Cooperative Extension

Upcoming Cooperative Extension activities

Solar Celebration!

Go Solar is throwing a party, May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Cass Park. Celebrate how far this community has come in embracing a clean energy future and learn about the latest technologies and options available to put the power of the sun to work.!

Partner installers are offering discounts and free, no-obligation site assessments through the Go Solar program. Live music, free ice cream, and the Pi Truck, the world's first solar- and wind-powered wood-fired-oven pizza truck, will be on site. 

Upcoming Cooperative Extension activities

Slideshow: Betty Ford Alpine Garden/Colorado Wildflowers and Scenery

Join Pat Curran for a tour of the Betty Ford Alpine Garden in Vail, Colorado, one of the world’s highest altitude botanic gardens, Feb. 12, 2:30-4 p.m., Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca. Additional slides will feature Colorado wildflowers and dramatic scenery. 

4-H volunteer mentors needed

The Mentor-Student Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County 4-H is recruiting volunteers.

Workshop: Get Your Landscape Ready for Winter

This Cooperative Extension class, Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., will cover fall tasks for landscape plants from perennials to woody plants to veggies. Learn when and what to cut back, when and how to mulch, how much to water, how to protect woodies from deer and rodents, and other seasonal tasks to prepare for winter’s challenges.  Getting Your Landscape Ready for Winter will be held at the Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca. Handouts will include a list of deer-resistant plants.

4-H Duck Race and Color Splash Run

The ducks are ready to race and they need a $5 chance to enter the race.

The Tompkins County 4-H and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCETC) Compost Fair will hold the 16th Annual Duck Race and Color Splash Run, April 24, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Upcoming Cooperative Extension workshops

Emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid update
The hemlock woolly adelgid is already here, and emerald ash borer is on its way.  Mark Whitmore, Cornell natural resources extension associate, will provide an update on these invasive insects, what to look for, what to do and when, and progress on control measures,  Dec. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca. $5-$10 self-selected sliding scale fee. Call 272-2292 for more information or registration.

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Cover crops

This free workshop will be held Sept. 12, 10-11 a.m., at the Ithaca Community Garden, Carpenter Circle at Third Street (near the Ithaca Farmer’s Market). Different cover crop options that you can use in your garden will be covered: winter rye, buckwheat, oats, peas and more. You don’t need to be a community gardener to attend – all are welcome.

Tomato festival

Countering garden withdrawal: Rx for gardeners

CCETC Horticulture Program has planned weekend afternoon travel talks featuring gardens, followed by refreshments and socializing. The first of these will be March 8, 2:30-4 p.m., at CCETC at 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, with Pat Curran presenting a botanical garden slide show tour from North Caroline, through the South to Ohio.

Free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $3 to support the Horticulture Program appreciated. No need to pre-register.

Ithaca seed swap

Bring your home-saved seeds (or surplus purchased seeds) to share with others, pick up some seeds for spring planting, learn how to save your own seeds, and get tips on starting plants from seed for this summer’s garden. The swap will be held Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension at Tompkins County (CCETC), 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca.

Cost: Free for those who bring seeds to swap; other- wise a $5 donation. No registration required.

Well care and maintenance

A free educational program, “Private Wells: What Homeowners Need to Know,” will be held March 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Newfield Elementary School (Weaver Rm.), 247 Main St., Newfield. Presenters from Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Community Science Institute, and the Tompkins County Health Department will talk about protecting and maintaining private wells, water testing, how contamination occurs and solutions to common well-water problems.

Participants will receive a discount coupon for water testing.

Flood recovery, emergency resources available online

Residents who have experienced flooding during the recent winter storms can find useful, research-based resources online through the New York Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) at Cornell University Cooperative Extension.


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