All throughout our community, there are impressive organizations and other groups doing some impressive things in the world of Agriculture and Food. Below are just some of those links. Enjoy!
Our Agriculture Educator provides programming at Extension for new and experienced farmers in Chenango County. This can include dairy and livestock herd health management, farm business planning, start-up farm operations, and Animal science programs such as the horse, dairy, rabbit, and goat quiz bowls are held for 4-H members throughout the county.
The Central New York Dairy, Livestock, & Field Crops Team provides high quality educational programs that address the needs of commercial agricultural producers in Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego and Schoharie Counties. The Field Crops Specialist and the Area Dairy Management Specialist hold workshops throughout the year specializing in milk quality, field crops pest and disease management, and much more!
Our Horticulture & Natural Resources Edcuator can answer almost any gardening, forestry, or plant and pest identification inquiries. We also provides forestry and plantscience programming for Chenango County 4-H youth.
Natural Resources information and support is available for forest landowners interested in agro-forestry, recreation, wildlife, or conservation, maple syrup production, and christmas tree growing. The Broome-Chenango Forestry Initiatives Program also promotes forest management and Cooperative Extension resources available for landowners.
Commercial Horticulture workshops and seminars are held throughout the year for fruit and vegetable growers, nursery and greenhouse producers and farmer’s markets.
Garden, landscape, and household pest management information is also provided. The Master Gardener hotline is available May through September of every year. Call and ask our trained Master Gardener volunteers your questions during the growing season!
Chenango County 4-H Youth have the opportunity to participate in a number of exciting programs throughout the year. An experiential, non-formal educational program for Chenango County youth. Opportunities for personal development of life skills available through organized club units, independent enrollment and school enrichment programs. With over a hundred project areas to choose from, 4-H youth between the ages of five and eighteen can build lasting memories and frienships. From the County Fair to Public Presentations and volunteer projects, the 4-H experience is invaluable.
What is EAT Smart New York?
EAT Smart New York is the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program. The program offers classes to teach participants about food budgeting, meal planning, nutrition, and food preparation. Nutrition Teaching Assistants (NTA) can visit homemakers in their homes to help them choose nutritious foods and to offer help in making wise choices in feeding their infants and young children.
Who can participate?
Anyone who is eligible to receive or is receiving food stamps is eligible. Participants are often juggling multiple responsibilities of family and returning to work.
Where do the NTA’s and homemakers meet?
Classes meet in churches, schools, and community centers where there are cooking facilities adequate to accommodate a group. Individual homemakers usually meet the NTA’s in their own homes, but other meeting places can be arranged.
What happens in a ESNY class?
Classes are designed to help members learn how to budget limited food dollars, prepare tasty, nutritious meals acceptable to their families in a limited amount of time. Each class prepares a complete meal, eats together, and cleans up. Participants each receive a computer printout of their dietary intake indicating nutrients which are adequate and areas for nutritional improvement.
How to I get involved?
Contact CCE Chenango to talk to one of our ESNY Educators- 607-334-5841 x 32
Look for our listing on Local Harvest!
Are you looking for a local harvest festival, farmers market, pick-your-own, locally made products or family-friendly farms? Harvest to Hand is here to help promote a sustainable way of life for local agriculture across the United States. Consumers have easy access to fresh farm products, events and home-spun goods right at their fingertips through our free Harvest to Hand app. On iPhone and Android devices
Check out when each of your favorite veggie's are in season!
Looking for which month's your favorite fruits will be available? Check out this link!
Learn about the program, see if you are eligible, and apply all through this site!
A great breakdown of some of the terms you'll see dealing with local foods! What exactly is "organic"? And many others! You'll be a local foods wiz in no time!