Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Mary Ann Charon will be teaching a workshop about vegetable container gardening on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizen Center at 109 East Main Street in Johnstown, New York. The cost is $10.00 per person. To register, interested individuals must call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-673-5525 by Thursday, April 24. Class space is limited.
Are you interested in gardening but have limited space? Join Master Gardener Mary Ann Charon as she shares how to grow vegetables for your table through container gardening. Participants will learn how to select containers and plants, design containers and maintain a mini-garden throughout the season. Each workshop participant will plant a container garden of his/her own to take home. All materials will be supplied.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties will be hosting an American Red Cross Babysitting program for youth ages 11-15 years old on Wednesday, April 16th from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The class will be held at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizen Center, 109 East Main Street in Johnstown, New York. The American Red Cross Babysitter's Training program will teach youth critical skills including how to supervise children and infants; basic child-care skills such as diapering, feeding and dressing; selecting safe age-apropriate toys and games; identifying safety hazards and preventing injuries; caring for common injuries and performing rescue breathing.
Youth will increase their skills and confidence by becoming competent babysitters through participating in this hands-on educational training. The class is limited to the first 20 youth who register by the April 10th deadline. The cost of the class is $50 for 4-H youth and $60 for non-4-H youth.
Individuals interested in registering for this program must contact Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton and Montgomery Counties at 673-5525 ext. 122 or email email@example.com. The registration form is available below.
by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month® 2014. Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another. While social, emotional and health factors also play a role, the foods people enjoy are likely the ones they eat most. This year's key messages for NNM focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.
As part of this public education campaign, the Academy’s National Nutrition Month website includes a variety of helpful tips, games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition based on the "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" theme.
4-Her Dianelit Vasquez Ortiz is Designated a 2014 Rising Latino Star
The Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc. recently announced the 2014 NY’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. Miss Dianelit Vasquez Ortiz of Amsterdam, New York is one of the individuals who will be honored at the 2014 Rising Stars Recognition Program and Reception that will take place on Saturday, March 22 at the NYS Museum in Albany. Miss Ortiz is the youngest award winner designated for 2014. The program recognizes members of the Hispanic/Latino community under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and achievements in the areas of business, educations, politics, non-profit sector, community service, and more. The Rising Stars have demonstrated a quality of performance that indicates they are leaders among their peers and will continue to develop into distinguished members in their community.
National 4-H Council in partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) hosted the first Health Rocks! Youth Ambassador Summit on January 30. The event, which was part of NIDA’s 4th annual National Drug Facts Week, brought together youth and adult leaders from several states and industry leaders to discuss solutions to fight substance use and abuse in their communities.
The event was opened by Lisa Lauxman, division director of Youth and 4-H at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, and Council's Chief Strategy Officer Andy Ferrin. After opening remarks and introductions, keynote speaker David Mineta, White House Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, took the podium.
After providing insight on what the department does and how they are working to control the availability of drugs in communities, Mineta’s speech was followed by state presentations. During this time, youth had an opportunity to share their thoughts on drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use in their communities among their peers, NIDA scientists and 4-H professionals.
Join us for the 23rd Annual Saratoga Horse Symposium on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th. The Horse Symposium willbeheld at the Saratoga County 4-H Training Center, 556 Middle Line Road, Ballston Spa, NY. This is event is open to the public, all are welcome!
The Horse Symposium will feature well known equine experts and veterinarians with live horse demonstrations, riding clinics and educational presentations. Horse enthusiasts from across New York State and New England look forward to this popular annual event.
Record Number of Countries
Join the Great Backyard Bird Count
Bird watchers on pace to shatter records
New York, N.Y., Ithaca, N.Y., and Port Rowan, ON– By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, February 18, participants from a record 127 countries had submitted bird checklists for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, eclipsing last year’s 110 countries. The four-day count ended Monday, but data are continuing to roll in from around the globe, on pace to surpass last year’s record-breaking count.
The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track the health of bird populations at a scale that would not otherwise be possible. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.
The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Feb. 14!
Everyone’s favorite midwinter bird count is happening this February 14–17, and for the second year in a row it’s open to anyone, anywhere in the world. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a free event now in its 17th year, and by participating you're helping give scientists their biggest, broadest single-moment snapshot of bird populations. Last year nearly 138,000 people participated, counting 33.4 million birds and 4,258 species. A newly redesigned website is full of great features like a gorgeous display for your photo submissions, how-to materials, data exploration tools, and tricky bird ID help (our blog has more on what's new). Come count with us.
4-H Youth Attend National Agri-Science Summit
As part of her involvement in a national agri-science summit, Miss Emma Wegner from Central Bridge, New York is partnering with 4-H professionals and representatives from agricultural industry and land-grant universities to teach others about agricultural science and innovation. Miss Wegner, a 4-H member as well as a member of Schoharie Valley FFA, was part of a small delegation from New York State program that joined teams of youth and adults from 13 states at the National Youth Agri-Science Summit sponsored by Merck Animal Health, January 16-20 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in suburban Washington DC (Chevy Chase, Maryland). Other members of the New York delegation included Miss Margaret Brownell, Mrs. Maryann Brownell, Miss Kaylah Gulley and Mrs. Kate Gulley all of Greenwich, New York. The National Youth Agri-Science Summit provided numerous opportunities for youth to learn about the latest innovations in agricultural science and technology and to increase their awareness of the careers available in this rapidly expanding field.
The 4-H teens met with representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture, Rutgers University, University of Maryland, Merck Animal Health, and several national agricultural commodity groups and regional agribusinesses to learn about the production of food, feed, fuel, and fiber and the challenges currently facing agriculture in the United States and around the world. The five-day event included field trips to the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. An agricultural issues forum, career panel, and several hands-on workshops about global food security, sustainability, and how youth can play a role in teaching others about agricultural science were additional program components of the summit. Session topics included precision agriculture, agricultural biotechnology, biofuels, aquaponics, food safety, the role of robotics in agriculture, and international agricultural development.
Infrastructure Support for Local Food Businesses
Otsego2000 Launches Survey to Assess the Need for a Shared Commercial Kitchen
Are you looking for an opportunity in the local food business? Maybe you are the next Chobani yogurt success. Demand for locally grown food and locally produced food products continue to increase. In New York City alone the demand is estimated at $1B and is nowhere near being met currently. A variety of projects are underway to help farmers and small food business entrepreneurs get their products to market, increase productivity, and create new value-added products. A commercial kitchen facility is clearly one critical piece of the supporting infrastructure required to promote such growth locally. Commercial kitchens perform vital services in the processing and packaging of local food products.
To begin to understand our area’s needs, Otsego 2000, the non-profit organization which sponsors the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, is launching a survey of food and agricultural entrepreneurs within a 50-mile radius. Anyone currently operating a value-added food product business, or planning to develop a new product should fill out this survey. At the same time, Otsego 2000 is mapping the current network of commercial kitchens that crisscross central NY to see what kinds of facilities are available and where the gaps might be. Collecting this information and developing kitchen profiles is underway. Results will be posted online.
Why would farm businesses and other specialty food processors need a commercial kitchen? Commercial kitchens monitor food safety for the public. Understanding where the line is drawn between the layers of licensing requirements is complicated. Here are a couple of instances when a 20-C licensed kitchen facility is required: