Cornell University Cooperative Extension Yates County

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CCE Yates County is part of the statewide cooperative extension system connected to Cornell University resources and the federal land grant system. CCE builds partnerships with individuals, organizations and communities to solve problems using research based information in the areas agriculture, natural resources, 4-H youth development, nutrition, water quality, energy, and financial management.

Mission: Helping people put research knowledge to work. -Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities. -CCE does not endorse or recommend any specific product or service. -This program is solely intended to educate consumers about their choices.

06/17/2020
Cornell Cooperative Extension

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Cornell Cooperative Extension staff across New York state have witnessed first-hand how hard our farmers have been working throughout the pandemic to help keep our food system safe and secure. We wanted to come together (digitally) to show our appreciation for all they do on our behalf. Thank you, farmers! You are essential, vital, and so deeply appreciated!

Cornell Cooperative Extension staff across New York state have witnessed first-hand how hard our farmers have been working throughout the pandemic to help keep our food system safe and secure. We wanted to come together (digitally) to show our appreciation for all they do on our behalf. Thank you, farmers! You are essential, vital, and so deeply appreciated!

Thank you to staffer Terrie Sutter and her trusty pick up truck for getting a pallet of NY Clean hand sanitizer (gallon ...
06/16/2020

Thank you to staffer Terrie Sutter and her trusty pick up truck for getting a pallet of NY Clean hand sanitizer (gallon containers and 2 oz. sprays) and face masks from the Syracuse Fairgrounds.

June is National Dairy Month! Start the summer off right by with nutrient-rich dairy foods. From calcium to potassium, d...
06/15/2020

June is National Dairy Month! Start the summer off right by with nutrient-rich dairy foods. From calcium to potassium, dairy products like milk contain nine essential nutrients which may help to better manage your weight, reduce your risk for high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.

In Yates County, many dairies have been producing milk for multiple generations. For more information on where to buy dairy products locally, visit http://yates.cce.cornell.edu/agriculture/buy-local to download a copy of our local food guide!

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06/15/2020
Gardening Matters Newsletter

http://yates.cce.cornell.edu/gardening/gardening-matters-newsletter

Did you know that the Yates County Master Gardeners have a newsletter? Click the link below for more information and to access past issues.

What is Gardening Matters? Gardening Matters is a newsletter published four times a year in spring, summer, fall, and winter, and is put together by the Yates County Master Gardener Program. Our goal behind this is to be an educational resource for the home gardener. For $10 per subscription, rea...

Learn lake-friendly tips from a real pro! Laura Bailey, Natural Resources Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Y...
06/12/2020

Learn lake-friendly tips from a real pro! Laura Bailey, Natural Resources Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County, will be sharing more than a. dozen practices that can improve water quality by minimizing runoff, eliminating pollutants, capturing and infiltrating runoff and pollutants, and much more. To register for this free Zoom online presentation, click on this hyperlink:
https://rochester.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqceCurTgvG9EPcJtVhBlS49hrxVJ9Pthf?fbclid=IwAR0fa9yO6R6DWAnalY9ixm5R6M9TbLsxTDh_oShX1Szez7wCCzTatffzkV0

FYI: Phase 3 starts Friday, June 12th!
06/11/2020

FYI: Phase 3 starts Friday, June 12th!

The Governor announced today that Phase 3 will start tomorrow, Friday June 12th for the Finger Lakes Region! Please be patient and kind with the businesses re-opening as they all have new guidelines they must follow. We all have our part in keeping Yates County open and to be able to continue to move forward with re-opening Phase 4.

Master Forest Owner Program - Northwest Region
06/11/2020

Master Forest Owner Program - Northwest Region

During Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW), get outdoors with your kids and teach them about invasive species. See the attached fact sheet for information about invasives and some that you can find together and be on the lookout for!

COMMUNITY-WIDE GROCERY DISTRIBUTIONThursday, June 18th, from 2pm to 4pmFinger Lakes Produce Auction3691 Route 14A, Penn ...
06/11/2020

COMMUNITY-WIDE GROCERY DISTRIBUTION
Thursday, June 18th, from 2pm to 4pm
Finger Lakes Produce Auction
3691 Route 14A, Penn Yan, NY 14527

06/11/2020
NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for FarmsBusiness Safety Plans Required For All FarmsCornell Cooperative Extensi...
06/10/2020

NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for Farms
Business Safety Plans Required For All Farms
Cornell Cooperative Extension Webinar Series on developing safety plans for compliance and to reduce liability risk

June 10th (7:30-8:30)- NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for (Dairy/Livestock/Crop) Farms

New York state requires businesses to have a specific business safety plan in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all farms, both food and non-food producing. In addition, a well-written and executed business safety plan will help reduce business liability risk during and after the pandemic. A Cornell Task Force recently developed materials to directly support farms in the plan writing process.

This webinar, led by Extension specialists, will walk farmers through the need for and process to complete a safety plan as is required by all businesses for compliance with NY Forward, demonstrate project tools develop by Extension to write and complete a plan, and share curated resources specific to dairy, livestock and field crops.

http://yates.cce.cornell.edu/events/2020/06/10/ny-forward-business-safety-plan-support-for-farms-webinar-series

All Cooperative Extension offices are also providing hand sanitizer and face coverings for wineries and tasting rooms, t...
06/10/2020
Arlene

All Cooperative Extension offices are also providing hand sanitizer and face coverings for wineries and tasting rooms, to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Supplies for Yates County businesses are available at Horning's Greenhouse during business hours. Please call the office to schedule a time to stop in OR call and leave a message to provide: business name, how many employees you have and the amount of product you will be picking up.

https://cals.cornell.edu/cornell-craft-beverage-institute/reopening-guidelines-tasting-rooms-during-covid-19-pandemic

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06/09/2020

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It's NY Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) 2020!

Please enjoy these reflective and informative thoughts about IS written by one of our Keuka Lake Watercraft Stewards:

Last summer, a different ideology was presented to me: are invasive species really invasive when millions of years ago the continents were connected? Since then, I have thought about this concept and have come to the conclusion that yes, these species are still invasive.

About 250 Million years ago, all continents formed one giant land mass known as Pangaea, but over time the continental drift caused the supercontinent to fracture into separate continents. Different species have evolved since then on distant continents, that are equipped with special adaptations that allow them to successfully compete within their ecological communities. Of course, one could argue that some of these organisms, especially aquatic, have existed together before Pangaea which is true. However, it is not always the case when it comes to freshwater lakes; such as, the Finger Lakes. They were created thousands of years ago, by the Laurentide glacier after the continents had already separated. Lakes isolated by land allowed species who have similar characteristics and habitat requirements to evolve independently of each other.

So why are aquatic invasive species (AIS) so detrimental to freshwater communities? Well, these species outcompete, displace, and in some cases completely replace native species which other species rely on. They can be hosts for parasites that not only cause harm, but also death to other species. Invasives are known to alter nutrients, water quality and temperature. Changes that are known to cause harmful algal blooms (HABs) which are toxic to many lifeforms. Invasive plants create dense mats that trap sediment which disrupts water flow and reduces oxygen levels, causing distress to aquatic organisms. Consequently, effecting the biodiversity of ecological communities; but wait there is more. Invasive species also inhibit recreational activities including boating, fishing, and swimming. On top of that, the U.S. economy continues to suffer from the effects of invasive species. Billions are spent yearly to prevent and control the spread of invasive species. Locally, hardship can be felt by water dependent industries; such as, tourism, agriculture, and aquaculture.

Just one AIS can cause a ripple effect that cascades throughout the community causing havoc. Unfortunately, most lakes have more than one AIS residing in their bodies. This is why it is so important to protect our freshwater lakes against the spread of invasive species. We can each do our part by cleaning, draining, and drying our watercrafts, trailers, and gear before and after each use. To be aware of the threats that are lurking nearby and take action to safeguard our freshwater communities.

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06/09/2020

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Click the link below to learn more about this week's featured 2020 Watercraft Steward.

Meet the 2020 Keuka Lake Watercraft Stewards! This week we'd like to introduce you to our Keuka Lake State Park steward, who joined our team last year and we are happy to welcome him back for another season:

I have spent my whole life in the Finger Lakes. Growing up I spent every summer on the water. I have been interested in learning about the environment since I participated in Marcus Whitman’s Environmental Classroom Opportunity (ECO) in 6th and 7th grades. While working on my degree in Environmental Studies at FLCC, I learned about the importance of taking care of the natural resources that set the Finger Lakes apart as a special place for future generations to grow up.

New York will celebrate its 7th annual ISAW June 7-13, 2020The mission of the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (...
06/08/2020

New York will celebrate its 7th annual ISAW June 7-13, 2020

The mission of the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species and the harm they can cause by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state, and empowering them to take action to help stop the spread.

This annual education campaign is comprised of various outreach initiatives and events led by partner organizations statewide. Activities include interpretive hikes, invasive plant removal, and restoration projects, displays, webinars, radio and television programming, and more.

https://www.sleloinvasives.org/event/invasive-species-awareness-week/

06/07/2020

It's New York State's 7th Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week! CCE Yates Director Arlene Wilson provides an introduction to a pesticide resistant invasive species: Black Swallowwort.

Shop Taste NY e-store brings local flavor online
06/06/2020
Shop Taste NY e-store brings local flavor online

Shop Taste NY e-store brings local flavor online

Taste NY has built a brand by introducing consumers to the diversity of foods, beverages, and gifts New Yorkers grow, produce, and create, at Welcome Centers all over the state. Now, through ShopTa…

Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County
06/06/2020

Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County

Check out the newest addition to the Extension Learning Farm: A LIVING QUILT care of our creative Master Gardener volunteers. Witness it from the road, and watch through the summer as the flowers flourish. The quilt is on State Highway 68 in Canton and can be seen when heading south.

The project was an amazing group effort. Kudos to volunteer Anneke Larrance for spearheading the planning and getting the other Master Gardeners excited about the vision. Amazing job, John Larrance for constructing the frame. CCE farm manager Charlie Hitchman and his helpers filled the frame with topsoil. The Master Gardeners planted it one exciting, hot morning. And finally, great work Carol Budd for creating the painted version of this design this past winter. The group came together to bring this dual living artistic vision to fruition. We are ready for the rain!

We appreciate TAUNY's idea to integrate this project into the St. Lawrence County Barn Quilts Exhibit, with tireless enthusiasm from Ruth McWilliams.

Cornell Cooperative Extension
06/06/2020

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Dear Cornell Cooperative Extension Community,

Like so many of you, I am devastated by racist violence and senseless killing of Black men and women, including those that we have heard about in recent weeks: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. We firmly denounce the ways in which structural racism and white supremacy disproportionately and detrimentally impact the lives of Black members of our community. We also recognize the resulting racialized trauma that stifles dreams, smothers hope, and compromises our shared humanity across race.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s strong ties in diverse communities across New York State compels us to fully embody the principles of equity and inclusion in our programs, in our interactions with community members, and with each other. To this end, CCE pledges to foster a culture of belonging in our communities where all are supported and welcome to pursue their dreams and opportunities for growth without fear or apprehension.

We invite all members of the extension community to join our collective efforts to transform ourselves, our relationships, and our systems through critical self-reflection, courageous conversations, and bold actions. Our intentional efforts in doing so will lead us to a more just, healed, and thriving community for all.

Sincerely,

Christopher B. Watkins
Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension

06/05/2020
https://cals.cornell.edu/cornell-craft-beverage-institute/reopening-guidelines-tasting-rooms-during-covid-19-pandemic
06/04/2020
Reopening guidelines for New York state tasting rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic

https://cals.cornell.edu/cornell-craft-beverage-institute/reopening-guidelines-tasting-rooms-during-covid-19-pandemic

Serving craft and farm-based beverages in tasting rooms has long been an important element of the farm, food and agritourism industries of New York state. As tasting rooms reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, observing safety guidelines will be critical to their success and the health of both employ...

Finger Lakes Grape Program
06/04/2020

Finger Lakes Grape Program

Amazing what a little heat can do. Last week these shoots had just started to emerge. Suddenly we’re at 7-10” of growth, and everyone is playing catch up. #flxgrapes #viticulture

FYI: CCE Saratoga County is hosting a Food Preservation Educational Series via Zoom for 2020! Register for one or all of...
06/04/2020

FYI: CCE Saratoga County is hosting a Food Preservation Educational Series via Zoom for 2020!

Register for one or all of these FREE classes taught by Diane Whitten, CCE Nutrition Educator, and Cornell Certified Master Food Preserver. For additional information, contact Diane at [email protected].

Visit http://yates.cce.cornell.edu/events for upcoming virtual workshops and youth programming opportunities.

06/03/2020
COVID-19 impact: Mary Jo Dudley on vulnerable farmworkers

Please contact our office for face masks, hand sanitizer and best practice strategies for keeping farm workers safe during the growing and harvest season.

Mary Jo Dudley, MRP ’96, an expert in farmworker issues at Cornell University, talks about how the pandemic has underlined the importance of farmworkers, who...

06/02/2020
Growing Potatoes in Containers

Growing potatoes in containers is a great option for anyone who has limited space to garden, is concerned about what is in their soil, or is looking for an easier way to harvest potatoes. Almost any vegetable can be grown successfully in a container, and potatoes are no exception. In this video, Master Gardener Caroline Hunt demonstrates the steps and tools needed to grow potatoes at home.

06/02/2020

Growing potatoes in containers is a great option for anyone who has limited space to garden, is concerned about what is in their soil, or is looking for an easier way to harvest potatoes. Almost any vegetable can be grown successfully in a container, and potatoes are no exception. In this video, Master Gardener Caroline Hunt demonstrates the steps and tools needed to grow potatoes at home.

Meet the 2020 Watercraft Stewards! Welcome, Ryan Bell!
06/01/2020

Meet the 2020 Watercraft Stewards! Welcome, Ryan Bell!

Meet the Keuka Lake Watercraft Stewards for the 2020 season. This week, we'd like to introduce you to Ryan Bell:

Hello everyone! My name is Ryan Bell and I will be your watercraft steward at the Penn Yan boat launch on the Keuka Lake Outlet this summer. I have grown up in the Finger Lakes region and, as an avid outdoorsman and fisherman, have a deep appreciation for our lakes and am committed to do all I can to keep them clean and healthy for the wildlife who depend on them and for the people who enjoy and use them.

I hold an associates degree in environmental science, as well as a bachelors in biology, and will do all I can to answer any questions you may have about invasive species in Keuka Lake and how the watercraft steward program is doing its best to combat them and prevent their spread and introduction within Keuka Lake and other water bodies of the region.

I hope to see you this summer!

Keuka Outlet Trail
05/31/2020

Keuka Outlet Trail

A hard-working crew of volunteers worked on the new pavilion at the Cascade area of the Keuka Outlet Trail today, and finished the job by noon! A metal roof and some other finishing touches will go on next week. This project was largely funded with a grant from the Yates County Legislature's Natural Resources program, which uses locally collected occupancy tax proceeds for projects that will improve the quality of life for Yates County residents and visitors.

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CCE of Yates County serves its visitors, residents, businesses and communities. CCE programs touch the lvies of many through educational programming, internship opportunities, field research, 4-H programming, youth development and career exploration opportunities, after school programming, volunteer leadership opportunities, dissemination of university research, financial education, energy efficiency projects and horticulture. We seek opportunities to collaborate and improve the lives of residents and visitors to Yates County.

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