Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

Join us at Food from the Farm!

Food from the Farm:  Eating Local in the North Country

 Saturday March 7, 2015    2:00 to 5:00 pm

  Plattsburgh City Gym,  52 U.S. Oval

 Meet the farmers and sample tasty dishes prepared with local food by Chef David Allen of Latitude 44 Bistro

 Admission: $5/adult, ages 5 & under free, $20 maximum per family

Tickets available in advance on-line, at our office, or at the door.

For more information contact Cornell Cooperative Extension

561-7450 or email Amy Ivy at

Click on this link for more program information:   poster FFTF 3-7-15

Click  here to register online

Valentine’s Day…

You may find this Hallmark holiday a little contrived, but if you enjoy a day that celebrates love in the middle of a frigid North Country winter here are some ideas for incorporating local beets into your Valentine’s Day menu…

I simply roasted beets (cut off top and tip, drizzeled with oil, wrapped in foil, tossed in a 375 degree oven for an hour plus…) and used the results for both dishes.

Heart Beets on a Salad

A very easy and heart healthy way to add a little Valentine pizazz to a meal is to simple slice the peeled roasted beets and cut out a few hearts.  I used a cookie cutter but you could freehand the hearts if your crafty.  These topped a salad, but would also be tasty served on bruschetta or even baked onto a white pizza.

These pancakes were slightly more time consuming, but a fun way to add color.  I added 1 tsp of beet puree to 1/2 cup of pancake batter.  After starting a typical pancake in a hot pan, you can simply pipe on little hearts of the pink batter.  If you do not have frosting supplies, just add your pink batter to a thick plastic food storage bag and snip a little bit off the end.  If you have little helpers, you could also make a few pink pancakes and a few standard pancakes and have them cut out hearts with a cookie cutter and mix and match the pancakes and pieces.

Thank you to Juniper Hill Farms for donating the delicious beets!!!




Horse Bowl & Hippology Region 5A Event tomorrow

Good afternoon everyone! Tomorrow is our region 5A Horse Bowl and Hippology contest which is being held at W.h. Miner Institute. Volunteers please arrive by 8AM and youth participants please arrive by 8:30 for registration. Orientation is scheduled to start at 9:10AM. Please park in the back driveway and NOT in front of the building. If you have any questions as always please feel free to contact Chelsea by email at – Can’t wait to see you all there!

Important Change in the Dates for Fair

We just received work from the Glenn Gillespie that the Clinton County fair is being moved back a week. The new dates for the fair will be July 28th – August 2nd – Please mark your calendars!

4-H Family Fun Night

Hi  Everyone! We are having our annual 4-H Family Fun Night event on Friday, February 13th 2015 from 7-9PM at the Wellness Center in Plattsburgh. Please be sure to register ahead of time for this FREE event. We will have access to the pool and the gym for an hour each so dress accordingly. We also will be doing a potluck style meal so please bring a dish to share.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me by email ( or by phone (518) 561-7450 ext. 113 :)

North Country Farmers Invited to NNY Agricultural Development Program Annual Meeting February 27

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is inviting North Country farmers to hear the results of its latest projects as part of its annual meetings on Friday, February 27 in Chazy.

The research reports sessions begin at 1pm at Miner Institute in Chazy.  Registration is not required to attend.

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is a farmer-driven research and technical assistance program serving all sectors of the agricultural industry, from dairy and crops to livestock, maple and horticultural production, in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.    …click here to read more

Job Opening – Horticulture Technician

Horticulture Technician

Cornell Cooperative Extension in Plattsburgh seeks Horticulture Technician with an Associate’s Degree and 2 years related volunteer or work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Support research, monitor traps, collect samples, maintain plant trials, ability to work outdoors in harsh conditions, ability to work irregular hours. Experience in growing grapes and applying pesticides. Based in Plattsburgh with extensive travel around the region, some overnight travel. 35 hours/week with excellent benefits.


Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate governmental agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

 Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/ADA

2015 Public Presentations Schedule is now available

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a happy and healthy new year. I’m just returning from vacation so I apologize for the delay in sending the schedule to you all. As always, I look forward to seeing you this weekend at our Public Presentations event and remember it’s at Peru Central School this year. If you have problems viewing this please let me know and I will email you a copy.

See you this weekend!

Chelsea2015 Public Presentations Schedule

Hiring Your First Employee

Cornell Cooperative Extension/CCE will offer training to help farmers who will be hiring their first employees in 2015.

This beginners course topics cover payroll accounting, minimum wage, withholding, general work agreements, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, youth hiring rules and rates, termination, quarterly and annual report filing requirements. OSHA safety regulations, dangerous jobs, Right to Know and training will also be covered.

“There are several critical considerations to put in pace before you take on employees. Those attending this course will receive a To-Do list and a set of resources to prepare them for hiring,” says workshop co-organizer Anita Deming with CCE Essex County. “Learning how to properly manage workers can expand your earning potential exponentially.”

Deming notes that even if a farm owner hires a professional to help with employment forms and government reporting requirements it is wise for the farm owner to have a working knowledge of what is legally required for hiring and employee management.

The Hiring Your First Employee workshops are set for:

Wednesday January 14, 7-9pm, Plattsburgh, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 6064 Route 22 Suite 5; register with 518-561-7450

Thursday January 15, 1-3pm, Westport, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 3 Sisco St; register with 518-962-4810 x0

Friday January 16, 1-3pm, Malone, Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 151 Finney Blvd; register with 518-483-7403.

For more information, contact  Anita Deming, 518-962-4810 x409, 

Message from Amy Ivy

Hello Everyone,

I’d like to update you on some of the exciting things happening here at CCE (Cornell Cooperative Extension) in Clinton County.

  • For the past 10 years I have had a dual role here at CCE, half Executive Director and half Horticulture Educator. But my heart is in horticulture and in early 2015 I will be stepping down from my Ex Director duties to devote all my time to my passion: horticulture; specifically working with our vegetable and berry growers as part of the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program. This was my choice and I am thankful to our board and staff for supporting me in this decision. I will remain employed by CCE Clinton County and work out of the same office in Plattsburgh.
  • Our Clinton County CCE Board of Directors is actively searching for a new Executive Director. This position will be 50% Executive Director, and 50% Youth & Family Team Leader.  Applications are due by January 6; see our website for more information:
  • Alexa King Maille, our 4-H Educator, moved to the State 4-H Office on the Cornell campus this fall to become the State Specialist in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programing. We were sorry to see her go but I’m sure we will be having lots of collaborations and exciting opportunities for our youth.
  • Peter Hagar our local Ag Educator, is leaving us on January 15 to work next door at Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) as district manager. We hate to see him go but he has lots of ideas of how we will continue to work closely together.
  • This fall, our CCE Clinton County office received an $88,000 grant from the USDA to increase sales and consumption of locally produced food in Clinton County. This grant will run for two years and will focus on teaching consumers how to use and cook with fresh produce. Our goals are to increase consumption of healthy food and increase sales and profitability for our local farms. We will be coordinating events, classes, tastings, articles, blogs, etc, all around the county.
  • Cuts in SNAP funding at the federal level have been felt across the state but all of our staff (Jordy Kivett, Nancy Zukowski and Chelsea Baxter) have been retained through other nutrition oriented grants. We continue to educate families on ways to create healthy meals and stretch their food budgets. Chelsea also works with our 4-H program and club management and we look forward to seeing this program grow once our new Executive Director is on board. There will also be a regional SNAP educator hired soon, who will work out of our Plattsburgh office and serve Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.
  • Our Master Gardener Volunteer Program is growing by leaps and bounds! This year our 28 volunteers donated over 2000 hours of their time to help us teach others. Jolene Wallace, Program Coordinator, just finished 50 hours of training for 13 new volunteers who will join the others in January.
  • We also participate in 2 regional programs. For Dairy and Field Crops/Agronomy we have 2 regional specialists, Kim Morrill and Kitty O’Neil. For Commercial Horticulture we are part of an 11 person team of specialists in apples, grapes, berries and vegetables. Anna Wallis is the newest member of the team and specializes on apples and grapes. She works out of our Clinton County office along with me, and I focus on vegetable and berry production.

In summary, things are going great here at CCE Clinton County! We are grateful to the Clinton County Legislature for a 2% increase in our county appropriation this year. Those county dollars make up just under half of our total budget. We also receive some state funds and a small amount of federal funds. The rest of our budget, about 40%, we raise ourselves through grants, program fees, and donations.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of our staff. From all of us at CCE Clinton County, we wish you and your families a joyous holiday season!




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