource guide: 
Road Salts in our Watersheds: Best Practices for Private Contractors, Homeowners, and Commercial/ Private Property Owners
Please contact CCE Onondaga if interested in hard copies of this publication.
CCE Onondaga’s forestry educator recently completed a tool for landowners to assess the ability of their woodlots to respond to and recover from increased pressures due to climate change. The Keep Forests Healthy Assessment and Scorecard was developed by Kristina Ferrare in collaboration with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and The Nature Conservancy Central.  The tool enables landowners to assess how their forest may be affected by changing climate conditions, identify potential risks and highlight management options that may increase the ability of a forest to cope with the pressure of changing conditions.
The Keep Forests Healthy Assessment and Scorecard is available at , the website for the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science.

Master Gardeners

Nutrition & Health

Our Food Preservation Team of Kat Korba & Kathleen Bump kicked off the new year with Mozzarella Cheese making!

Stay tuned for more workshops in 2019. We'll cover canning, fermentation, and dehydration. Get ready to preserve those goodies from your garden and the farmer's market!
Sustainable. Educational. Local.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County
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