Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

Horse Club Stall Assignment Sign Ups


Please go to the link below and register your clubs horses for the 2014 4-H Clinton County Fair. This is how we will be doing horse assignments this year.

Please contact Chelsea if you have any questions, or by telephone at (518) 561-7450 ext. 105

Silvopasture Field Day

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014  from  9:30am-4pm at the   Mace Chasm Farm, 810 Mace Chasm Rd., Keeseville NYsilvopasture pic

Silvopasturing is an important new agroforestry system for the Northeast that allows for the sustainable production of timber, forages and livestock on the same land.  Join us for this one day course to develop the skills and knowledge that will help you to evaluate, plan and implement silvopasture projects in the context of your own farm or land that you manage for others.

Sessions will cover basic principles, but also focus on practical applications of the knowledge so that you can be more confident and efficient as you make management decisions.  Instructors are experienced forestry extension educators and technical specialists from Cornell University Cooperative Extension and Paul Smiths College.

Preregistration Required. $15.

For more details, check out the flyer:   Silvopasture Day Course – Mace Chasm

Families Cooking Together

family cooking series 2014 Register here.


4-H Capital Days: Exploring Government in a More Exciting Way

guest post by Megan Frederick, 14, Tails and Treats 4-H club

When teens hear words like “Senate”, “Representative”, or “Capital”, the universal thought is simply boring! Well, I can tell you differently; in March of 2014, I was one of many 4-H teens present at the annual 4-H Capital Days, an event put on right in the heart of New York’s political life. Held over a span of three days in Albany NY, Capital Days is an educational experience that explains the inner workings of the NY government, in a more exciting way. We got to tour the legendary Capital Building, and the iconic “Million Dollar Staircase”. We got to listen to several speakers from the House of Representatives, and even sit in the chamber they work in! After, a tour of the Capital building followed suit, with many facts woven in. We went into a long hallway filled with portraits depicting past Governors, and we were able to sit in and watch a portion of the Senate debate. That was all on the second day. The first day was arriving, then a make your own pizza dinner, and speakers from the Cornell offices. The dinner on the second night was followed by a dance. It was fun, with games to play with newly met friends.  On the morning of the third day, we got on a bus and traveled to the entrance to the Capital, where we had breakfast with our Senators and Representatives! I had the opportunity to talk and take pictures with Senator Betty Little and Representative Janet Duprey. As if that was not a great start to an educational morning, a group of us walked to the Department of Education, where we had in-depth discussions about the statistics of successful college students, and the new curriculum standards set this year. This was such an amazing experience, and I am so excited to go next year! If you have any interest in having a career in government, or simply want to know more about it, sign up today! Not only is it an educational experience, you will have the opportunity to meet many 4-Hers from different counties, and had some great food!



-Megan Frederick, 14, Tails and Treats 4-H club

Funding for Farmland Protection now available

New York state recently announced the availability of 2014 funding for the state’s Farmland Protection Implementation Program.

Since 2004, Clinton County has received grant awards under this program that protect five farms totaling 4,077 acres. 

An informational meeting will be held on June 17th at 2 pm here at the Cooperative Extension Office, 6064 Route 22, Plattsburgh.  


4-H Youth Celebrate Local Foods at the 4-H Produced in New York Event



Broccoli salad with smoked Gouda. Breakfast burritos with farm-fresh eggs. Apple walnut chicken salad. Hungry yet? Thirteen 4-Hers celebrated local foods by demonstrating healthy recipes in our first annual 4-H Produced in New York event, held as part of CCE Clinton County’s Food from the Farm.

Knowing where your food comes from is important for everyone, so this year we wanted to expand our Food from the Farm event to include more opportunities for youth. Produced in NY was ideal – it offered young people a chance to learn about local foods, try new recipes, and share what they learned with their community.

PiNY Recipes 2014 …click here to read more

4-H Friday Night Workshops

Hello Everyone!

We will offering a new opportunity for everyone, 4-H Friday night Workshops! These workshops will be held at our CCE office from 6:30 – 8:30PM every other week (except for the first two) and you may sign up for all of them or just the topics that you are interested in. We will have limited space so pre-registration is required. The schedule for our workshops are as follows:

…click here to read more

2014 4-H Horse Camp Registration Available

This year’s 4-H Horse Camp Registration information is now available. Please contact the Extension Office with any questions. Thank you!

Chickens for Beginners: Tuesday April 1st at 7 PM

barred rockIf you have been thinking about adding some more living color to your yard and garden,  Spring is the ideal time to think about chickens. With the growing interest in eating local foods, what is more local than harvesting eggs from your own chickens. For a small family, 3 to 4 chickens can furnish plenty of eggs. Housing can be kept relatively simple, feeding and watering equipment is widely available and chickens can be purchased as chicks or even as adult hens ready to lay.

If you are interested in raising chickens for pleasure or profit, eggs or meat, Cooperative Extension will be holding a workshop on Tuesday April 1st from 7 pm to 830 pm here at the Extension office in Plattsburgh.  We will cover the basics of chicken husbandry, housing, nutrition, and related topics.

The workshop has a $5.00 registration fee. Contact Peter Hagar, Agriculture Educator at 561-7450 or

Local Dairy Farmer & County Legislator participates in Ag Literacy Week

Local Dairy Farmer and County Legislator Sam Dyer recently participated in Ag Literacy Week.   In celebration of National Agriculture Week (March 17th-21st), volunteers throughout the state read a book with an agricultural theme to second graders.  Locally, the Clinton County Farm Bureau and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program teamed up to provide volunteers to many local schools.Sam Dyer Ag Lit Week PR 3-20-14-page-0

Sam Dyer Ag Lit Week PR 3-20-14

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