Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County enables people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and knowledge to work.

 

Wednesday
Jun042014

Maple Producer Listings Wanted

Here at CCE Chenango we are planning on developing a "Guide to Maple Producers in Chenango County" highlighting maple producers who have products for sale. This will be similar in nature to our Direct Marketing Meat Producers Guide. We need the following information: Name of producer or business name, township you are located in, mailing address that includes street address, phone numbers, email addresses, and website addresses if you have them, as well as the types of products that you have for sale. One or two good digital photos that would highlight your business would be useful too.  If you need assistance with photos we can come and out and shoot some for you.   

Anyone who produces sugar maple products and who would like to be listed in our guide contact Rich Taber at 607-334-5841 ext. 21, or email at rbt44@cornell.edu

Wednesday
Jun042014

Maple Sugarbush Improvement Workshop

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension Center, 99 North Broad Street, Norwich NY

Who may attend: Anyone with an interest in improving their maple sugarbushes.  People from all areas and counties are welcome to attend!

Date: Tuesday evening,  June 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m.- 8:00p.m.

Presenters: Peter Smallidge, Cornell University Extension Forester, and Rich Taber, Grazing/Ag Economic Development Specialist, CCE Chenango

Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required by calling 607-334-5841 ext. 11 by Monday, June 16.

Maple syrup production starts in the woods, called a sugarbush, and these trees are the factories that produce maple sap through the process of photosynthesis.  Correct management of the sugarbush will help maple producers optimize their production to ensure trees remain healthy and productive for a long time.  Knowing how the sugarbush grows, and which trees are important for productions are necessary skills. This workshop will teach maple producers how sugarbushes grow, how to measure the sugarbush, how to recognize healthy and productive trees, and which trees to thin to improve sap production.  We will begin at the CCE Center in Norwich and then travel to a nearby woodlot for demonstrations of maple tree thinning and directional felling. 

Thursday
Apr242014

4-H Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply in Norwich

Head to Tractor Supply in Norwich and help support Chenango County 4-H.  The paper clover campaign last from April 23 - May 4, 2014.  Each dollar donated is fed directly back into Chenango County 4-H programming.  

Friday
Apr042014

Grasstravanganza 2014

Have you been wondering about the details of Grasstravaganza 2014, coming up in July?  Here’s a “sneak peek” of some of what you can expect!
On Thursday, July 17th, the conference will kick off with a local foods dinner for those staying overnight or local enough to attend.  Jim Gerrish will give a presentation after dinner called “Adventures in Grazingland”, in which he will share stories from his travels around the country and the world looking at different grazing strategies.  He will also share insights on the people and other customs from the places he has visited over the years.
Friday, July 18th begins the first full day of the conference, and Ray Archuleta, the NRCS “soil guy” will give an enthusiastic 2-part presentation in the morning.  “Show and Tell – Passion for Soil Health” is part 1 of Ray’s presentation, and he will explain the basic concepts of soil health, including demonstrations to show differences in soils that have had different management applied.  He will also cover other aspects of soil ecology, why no-till is beneficial, what happens when soil is disturbed, and how graziers can measure soil health. Part 2 of Ray’s talk, called “Nuts and Bolts of Soil Health Improvement” will cover the ways in which grazing and livestock can improve soils, especially those that have been degraded by years of row crops or other mis-management.  Case studies from farms and ranches that Ray has worked with will be shared as well as results of research that has been done with grazing and soil health.
The theme of the conference is “Pasture Soil Health Creates Wealth”, so please make plans now to attend and see how you can improve your bottom line!  More information and registration is available at http://grasstravaganza.morrisville.edu.

 

Tuesday
Mar112014

CCE and ADC create a Meat Producers in Chenango County Guide

The purpose of the Meat Producers Guide in Chenango County is to link consumers with meat producers in Chenango County, New York.  Many of the producers can arrange to sell freezer beef in bulk, such as quarters, halves, and whole animals to consumers; some can provide individual cuts.  Other types of meat are mentioned specifically.  A typical method of purchasing, but not the only method, is to pay the producer a given price per pound hanging carcass weight, and then pay the processor separately for butchering, cutting and wrapping.  Cornell Cooperative Extension does not endorse any given producer, but is merely sharing information given to us by the farmers/producers.  Arrangements for sale of meat producers are strictly between the consumer and producer.

 

Please feel free to check out the guide