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About Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County

Cornell Cooperative Extension, a non-profit education agency, was established in 1917 to help strengthen families and communities, enhance and protect our environment and foster economic development. We are part of our national extension system and are affiliated with Cornell University in Ithaca, New York State’s land-grant university. Our funding, which is through the county, grants and gifts, supports our program areas – Agriculture, Marine, 4-H Youth Development, the Suffolk County Farm and Family Health and Wellness.

The Family Health and Wellness Program has been working with families in Suffolk County since 1926 when it was known as the Home Economics Bureau. As its focus has evolved to meet the changing needs of residents, the program was renamed Family and Consumer Sciences in 1993 and Family Health and Wellness in 2009.

Our programing can be found at our Riverhead and Yaphank locations and throughout the county at schools, libraries, community organizations, and health centers, as well as through satellite down-links from Cornell University. Current, research-based resources are also disseminated through fact sheets, news articles and online. FHW educators support professionals who work with families with technical assistance, resource information and staff training.

Cornell Cooperative Extension in Suffolk County provides Equal Program and employment opportunities.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is funded in part by Suffolk County through the office of the County Executive and the County Legislature.

Please contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County office if you have any special needs.