Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County

What is Robotics? Workshop is being offered by the Chattering Chipmunks 4-H Group!

Do you like building with LEGOS? Have you ever wonder what robotics was? Would you like to try to program a robot? Want to know what an EV3 is?

Now is your chance. Four teens with extensive robotics experience with LEGO, TETRIX, and other platforms will be leading an “Introduction to Robotics Clinic” Monday July 6th from 3-5pm at the North Country Alliance Church. This activity is open to youth of all ages.

Youth will be split into small teams and will construct a robot using a LEGO EV3 kit. With their constructed robot, the youth will learn to program the robot to move and complete a task.

Youth will be invited to participate in the NY State Fair 4H robotics challenge this summer to be held at the end of Aug at the NY State Fair in Syracuse.

If you can not come to the clinic, please let us know of your interest and we will add an additional clinic. Below you can find the link to register smile emoticon

https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/Whatisroboticsworkshop_209

Online Registration for 4-H Building Revitalization Night

Hi everyone! Please go to the link below to register to help us spruce up the 4-H building for fair this year!  You will receive one “wild card” point (can be substituted for one missing point such as: animal, community service, county/club fundraiser, public presentations, etc.) for helping us which can be used in lieu of any missing point you may have. You can only receive ONE point for this event. The date is: Friday, July 10th from 5-8PM

Buying Transplants, tips for success

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Spring bedding plants

May is the month of irresistible vegetable and flower transplants everywhere you go.  They give you a good head start on our short growing season but they are pricey, so here are some tips to help you get the most value:

Bigger is not better!  In fact, plants that have outgrown their containers are stressed and will not perform nearly as well as smaller, younger plants.  This is especially true for vegetables.  Broccoli and especially cauliflower is apt to bolt when pot-bound which ruins your harvest.  Tomatoes may recover if you bury their entire stem up to the newest 4-6 leaves in the soil.  Tomatoes are the one vegetable that benefits from having its stem buried – it will form roots all along it for a larger root system.

Loosen the roots!  If the root ball is a solid mass of white roots when you slide it out of the container, it’s important to do a little root pruning before planting.  Use a knife to slice ¼ to ½” into the root ball and pry it gently apart.  This will encourage new roots to grow and branch out from the rootball.

Give them a haircut!  If you can’t resist buying some overgrown flower plants, be ruthless and give them a good haircut before transplanting them.  Be sure to loosen the roots as described above, too, but a younger plant will still do better than an overgrown stressed one.   By Amy Ivy

Viticulture Workshops for Cold Climate Grapes

CCE is offering a series of workshops for cold climate grape growers, covering essential skills for vineyard management. Workshops are for amateur and experienced grape growers alike.  Topics include pest management for grapes (insects and diseases), vineyard site evaluation, and business and marketing considerations.

The next workshop will be ‘Business Management and Marketing‘ on May 27th from 5:00-7:00PM at the Clinton County CCE Office 6064 Rte 22 Plattsburgh, NY 12901

For more information on upcoming workshops, View the workshop flyer here

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PRE-Registration is REQUIRED. All workshops are Free.

Please pre-register at least 2 days ahead of the workshop you would like to attend.
Online registration is also available on our website: http://enych.cce.cornell.edu/

To register by phone and for more information please contact Anna Wallis at 443-421-7970 or aew232@cornell.edu

Viticulture Workshops for Cold Climate Grapes

CCE is offering a series of workshops for cold climate grape growers, covering essential skills for vineyard management. Workshops are for amateur and experienced grape growers alike.  Topics include pest management for grapes (insects and diseases), vineyard site evaluation, and business and marketing considerations.

The next workshop will be ‘Site Evaluation and Establishment‘ on May 16th from 11:00-2:00PM at Boquet Valley Vineyard 2403 Route 22 Essex, NY 12936

For more information on upcoming workshops, View the workshop flyer here

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PRE-Registration is REQUIRED. All workshops are Free.

Please pre-register at least 2 days ahead of the workshop you would like to attend.
Online registration is also available on our website: http://enych.cce.cornell.edu/

To register by phone and for more information please contact Anna Wallis at 443-421-7970 or aew232@cornell.edu

 

Support 4-H, buy a paper clover at Tractor Supply!

Many thanks toTSC Quarter Page Ad Tractor Supply Company for supporting 4-H!

And many thanks to all of you for buying paper clovers to support us!

I Love My Park – May 2, 2015 at Point au Roche State Park

I Love My Park Day Flyer Draft 9 Apr 15

Click on the link above for a flier with more details, sponsored by The Friends of Point au Roche State Park

All activities are free, family-friendly, and begin at the Nature Center

All Day Follow the Philip C. Walker Nature Trail (Interpretive Brochures Available)

8:00     Bird Walk Led by Judy Heintzhepatica, sharp lobed

9:00     Guided Walk to Beaver Dam with Alice Sample

10:00   Making Animal Tracks with Dr. Janet Puhalla, PSUC

11:00   More About Birds with Dr. Jake Straub, PSUC

12:15   Dedication of Memorial Tree for Craig Sample

12:30   Volunteer Park Improvement Projects

3:00     Short Hike to see New York’s Largest Green Ash Tree

Viticulture Workshops for Cold Climate Grapes

CCE is offering a series of workshops for cold climate grape growers, covering essential skills for vineyard management. Workshops are for amateur and experienced grape growers alike.  Topics include pest management for grapes (insects and diseases), vineyard site evaluation, and business and marketing considerations.

The next workshop will be ‘Vineyard Pest Management’ on May 6th 4:30-7:00 Willsboro Research Farm 48 Sayward Lane, Willsboro, NY 12996

For more information on upcoming workshops, View the workshop flyer here

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PRE-Registration is REQUIRED. All workshops are Free.

Please pre-register at least 2 days ahead of the workshop you would like to attend.
Online registration is also available on our website: http://enych.cce.cornell.edu/

To register by phone and for more information please contact Anna Wallis at 443-421-7970 or aew232@cornell.edu

 

Apple IPM Training

This pre-season training will provide a review of the basics of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for orchards in a classroom setting. Presentations will cover the theory of IPM, major pests requiring management in commercial orchards, resources available to make management decisions (including NEWA), and an example IPM plan.

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 21st at the Clinton County CCE Office 6064 Rte 22, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

For more information click here
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NYS DEC Credits are available! (3.5 credits for Categories 1a, 10, 22)

Agenda
10:00 AM Sign-in
10:30 AM IPM Theory: What is IPM and why do it?
11:00 AM Orchard Pests: Review of pest biology, monitoring, and management strategies
12:00 Noon Lunch
1:00 PM NEWA and ‘Real-time IPM’: Making the most of web-based monitoring systems
2:00 PM Tree Row Volume
2:30 PM Example IPM Plan

Includes presentations by Cornell Faculty and Specialists: Art Agnello, Julie Carroll, Kerik Cox, Harvey Reissig, and Dan Donahue.

PRE-Registration is Required! Registration is $15/person and includes lunch.
To register online click here
For more information or to register by phone, please contact Anna Wallis at aew232@cornell.edu or 443-421-7970.

Mary Breyette appointed Executive Director effective April 27.

Mary P. Breyette has been appointed executive director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County (CCE Clinton), effective April 27, 2015.breyette

Breyette joined CCE Essex in 2005, and has held progressively more responsible positions in her 10 years with the association and served as an extension educator and state 4-H camping specialist in Massachusetts for 6 years prior to joining the staff of CCE Essex. She has in-depth knowledge of programs in 4-H youth development, nutrition and obesity; workforce development; and family, youth and community development.

She has also overseen National Institute of Food and Agriculture mandates; management and staff development; fund and grant development; government, community and Cornell relations; marketing; and strategic planning.

“Mary brings a wealth of hands-on programming experience to her position and a dedication to  CCE Clinton,” said Matthew Douthat, president of the CCE Clinton Board of Directors. “Her leadership over the past 10 months in Essex County was clearly demonstrated during the search process.”

“My vision for CCE of Clinton County is to create strong connections between CCE and the communities in the county through the support of healthy living, youth development and agriculture programming,” Breyette said.

Breyette earned her Bachelors of Science Degree with a concentration in physical education (K-12) and her master’s degree in education from Salisbury State University, MD. She was awarded the Community Champion Award in 2008 from the Adirondack Tobacco Free Network.

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