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Sign up for NY –Alert weather reports on your computers and smartphones. Click here

Also, please familiarize yourself with the information on the NY EDEN website regarding Severe Summer storms and share this information widely. Click here

Specifically for agriculture, consider hosting Farm Disaster Preparedness clinics. Click here

Finally, for virtually any extreme weather event, preparedness is key. Click here

For more information click here: EmergencyPreparedness

Dealing With Power Outages:

What you need to know, click HERE

Portable Generator Safety, click HERE

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, click HERE

Staying Warm in an Unheated House, click HERE

Preparing Food During a Power Outage, click HERE

Safety of Frozen Food During a Power Outage, click HERE

Safety of Refrigerated Food During a Power Outage, click HERE


Lonny Schaefer, owner of Catskill Cattle Company, will host the beef producers’ group meeting on December 17, 2014, at 1-3:00 p.m. at 96 Laurel Bank Avenue, Deposit NY. 

This farm is a seed stock operation with a small feed lot, raising registered Simmental and SimAngus cattle. The cattle are bred for fall calving. Lonny will discuss the pros and cons of this calving system and his nutrition and fertility programs. Bull sales, feeder calves and their freezer trade will also be discussed.

 These producer meetings are sponsored by the Watershed Agriculture Program in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County.  To register, contact Kim Holden at 865-7090 or email: KMH19@cornell.edu


Thursday, January 15, SUNY DELHI, Farrell Hall


Early Bird Session:  Haymaking 101/WAC and Your Whole Farm Plan

Local Foods Luncheon; Speakers:  Aissa O'Neil, Jason Santobuono and Rich Strausser - Keys to Successful Business Start-Ups.

For more information go to:  www.nycwatershed.org

Online Registration:  https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/Catskill_Ag_Conference_2015.212 or call 607-865-7090.


Thursday, January 29, 1:00pm-3:30pm, CCE Resource Center.

More information to follow




The family recently lost their barn, equipment and some animals to a fire last week. 

We have established a goal of $7,000 by the end of the year. We must keep this sharing! For Rebecca and Mariane and Kristan, specifically, please share this via facebook and your eNews lists.

We also now know of the following other efforts underway:

  • There are a group of farmers that plan to have an after-holiday benefit dinner (January); The Shire has offered to host a fundraiser in January, something like a 50/50 and auction
  • Maureen Heffernan Holderith and friend are planning a fundraising event.
  • Melissa Wakin-Mostert is also hosting an online fundraiser at http://www.gofundme.com/isxh9w and has raised $1,950 as of this morning
  • The Holstein Club will host a dinner at the South Kortright school soon
Other farmers that people have been rallying with donated shavings, a vet kit, and other essentials. Let's keep the contributions coming, they will really need it in the coming weeks and months!

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The 4-H Golf Tournament on September 19 was a huge success. 


1st Place Team - Brad Darling, Dave Anderson Jr, Ken Bauer, Nate Doig

2nd Place Team - Tim Smith, Mike Wagner Jr, Sandy Wagner, Mike Wager Sr


Click HERE to see more of the final results.


Enjoy these photos from the 2014 Delaware County Fair


Monday-Fair 2014

Tuesday-Fair 2014

Wednesday-Fair 2014

Thursday-Fair 2014

Friday-Fair 2014

Saturday-Fair 2014



Thirty six Delaware County Farmers and Food Producers attended a Delaware County Local Foods Outlet Store and Online Store planning meeting held November 13, 2014. Cornell Cooperative Extension Human Ecology and Agriculture program staffs hosted this event; the keynote presentation was by Maureen Blanchard, Project Manager, Schoharie Fresh and two of her producers.

Also in attendance were several local food retailers, and representatives from Extension’s partners in these two USDA Local Foods Promotion Program grants: Delaware County Department of Economic Development, CADE, and Watershed Ag Council. These two USDA grants are based on assumptions that there is interest and growing demand by County residents to purchase locally grown foods; that farmers and food producers are seeking marketing and selling strategies that increases sales and profits, while reducing their time staffing food venues; and that low or limited income residents will purchase through online ordering and outlet store that accept EBT (Food Stamps/SNAP) and Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program payments.

One USDA grant supports the feasibility study to explore that an online ordering and pack/pick up site that aggregates Delaware County foods for sale to Delaware County residents is needed and will be used. Farmers and Food Producers are invited and encouraged to participate in this study by sharing challenges, barriers, and successes to facilitate the set up of an online ordering system. The second USDA grant supports the piloting of a centrally located retail Delaware County foods outlet; this will be staffed by Extension. Both initiatives support farmers’ and food producers’ time on the farm, while impacting direct farmer-to-consumer sales.

Participants’ comments and the 21 survey responses indicate an overall positive interest to participate in both venues, with 11 able to sell year round, seven of whom are meat producers. One written survey response indicated interest in participating in a Community Supported Agriculture venue, like Schoharie Fresh, that is only online ordering and pick up. The food retailers and stakeholders were concerned that both online and retail operations would be existing to food markets , whereas just the online operation would be more advantageous for all food sellers. Part of the feasibility study then would examine if Delaware County food market is or is not saturated, if there is room for additional, but alternative, food markets, and that by coupling nutrition educational events at the retail outlet both increases local demand for local foods and behavior changes for healthier meal planning.

Maureen Blanchard and her two producers stressed the importance of careful planning and expansion of servicers to Schoharie residents. In their four years of operation under a NYS Department of Health "Creating Healthy Communities" five year grant, they have grown from 10 producers, 106 orders, and $2,568 in sales in 2011 to 40 producers and $38,000 in sales todate along with establishing two satellite drop off sites. She also emphasized that there is minimal waste because the farmer knows weekly how much of his/her foods are being ordered and sold, they are motivated to seek out expansion of food product lines into value added foods that can be available seasonally and/or year round, and that they and Schoharie Fresh customers really appreciate the minimal ‘hands’ handling the process of and lowered mileage of transporting foods from the farm to the outlet.

Further, the feasibility study will explore the structure, ease, and costs of setting up the online ordering website. Maureen further stressed the importance of such website being attractive and inviting to potential and returning customers by including bios/publicity and photos of member producers’ farms and food products; being accessible and easy to navigate to both farmers posting weekly foods availability and customers ordering; and being structured to facilitate at a glance farmers’ weekly sales and customers’ payments.

We welcome more farmers and food producers to participate in these Local Foods Outlet and Online opportunities. Call 607. 865.6531 or Email Jeanne Darling (jmd30@cornell.edu) or Valerie Dudley (vsd22@cornell.edu). A copy of our Survey for Farmers & Food Producers is available on our website: www.ccedelaware.org. Your survey answers, comments, and questions can then be emailed back to Valerie. We look forward to hearing from you and will keep you updated on our website and Facebook page., and in Extension Connection.



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