Join your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farming is a unique relationship between the consumer and the farmer. As a consumer, you purchase a “share” of what the farm produces. This share is purchased at the beginning of the growing season (March or April). The farmer will supply you, the consumer, with fresh produce and/or meat through the season on a weekly basis.

Download CCEDC’s CSA brochure, which contains a comprehensive list of local CSA farms. Contact the CSA in or near your community for specific share prices and details. And thank you for supporting our local farmers!

CCEDC Horticulture Hotline Open

Master Gardener volunteers identify plant and insect samples, diagnose plant samples and perform soil pH testing in our Horticulture Diagnostic Lab. The CCEDC Horticulture Hotline is open Wednesdays from 9-noon, April through October. The Hotline number is 845-677-5067.

Samples for diagnosis may be dropped off at the Dutchess County Farm & Home Center M-F, 8:30 AM- 4 PM. The receptionist will have you fill out a form and collect payment. Diagnosis results will be mailed within 7 days of receipt. Please call our office if you have any questions about submitting samples.

Ruth A. Moore Appointed as Executive Director

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ruth Moore | (845) 677-8223 ×107 | ram527@cornell.edu

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) is pleased to announce that Ruth A. Moore has been appointed as Executive Director effective January 16.

Ruth brings over 25 years of legal and administrative experience in state government, most recently at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets where she was General Counsel.She also served as First Deputy Commissioner at that agency, as well as Deputy Commissioner at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. In these positions she worked extensively with Cornell University administrators, faculty and Extension staff. She says, “I am delighted to join the talented CCEDC team and take part in the important work that Extension does to support our Dutchess County communities.” Ruth grew up in Clinton in Central New York and now lives with her family in the Hudson Valley.

CCEDC held the annual Reorganization Meeting on January 16 and elected the officers for the Board of Directors: John Borchert, President, Brad Roeller, Vice President, Mark Manning, Treasurer and Karmen Smallwood, Secretary. President Borchert said, “I am pleased with the opportunity to work with our new Executive Director over the coming year as we continue to serve the residents, businesses, and communities of Dutchess County as we have done over the past century.”

In 1913, the Dutchess County Cooperative Extension was established, just two years after the first New York Extension office was established in Broome County. CCEDC works to extend the educational resources of Cornell University and the New York State Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Human Ecology and Veterinary Medicine, the Land Grant university system and other educational institutions, to the people of Dutchess County to foster economic, social and environmental improvement of its individuals, families and communities. To continue the work of this long-standing community organization, a Friends of Extension Program was launched last year.

The Snippet: How Important Are Small Farms?

How important are small farms to the local economy? First a small farm must be defined. According to USDA a farm is defined as having agricultural sales of at least $1000; USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) uses $250,000 or less in agricultural sales as a small farm. The 2007 USDA Agricultural Census shows that most Dutchess County farms sold less than $50,000 in agricultural products. So by anyone’s definition most of our farms are considered small farms here in Dutchess County.

Going back to the question of how important are our farms to the local economy? This is best demonstrated by an example: a sheep operation with 20 breeding ewes, 2 breeding rams and 6 replacement ewe lambs on 10 acres of rented land with sales of sheep grossing approximately $10,000 each year, plus show premiums and sales of fleeces.

Looking at actual dollars spent locally, the impact is fairly significant in the overall scheme, and a farther reaching impact is even more impressive.

Break Down Of Dollars Spent Locally

Grain purchased locally for this flock costs $300 per month or $3600 per year (corn at $11/bushel; oats at $8/bushel). Ask the grain farmer, would the loss of this farm impact your operation?
Hay purchased locally for this flock costs $200 per month or $2400 per year (grass hay at $4/50 pound bale). Ask the hay producer, would the loss of this farm impact your hay business?

Rented land to house this flock costs $$200 per month or $2400 per year (pasture and barn). Ask the landowner, would the loss of this farm impact your income?

Trailer payments to a local bank for this operation costs $270 per month or $3240 per year. Ask the local bank, would the loss of this farm impact your profitability?

Dumpster rental for farm use only costs $80 per month or $960 per year. Ask the waste management business, would the loss of this farm impact your business?

Veterinary bills for this flock are minimal at $200 per year (rabies vaccinations and health papers). Ask the local veterinarian, would the loss of this farm impact your business?

Miscellaneous equipment purchases costs this flock $50 per month or $600 per year. Ask the local feed store, would the loss of this farm impact your business?

This flock sells 25-30 lambs and breeding sheep into the local market each year. The loss of this farm drives up the price of lambs and breeding sheep as the supply would be diminished. Ask the local buyers, would the loss of this farm impact how much lamb or breeding animals you will buy?
This flock brings 12 – 15 sheep to the county fair each year. Ask the fair manager, would the loss of this farm impact your overall sheep numbers at the fair?

Do the Math

The total actual dollars spent locally by this sheep operation is $13,400.

To some, each individual line item in this budget doesn’t seem like a tremendous amount, even adding all of the amounts up (how does this operation stay in business) doesn’t seem like a lot, however if 25% of our 656 farms (2007 USDA Agriculture Census) spent this amount locally, that means 2.2 million dollars are put back into the local economy by our small farms.

That, my friends is a lot of cash. Support your local agriculture, when they lose we all lose.

Professional development programs for STEM teachers this summer

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County will be offering professional development programs for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers grades 6-16. Funded by the USDA to encourage students to become interested in STEM topics, our vision is to secure a well-trained workforce for a future bioeconomy. Through activities relating to bioenergy and bioproducts we engage the teachers in STEM topics that are highly relevant and readily transferable to the classroom. These programs are designed for teachers from middle and high school as well as college-level educators.

All of the programs are free. Continuing education credits are available, a stipend is provided, and classroom-ready teaching materials are included (all aligned with next generation science standards). Field trips, guest speakers, and hands-on activities are all part of the one-week training workshop to be held at 2715 Route 44 in Millbrook, NY from July 15-19, 2013.

Applications are being accepted now, until all spots are filled. Please direct questions to Zywia Wojnar, 845-677-8223 × 130. To Apply, please go to http://www.bioenergyed.org/apply.php.

CCE Educators featured in article about gardening and landscaping in light of climate change

In a recent article in the Journal News, CCEDC Environment & Energy Program leader Allison Morrill Chatrchyan provided expert advice on New York’s changing climate, setting the context for choices that gardeners and landowners can make in their plants, design, and landscaping to withstand current climate trends.

CCE Putnam County Sr. Extension Educator Diane Olsen also provided advice about mulching and mowing in the dry summer months, when we may experience more extended drought periods.

Read the full article here.

New Project Aims at Reducing Future Flood Risk to People and Infrastructure

For Immediate Release

Contact: Allison Chatrchyan | (845) 677-8223 ×136 | amc256@cornell.edu

Millbrook, NY – Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell University, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program and New York State Water Resources Institute, are launching a new educational initiative to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners prepare for floods and climate change in the Hudson Valley. During 2013, staff from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties will be training municipal personnel and landowners in target areas about flood preparedness.

The goal of the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is to provide assistance to communities in developing effective flood readiness and flood response plans. After a severe storm and flooding event, landowners and municipal officials have many decisions to make. There are immediate responses to protect human safety and to repair infrastructure. Once the initial crisis period has passed, there is the opportunity to develop strategies to minimize future flooding impacts. The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project will provide communities with information that can enhance flood planning and preparedness in advance of the next big storm.

“This Cornell Cooperative Extension project will provide communities with tools to increase their understanding of how streams and floodplains work, and how local officials can plan to reduce their communities’ vulnerability to floods in an era of increasing heavy precipitation events,” said Cornell Cooperative Extension educator Liz LoGiudice. “The goals of the project are to help communities reduce future risk to infrastructure and human life, to minimize harmful stream practices that can actually lead to increased flooding, and to keep people out of harm’s way.”

Staff members from the regional Cornell Cooperative Extension offices will be training municipal officials and landowners in several watersheds across the Hudson Valley. CCE staff will first be interviewing local officials across the region through a process led by Cornell University to identify local knowledge of how streams work, and needs for further information and training. Results from these interviews will help guide the development of the program so that it meets the needs of municipal officials and stream-side landowners. CCE staff will also be utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and analysis to determine critical target areas for the program.

CCE will also be collaborating with the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts to deliver trainings to highway personnel and contractors on the topic of post-flood stream repair. “We are very excited to partner with county Soil and Water Conservation Districts to provide training on how to effectively stabilize streams after storms in a way that protects both infrastructure, such as bridges and culverts, and maintains stream function,” LoGiudice said. “As a result of this training, highway personnel will learn how to effectively work in and around streams immediately after a large flood so that the connections between the stream and floodplain are maintained and projects are more successful in the long-term.”

CCE will also be providing educational presentations and seminars for municipal officials; workshops and hands-on trainings for landowners; resource materials including fact sheets identifying which agencies to contact during and after flood events, and planning tools to assist municipalities with reducing vulnerability to flooding. CCE is developing a project website that will house all of these resources in an easy-to-access format for municipal officials and landowners.

For more information on the CCE Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, contact Allison Chatrchyan at (845) 677-8223 × 136 or amc256@cornell.edu.

Children's Garden Series with Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum and the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County are teaming up to offer a new children’s gardening series. Designed especially for families with young children, this 4-part series will kick-off with a special Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 21 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Sunday’s inaugural session features two activities that encourage children to explore seeds, how to plant them, and how to care for seedlings. In “Starting Your Own Veggie Garden” museum visitors will compare various seeds and then plant lettuce seeds to take home. Children will also be invited to create whimsical “grass critters.”

See Gardening Events page for dates, times, and topics for each session in the series.

CCEDC Agriculture & Horticulture Program Leader featured in cicada segment

Your News Now (YNN) turned to CCEDC Agriculture & Horticulture Program Leader Stephanie Radin’s expertise when reporting on the brood of cicada expected to emerge in large numbers this spring. “The males woo the females by singing,” explained Radin, an entomologist. “They’re not a health threat, they can’t bite you and the biggest problem I guess will be the singing and the noise you’ll be hearing.” Read the full story.

Photo: CNN

Parents and caregivers learn about the seven basic principles of positive discipline

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nina Doyle | (845) 677-8223 ×137 | nm62@cornell.edu

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Parent and Family Education (PAFE) program is offering a parenting education series in Poughkeepsie. Discipline is NOT a Dirty Word is an educational series which specifically addresses positive discipline techniques for parents and relative caregivers. The two session educational series is designed to assist caregivers with learning their parenting style, how to react to and guide a child’s behavior and practice examples to demonstrate positive discipline. Discipline is NOT a Dirty Word will be offered at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm on May 8 and 15, 2013 at the Adriance Memorial Library in Poughkeepsie. Discipline is NOT a Dirty Word educational series is free for parents and relatives raising children. Advance registration is required by contacting the Adriance Children’s Room at (845) 485-3445 × 3320 or poklib.org.

PAFE is available to parents and relative caregivers, including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and the youth in their care residing in Dutchess County. PAFE provides educational activities, parenting workshops and referrals to appropriate community based services. For more information about PAFE contact (845) 677-8223 ext. 137 or nm62@cornell.edu.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County provides equal program and employment opportunities. This program is partially funded by the County of Dutchess, Dutchess County Office for the Aging, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Flood Management: New Strategies in a Changing Climate

For Immediate Release

Contact: Allison Chatrchyan | (845) 677-8223 ×136 | amc256@cornell.edu

Millbrook, NY – On Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Cary
Institute of Ecosystem Studies will host a Science and Management Forum on Flood Management: New
Strategies in a Changing Climate. The event will be held in the Cary Institute auditorium, located at 2801
Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, NY. It is free and open to the public.

Across most of the U. S. the heaviest rainfall events have become heavier and more frequent and
intense. This trend is projected to continue. These extreme precipitation events increase the risk of
localized flash flood events that impact human health and safety, and result in substantial damage and
costs to property and infrastructure. Hurricanes Irene and Lee and Superstorm Sandy are recent
examples that forced thousands to evacuate their homes, caused billions of dollars of damage and led to
the loss of human life. As intense rain events become more common in the Hudson Valley, there is a
growing need for improved flood management. An understanding of stream and floodplain dynamics
along with proactive management and planning can provide communities the opportunity to mitigate
and minimize flooding risks while conserving limited financial resources.

Geared toward municipal decision makers and concerned citizens, this forum will provide locally
relevant information with “real world” insight to Hudson Valley communities on flood resilience
strategies. Speakers will include:

  • Wayne Reynolds, Commissioner of Public Works, Delaware County
  • Gregg Swanzey, Director of the Office of Economic Development & Strategic Partnerships, City
    of Kingston
  • Elizabeth Murphy (invited), Climate Outreach Specialist, Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS DEC
  • Stuart E.G. Findlay, PhD, Aquatic Ecologist, Cary Institute
  • Jessica Rennells, Climatologist, Northeast Regional Climate Center

Attendees are eligible for four hours of New York State required municipal training credit. Certificates
for full participation will be available at the end of the session, which can be presented to your
municipality for its approval.

This program is offered in conjunction with the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, a
partnership being led by the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University and Cornell
Cooperative Extension, with support from the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program and the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The Estuary
Resilience Project is a combination of research, demonstration, and educational outreach projects to
address the challenges of flooding, stream and watershed management, and climate change. For more
information about the Estuary Resilience Project visit www.hudsonestuaryresilience.net.

2013 Farmers' Markets Listing

Buy Local..Support our Farms. Our updated listing of Farmers’ Markets in Dutchess County can be found here.

CCE Conference: Local and Regional Options for Energy and Climate Change Resiliency

Friday, September 13, 2013, 8:00 am – 4:00pm at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Cornell Cooperative Extension Presents Local and Regional Options for Energy and Climate Change Resiliency.

The conference responds to the growing interest in energy and climate change resiliency with a particular focus on local and regional based solutions. We will explore complementary local and state goals for communities that are approaching resiliency through energy innovations and as climate smart communities. The event will highlight energy education resources, foster community-based energy planning and decision-making, stimulate strategic thinking about various options, and will motivate communities to take actions.

The conference is intended for local municipal and elected officials, planners, environment and conservation advisory council members, planning board members, Cooperative Extension educators, community leaders, and consultants who work with municipalities on these issues.

For a map to the conference location, including the Vassar College North Parking Lot and Main Building, see: http://info.vassar.edu/visit/map.html . For more information on the conference or Cornell Cooperative Extension’s work on energy and climate change issues, visit: http://cardi.cornell.edu/cals/devsoc/outreach/cardi/programs/energy.cfm

Registration is available via Eventbrite: http://energyclimateresiliency.eventbrite.com/. Registration fee: $25/person.

Sponsors:

  • Cornell Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI)
  • Community and Energy Program Work Team
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Statewide Energy and Climate Change Team
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
  • Vassar College, Environmental Studies Program

Summer Food Service Program Begins

Contact: Shayna Russo | 845-677-8223 ext. 150 | smr255@cornell.edu

Let’s Celebrate Food That’s In When School is Out

Millbrook, NY – With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Each summer, youth wait for the last bell of the school year. Summer is an exciting time to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. But for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations and school districts to provide free meals to youth during the summer. There are no income requirements or registration. Youth eighteen and under, are invited to drop by any of the sites for a free, delicious and nutritionally balanced meal; there is no paperwork or residency requirement.

The Summer Food Service Program is a great way to ensure that kids get the healthy food they enjoy during the school year, even when schools are not in session. All kids are invited to drop by locations in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Amenia/Millerton and Wappingers for a meal, activities, or both!

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC), the Nutrition Advisory Committee, Poughkeepsie and Beacon City School District Food Service Departments, Kids R Kids Feeding Program and North East Community Center hope to increase participation this summer and serve over 67,000 meals throughout the county.

“The summer meal program is expanding and supporting youth all over Dutchess County. It is a great feeling knowing that we can help make sure that every child and parent is aware that free nutritious meals are available locally,” said Shayna Russo, Wellness and Childhood Obesity Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County.

To share in the excitement of the expansion, CCEDC and partnering agencies will host community outreach events with food, fun and educational activities in:

  • Poughkeepsie: Thursday June 27, 2013 from 11-30-1:30: Pulaski Pool, 162 Washington St., Poughkeepsie
  • Beacon: Thursday July 11, 2013 from 11-1: Tabernacle Church of Christ, Main St., Beacon

The summer meals opportunities in Dutchess County are collaborative efforts with various locations and hours. Parents are encouraged to call 845-677-8223 ext. 150 to find out more about all the Summer Food Service Programs being offered in your area.

Through quality educational programs, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County builds strong, healthy youth, adults, families and communities while enhancing the economic, social, and agricultural and natural resources of Dutchess County.

Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities. The County of Dutchess partially funds Cooperative Extension programming in Dutchess County.

Relatives Raise Children for Many Reasons

Contact: Nina Doyle | 845-677-8223 ext. 137 | nm62@cornell.edu

Relatives As Parents Program Hosts Picnic on July 17th, at Bowdoin Park

Millbrook – Children grow up better when they feel secure and safe. To feel this way, they need to live in a place where they feel “at home” (Having a Voice and a Choice – NYS Office of Children and Family Services, 2010). Grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings often step in to provide this safe haven for related children. There are many of reasons why a child may live with a relative or caregiver other than a parent. For example, the parent may be seriously ill, not have enough money to raise the child, or have mental, emotional or legal problems which prevent the parent from caring for the child.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP) addresses the many diverse needs of families headed by relatives through educational support groups (located in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Wassaic), youth activities, parenting workshops, referrals to appropriate community based services, respite events and inter-generational activities.

RAPP is hosting an inter-generational picnic for families raising related children 3:00 – 6:00 pm on July 17, 2013 at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls. RAPP staff and volunteers will offer educational activities, outdoor sports and interactive theatre (led by Freedom Star Players). Participation is free of charge for eligible families and advance registration is required. For more information about the RAPP picnic or other activities contact (845) 677-8223 ext. 137 or nm62@cornell.edu.

Save the Date! HOPS 101 Workshop

August 17, 2013 8:00-4:30
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
2715 Route 44
Farm and Home Center
Millbrook, NY 12545
Cost: $60 per person, includes lunch
Topics include (tentative):
The Basics of Growing Hops
Farmer Financial Opportunities for Growing Hops
The Economics of Growing Hops
Marketing Hops
Harvesting Hops
Creative Funding
Local Efforts with Hops
Drive yourself tour of a local Hop Yard
Call 845-677-8223, ext. 115 for more information
nh26@cornell.edu for a registration form

Can It! Tomatoes

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Dutchess County Farm & Home Center
2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY
$30 per person
Class Size is Limited! Please register early
Contact Nancy Halas at 845-677-8223 ×115

Centennial Celebration and Chicken BBQ

Join us as we celebrate “100 Years of Service: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 3-7 pm at the Farm & Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook. Join us for a mouth-watering Chicken BBQ, Music and Family Activities. Click here for more information /perch/resources/chicken-bbq-with-registration-form.pdf

Save Energy, Save Dollars Workshop

Contact: Camille Marcotte at (845)-677-8223 × 138 or ctm78@cornell.edu.

Save Energy, Save Dollars Workshop: Learn New Ways to Decrease Your Energy Bills by Increasing Your Energy Efficiency

On August 7th, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Dutchess County Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44 Millbrook, NY 12545, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) will be hosting a Save Energy, Save Dollars Workshop. This free, two-hour workshop provides energy efficiency information for residents, especially those households with limited resources facing higher energy costs.

Come to learn easy tips to help you reduce your energy bills by identifying low-or no-cost energy conservation actions you can easily take to reduce energy consumption. This workshop will also highlight programs for free or reduced-cost energy audits, through NYSERDA, as well as programs that help offset the costs of energy-efficiency improvements through subsidies, low-interest loans, or free services to qualifying households.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Each participating household will receive three free Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs and more! Additional CCEDC Save Energy, Save Dollars Workshops will be held throughout Dutchess County this fall.

Advance registration is required at http://saveenergysavedollars.eventbrite.com/. For more information, contact Camille Marcotte at 845-677-8223 × 138 or ctm78@cornell.edu.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Celebrates Centennial

CCEDC commemorated 100 years of service to Dutchess County communities at a ribbon cutting at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Thanks to all who attended! CCEDC Celebrates Centennial

Reminder: CCE Conference: Local and Regional Options for Energy and Climate Change Resiliency

Friday, September 13, 2013, 8:00 am – 4:00pm at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Presents: Local and Regional Options for Energy and Climate Change Resiliency.

For more information/to register: http://energyclimateresiliency.eventbrite.com/

Attending this forum may qualify towards four hours of New York State-required municipal training credit. Certificates will be available at the end of the session.

Managing Private Woodlots: A Workshop for NY Master Forest Owner Volunteers and Woodlot Owners

Saturday, October 12, 2013
8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY

This workshop will provide the opportunity for local landowners to meet with trained Cornell Master Forest Owner (MFO) volunteers and staff from Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, and Dutchess Land Conservancy. Participants will learn strategies and resources to help them better manage their property to meet land management objectives. The MFO volunteers can also arrange for a free woods walk of forest owner properties to help owners find the resources they need to achieve their goals. In addition, the workshop provides a great opportunity to learn more about local land conservation and ecosystem research in the Hudson Valley. Anyone with an interest in forest stewardship, or interested in becoming a trained MFO Volunteer, is especially encouraged to attend!

Registration Cost: $10 to cover breakfast items and light lunch. Please pre-register by October 4, at: http://dutchessmfo.eventbrite.com.

For More information on the Cornell Master Forest Owner Volunteer Program, see http://www2.dnr.cornell.edu/ext/mfo, or contact Gary Goff at grg3@cornell.edu or Diana Bryant at 607-255-2115, dlt5@cornell.edu.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) provides equal program and employment opportunities.
The programs provided by this agency are funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess and other entities.
Please contact CCEDC if you have any special needs.
__

Dutchess County 2014 Budget Survey

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro is again asking for resident input in an online budget survey as the 2014 Dutchess County budget is being developed. The survey provides residents with an overview of where county governments revenue comes from and how county dollars are spent. This years survey also includes a new Help Us Balance the Budget section, where residents can make revenue and expense decisions necessary to close the currently projected 27 million dollar gap for the 2014 budget. The survey can be found on the county website at dutchessny.gov or click here

Temporary Program Educator II/ Research Aide

Position Available: Temporary Program Educator II/Research Aide

  • Part-time, 10-30 hours per two-week pay period not to exceed 20 hours per week; hours vary based on interview schedule Temporary for approximately one year; $15.64/hour
  • Primary worksite is in community settings in Poughkeepsie, NY, with office support in a satellite office in Poughkeepsie and additional support at CCEDC offices in Millbrook, NY
    Qualifications:
    Required:
  • Working knowledge and familiarity with Dutchess County geography, roads, and people
  • Spanish as a first language
  • English as a second language
  • Skills in problem solving, organization, written and oral communication, leadership, time-management
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of people
  • Must meet Motor Vehicle Record requirements including NYS driver’s license and DVM Record check.
  • Regular access to reliable, efficient form of transportation, preferably a vehicle
  • Access to reliable telephone communication
    Preferred:
  • Native of Mexico
  • Personal cellular phone
  • Resident of Dutchess County, NY for at least 5 years
  • Leadership experience in Dutchess County
  • Community or volunteer work experience in Dutchess County
  • Associate’s degree plus 2 years work experience, OR high school diploma plus 4 years work experience
    Primary Role:
    This position is part of a research study conducted by Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County. The study seeks to investigate influences on how mothers from Mexico living in Dutchess County obtain food and feed their families. This position will work closely with the primary researcher to recruit, schedule, and interview mothers living in Dutchess County. Other responsibilities include collecting research materials, keeping field notes, and discussing interviews with the primary researcher and greater research team. Requires confidentiality in all duties. AA/EEO
    Provide Completed Application, Resume and Cover Letter :
    Call (845) 677-8223, ext 132 for Cornell University employment application packet.

Application Deadline: Monday, September 23, 2013

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Blog Post: September, 2013

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s monthly blog post to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County.

Highlights from the Blog Post:

Upcoming Events:

  • Family Fishing Day: September 21, 2013: 1:00 to 4:00 PM; Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg. Family-friendly, all ages, free use of fishing equipment. For information: (845)-889-4745 × 109.

Get Outdoors!

Environmental Notice Bulletins for Dutchess County:

To view the entire blog post for the month of September, click here: September Blog Post

Dutchess County 4-H Teen Ambassadors

With the start of the new 4-H year, the Dutchess County 4-H Teen Ambassadors program is now accepting applications for new members! Please read on to find out what the Teen Ambassadors program is all about, and the great things that the teens do for 4-H in Dutchess County.

1. Teen Ambassadors work with 4-H staff and 6 volunteer leaders to complete the national 4-H leadership portfolio. This portfolio provides the youth an opportunity to challenge themselves, set goals, and try new things. Through this project, they engage in activities like resume writing, mock interviews, budget workshops, team building, and much more. Some of these activities have even led to meetings with the Legislative Chairman and a personal invitation to visit the legislature.

2. The Dutchess County 4-H Teen Ambassadors (DCTAs) engage in lots of community service projects. Some of the things they have done to date include, fairgrounds maintenance (painting dorms and bunk beds, removing gutters, etc), public presentation escorts & set-up/clean-up crew, office interns, CCEDC event volunteers, etc. Many of the 4-H events would not be possible without the help of the teen ambassadors, both behind the scenes and in the spotlight. This year, the teens hope to expand their community service roles.

3. The DCTAs take advantage of educational trip opportunities to attend state 4-H events such as Career Explorations, Capitol Days, and the State Teen Action Reps Retreat – STARR. We are hoping to send a delegate to the National 4-H Conference in 2014. Note: these events are open to all 4-H members.

4. Every 2 years, the DCTAs attend the Youth Education Series (Y.E.S) workshops held at Walt Disney World. These workshops are educational and fully accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission; the programs change every year and are specifically designed to meet the needs of our DCTAs as they are customized for each individual group. In 2014, the teens are hoping to attend the Y.E.S programs again with the hopes of attending: Disney Leadership Strategies, Techniques of Teamwork Through Improvisation, Managing Your Personal Brand, and Introduction to Global Citizenship. The DCTAs fund-raise to cover all of the costs associated with their trips and activities.

5. Anyone who is 4-H age 13-18 is eligible (and encouraged) to submit an application to become a DCTA. The program has a maximum capacity of 25 youth members so the process is competitive. For the 2013-2014 year, we are anticipating 7 vacancies, although we do not always fill all the available slots. The selection process is confidential; youth applications are typed, assigned numbers and then the returning DCTAs as well as club leaders read the applications and vote using an online survey. Youth only find out who was selected when they are offered a spot in the program, names of those who are not selected, are not released.

Applications for the 2013-2014 program year are due October 11th!

4-H Teen Ambassador Application
4-H Teen Ambassador Program By-Laws
4-H Teen Ambassador Program Brochure

Group Photo

CCEDC's Annual Meeting and Dinner

Join us as we celebrate our centennial anniversary in Dutchess County! Patrick Hooker, NYS Deputy Secretary for Food and Agriculture will give the Keynote speech at the Annual Meeting of CCEDC on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at The Links at Union Vale. Click here for more information.

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Blog Post: October, 2013

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s monthly blog post (posted the first Friday of every month) to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County.

Highlights from the Blog Post:

Upcoming Events:

  • Hudson River Estuary Program’s annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River”: Thursday, October 10; Hudson River. Participating classes take a one-day “snapshot” of the Hudson River in their community, and then share their results, enabling them to see their local sites in the context of the entire system. For more information, visit: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/edu/k12/snapshotday

Get Outdoors!

  • Outdoor Tip of the Month: While October days may be sunny and warm, temperatures can quickly drop below freezing. Make sure to have the proper clothing and footwear when venturing outdoors.

To view the entire blog post for the month of October, click here: October Blog Post

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Blog Post: November, 2013

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s monthly blog post to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County.

Highlights from the Blog Post:

Upcoming Events:

  • CCE Seminar: How Forests and Wetlands Reduce Flood Risks: Thursday, November 7, 2013: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Desmond Fish Library, 472 New York 403, Garrison, NY. This seminar will explore the role that natural habitats-especially forests and wetlands-play in flood mitigation.For more information/to register: http://floodseries3.eventbrite.com or call (845) 278-6738. This seminar is offered as part of the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project in partnership with the NYS Water Resources Institute and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. For more information, visit: www.hudsonestuaryresilence.net.

Green Living Tip of the Month: November, 2013

  • Fall can be a great time to clean out your garage before the winter of any household hazardous wastes you may have, including: pesticides, home and automotive chemicals, oil-based paints, and compact fluorescent light bulbs. See where and when to dispose of these items here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8780.html.

There are two upcoming recycling events in Dutchess County:

  • Electronic Recycling Day – Households: Saturday, November 2, 2013: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Recycle Depot, 230 Van Wagner Road, Poughkeepsie, NY. Provided by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information: http://www.dcrcoc.org/events/electronic-recycling-day-households
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Saturday, November 2, 2013: Starts 7:30 a.m. Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency, 96 Sand Dock Road, Poughkeepsie, NY. For more information: http://www.dcrra.org/hhwcal.html

To view the entire blog post for the month of November, click here: November Blog Post

Keep Composting All Winter, Indoors!

Composting isn’t new to Lori Brengelmann. The East Fishkill resident and director of the town’s Beautification Department has kept an outdoor compost pile at her home for years for use in her vegetable gardens. But this year she’s trying a new way to compost – indoors, thanks to a program she attended by Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County at Adriance Memorial Library in Poughkeepsie about six weeks ago. Read Complete Article Here

2013 Christmas Tree Directory for Dutchess County

Are you wondering where to get your Christmas tree this season? Here is a listing of cut-your-own farms in Dutchess County. Have fun and Happy Holidays! Click here

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Blog Post: December, 2013

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s newly formatted monthly blog post to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County.

Highlights from the Blog Post:

Upcoming Events:

  • Winter Tree I.D.: Saturday, December 21, 2013: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, NY. Use buds and twigs to learn how to identify native trees. Call: (845) 889-4745 ext. 109.

Great Resources:

  • EPA’s Pinterest: Follow the EPA’s Holiday Pinterest board for ideas on how to make your holiday season “greener”, with environmentally friendly tips and advice on a variety of topics. For example: wrapping presents, making holiday cards, and decorating. http://www.pinterest.com/epagov/greening-your-holidays/

To view the entire blog post for the month of December, click here: December Blog Post

Discipline is NOT a Dirty Word

Discipline is NOT a Dirty Word, is an educational series which specifically addresses positive discipline techniques for parents and relative caregivers. The two session educational series is designed to assist caregivers with learning their parenting style, how to react to and guide a child’s behavior and practice examples to demonstrate positive discipline. Read complete article here:

Relatives As Parents Program Legal Seminar

Relatives often step in to raise children in the absence of their parents. Many of these relative caregivers have questions about legal issues including custodial arrangements, education and finances. The panel of attorneys will address these questions and concerns at the Legal Seminar for Relative Caregivers.Read complete article here

Parenting A Second Time Around Series

Parenting A Second Time Around (P.A.S.T.A.), is an educational series which specifically addresses these and other issues raised by relative caregivers. The seven session educational series led by local professionals is designed to assist relative caregivers with changing roles as they assume parenting responsibilities and children adjust to living with relatives.Read complete article here:

Relatives As Parents Program spring Skate

RAPP is offering a few hours of respite for relative caregivers during spring break. The RAPP Spring Skate respite event will be at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm on March 26, 2013 at Roller Magic in Hyde Park. This event is free for relatives raising children. Read complete article here:

Relatives As Parents Program Celebrate Kinship Families

RAPP is hosting a Celebrate Kinship Families event from 3:00 – 6:00 pm on September 13, 2013 at The Walkway Over the Hudson Park in Poughkeepsie. RAPP staff and volunteers will offer educational activities, refreshments and a guided tour of the park led by the CCEDC No Child Left Inside teen leaders. Participation is open to the public and free of charge. Read complete article here:

Relatives As Parents Program Holiday Drop and Shop

The Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP) Holiday Drop and Shop will be offered from 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the McCann Ice Arena in Poughkeepsie.Read complete article here:

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Blog Post: January, 2014

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s newly formatted monthly blog post to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County.

Highlights from the Blog Post:

Upcoming Events:

  • Bald Eagles and Winter Waterfowl: Saturday, January 11, 2014: 1:00 p.m., Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, NY. Presented by NYSDEC Estuary Naturalist Tom Lake, this program is free, family-friendly, and for all ages. Call: (845) 889-4745 × 109.

Green Living: January, 2014

  • Tip of the month: Plan for spring with the DEC’s Spring Seedling Sale beginning January 2, 2014. The sale offers over 40 types of trees and shrubs, which provide various benefits, such as shade, erosion control, and food and habitat for wildlife. For more information: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9395.html

Great Resources:

  • The ENERGY STAR Current: This EPA blog provides ways to save money on energy bills, how to weatherize your home and more on the ENERGY STAR programs and rating. http://blog.epa.gov/energystar/

  • Highlight: Check out the greener gadgets website for more information on where to recycle electronics, and for a calculator that estimates the energy usage of electronics in your home and compares it to the U.S. household average electronics energy use. http://www.greenergadgets.org/
  • EPA Free “Green” Apps:
    • EPA’s SunWise UV Index (iOS, Android and Blackberry): Check hourly and daily UV forecasts to help protect your skin. Get the app: http://www.epa.gov/enviro/mobile/
    • EPA AIRNow (iOS and Android): Access real-time air quality information for ozone and fine particle pollution. Get the app: http://m.epa.gov/apps/airnow.html
    • EPA iWARM (iOS, Android and Blackberry): Estimate the amount of energy you save by recycling everyday items. The app converts those savings into an electricity equivalent, and provides estimates of how long that energy will run typical household appliances. Get the app: http://m.epa.gov/apps/warm.html

To view the entire blog post for the month of January, click here: January 2014 Blog Post

Free Support Groups for Relatives Raising Children

The Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP) implements monthly Coffee and Conversation support groups for grandparents and other relatives raising children. The Coffee and Conversation support groups are designed to provide education and resources to address the needs and concerns experienced by relative caregivers.Click here for more information

Philadelphia Flower Show Bus Trip

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County is now taking reservations for our annual bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on Thursday, March 6, 2014 The theme this year is “ARTiculture!” Art’s influence in gardening – and vice versa.” The show will focus on how flowers, landscapes and gardens have inspired artists throughout time. The main entry feature will include 20 foot tall frames depicting famous paintings and sculptures throughout the centuries. Click here for more info:

Findings of Positive Youth Development Research Study

A recently released, December 2013, research study shows that 4-H Helps young people excel beyond their peers. The structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through 4-H is vital in helping their achieve success in life. Drs. Richard M. Lerner and Jacqueline V. Lerner, and the team at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, Medford, MA, partnered with faculty at America’s land-grant colleges and universities to conduct this research.

The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development is a longitudinal study that began in 2002 and was repeated annually for eight years, surveying more than 7,000 adolescents from diverse backgrounds across 42 U.S. states. Highly regarded as the first-ever research project of its kind, the study defined and measured positive youth development.

Compared to their peers, the report shows that youth involved in 4-H programs excel in several areas. 4-H’ers are about:

o Four times more likely to make contributions to their communities (Grades 7-12);
o Two times more likely to be civically active (Grades 8-12);
o Two times more likely to make healthier choices (Grade 7);
o Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time (Grades 10 – 12); and
o 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

For the complete study or fact sheet, please visit the 4-H Leader Resources page.

Save the Date: Green Infrastructure Basics: Managing Stormwater Onsite Forum on March 26, 2014

Save the Date!
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council (EMC)
are hosting a Forum on:

Green Infrastructure Basics:
Managing Stormwater Onsite
on March 26th, 2014 from 7-9pm
at The Farm and Home Center in Millbrook, NY

To register, please visit: http://green-infrastructure-basics.eventbrite.com

Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided.
The Forum is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Carolyn at cak97@cornell.edu or (845) 677-8223, ext. 135.

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Blog Post: February, 2014

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s newly formatted monthly blog post to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County.

Please click here to view the entire blog post for the month of February, 2014: February 2014 Blog Post

Highlights from the Blog Post:

Upcoming Events:

  • Annual CAC and EMC Roundtable Forum: Wednesday, February 26, 2014: 7 – 9 pm, Farm and Home Center, Millbrook, NY; Hosted by: CCEDC Environment & Energy Program. The forum provides opportunity for volunteer members of municipal Conservation Advisory Councils (CACs) and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council (EMC) to share successes and challenges, learn what neighboring municipalities are working on, and prioritize goals for 2014.
  • Winter Birds: Saturday, February 15, 2014: 10 am – 12 pm, Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, NY. Enjoy a walk beside the Hudson River and learn tips to identify birds, like cardinals and woodpeckers, by sight and song. Call: (845) 889-4745 × 109. A NYSDEC event.
  • Biodiversity Assessment Training: Begins April, 2014; Applications due March 3, 2014. Hudsonia Ltd. and the Hudson River Estuary Program (NYSDEC) are offering a 6 month course for Hudson Valley counties focused on presenting methods for recognizing and preserving biodiversity resources within your community, municipality, or watershed. If you are interested and would like to learn more about the program and how to apply, visit: http://hudsonia.org/education/#BAT or contact Leah Ceperley, Hudsonia Ltd. at (845) 758-7053; lceperle@bard.edu.

Green Living: February, 2014

Great Resources:

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update: March, 2014

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s newly formatted monthly update to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire blog post for the month of March, 2014: Monthly Update: March, 2014

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Upcoming Events:

  • Green Infrastructure Basics: Managing Stormwater Onsite: Wednesday, March 26, 2014: 7- 9 pm, Farm and Home Center, 2715 Rt. 44, Millbrook. Hosted by CCEDC and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council (EMC). For more information/to register: http://green-infrastructure-basics.eventbrite.com

  • Save the Date! Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Fourth Annual Green Symposium: Actionable Steps to Sustainability: Tuesday, April 29, 2014: 8 am – 12 pm, Farm and Home Center, 2715 Rt. 44, Millbrook. For more information, contact: Carmela Spreer: (845) 454-1700, ext. 1006; CarmelaS@dcrcoc.org .

Green Living: March, 2014

NY EDEN:

  • New York Extension Disaster Education Network (NY EDEN): This week (March 2-8) was National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Learn how to prepare for severe weather events that could occur in your community. For more on disaster preparedness in NYS, and resources to help with preventing for and recovering from disasters and emergencies in NY, visit: http://eden.cce.cornell.edu/
    Get prepared for extreme weather by downloading the National Severe Weather Preparedness Week toolkit:
    http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather.

Great Resources:

4-H Brings Agriculture to Life in Local Schools Through Reading

In celebration of National Agriculture Week, March 17-21, 2014, the 4-H Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) is joining volunteers across the state to read books with an agricultural theme to second graders. In its 8th Year, Agricultural Literacy Week, a program of New York Agriculture in the Classroom, has helped to bring agriculturally themed books and resources into thousands of classrooms and libraries throughout New York State. This year’s selection is Who Grew My Soup? written by Tom Darbyshire and illustrated by C.F. Payne. Click here for more information

RAPP Safety Awareness Day

News Release

For Immediate Release Contact: Nina Doyle Parent and Family Educator Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (845) 677-8223 ext. 137 nm62@cornell.edu

Relatives As Parents Program Safety Awareness Day
Relatives raising children receive CPR/First Aid/AED Certification.

Millbrook, NY, March 13, 2014: Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP) delivers education and support to address the many needs of kinship families. RAPP provides monthly support groups, youth activities, parenting workshops, referrals to appropriate community based services, intergenerational activities and respite events. A Safety Awareness Day will be implemented on May 3, 2014 at the Farm and Home Center in Millbrook for relatives raising children. This training is designed to prepare kinship families for emergency situations. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up) will receive CPR/First Aid/AED training and certification approved by the American Heart Association and youth (ages 5 to 11) will learn emergency preparedness and environmental education with assistance from the CCEDC No Child Left Inside teens and 4-H Teen Ambassadors. The program is free of charge to grandparents and other relatives raising children. Advance registration is required. Lunch and beverages will be provided for all program participants. For more information about RAPP contact (845) 677-8223 ext. 137 or nm62@cornell.edu.

Through quality educational programs, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County builds strong, healthy youth, adults, families and communities while enhancing the economic, social, agricultural and natural resources of Dutchess County.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County provides equal program and employment opportunities. This program is partially funded by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, New York State Kinship Navigator, and New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
###

Discipline is NOT a Dirty Word

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Parent and Family Education program is offering a parenting education series from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm on April 22, 29, May 6 and 13, 2014.

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update: April, 2014

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s newly formatted monthly update to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire blog post for the month of April, 2014

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Upcoming Events:

  • Highlighted Event: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Fourth Annual Green Symposium: Actionable Steps to Sustainability: Tuesday, April 29, 2014: 8 am – 12 pm, Farm and Home Center, 2715 Rt. 44, Millbrook. The Symposium will include presentations on: NYSERDA Energy Programs; Green Marketing Strategies; Business Organics Recycling; as well as an Agriculture Showcase-Sustainability Starts Locally: Highlighting Dutchess County Agriculture. For more information, please see the event flyer. This event is free and open to all, but we kindly ask that you register on the DCRCOC website.

  • Climate Smart Communities Webinars:
    Urban Agriculture: Thursday, April 10, 2014: 10:30 am – 12 pm. For more on Climate Smart Communities Webinars, click here and scroll to “Climate Smart Communities Webinar Series” under “Climate Smart Communities Program Services.”
  • Family Fishing Day: Saturday, April 26, 2014: 1 – 4 pm, Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg. All ages welcome to this free program; rods, reels, and bait provided. Wheelchair accessible. Call: 845-889-4745 × 109. NYSDEC event.

Green Living: April, 2014

  • Tip of the month: Instead of buying fabric dryer sheets, save money by trying a more sustainable product: reusable wool dryer balls. They reduce static and drying time by separating the items in your dryer as they bounce around.

Great Resources:

2014 Dutchess County Public Health Award

On the evening of Monday April 7, 2014 in the Dutchess County Legislative Chambers, our Nutrition Information Programs were awarded the 2014 Dutchess County Public Health Award. This award encompasses the services we provide (and have provided in recent years) to Dutchess County through our various funding sources including SNAP-Ed, Hudson River Fish Advisories, Eat Well Play Hard, Food Access Collaboration and Education (United Way, Share our Strength, DC DSS Bonus Award, Dyson Foundation, MISN, Hunger Action Network) and through fee-based services and other contributions/donations. Our success wouldn’t be possible without all of our collaborators and partners. Thank you to everyone for your on-going support of our Family and Consumer Education Programs. Our team is very honored and pleased to be recognized by our County government, Department of Health and Board of Health in such a way, and are grateful for the privilege of serving Dutchess County residents over these last 15 years.

HV Renegades Family Fun Night Fundraiser for CCEDC

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County is partnering with the HV Renegades to offer a Family Fun Night at 5pm on July 27th at Dutchess Stadium. Click here for more information

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Blog Post: May, 2014

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s newly formatted monthly update to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire blog post for the month of May, 2014

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Upcoming Events:

  • Highlighted Event: Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency (DCRRA) Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Event: Saturday, May 3, 2014: 7:30 am. For more information, click here. Pre-registration required and there is a fee of $5. To pre-register, schedule an appointment, view a list of accepted materials, and see a list of dates for other collection events in the county this year, visit: http://www.dcrra.org/. Events are partially funded by the NYSDEC.

  • Save Energy, Save Dollars Workshop: Thursday, June 12, 2014: 5:45-7:45 pm, Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick, NY. Come learn about reducing your energy bills and receive free compact fluorescent light bulbs at the end of the workshop. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/content/save-energy-save-dollars-0
  • Save the Date! Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Fundraiser with the Hudson Valley Renegades: Sunday, July 27, 5:05 pm. Join the fun and support CCEDC! Cost $10 per person (includes admission ticket and HV Renegades hat). For more details, click here to view the flyer.

Green Living: May, 2014

  • Green Your Commute Day: Friday, May 16, 2014. Learn more here.

Great Resources:

  • EPA Recycle City: Explore the EPA’s fictional sustainable community, “Recycle City”, to learn how to reduce your energy consumption and waste, and save money by taking simple actions in your home, work, and community: http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity

Calling All Volunteers! CCEDC is looking for Family Budget Educator Volunteers

If you have an interest in household finances and would enjoy helping others learn the skills to become more financially stable, come volunteer with our Family Budget Education Program. Family Budget Educators help bridge knowledge and research with practical skill building through educational sessions with residents throughout Dutchess County. Family Budget Educators help individuals and families learn the skills and practices necessary for effective financial management and long term stability. Click here for more information

2014 CCEDC Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Master Gardener Volunteers invite you to our Annual Plant Sale Friday, May 16 10am – 4pm and Saturday, May 17 9am – 2pm. Our plant sale features a wonderful selection of healthy annuals (flowering and foliage), perennials, vegetables and herbs. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND are our Blight Resistant Tomato plants (limited supply).
Click here for more information

CCE and Dutchess Land Conservancy Holding Seminar on Forests and Wetlands for Flood Management on June 16

Learn what you and your community can do to help prevent flood damages through this seminar about how forests and wetlands help mitigate the effects of flooding. Offered in partnership with Dutchess Land Conservancy and as part of the regional Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project. For more information, click here.

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Blog Post: June, 2014

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire blog post for the month of June, 2014

Highlights from the Monthly Update:
Upcoming Events:

  • Highlighted Event: Forests and Wetlands for Flood Management: Monday, June 16, 2014: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Farm and Home Center, 2715 Rt. 44, Millbrook, NY. Learn what you and your community can do to help prevent flood damages through this seminar about how forests and wetlands help mitigate the effects of flooding. Presented by: Marilyn Wyman (Natural Resources Program Leader, CCE Columbia Greene) and Laura Heady (Biodiversity Outreach Coordinator, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program).Offered in partnership with Dutchess Land Conservancy and as part of CCE’s Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project in partnership with NYS Water Resources Institute at Cornell University and NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from NYS Environmental Protection Fund. View the flyer. Register: www.forestsandwetlands.eventbrite.com
  • Save Energy, Save Dollars Workshop: Thursday, June 12, 2014: 5:45-7:45 pm, Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick, NY. Come learn about reducing your energy bills and receive free energy efficient light bulbs at the end of the workshop. For more information and to register, contact Camille Marcotte at (845) 677-8223 × 138 or ctm78@cornell.edu.

Get Outdoors!

Save Energy, Save Dollars Workshop

Save Energy, Save Dollars Workshop: Thursday, June 12, 2014: 5:45 – 7:45 pm, Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick, NY.
Come learn about reducing your energy bills and receive free energy efficient light bulbs at the end of the workshop.
For more information or to register, click here or contact Camille Marcotte at (845) 677-8223 × 138 or ctm78@cornell.edu.

Positive Parenting Workshops for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals

The two session course will teach the seven basic principles of positive discipline. Click here for more information

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update: July, 2014

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire blog post for the month of July, 2014

Highlights from the Monthly Update:
Upcoming Events:

  • Highlighted Event: Planning for Sea Level Rise: Resources for Hudson River Communities: Thursday, July 24, 2014: 6 – 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 1 Washington Center, Kaplan Hall, Great Room, Newburgh, NY 12550. Presented by: Jason Winner, Conservation GIS Manager, Scenic Hudson, Inc. and Nava Tabak, Conservation Scientist, Scenic Hudson, Inc. As part of its 2014 seminar series, the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, in partnership with Scenic Hudson, Inc. and Orange County Department of Planning present tools and resources that Hudson River communities can use to plan for predicted sea level rise scenarios over the next century. Free and open to the public, but please register in advance at: www.sealevelrisemapper.eventbrite.com. Offered in partnership with Scenic Hudson, Inc. and Orange County Department of Planning, and as part of CCE’s Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project in partnership with NYS Water Resources Institute at Cornell University and NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from NYS Environmental Protection Fund.
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Fundraiser with the Hudson Valley Renegades: Sunday, July 27, 2014: 5:05 pm. Join the fun and support CCEDC! Watch as the Renegades take on the Vermont Lake Monsters! Cost $10 per person (includes admission ticket and HV Renegades hat). For more details, click here to view the flyer.

Get Outdoors!

Resources and Materials:

EPA Resources:

  • The ENERGY STAR Current: blog.epa.gov/energystar
    This EPA blog provides ways to save money on energy bills, how to weatherize your home and more on the ENERGY STAR programs and rating. Highlights include: Find tips on how to keep your home cool this summer, while saving money here – or sign up for CCE’s Save Energy, Save Dollars workshops for more on energy savings.

DOE Resources:

  • State and Local Energy Data (SLED) Tool: This online tool provides state and local energy data. The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), created this tool which provides location-specific energy data that can be used for community energy planning. Users can compare their electricity prices to state and national averages, learn about clean energy project state policies and incentives, find renewable energy resources, and more: apps1.eere.energy.gov/sled/#/

CCE Seminar on Sea Level Rise-Resources for Hudson River Communities on July 24

As part of its 2014 seminar series, the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, in partnership with Scenic Hudson, Inc. and Orange County Department of Planning present tools and resources that Hudson River communities can use to plan for predicted sea level rise scenarios over the next century. For more information, click here.

Press Release - County's Agency Partner Grant Program

Dutchess County’s Agency Partner Grant Program Awards Over $700,000 to Local Non-Profits

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County has been awarded a portion of $705,200 through Dutchess County’s Agency Partner Grant Program. The funding was awarded to non-profit agencies for outcome-based programs in areas of identified need.

CCEDC was awarded funding to support 4-H Youth Development programs, including the Green Teen Community Garden in Beacon and No Child Left Inside in Poughkeepsie; to provide science-based instruction and support for Commercial Horticulture and Agriculture operations and agriculture-related enterprises throughout Dutchess County; to maintain an educational Composting and Organics Recycling program geared towards businesses, agricultural operations and County residents; and to support the Environment & Energy programs, including GIS education and resources for local government officials, support for local watershed protection groups and the creation of educational resources focused around low impact development.

To see the entire press release from Dutchess County, click here.

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update: August, 2014

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire blog post for the month of August, 2014

Highlights from the Monthly Update:
Upcoming Events:

  • Highlighted Event: Planning for Streamside Habitats and Flood Resilience Presented by: Ron Frisbee, CCE Columbia Greene & Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia, Inc. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Catskill Town Hall, 439 Main Street, Catskill, NY. This seminar includes an overview of stream dynamics and flooding, and a presentation on Catskill Creek habitats and their role in flood prevention. This seminar will increase your understanding of how streams work and steps communities can take to decrease vulnerability to flooding. Register at: (518) 622-9820 × 33
  • EPA Webinars: Flood Resilience and Recovery Assistance: Lessons Learned from Vermont: Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 1-2:30 pm. Learn about EPA’s new document, “Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities,” Flood Resilience Checklist, and flood resiliency strategies for communities. To join the webinar, click here. http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/webinars/index.html#details

Get Outdoors!

  • DEC Outdoor Discovery Newsletter: August, 2014: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/98286.html
  • DEC’s Outdoor Tip of the Month: Several fire towers in the Adirondacks and Catskills have been restored, allowing hikers to climb to the top for some great views! Steep ladders and narrow openings are common, so let people at the top come down first.

Resources and Materials:

EPA Resources:
Last month the EPA published a new guidance document, “Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities” and a Flood Resilience Checklist. These resources include strategies for flood resilience and development in river corridors, and stormwater management best practices. These tools were developed in response to a request for assistance from Vermont, but have application in the Hudson Valley. The Flood Resilience Checklist identifies strategies for communities to enhance flood resilience, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure to manage stormwater.
If you’re interested in learning more about the “lessons learned from Vermont,” the new EPA documents and tools are available here:

CCE Dutchess 4-H and County Fair Article on WAMC (Northeast Pulic Radio)

On Sunday, August 17th, WAMC (Northeast Public Radio) released a news article showcasing the Dutchess County Fair, and CCE Dutchess’ 4-H program. The fair starts tomorrow – Tuesday, August 19th – and will go until Sunday the 24th.

The link to the article (with an audio) can be found on WAMC.org’s website here.

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update October, 2014

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire update for the month of October, 2014

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Upcoming Events:

  • Inventories: Trees Count: Maximize the Benefits of Your Urban Forest:
    A workshop for Municipal Officials, Tree Board Members, Planning and Zoning Boards and Community Tree Enthusiasts: Friday, October 17, 2014: 8:30am-2:45pm. Orange County Community College, Kaplan Hall, One Washington Center, Newburgh, NY. Click here for more information, including how to register.

  • Climate Smart Communities Webinars: For more on Climate Smart Communities Webinars, click here. 2014-2015 Climate Smart Communities webinar schedule: www.dec.ny.gov/energy/86246.html Micro-grids, Combined Heat & Power Plants, and Distributed Energy: Thursday, October 9, 2014: 10:30 am. For more information: www.dec.ny.gov/energy/50845.html

DOE Webinars:

  • Webinar on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing: Tuesday, October 7, 2014: 3 – 4 pm. Sponsored by the Better Buildings Challenge. For more information and to register, visit: www4.gotomeeting.com/register/206893775

Get Outdoors!

  • DEC Outdoor Discovery Newsletter: October, 2014 www.dec.ny.gov/public/98959.html. Highlights include: Family Fall Fishing Festival; Watchable Wildlife: Riverside Park (Manhattan); and DEC’s Junior Hunter Mentoring Program.

Resources and Materials:

  • The ENERGY STAR Current: This EPA blog provides ways to save money on energy bills, how to weatherize your home and more on the ENERGY STAR programs and rating. http://blog.epa.gov/energystar/

  • Learn more about ENERGY STAR electronics, including computers and tablets, here.

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update: September, 2014

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire blog post for the month of September, 2014

Highlights from the Monthly Update:
Upcoming Events:

  • Highlighted Event: Conference: Water Resources Infrastructure – A Critical Piece of Community Development 2014 Community Development Institute: Presented by: Community and Regional Development Institute & NYS Water Resources Institute, September 17 & 18, 2014. Location: Honor’s Haven Resort, 1195 Arrowhead Road, Ellenville, NY. This Community Development Institute is co-sponsored by the Cornell University’s Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) and NYS Water Resources Institute. The institute will focus on water resource infrastructure. Over the two-day period, participants will engage in dynamic discussions and workshops to promote informed decision-making in support of sustainable community and economic development. The institute is designed for a diverse audience of local government officials (elected, appointed, & staff), CCE Educators, practitioners, economic developers, community leaders, and university and college faculty in the region. For more information, visit: www.cardi.cornell.edu
  • The Woods in Your Backyard Part 2: Taking Action to Create and Enhance Natural Areas on Your Property: Wednesday, October 1, 8, 15, 2014: 7-8:30 pm. Field trip Saturday, October 18, 2014 – Mid-Hudson – location to be determined. A program for landowners and homeowners in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. Offered by the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The Woods in Your Backyard includes a series of three evening webinars plus a half-day field trip. You may participate in the webinars from the comfort of your own home, or participate on-site at a local Cornell Cooperative Extension office in either: Dutchess County www.ccedutchess.org or Ulster County www.cceulster.org. Advance registration required by September 22, 2014. For more information or to register, visit: www2.dnr.cornell.edu/ext/pwt/bio/index.html.

Get Outdoors!

  • Hudson River Valley Ramble Take part in one or several of the many events throughout the Hudson Valley during the month of September that celebrate the culture, history and natural resources of the region. For more information and to register for events, visit the Hudson River Ramble website: hudsonrivervalleyramble.com.

Resources and Materials:

  • September is National Preparedness Month The theme for 2014 is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”
    Prepare for emergencies. Learn how to get started with tips and information on National Preparedness Month – and how to plan your own National PrepareAthon! Day by visiting: www.ready.gov/september.
    Register for National PrepareAthon! Day: www.ready.gov/prepare

  • Hurricane Season: Hurricane activity typically peaks during September. Find out more about how to prepare for and recover from hurricanes by visiting the EPA’s webpage:
    www.epa.gov/naturalevents/hurricanes/

September is Kinship Care Month is New York State

On Saturday, October 4th, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Relative As Parents Program (RAPP) will be celebrating kinship families at Wethersfield Farm in Amenia.Clisk here for more information

Governor Cuomo Announces New Outdoor Farmers' Market to Premiere at the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill This Weekend

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday that a brand new outdoor farmers’ market will premiere this weekend at the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill, located on the Taconic State Parkway in Dutchess County. Taste NY companies will offer their products every Friday and Sunday through November 2, including a Hudson Valley winery, as well as a number of meat and vegetable producers. As fall begins this week, Governor Cuomo is also reminding New Yorkers to take advantage of the many agritourism opportunities available in every region of the state, including apple orchards, u-pick pumpkin patches, farmers’ markets, wineries, distilleries, breweries, cideries, greenhouses, plant nurseries, and Christmas tree farms.

For the entire press release from the Governor’s office, click here.

Hope to see you at the farmers’ market this weekend at Taste NY Market at Todd Hill!

Draft Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan Public Meeting

Please come to a Public Information Meeting on October 29th to learn about our Draft Plan for Dutchess County and to comment on the strategies we are proposing for supporting our agricultural businesses and protecting our farmland.** Click here for more information

2014 Christmas Tree Directory for Dutchess County

It’s that time of year! The updated listing of cut-your-own tree farms in Dutchess County is available. Click here for the listing

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update November, 2014

Check out the Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update to learn more about: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire update for the month of November, 2014.

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Upcoming Events:

  • Climate Smart Communities Webinars: For more on Climate Smart Communities Webinars, click here. 2014-2015 Climate Smart Communities webinar schedule: www.dec.ny.gov/energy/86246.html For past webinars, view the archive, here. Micro-grids and Community Choice Aggregation: Thursday, November 13, 2014: 10:30 am – 12 pm. Register: Please respond with both your name and community affiliation via either e-mail or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8323.

Get Outdoors!

Green Living

Resources and Materials:

  • EPA Science Matters Newsletter: Green Infrastructure Edition: Click here. This edition provides information on green infrastructure resources and research currently being undertaken; provides a definition of green infrastructure and identifies different types of green infrastructure practices; and provides examples of implementations of green infrastructure in communities, as well as methods to go about utilizing green infrastructure practices in your community.

Positive Parenting Workshop: Parenting Styles and Discipline

Are You a Jelly Fish or a Brick Wall? Join us for a workshop on November 18th and 25th and find out your parenting style. Click here for more information

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update December, 2014

The Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update contains information on: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire update for the month of December, 2014.

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Upcoming Events:

  • Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management Workshop: Monday, December 8, 2014: 9 am – 2:30 pm; optional tour 2:30-3:45 pm. Student Union Building, Room 62-63 (lower level), SUNY New Paltz. Certificates of attendance for 4 hours of municipal training credit will be provided. Presenters for this workshop include Nadine Medina, P.E., Barton & Loguidice; Simon Gruber, green infrastructure consultant, Hudson Valley Regional Council; Mandy Wolfson, Ulster County Department of the Environment; Nancy Heinzen, Stormwater Coalition of Albany County; Patricia Pomeroy, Hudson Valley Regional Council & Vice Chair NYS Stormwater and Floodplain Mangers Association; Emily Vail, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program; Shari Riley, Code Enforcement Officer, Town of Lloyd, Bren White, Director of Planning, Zoning & Code Enforcement, Village of New Paltz; and Garry Nack, SUNY-New Paltz. Sponsored by: Hudson Valley Regional Council; the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach at SUNY-New Paltz; the Village of New Paltz; the Ulster County Department of the Environment; and Cornell Cooperative Extension. For more information, click here. To view the draft agenda, click here . Register: contact Bren White at bren@villageofnewpaltz.org or call 845-255-3055.

  • EPA Webinars: Recycling Right: Tactics and Tools for Effective Outreach (Part 1): Tuesday, December 9, 2014: 1 – 2:30 pm. This webinar, sponsored by EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, will present tips, tactics and tools to improve residential recycling, with an emphasis on harmonizing approaches and outreach materials. Register here.

Get Outdoors!

Green Living

Resources and Materials:

  • NY EDEN offers updated resources for winter storm preparedness and response. Click here for more information.

Free Legal Seminar for Relatives Raising Children

Free Legal Seminar for Relatives Raising Children. Click here for more information.

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update January, 2015

The Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update contains information on: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire update for the month of January, 2015.

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Upcoming Events:

  • Climate Smart Communities Webinar: For more on Climate Smart Communities Webinars, click here. 2014-2015 Climate Smart Communities webinar schedule: www.dec.ny.gov/energy/86246.html. For past webinars, view the archive, here. Getting to Net-Zero Energy Homes: Thursday, January 8, 2015: 10:30 am – 12 pm. Building on 20 years of “lessons learned” from the award winning EcoVillage Ithaca, and three model projects under development locally, our webinar presenters set out to show how greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 80% compared to typical homes in the county, and to use these results to drive change in new residential development. This webinar will explain how net-zero energy homes are possible now and will cover the principles behind three projects, with an overview of each project and a summary of lessons learned. Agenda. Register: Please respond with both your name and community affiliation via either e-mail or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8323.
  • EPA Webinar: Food Waste Reduction Alliance Webinar: Thursday, January 15, 2015: 1 – 2:30 pm. Stresses on food production systems due to multiple social, economic and environmental factors have revealed alarming statistics about the amount, causes and consequences of wasted food in the US and globally. This presentation will dive into the wasted food problem and share information about the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a unique collaboration working to address it. Register here.

Green Living

Resources and Materials:

2015 Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan - FINAL VERSION

NEW: Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan – FINAL VERSION


See the link below for the FINAL VERSION of the plan:
2015 Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

Also, for a briefer overview, check out the Executive Summary: 2015 Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan – Executive Summary

Free Support Groups for Relatives Raising Children

Relatives raising children receive support through education and access to resources. Click here for more information

Positive Parenting Workshops for Parents, Caregivers and Professionals

Positive Parenting, is an educational series which specifically addresses positive discipline techniques for parents and relative caregivers. The two session course will teach the seven basic principles of positive discipline. Click here for more information

2015 Philadelphia Flower Show Bus Trip

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County is now taking reservations for our annual bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show! The theme this year is ‘Lights, Camera, BLOOM!‘a tribute to Hollywood and the movies. Click here for more information

Annual CAC/EMC Roundtable Forum

The Environment & Energy Program will host the Annual CAC and EMC Roundtable Forum on Wednesday, February 25 from 7 -9 pm at the Farm and Home Center. The Roundtable provides a valuable opportunity for volunteer members of municipal Conservation Advisory Councils (CACs) and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council (EMC) to share 2014 successes and challenges, learn what neighboring municipalities are working on, and prioritize goals for 2015.

The Roundtable also allows members of the public to learn about local environmental issues that are critical to the community. Come learn how to get involved in protecting your local natural resources. All current EMC and CAC members are strongly encouraged to attend!

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update February, 2015

The Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update contains information on: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire update for the month of February, 2015.

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Upcoming Events:

  • Determining Peak Flow Under Different Scenarios and Identifying Undersized Culverts: Monday, February 16, 2015: 1 – 3 pm. Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7 Ancram, NY 12502. Learn how to identify undersized culverts that could present as hazards in your community. Changes in land use and precipitation patterns are leading to culverts that are too small to pass the amount of flow some streams are seeing during large storms. A collaboration between the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Cornell University, and Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, this project is identifying culverts that might be too small now, or in the coming decades. These locations could present a hazard to the community from backing up, overtopping, washing out, and potential infrastructure costs for replacement. They also represent an opportunity for a watershed-wide prioritization of the culverts, channeling money where it can be best spent to address the hazards. This talk will describe the project and its results in the Punch Brook and Shekomeko watersheds. This event is free and open to the public. Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided. Click here to view the flyer. Register: https://ancramculverts.eventbrite.com.

  • Annual CAC and EMC Roundtable Forum: Wednesday, February 25, 2015: 7 – 9 pm. Dutchess Farm and Home Center, 2715, Rt. 44, Millbrook, NY. The CCEDC Environment & Energy Program will host the Annual CAC and EMC Roundtable Forum, which provides a valuable opportunity for volunteer members of municipal Conservation Advisory Councils (CACs) and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council (EMC) to share successes and challenges, learn what neighboring municipalities are working on, and prioritize goals for 2015. The Roundtable also allows members of the public to learn about local environmental issues that are critical to the community. All current EMC and CAC members are strongly encouraged to attend!
  • Climate Smart Communities Webinar: New York State Department of Transportation’s Flooding Vulnerability Assessment and NYSDEC Fine Culvert Assessment Project: Thursday, February 12, 2015: 10:30 am – 12 pm. In 2014, NYSDOT completed a statewide flooding vulnerability risk assessment for state-owned highways and bridges. This webinar will explain how NYSDOT conducted the assessment, what information was gathered and how it is being used. Participants will learn about NYSDOT’s method, which could serve as a model on how to conduct a transportation flooding vulnerability assessment at the community level. In addition, this webinar will describe NYSDEC’s fine-scale culvert assessment project. The goal of this project is to provide infrastructure managers with scoring data on culvert passability and capacity enabling them to prioritize culvert repair needs. Register: Please respond with both your name and community affiliation via either e-mail or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8323.
  • Save the Date! Forum: Reviewing Stormwater Management in Site Design: A Guide for Planning Board Members: Thursday, March 19, 2015: 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Farm and Home Center, Millbrook, NY. More information, including registration coming soon!

County Executive Molinaro Signs Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan into Law

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro was joined today by members of the Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, county and municipal officials and local farmers at McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton for the signing of the Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan into law. The Dutchess County Legislature unanimously adopted the plan earlier this month.

Read the entire press release from County here!

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update March, 2015

The Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update contains information on: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire update for the month of March, 2015.

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Upcoming Events:

  • Highlighted Event: Reviewing Stormwater Management in Site Design: A Guide for Planning Board Members: Thursday, March 19, 2015: 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Farm and Home Center, 2715, Route 44, Millbrook, NY. (Snow date: Thursday, March 26th at the same time and location). Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council (EMC) are hosting a forum on green infrastructure and how to use the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation District’s “Reviewing Stormwater Management in Site Design: A Guide for Planning Board Members.” The forum will also include strategies for smoother stormwater review for planning boards. A question and answer session will follow. Click here to view the flyer. Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided. For more information and to register, visit: www.greeninfrastructureforum.eventbrite.com.

  • Postponed to snow date! Determining Peak Flow Under Different Scenarios and Identifying Undersized Culverts: Tuesday, March 10, 2015: 7 – 9 pm. Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7 Ancram, NY 12502. Learn how to identify undersized culverts that could present as hazards in your community. A collaboration between the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Cornell University, and Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, this project is identifying culverts that might be too small now, or in the coming decades. This talk will describe the project and its results in the Punch Brook and Shekomeko sub-watersheds. This event is free and open to the public. Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided. Click here to view the flyer. Register: https://ancramculverts.eventbrite.com.
  • Climate Smart Communities Webinar: Mobilizing Regional Climate Action: Thursday, March 12, 2015: 10:30 am – 12 pm. This webinar will demonstrate examples of how communities can work with place-based institutions, such as colleges and universities, and local governments to meet the growing challenge of climate change. This webinar will kick off with an overview and description of NYSDEC’s Environmental Excellence Awards and how interested communities can receive statewide recognition for their sustainability projects. Register: Please respond with both your name and community affiliation via either e-mail or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8323.

Money Management Tools for Success

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County and The Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition presents Money Management Tools for Success. Whether you need a refresher to sharpen your financial tools or want to come and learn the basics, this FREE workshop is for you! Click here to read the rest of the press release.

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update April, 2015

The Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update contains information on: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire update for the month of April, 2015.

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Upcoming Events:

  • Highlighted Event: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Education Seminar: It IS Easy Being Green – And It’s Smart Business: Thursday, April 23, 2015: 7:30 am – 9 am. 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400, Poughkeepsie, NY. Seminar attendees will learn from a diverse group of speakers about four green topics that all businesses can apply quickly. Topics covered include: recycling, green procurement, energy efficiency for commercial and home-based businesses, and return on investment for a photovoltaic system. The Living Green Committee will provide a handout after the event that contains helpful links to sustainability. Sponsored by Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP. For more information and to register, visit: http://web.dcrcoc.org/events/Business-Education-Seminar-10473040/details.

  • Climate Smart Communities Webinar: Reducing Community Transportation Emissions: Thursday, April 9, 2015: 10:30 am – 12 pm. This webinar will examine ways communities can reduce their emissions from transportation through implementing transportation demand management (TDM) programs, traffic signal optimization, complete streets policies, providing electric vehicle charging stations and supporting and encouraging bike/pedestrian projects and car sharing programs. Alternative transportation options and operational practices that reduce VMTs will also be discussed. Agenda. Register: Please respond with both your name and community affiliation via either e-mail or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8323.

Resources:

  • DEC Resources: Creating a Natural Resources Inventory: A Guide for Communities in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed: The guide helps municipalities develop a natural resources inventory (NRI); provides case studies from the Hudson Valley and strategies for using NRIs for local planning initiatives. Find out more and download the guide, here:
    www.dec.ny.gov/lands/100925.html.

USDA has confirmed Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in the U.S.

Since December 2014, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been found in poultry and wild birds in the U.S. All poultry owners need to be on the lookout for signs of HPAI and use good biosecurity practices to protect their birds. There is no immediate public health concern from the viruses.

For more information:

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Alert in the US

Avian Influenza Local Update 2015

Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update May, 2015

The Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update contains information on: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire update for the month of May, 2015.

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Welcome New Environment & Energy Program Leader Jeff Luoma!

  • Jeff Luoma is our new Environment and Energy Program Leader, coming to us from Ithaca, New York. He has most recently been performing building energy audits, doing energy modeling, and performing quality control for energy raters in the northeast US, as well as leading work crews on home insulation upgrades. Jeff was a public service forester in northern New York state working with the NYSDEC and Cornell University, he undertook a critical vegetation assessment for NYSEG, and has set up large-scale timber sales for Washington state. His varied background also includes managing an organic farm for a boarding school near Lake Placid, overseeing landscape crews, serving as an agriculture and forestry extensionist in Panama through the Peace Corps, monitoring sea life on fishing vessels in the Bering Sea, and he has done research in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. Jeff has been a science and environmental educator for Glen Helen Nature Preserve, the Pacific Science Center, and Sound Experience operating the Schooner Adventuress. He received his Masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Upcoming Events:

  • 2015 Hudson River Science Symposium: Seeing the Hudson River in the 21st Century: Wednesday, May 6, 2015: 8 am – 5:30 pm. Talks start at 9 am and Poster Session at 4 pm. Student Union Building, SUNY New Paltz. The Spring 2015 Hudson River Symposium will focus on observing networks located in the Hudson River estuary and watershed with a focus on how these networks are improving our ability to understand, manage and protect environmental resources, improve navigation and emergency response and incorporate environmental science into formal and informal education. During this symposium, invited experts will discuss the scientific and management contributions these integrated observing networks have made. To register: via mail or click here to register online. For more information, visit: www.hres.org.

Resources:

  • Grants Program for the Hudson River Estuary: Now Available – Two Requests for Applications (RFAs) ‘Tributary Restoration and Resiliency’ and ‘Local Stewardship Planning’ Application: Deadline June 15 at 2 p.m. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the availability of the 2015 competitive Hudson River Estuary Grants Program provided through two RFAs which will implement priorities of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda. For more information, visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5091.html.

Environmental Notice Bulletins

  • April 29, 2015: SEQR and Other Notices: Brownfield Clean-up Program: City of Poughkeepsie and Town of Poughkeepsie: Deadline for comments: May 29, 2015: www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20150429_not3.html

Green Teen on NPR!

On Wednesday, May 27th, CCEDC’s Green Teen Community Gardening Program was featured on WAMC – a local NPR station in the Hudson Valley. The interview, led by WAMC’s Joe Donahue and starring our very own Helannna Bratman and her Green Teen Crew Leader Chelsea Schiffer, focused on a fundraising event – For Goodness Bake – that Green Teen will be putting on in the City of Beacon this Saturday, June 6th!

For Goodness Bake is an annual Beacon bake sale dedicated to raising funds and awareness for charitable organizations within the Hudson Valley. Now in its third year, For Goodness Bake has previously raised over $6,000 for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association and the Kids R Kids Feeding Program.

This year, For Goodness Bake will benefit the Green Teen Community Gardening Program. The sale will be held on June 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, NY.

Listen to the full WAMC interview here!

State Agriculture Commissioner Announces New Regulations to Prevent Spread of Avian Influenza in Poultry in New York State

State Animal Health Officials Stress Severity of Avian Influenza Outbreak and Provide Best Practices to Help Poultry Farms and Their Visitors Avoid Transfer of the Virus

Current Influenza Strains are Not a Threat to the Public

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced new regulations restricting the movement of poultry into the state to prevent the spread of strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry flocks in New York State. The rapidly expanding viral outbreak has already affected nearly 50 million birds in the Midwest and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that the current outbreak is the worst in U.S. history.

The new regulations require that all live poultry moved into New York must be:

  • From a source flock in which 30 birds were tested for avian influenza within ten days prior to entry into New York State; or
  • From a source flock that has been certified by the state of origin as an Avian Influenza Monitored Flock; or
  • From a source flock certified as clean of HPAI under the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP).

Read the full article here from NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets here.

State Agriculture Commissioner Highlights First-Year Record Sales and Expanded Programming at the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill

CONTACT: Jola Szubielski 518-457-0752 Jola.Szubielski@agriculture.ny.gov Dave Bullard 315-487-7711 × 1377 Dave.Bullard@agriculture.ny.gov
For Immediate Release: June 4, 2015

STATE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER HIGHLIGHTS FIRST-YEAR RECORD SALES AND EXPANDED PROGRAMMING AT THE TASTE NY MARKET AT TODD HILL

Store Celebrates Record Sales of Locally Produced Products in May

Farmers’ Market Kicks Off Second Season with New Farm Share Program Sign-Up Tomorrow

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced record sales of locally produced New York State products at the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill. On Friday, May 22, the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill broke its single-day sales record, bringing in $8,569. Since it opened in June of last year, the store has grossed well over $500,000 from the sale of New York State foods and beverages, far outpacing early sales projections. Sales continue to climb with record-high gross sales in the month of May exceeding $92,000. The majority of the revenues go directly to New York growers and processors, and local producers use the store to bring new products to market. The Taste NY Market at Todd Hill also provides valuable information on the extensive agri-tourism opportunities in the area.

“It’s great to see the success at the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill store and Farmers’ Market because it reinforces what we know to be true: New Yorkers really do value fresh, locally produced and grown foods,” said Commissioner Ball. “Taste NY is certainly helping to connect the dots between our farm community and new customers, and I’m pleased we are continuing to find ways to support our agricultural economy.”

The Market at Todd Hill is a unique Taste NY experience on the Taconic Parkway that offers a wide variety of foods and beverages from different New York State producers on a rotating basis. Among the Taste NY products offered at the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill are fresh eggs, cheese and other dairy products, meats, local fruits and vegetables, sauces and syrups. Travelers can also purchase local ice cream, coffee and tea, as well as sandwiches and pastries. The Market currently boasts over 100 products from 60 local farmers and food processors.

“We are looking forward to a summer packed with freshness and flavor and providing commuters and tourists with easy opportunities to enjoy the season’s local bounty,” said Market Manager Lachele Coninx-Wiley. “Due to popular response, we have also expanded hours of operation this summer.”

Last June, the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill officially opened its doors. The store was renovated by the New York State Office of General Services and New York State Department of Transportation.
“Because of Governor Cuomo’s vision and leadership, the New York State Department of Transportation rejuvenated the long-closed Todd Hill rest area with a Taste NY store and expanded the Park and Ride lot there for area commuters,” State Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said. “We are proud to celebrate our partnership with the Governor’s Taste NY program, which is so successfully promoting the state by showcasing to travelers the many high-quality products made here.”
“The record-breaking sales at the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill are a great success story in Governor Cuomo’s campaign to promote New York’s food and beverage industries,” said OGS Commissioner RoAnn M. Destito. “I will always be proud of the work OGS did assisting with the design and renovation of this market for our partners at the Department of Agriculture and Markets and Department of Transportation.”

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County, which operates and manages the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill, has also been expanding its programming and promotion of local agriculture at the Market at Todd Hill. Last fall brought the introduction of a new farmers’ market, which has grown this year to support 12 local farms. Tomorrow, June 5, the Todd Hill Farmers’ Market will kick off its second season and offer sign-up for a new farm share program, sponsored by Taste NY and the FarmOn! Foundation.

Through this first-ever FarmOn! Taste NY Farm Share initiative, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members will be able to pick up their subscription of shares of fresh, local and organic produce from various Hudson Valley farms on Fridays at the Taste NY at Todd Hill Farmers’ Market beginning June 19 through October 23 from 2 until 6 p.m.

Members are able to sign up for the farm share program in person at the Taste NY at Todd Hill Farmers’ Market or online at http://farmonfoundation.org/farmon-farm-shares/. The Taste NY site has 100 shares available, which will not only include produce, but also recipes, tips and demonstrations from Taste NY and invitations to FarmOn! “Meet Your Farmer” events. The following Hudson Valley farms are participating in the farm share:

• Common Hands Farm – Hudson
• FarmOn! Empire Farm – Copake
• Fix Brothers Fruit Farm – Hudson
• Kleins Kill Fruit Farms – Germantown
• Turtle Tree Seed – Copake
• Caradonna Farm – Marlboro

“FarmOn! inspires us to eat local fresh food from family farms. CSA farm share programs not only feed you well, it benefits beyond taste and rebuilds local economies that are at the heart of our partnership with Taste NY. Curated FarmOn! CSA farm shares also fund the FarmOn! Foundation youth education programs to keep farmers farming in our rich agricultural communities,” said FarmOn! Foundation Founder Tessa Edick.

Each and every share includes vegetables that have been harvested within 24 hours of pick-up and includes enough food to feed a family in the Hudson Valley region for one to two weeks. Organic greens, vegetables and seasonal fruit from organic and biodynamic farms in the Hudson Valley region will also be a part of the bi-weekly pick up. FarmOn! Foundation will also deliver goods to Westchester, New York City and Greenwich, CT.

For more information and pricing, please visit: http://farmonfoundation.org/farmon-farm-shares/.

For information regarding the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill, including its expanded hours, please visit: www.taste.ny.gov or http://ccedutchess.org/agriculture-horticulture/taste-ny-market-at-todd-hill-1.php.

About Taste NY:
Taste NY is an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. It is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at large public events such as the New York Wine & Food Festival, Summer Fancy Food Show and the Great New York State Fair. The program has also opened stores at Thruway rest stops and New York City airports, enabling travelers to buy New York State’s homegrown and homemade products. Approximately 1,100 local companies have participated in these opportunities, further linking their products and the state’s growing food and beverage market to consumers from across the globe.

About CCE Dutchess County
Through quality educational programs, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) builds strong, healthy youth, adults, families and communities while enhancing the economic, social, agricultural and natural resources of Dutchess County and the region. Through the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill, CCEDC is researching the feasibility of marketing local farm and food products in a Taste NY setting. In addition, CCEDC is working to enhance the sustainability of local farms by providing training in agricultural marketing practices, as well as providing education on the benefits of healthy food choices.

About the FarmOn! Foundation:
Created in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of Culinary Partnership, FarmOn! Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization and public charity. Tessa Edick, founder of both, has cultivated and nurtured a broad network of supporters and beneficiaries within New York. Located in the heart of the agricultural community of the Hudson Valley in Columbia County, N.Y., the organization strives to bring community awareness to food sources, reinvigorate a respect for farming to inspire youth and encourage careers in agriculture and help connect rural to urban marketplaces. By supporting succession on the farm and funding educational youth programs and experiences for the next generation of farmers, FarmOn! Foundation is working to preserve family farming in America.

###