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Otsego County Master Gardners

In Time Of Pandemic Hope Blooms

In Time Of Pandemic Hope Blooms

Master Gardeners: Our National Mission

‘Extension Master Gardener programs educate people, engaging them in learning to use unbiased, research-based horticulture and gardening practices through a network of trained volunteers directed and supported by land-grant university faculty and staff.”

This is the latest site plan for the Master Gardeners project at 123 Lake St., Cooperstown.

Underneath the quiet of pandemic strictures and social-distancing, the world hasn’t completely come to a stop. Just as, soon, crocuses (not, croci, we’re told) will begin poking through the snow, so will the Otsego County Master Gardeners’ exciting plan start to become a reality.

“The Grow With Cornell Cooperative Extension” fund drive has reached 70 percent of its $200,000 goal, Extension Director Don Smyers announced this week, and thus, with spring, an innovative redo of the organization’s parking lot at 123 Lake St., Cooperstown, (just before you get to The Farmers’ Museum), will get underway.

The Master Gardeners’ organization – its members instruct would-be gardeners in how-to and best practices, and its Memorial Day plant sale is an annual hit – is a low-key, but beloved entity, as underscored by how $140,000 was raised since October, in time of pandemic.

“Growth” Co-Chair Pati Grady of Cooperstown – the other co-chair is Jason Stone, who runs a Toddsville topiary business – is predicting the construction, overseen by McManus Construction of Fly Creek, will get underway this spring.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: DIY Maple Syrup 01-19-21

Learn To DIY Maple Syrup

14-19eventspageCOVID TESTING – 8 – 10 a.m. Free Covid-19 testing for people with no symptoms. Call for an appointment. Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown Clinic, 1 Atwell Dr., Cooperstown. 607-547-7973.

MAPLE SYRUP – 6 p.m. Learn how to make Maple Syrup at the micro scale with Aaron Wightman, Co-Director of the Cornell Maple Program. He will cover why sap flows, sap collection options, the basics of processing, filtering, and grading. Free, registration required by Noon. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension. 518-234-4303 ext. 111 or visit

Make a Giant, Hike The Trails & Go Boating!

What’s Fun In Otsego County

Make a Giant,

Hike The Trails

& Go Boating!

Libby Cudmore is managing editor of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and

Learn about Rube Foster, the founder of the Negro Leagues, and other players from the 1920s – 40s in a virtual field trip at the Baseball Hall of Fame to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the league. 1 p.m. Thursday, June 25, for info.

If your teen has been cooped up inside for too long, get them out on the trails with LEAF’s Great Otsego Outdoors Challenge. 2 p.m. Friday, June 26, Club Odyssey, 80 Water St., Oneonta. Info, 607-353-7143,

Learn how to ferment and can the vegetables you’re growing in your garden in a webinar with the Otsego County Master Gardeners. Registration required. 11 – noon, Friday, June 26,

It might not be the hoax of the century, but you can make a mini Cardiff Giant with a salt dough recipe at The Farmers Museum.

Enjoy a day out on the lake and help preserve it from invasive species with a Paddle and Pull at Silver Lake. Canoes and Kayaks provided. Register by Friday, June 26. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, Silver Lake, Silver Lake Rd., New Berlin. 607-547-4488 or visit

Learn how to explore, a database to help research family roots. Presented by the Harris Memorial Library. Saturday, June 27, 4-5 p.m. Visit

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