Cornell Cooperative Extension

Ralph Gardner Jr: A Master Gardener Offers His Diagnosis

Sep 23, 2017
Master Gardener Gerry Weber at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties
Ralph Gardner Jr.

When my brothers and I were born my grandmother planted spruce trees for each of us on the front lawn of the house that has now passed down to me.

After nearly three decades, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Executive Director Lydia Reidy is heading into retirement at the end of the year. Reidy has been part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension system for 43 years. In Ulster County, she has built Cornell Cooperative Extension from a staff of 20 and an annual budget of $575,000 in 1989 to an Association with 35 staffers and an operating budget of more than $4 million today. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Reidy about her career.

columbia-lyme.org

Dr. Brian Fallon, Director of the Tick-Borne Disease Research Center at Columbia University, will be speaking on Friday at 7pm at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, NY presented by The Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Brian Fallon is internationally renowned for his work on the neurologic and neuropsychiatric aspects of Lyme disease. Dr. Fallon’s work has also included diagnostics and treatment studies. The Columbia University Tick-borne Disease Research Center was established as the first academic research center in the country to focus multi disciplinary research on chronic Lyme disease.

In New York’s Ulster County, a town and village are moving forward with a streets advisory council. 

Marc Silva

As veterans come home to New York from military service, many are considering careers in agriculture.

We've heard many stories about young vets returning from service, unable to find jobs, having difficulties re-adjusting to civilian life. Yet, there are many opportunities available: among them, programs accentuating farming in its various forms. Cornell University has developed a Small Farms Program to support returning veterans.

   The Sugarmaker’s Companion is the first guide of its kind addressing the small-and large-scale syrup producer seeking to make a profitable business from maple, birch, and walnut sap.

This book incorporates valuable information on ecological forest management, value-added products, and the most up-to-date techniques on sap collection and processing. It also looks at an integrated sugaring operation, interconnected to the whole-farm system, woodland, and community.

Gillibrand, Gibson Push Farm Bill Provision

Aug 9, 2013
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A U.S. Senator and Congressman, both from New York, will be in Sullivan County Friday afternoon to push for the passage of a Farm Bill that extends priority access to USDA funding. More from WAMC’s Allison Dunne.

Cornell Cooperative in Sullivan Plans Furloughs

Mar 29, 2013

Cornell Cooperative Extension in Sullivan County is asking the public to donate money to stop the weekly furlough of employees that will begin in mid-April. Cornell Coop’s Executive Director says that as a result of the county legislature having cut funding by 20 percent, he would rather reduce staff hours across the board, including for his position, than cut any programs, at this point. He says the weekly furloughs will require staff to take one day a week without pay, and all programs and activities at the Coop’s center in Liberty would be suspended one day a week.