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Plan your veggie garden

Plan your veggie garden!

It’s a sure sign of spring when it’s time to think about your vegetable garden for the year.

Do you struggle planning out your vegetable garden? Do your vegetable garden yields seem to decrease every year and you would like to know why? Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties Tuesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. for Starting a Vegetable Garden.

Master the essentials of starting your very own vegetable garden this season. Agriculture and Horticulture Educator Jessica Holmes will discuss topics such as pH and soil needs, planning and spacing in the garden, starting seeds, buying transplants, crop rotation, and more.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Jessica Holmes at / 518-234-4303 ext.119.

Master Gardeners’ Fund Drive At 70%


Master Gardeners’

Fund Drive At 70%

Goal: To Redevelop Cooperstown

Parking Lot As Horticulture Hub

This is the garden center the Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners’ program is proposing at 123 Lake St., Cooperstown.

COOPERSTOWN – The Grow With Cornell Cooperative Extension fund drive is more than 70 percent toward its $200,000 goal so its Master Gardener program can convert its parking lot at 123 Lake St. into a center of teaching and education.

“Our success demonstrates the investment in planning conducted by Master Gardener Volunteers and staff, and the value the gardens will bring for residents living throughout the county,” said Don Smyers, executive director of Otsego and Schoharie county extension programs.

 The capital campaign was launched in November, and Smyers said the response “is especially rewarding in light of the December holidays and the COVID pandemic.”

Stars & Bars Can Be Sold At Delco Fair, But Cannot Be Displayed, Foes Assert

Delco Sheriff Vows

Stars, Bars Display Ban

Will Be Made To Stick

Dumond Quoted Telling Coop Extension:

Prohibition To Be ‘Aggressively Enforced’ reported in April that students are lobby Cornell University to get involved in banning Stars & Bars as state fairs, saying it creates a “hostile environment” for fair workers.

DELHI – The Delaware County Fair Board has voted to allow vendors to continue to selling Confederate flags and related memorabilia , but will “aggressively enforce” a prohibition on their display, Fair For All announced today.

As its source, Fair For All quoted statements by Delaware County Sheriff Craig Dumond at a May 20 meeting of the board of local Cornell Cooperative Extension board, which he chairs.

A prohibition on display was put in place in 2018; however; however, it was not enforced, according to  Fair For All.

Irene Harbison, 80; Active In Cooperative Extension, 4H

IN MEMORIAM: Irene Harbison, 80;

Active In Cooperative Extension, 4H

Irene Harbison

MIDDLEFIELD – Irene M. Harbison, 80, who worked at Cooperative Extension for many years and remained active in the 4H passed away early Monday morning, May 13, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.

She was born Oct. 25, 1938, in Cooperstown, a daughter of Glenn D. and Geneva (McRorie) Morrison.

A graduate of Cooperstown High School, Class of 1956, Irene was employed for many years as a secretary at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Cooperstown. She later stayed at home to take care of her mother until her passing in 1992.

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