Field and Forest, by Richard Gast

When life is a dog team

I read an article in the Enterprise recently about a Bloomingdale man, Peter Reuter, who’s preparing to run the 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with a team of committed, athletic Alaskan huskies he’ll select from the large and diverse group of dogs he’s been working with for a number of ...

Weather, global warming and climate change

It’s been a relatively mild January. On more than one occasion, I heard the term “spring-like.” I even heard one report of daffodils breaking ground. And as often happens during periods of mild winter weather, I get asked if it’s because of global warming. Conversely, I often find ...

Shiitake mushrooms
(Photo provided — Cornell Small Farms)

Log-grown shiitake — viability for small farms

If you go ... What: “Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms” workshop When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 Where: Paul Smith’s College VIC How much: $30/person (includes lunch and handout materials) Register/more info: www.cornellmushrooms.org/viability, Steve ...

Extreme winter weather

Every winter, I receive questions about hypothermia and about the dangers and symptoms of both hypothermia and frostbite. Most are from concerned parents of younger children. We’re certainly not strangers to cold weather. After all, this is the North Country. And winter is the season of ...

The tradition of the Christmas tree has intriguing roots

An attractive, beautifully decorated Christmas tree is one of the most beloved symbols of the holiday season. But the tradition of the Christmas tree can be traced back to ancient times, when superstitious people hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows to keep evil (witches, elves, ...

Marcescence, in essence

We’re blessed to live in an area that offers some of the most beautiful fall foliage found anywhere in the world. And this fall proved to be one of the most beautiful and enduring that I’ve ever experienced. The maples, birches, poplars, oaks and beeches created a landscape literally ...

Thanksgiving traditions celebrate harvest foods

Thanksgiving is an American holiday. And traditions are a big part of the Thanksgiving holiday. No, not the tradition of decadently stuffing yourself to the point of absurdity. And not the tradition of passing out on the couch during the second half of the Redskins/Cowboys game or cheering as ...

Growing truly gigantic pumpkins

It's a traditional competitive sport ... one that requires hard work, determination, discipline, attentiveness, patience and the ability to anticipate.It continues to grow in appreciation; not just in this country, but internationally. Fall is the time of final defeat for most, victory for a ...

Celebrating National 4-H Week

At Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, we're marking National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H observed during the first full week of October.CCE celebrates the week by acknowledging the positive impacts that membership in 4-H has had on our club members, as well as the ...

Free ‘Save Energy, Save Dollars’ workshops

Energy consumption can vary greatly from one household to another. Factors that can affect fuel and electricity usage include unusually cold or warm weather, a new baby, children home from school, visitors, an illness, even the addition of a new appliance.I can still hear my dad asking me to ...

Prolonging the harvest season

It's been an unusually hot summer., but autumn weather is drawing near. If you want to protect your garden plants and extend the harvest season, it's time to prepare.Hopefully, it won't be too late by the time you read this. The Old Farmers' Almanac says there's a 50 percent chance of first ...

Looking for fall garden color? Mum’s the word

Chrysanthemums in an extensive and often stunning variety of color and form, are (or will soon be) readily available at most area garden centers, greenhouses, farmers markets, supermarkets and variety stores.When it comes to perking up late-summer and early fall landscapes, hardy mums should be ...

When the well runs dry

It's been a hot, dry summer. And as I sit down to write this, there continues to be only scattered showers in the 10-day forecast. Franklin, Clinton, Essex and St. Lawrence counties are under a state Department of Environmental Conservation-issued drought watch, which encompasses all of eastern ...

Check out 4-H at the Franklin County Fair

4-H is almost certainly the most highly recognized of all Cooperative Extension programs. It's one of the leading youth organizations in North America and one of the largest youth programs in the world. 4-H currently serves almost 6 million youth members in the United States, alone.4-H offers ...

Emerald ash borer expands in range

On July 7, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported finding an adult emerald ash borer in a DEC monitoring trap in Rome, New York. This is the first time that the insect has been detected in Oneida County. This means the presence of emerald ash borer is now confirmed in 35 of ...

Monarch butterflies returning to the North Country

The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus (Greek translation: sleepy transformation), may be the most recognized butterfly species in the world. Monarchs are the Official State Insect of Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Vermont, and West Virginia.They are remarkably beautiful, medium sized ...

Enjoy the Adirondack Harvest

As a region, northern New York has lost way too many family farms. And we continue to lose dollars that might otherwise remain in our rural communities to farmers and growers elsewhere, while too many of us remain completely out of touch with the efforts and the productivity of our local ...

Celebrate National Dairy Month

June is the start of summer: the season of fresh fruit, iced coffee, blender drinks, backyard barbecues with family and friends, hiking, fishing, swimming, the longest break of the school year and ice cream.Speaking of ice cream, June is also National Dairy Month - a great time to enjoy fresh, ...

Introduce your children to gardening

If you're looking for healthy recreational, outdoor activities that you can share and enjoy with your children, why not introduce them to gardening? Gardening teaches children to better appreciate nature and to respect their environment, while providing frequent opportunities to share quality ...

Spring a leek

"We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic." - Numbers: 11:5----I mention this Bible passage because, dating back to ancient Egypt, it is the oldest reference to leeks that I'm aware of.Every year around ...