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Telling the tale of the turkey

November 25, 2015 As we prepare for Thanksgiving feasting and holiday celebration, I’d like to take a few moments to reflect upon the American wild turkey, Melagris gallopavo (eastern forest subspecies silvestris,... more »»

Predicting winter weather

November 11, 2015 It’s been a mild fall, so far. But it is November. Winter is coming. more »»

Puzzling over pumpkins

October 28, 2015 It’s not at all surprising that as Halloween approaches I’m often asked, “What is a pumpkin?” or more specifically, “What’s the difference between a pumpkin, a squash and a gourd?” or “Is a pumpkin ... more »»

Is that an eagle?

October 14, 2015 “Is that an eagle?” my friend asked, motioning for me to look up from the open field where we were standing. more »»

Harvesting firewood sustainably from a woodlot or forest

September 30, 2015 Whether taking firewood from small acreage for personal use, or managing larger tracts for firewood harvesting and sales, owners of well-managed woodlots know that the productivity of their land... more »»

Multi-county agricultural plastic waste recycling effort gets under way

September 16, 2015 Until the 1990s, bulk forages and grain were stored in tower silos made of steel or concrete. In recent decades, however, plastic film has become a widely used alternativ. more »»

Corn — ’tis the season

September 2, 2015 As far as I’m concerned, farm stand sweet corn straight out of the field is as tasty a treat as it is an incredible valu. more »»

Growing pumpkins for market

August 19, 2015 On the evening of Sept. 23, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County will offer a Pumpkin Production Workshop at 6 p.m. at Steen’s Orchards in Brushton. All are welcome. more »»

Destructive plant disease — late blight — proliferating across the Northeast

August 5, 2015 In recent weeks, Cornell Cooperative Extension educators have been focused on the movement of a devastating plant disease of tomatoes and potatoes (and other nightshade crops), known simply as late... more »»

Manhunt was sticky for maple syrup tour

July 22, 2015 Franklin County Cornell Cooperative Extension joined the Northeastern New York Chapter of the New York State Maple Producers Association and Franklin and Clinton County maple producers in hosting th... more »»

High tunnels are handy here

July 8, 2015 High tunnels, sometimes called hoop houses, offer home gardeners and market growers an easy way to extend the North Country’s very limited growing season, often by two or three months and sometimes... more »»

Local farmers markets are open for the season

June 24, 2015 If you’re looking for ways to eat fresh and stretch your food dollars, look no further than your local farmers marke. more »»

Supporting local growers and food producers

June 10, 2015 In this age of global markets and marketing, more often than not, the food we eat is grown on large industrial farms, then shipped across the country or from Central or South America or overseas, to... more »»

Vertical gardening: More garden in less space

May 27, 2015 Home vegetable gardeners grow their own food for a number of reason. more »»

2015 New York State Maple Tour showcases Franklin and Clinton County agribusiness

May 13, 2015 The New York State Maple Tour is an annual event hosted by a regional Chapter of the New York State Maple Producers Association and a Cornell Cooperative Extension Association office serving one of... more »»

Get a jump on the gardening season with cold frames

April 29, 2015 Last Saturday, I woke up to blue skies and sunshine — a perfect morning for getting some spring yard work done. That is, until the clouds rolled in, the wind picked up and a cold rain began to fall. more »»

Recycling agricultural plastics just got easier

April 15, 2015 The Cornell University Waste Management Institute’s Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, TAP Industries — a materials... more »»

It’s good for you — and it’s not just for pancakesFresh maple syrup:

April 1, 2015 Every year in mid- to late-winter, maple syrup producers across the region set out to tap their maple tree. more »»

An opportunity to visit a North Country sugar house (or two)

March 18, 2015 Northern New Yorkers are a hardy lot, but the relentless subzero cold that has been upon us for the past few months has put the resolve of even some of the most winter-loving people I know to the... more »»

Tapping — it’s not just for maples anymore

March 4, 2015 Making pure, rich, delicious maple syrup is a North Country tradition. It’s an important cottage industry and an increasingly important part of the region’s economy. more »»

Divesting from fossil fuels

February 18, 2015 It’s official — 2014 was the hottest year on record. more »»



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