One of our main goals as 4-H educators is to help foster the youth’s interests in a positive way that can help lead the youth to a career path they will excel in. It is my great honor to join these long term 4-H members in celebrating their achievements throughout their time in Franklin County 4-H.

A free three-part webinar series discussing the identification, safety recommendations, historical usage and sustainability of wild edibles will be available both as a recorded series or a live presentation by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators Pat Banker, John Bowe and MB Mitchumon Thu…

We have a small herd of Nigerian dwarf goats. They are a breed of dairy goats that originated in Africa and are a lot smaller than the other dairy breeds.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated in this country in 2017 (the most recent information available) was 267.8 million tons. That’s the equivalent of just over 4.5 pounds of waste per person per day.

Carrots can prepared in a ton of different ways and can make for a quick and healthy snack, or a delicious side dish for your favorite meal.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County (CCE) would like to provide a response and some additional context to an article recently published on our behalf, titled “Rethinking meat – from farm to table,” published in these pages on May 30 and in subsequent Facebook posts. The article …

Hello, my name is Amy Gokey and on June 5, I was crowned the 2020-2021 Franklin County dairy princess. I am the 16-year-old daughter of Steve and Marsha Gokey and I live in Burke on my family’s 350-cow dairy farm, where I feed calves. In the fall I will be a senior at Franklin Academy High S…

Gardens are being tilled, planned, and planted with the promise of an abundance of fresh veggies. Taking advantage of the beautiful, soft soil, the rapidly growing, dreaded weeds appear en mass.

The Wonders Of Washington (WOW) trip for 4-H youth in Franklin and Clinton counties that had been scheduled for October has been rescheduled to March 17-20, 2021.

We are always looking for healthy side dishes to bring to the table, and this week, we have a yummy Spanish cauliflower. This dish is low in calories, easy to prepare, and will keep you feeling full.

The COVID-19 pandemic is imposing many changes on our lives, creating a “new normal.” The situation is also creating an opportunity for positive changes, including in what we eat.

Atherosclerosis, a dangerous condition where fats build up and clog arteries, can potentially cause heart disease and stroke. Above all, eating a balance of foods that are as close to their natural state as possible is a strong first step toward retaining the heath of your arteries. Read bel…

Among the many difficult decisions the local Extension Associations have had to face together, today they share one that is especially difficult. It is with a heavy heart that Extension, after a very thorough review, has decided to close their residential camp programs at 4-H Camp Overlook.

NORTH BANGOR –– The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted the results of a project collecting and analyzing data from the first two years of operation of the St. Lawrence Valley Produce Auction at 58 Martin Road in North Bangor. This auction is the northernmost produc…

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are probably the most recognized of all broadleaf “weeds.” Many people consider them a curse; a plant that can establish quickly, by seed, in a well-kept lawn and become extremely difficult to eradicate. Homeowners and groundskeepers spend tremendous amounts…

Our livestock learning camps have also been changed to either later dates in the fall or to single-day clinics that we are hoping will be able to be held in July.

Did you know that the average American drinks up to 630 pounds of milk each year? Well, now you do.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has defined a high-fiber food to equal five grams of fiber per serving. A good source of fiber equals 2.5 grams to 4.9 grams of fiber per serving. Adults need 20–30 grams of fiber each day for good health.

Butter has been around for over 4,000 years. The discovery of it is said to have been a mistake.

Although we have an abundance of food available in the United States, the past few weeks and the coming months have and will demonstrate that our food system is only as strong as the weakest link.

Grow-it-yourself food. During this time of pandemic it makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Especially if you’re, like me, extremely apprehensive about the possibility of becoming exposed to Covid-19 while grocery shopping. In fact, I can’t think of a better way to avoid going out in public, whi…

Looking for something simple and delicious? Try this Southwestern style rice bowl with foods you already have at home! Makes two servings.

MOIRA –– Agricultural entrepreneur Mary DeBeer is ready to expand the capacity of her biocontrol nematode-rearing laboratory on the family farm in Moira. The expansion of the business DeBeer started in 2016 following research and training through the Northern New York Agricultural Developmen…

I came of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was a turbulent time in American history; marked by the rise of the antiwar movement (Vietnam, nuclear weapons) and the expansion of movements promoting equality for groups of marginalized people including woman, African Americans, Native A…

Looking for a low calorie, healthy dinner option? Look no further. This cabbage roll casserole will fill you up without costing you too many calories.

With the passage of the Smith Lever Act in 1914, the Cooperative Extension Service has been able to provide nonformal, practical, researched-based education to agricultural producers, business owners, consumers and families for over 100 years

The population of the North Country is currently being asked to isolate at home during this pandemic to stop the spread of COVID-19. While isolation is good for public health, many people are starting to get the isolation blues and spending time on the internet looking for how to beat it.

In this time of social distancing and sometimes limited fresh produce in the grocery stores, there is an alternative, free means of supplementing any diet with delicious, free-range greens while enjoying the outdoors.

Did you know that out of 2.1 million farms in the United States, 97% are family farms? After centuries since the country’s founding, family farms are still the backbone of our country.

With all of this extra time being spent at home, you may be finding yourself making more trips to the fridge or kitchen for a snack. If you notice yourself snacking more, it’s even more imperative that you monitor your portion sizes for your main meals. The following advice is taken from the…

Cornell Cooperative Extension has been partnering with the Malone YMCA for eight years now to provide Malone and surrounding towns with their very own local day camp. With the current situation, we are staying positive and still planning for a full force summer of fun and learning. Camp Akal…

Camps are starting to scrub down everything and prepare for campers, who are itching to get out of the house. As we all prepare, here is a list of things you can do to start preparing for this camp season.

While many of us are spending extra time at home, now is the perfect time to start planning a vegetable garden.

With all of the sickness going around, I figured this would be a good time to talk about what we do if our animals get sick.

As I start to write this, it’s raining and 50 degrees outside. Several days of above-freezing nighttime temperatures are in the forecast, as well. It appears that the maple sugaring season is quickly coming to an end. Most of the producers that I’ve talked with are saying it’s been an averag…

For all you nacho-lovers out there, try this healthier recipe.

Quiche is one of those foods that covers multiple sections of MyPlate. Quiche is made with eggs (protein), milk and cheese (dairy), and your choice of vegetables. Popular options for vegetables in quiche are spinach, onion, and broccoli. Use just one of those vegetables, or combine them all …

This year, Walmart Healthy Living has expanded the number of schools and students it reaches, as well as the curriculum we have implemented.

During this period of social distancing, people are looking to connect more than ever. We look online for the latest breaking news, local resources for assistance and food sites, education resources for kids at home and tips for working remote to our usual co-workers. Here at Cornell Coopera…

I’ve heard it said that there are 10 million times more viruses on Earth than there are stars in the universe; maybe more. And that scientists estimate that, at any given moment, there are more than a billion viruses present on earth.

Growing your own vegetables –– at least some of them –– is a great way to provide fresh, tasty, nutritious food for your kitchen table. Homegrown vegetables are much fresher and taste better than industrially grown, supermarket purchased produce. And vegetable gardening can be a fun, family …

Families and friends of 4-H in Franklin, Clinton and Essex County horse and small ruminant owners came together recently to attend a day of learning more about their equine and small ruminant projects health, safety and training. This free event was sponsored by the New York State Agricultur…

Are you looking for a healthy side dish to bring to a get-together? Look no further. This three-bean salad is a delicious and nutritious dish that might even get your children to eat their vegetables.

Have you ever wondered what our cows eat and why they eat specific food?