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The Cornell Cooperative Extension educational system enables people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work.


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The 2016 4-H Camp Shankitunk brochure is now available.  Click HERE  to open & print a copy.  


The On-Line registration link is now open for the 2016 camping season. Go to:  www.campshankitunk.org



Nutrition Subject Educators: Teach workshops, perform food demonstrations and deliver nutrition education to improve healthy food and lifestyle choices among low income families, individuals and youth in the Eat Smart NY/Federal SNAP-Ed Regional Program for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Delaware and Otsego Counties. Two positions available. Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition required. Full time. Excellent benefits. All applications must be received by May 13, 2016. Apply online:  https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CCECareerPage%20  SNAP ED Nutritionist Job number: WDR-00007509


Horticulture/Natural Resources Subject Educator III: Develop and deliver horticulture and natural resources educational programs. Must be able to effectively communicate with clientele. Master’s degree in horticulture, natural resources or plant science or related discipline is required.  20 hours/week. Benefits available.  Salary commensurate with qualifications. Apply online: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CCECareerPage%20 Subject Ed. III WDR-00007507 


Horticulture/Natural Resources Educator Subject Educator I: Implement horticulture and natural resources educational programs. Must be able to effectively communicate with clientele. Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant science and/or natural resources. 20 hours/week. Benefits available.  Salary commensurate with qualifications. Apply online:  https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CCECareerPage%20  Subject Ed. I WDR-00007508   


Applications accepted through May 13, 2016.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Saturday, June 4, 1-3pm

Faraway Farm, 9197 County Rte 16, Treadwell


Come join us to learn how herding sheepdogs can enhance your small ruminant farm operation.  Elizabeth Phillips has more than 25 years experience breeding and training sheepdogs. She will demonstrate gathering and driving on grazing, in-bye handling, early training tips for everyday work and competitive field trails.  Elizabeth raises Cheviot, Leicester and Romney sheep on 95 acres.  You will enjoy meeting her collies which are indispensable for her farm operation.  Please leave your dogs at home.


Farm is located in village of Treadwell on County Rte 16 across the street from fire department.  Please pre-register by contacting Kim at (607) 865-7090.


Ornamental Winter Damage Update

There have been many questions from Christmas tree farmers, nurseries, and home owners about tree browning this spring . The symptom that several of us at CCE and NYS IPM have seen is rapid browning from the bottom up and inside out. This damage came on very quickly in mid-April and is present across species. These factors indicate that environmental stress is to blame rather than an insect or disease pest. Several species of conifer, arborvitae, and even deciduous trees, including willow, were hit by this year’s winter damage. Balsam seem to be hit the hardest but spruce and other species were also affected (Figure 1).

Depending on your location, last summer was wet and followed by a dry fall and winter. Sandra Jensen at the Cornell Plant Diagnostic Clinic has inspected many samples without discovering a disease culprit. She indicated that one factor contributing to winter desiccation is the health of the root system when trees enter dormancy in the fall. This browning didn’t show up until after the up and down temperature extremes in early April

One theory is that trees came out of dormancy with the warm March temperatures and used the little water that was available to start photosynthesizing. On April 5th and 6th, night temperatures dropped to 15°F in Albany and below 5°F in some locations in the Capital Region. Trees were scorched by the cold. Christmas trees "wake up" from the root up and therefore show bottom-up browning. Potted plants that were still frozen and trees to our north were likely still dormant and seem to show less severe damage.

Damaged trees are now budding out. The recommendation is not to cut down affected trees but wait until bud break to see if they will put on new growth this season. Younger trees are more likely to be marketable in the future.

Source: Lily Calderwood, PhD, Cornell


This year’s County Fair quilt project will encourage quilters and the public to celebrate “I © Quilting Mix & Match Monday.”  We would like to display quilt projects this year at the Delaware County that have been especially fun to create and will inspire others to create a quilt/quilted project.  This year CCE Human Ecology fair exhibit will feature “Healthy Monday; Dedicating the First Day of Every Week to Health.”


To participate in “I © Quilting Mix & Match Monday” project, each individual or group is asked to complete a wall hanging or mini-quilt by Friday, July 8, 2016.  The quilted projects will be displayed at the Delaware County Fair August 15-20, 2016 and may be available for bid.  Quilt projects bid money will be donated to Relay for Life.  Quilters can also volunteer to do quilting demonstrations at the Delaware County Fair.


For more information about this year’s quilt project or to receive a copy of the project guidelines, please call Jeanne Darling at Cornell University Cooperative Extension at 607-865-6531 or e-mail vsd22@cornell.edu.



Cornell Cooperative Extension will sponsor three Farmers’ Markets in 2016:  Walton, Sidney, and Deposit.  This season, we would like to expand the number of vendors in these three markets.  There is a great need in Delaware County for markets that participate in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), redeeming produce coupons for WIC clients and senior citizens.  Although the FMNP participants are the target audience, Extension would like to offer additional locally produced foods and increase the number of cash paying patrons as well.


Deposit Farmers’ Market

2 Thursdays only, August 18 & September 15, 2016, 10:00am-2:00pm


Sidney Farmers’ Market

Tuesdays, Video Entertainment parking lot, June 28 – August 30, 2016, 2:00-6:00pm* (from 10:00 am-6:00pm on the 4th Tuesday)


Walton Farmers’ Market

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, July 6 – October 19, 2016, 10:00am-2:00pm


If you are interested in participating as a vendor in the Deposit, Sidney, or Walton Farmers’ Markets, please contact Jeanne Darling at 607-865-6531 or email vsd22@cornell.edu.


Click here for a complete list of local Farmers' Markets:   Farmers Markets - 2016





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

Zika virus and the potential of its spread - click HERE

Thank You to Don's Dairy for Enrolling as a Patron Sponsor

Link: http://www.donsdairysupply.com/

Full service dairy supply company, new and used equipment, service and installation, barn and parlor design and over 33 years expertise.



NY CCE EDEN is supporting NOAA's National Weather Service "WeatherReady" nation vision, which includes increasing partnerships and redoubling our efforts in public outreach and education for all kinds of severe weather including floods. Next week offers a great opportunity for all entities in New York to prepare for floods and flash floods.  

It is imperative that our citizens be prepared for flooding, whether it be from a thunderstorm with excessive rain, snow melt, ice jams, dam breaks or a tropical storm or hurricane.


The following websites have excellent information on flood safety.









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