Field and Forest, by Richard Gast

Vertical gardening: More garden in less space

Home vegetable gardeners grow their own food for a number of reasons. Those most often mentioned are:-Quality - fresh-picked produce tastes better and is crisper and more nutritious than industrial produce, which is picked early and sits in trucks and on shelves for days or weeks.- Concern ...

Get a jump on the gardening season with cold frames

Last Saturday, I woke up to blue skies and sunshine - a perfect morning for getting some spring yard work done. That is, until the clouds rolled in, the wind picked up and a cold rain began to fall. I suddenly found myself scurrying about to get my tools picked up and out of the rain and, ...

Recycling agricultural plastics just got easier

The Cornell University Waste Management Institute's Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, TAP Industries - a materials recycling facility serving the North Country - and the Franklin and Clinton County Soil and Water ...

It’s good for you — and it’s not just for pancakesFresh maple syrup:

Every year in mid- to late-winter, maple syrup producers across the region set out to tap their maple trees. This year, that meant trekking around in the woods through very deep snow on snowshoes, in uncompromisingly frigid temperatures.The brutal cold and deep snow delayed the start of the ...

An opportunity to visit a North Country sugar house (or two)

Northern New Yorkers are a hardy lot, but the relentless subzero cold that has been upon us for the past few months has put the resolve of even some of the most winter-loving people I know to the test. At long last though, it feels like the frigid arctic conditions we've been experiencing are ...

Tapping — it’s not just for maples anymore

Making pure, rich, delicious maple syrup is a North Country tradition. It's an important cottage industry and an increasingly important part of the region's economy. There's pride and care in every gallon of maple syrup made.Maple syrup-producing farm and forest businesses are family owned. ...

Divesting from fossil fuels

It's official - 2014 was the hottest year on record. And most everyone I talk to is concerned about the threat that global warming and climate change, with their potentially devastating and possibly permanent consequences, pose to the lives and livelihoods of our children and ...

Drones emerging as a tool for agriculture

Problems that go unnoticed or uncared for during the growing season can reduce livestock feed yields and/or revenue from the sale of cash crops.The traditional approach to avoiding such losses has been to gather crop growth and health information through field scouting; periodically walking ...

Helping deer survive the winter

Concerns about the ability of deer to survive the winter without supplemental feed are common this time of year. Deer decrease their activity in winter, in order to reduce the amount of food they require to make it through; they gather in areas that provide adequate cover and protection from ...

Snowshoeing — a great way to get into winter

Winter tends to stop us well, cold. And even though I sometimes feel pretty much like I want to hibernate throughout the entire month of January, avoiding winter just isn't an option. Besides, we always have a few breaks in the weather from time to time, which provide us with opportunities to ...

Global warming, human activity affect reindeer populations

What would Christmas be without reindeer? After all, every Christmas Eve, a team of reindeer pulls Santa Claus and his sleigh full of presents around the world in a single night while millions of nice (and a few naughty) children wait with restless anticipation, hoping to catch a glimpse of ...

Conserving energy is easy, can save money

As we enter the winter of 2014-15, oil prices are declining. While this may be encouraging, it is far from relief for poor and middle class individuals and families trying to make ends meet.In fact, according to statistics from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the ...

Talking turkey, Thanksgiving, and the American Way

We're a turkey-loving nation. According to the National Turkey Federation, American families will feast on 46 million turkeys at Thanksgiving dinner this year; another 22 million at Christmas; and yet another 19 million next spring at Easter.The Turkey Federation also states that the birds will ...

Master Gardeners from four counties meet for regional training

On Oct. 15, a group of more than 50 Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Master Gardener trainees, and Educators met at the Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center to take advantage of some very pleasant fall weather, while brushing up on, and adding to, their knowledge of ...

It’s garlic planting time

Garlic is delicious. And so versatile! You can use it chopped, sliced, sauted, minced, or roasted whole. You can put it in sauces, soups, side dishes, and main dishes. And it's good for you!Medical research on the health benefits of garlic, including research conducted by Weill Cornell ...

Private forest management field program

Our forests are sources of clean air and water, wildlife habitat, scenic landscapes, and wood products. Unfortunately, much of the private forest in our region has been relentlessly mismanaged for generations due to high grading and other poor forestry practices. High grading is the practice of ...

Certified chainsaw safety training offered

Chainsaws certainly are remarkable tools. Once used only by professional lumberjacks, they are widely used today by landowners, farmers; even homeowners. And they sure are useful! In fact, it's hard to think of a more efficient, time saving power tool.A well-running chainsaw with a properly ...

Improving quality of value added maple confections

On Thursday, Sept. 18, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County will be offering a workshop on "Improving the Quality of Value Added Maple Products" in the second floor Conference Room at the Franklin County Courthouse, in Malone.The workshop is made possible by the Cornell University ...

4-H: a positive educational experience

August already! And the 2014 Franklin County Fair is in full swing. This year, as always, there's a midway full of rides and games. And, of course, there are all sorts of concessions, commercial exhibits, and scheduled events, including demolition derbies, truck and tractor pulls, harness ...