Reflections on COVID-19 and SNAP-Ed: Making Lemons Into Lemonade

This is a personal essay by Nutrition Educator Sarah Martin and Nicole Maline, Program Manager SNAP-Ed Erie County. Submit your reflections on work during COVID-19 here. In the last quarter of 2019, the Northwestern region SNAP-Ed team delivered almost 400 in-person programs to over 5000 participants. From Buffalo Public Schools to the Medina Library, we… Read more Reflections on COVID-19 and SNAP-Ed: Making Lemons Into Lemonade

4-H Camp Beechwood keeps kids connected during social distancing

This is a guest post submitted by CCE Wayne County 4-H Team Leader Jessica Spence. Visit the submissions page to submit a guest post for the Extension Works blog, and to be featured in Extension Insider. 4-H Camp Beechwood, nestled along the Maxwell Creek and the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario at Beechwood State Park,… Read more 4-H Camp Beechwood keeps kids connected during social distancing

Farmers-to-Families Food Box Giveaways connect WNY families to fresh and nutritious produce

CCE educators in Niagara and Orleans County are working tirelessly to provide community members with fresh and nutritious food—straight from the farm to families in need. For the past month, they’ve orchestrated food box giveaways, providing free 20 lb. boxes of produce to county residents. To date, over 7,200 boxes have been given to Western… Read more Farmers-to-Families Food Box Giveaways connect WNY families to fresh and nutritious produce

Sullivan Fresh Market-on-the-Move delivers meals, hope

CCE Sullivan County Program Managers Martin Colavito and Thomas Bosket have been working hard to ensure folks stay fed despite the kinks in the food supply chain and food access. In partnership with Sullivan Allies Leading Together (SALT), area school districts, the County’s Emergency Community Assistance Center, and others, Colavito and Bosket have been sweeping… Read more Sullivan Fresh Market-on-the-Move delivers meals, hope

Dairy Drives connect NYS milk and cheese with families in need

CCE’s ties to the dairy community are as deep and as strong as they ever were, and even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators are finding ways to connect the community with fresh and nutritious New York dairy products. In Lewis County, CCE organized a dairy drive through in Lowville. The event, pulled… Read more Dairy Drives connect NYS milk and cheese with families in need

Extension Responds: Resilience Across New York State

For more than 100 years, Cornell Cooperative Extension has worked side by side with our neighbors all across New York to grow healthy food and thriving businesses, empower our youth, strengthen families and communities, and make our environment more sustainable for current and future generations. Today, all of New York is being tested like never… Read more Extension Responds: Resilience Across New York State

Orange County Gleaning Program feeds neighbors in need

While home gardeners across NYS are sowing seeds for harvests to come, a Hudson Valley food gleaning program has sprung to action early this year to deliver much needed nutrients directly to local individuals and families. The need for food assistance is growing while emergency food agencies are closing or providing limited access. The CCE Orange… Read more Orange County Gleaning Program feeds neighbors in need

CCE Celebrates Volunteers for National Volunteer Week

Blocks in Bloom is a program from CCE Monroe County that matches Master Gardener volunteers with neighborhoods who want to beautify their blocks by planting front-yard flower gardens. The program won the American Horticulture Society’s Community Greening Award in 2020. This is a guest post by Professional Development and Volunteer Involvement Specialist Kimberly Fleming. When… Read more CCE Celebrates Volunteers for National Volunteer Week

CCE Voices: Catskills Youth Climate Summit & Earth Day

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” —Gaylord Nelson Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Inspired by the activist movement, Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to bring awareness to environmental… Read more CCE Voices: Catskills Youth Climate Summit & Earth Day