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Spring Means Greens

When I think of Spring, I think of plates heaped with fresh greens, the first tastes of the growing season. I continue to find ways to sneak greens into anything and everything this time of year, including quiche, soups, and smoothies. It’s a kind of celebration after the dormant months, where greens are the mascot […]

Gardening as a Family

Many families struggle to find time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2019) outlines the importance of this connection, stating that teens who felt connected to family are 65% less likely to use illicit drugs or misuse prescription drugs as adults. The study also found […]

Gardens and Food Security

Jessica Ladley “Jessica Ladley of West Winfield awoke one perfectly weathered day to find that her lawn had erupted into the most magnificent garden…” …that’s the way I wish to begin this story, and so I have. Standing within the boundaries of marigolds, time slowed as I snapped a photo of a bee lighting on […]

Enhancing Access to Fresh Produce

There has been a growing emphasis on the importance of access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables for promoting healthy diets and combating food insecurity. Farmers’ markets play a crucial role in providing communities with access to nutritious produce while also supporting local farmers and economies. One significant factor contributing to the accessibility of […]

Getting Ready for Spring by Garden Planning & Seed Starting

Here in the Mohawk Valley of upstate New York, where the winters are long and the growing season is short, seed starting for vegetable gardens is a great way to insure gardening success and expand your harvest. With a climate characterized by chilly springs and unpredictable frosts, starting seeds indoors offers gardeners a head start […]

Herkimer County Local Foods Map

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Herkimer County produces the Herkimer County Local Foods Map each year. It began in 2002 as a ‘Farm Produce and Tourism’ map, switching over to exclusively local food in 2009. The objective of creating this map has been to connect producers with consumers of local foods that are grown/produced in Herkimer […]

New Year – New Opportunities

New Year’s resolutions abound in January. Come March, many of us are feeling dissatisfied with our progress toward these resolutions. I would like to propose a more satisfying approach to behavior change, which is really what we are talking about here. According to the science of human behavior, successful resolutions involve a three-step process: cue, […]


Herbs are the edible green or leafy part of a plant, typically a low growing shrub.  This includes parsley, chives, marjoram, basil, thyme, caraway, dill, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory and celery leaves.  They can be used fresh or dried. Herbs appeal to our senses of sight, smell, and taste. They also have beneficial effects on […]

What a Crock…of Sauerkraut!

A large crock of sauerkraut sat in our basement when I was growing up, a round wooden board was placed in the mouth of the crock holding the kraut below the brine level and a towel covered the top of the crock.  How cabbage became sauerkraut was a mystery to me, why didn’t it just […]

September is Food Safety Education Month

Summer picnics may have come to an end, but the need to keep our foods safe for consumption knows no season.  Foodborne illness claims the lives of 3,000 Americans each year.  You may wonder how this can be, given that we live in such a technologically advanced world. It is a combination of conditions including […]