Field and Forest, by Richard Gast

Growing pumpkins for market

On the evening of Sept. 23, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County will offer a Pumpkin Production Workshop at 6 p.m. at Steen's Orchards in Brushton.All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.Please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-483-7403 for more information or ...

Manhunt was sticky for maple syrup tour

Franklin County Cornell Cooperative Extension joined the Northeastern New York Chapter of the New York State Maple Producers Association and Franklin and Clinton County maple producers in hosting the 2015 New York State Maple (Producers) Tour, a three-day event which, in the words of Cornell ...

High tunnels are handy here

High tunnels, sometimes called hoop houses, offer home gardeners and market growers an easy way to extend the North Country's very limited growing season, often by two or three months and sometimes more.By using high tunnels, North Country growers can start planting up to 45 days before they ...

Local farmers markets are open for the season

If you're looking for ways to eat fresh and stretch your food dollars, look no further than your local farmers market. Stop in and select from the finest, the freshest and the best local produce that money can buy.Among the first fresh crops of the season, you'll find tender greens, crunchy ...

Supporting local growers and food producers

In this age of global markets and marketing, more often than not, the food we eat is grown on large industrial farms, then shipped across the country or from Central or South America or overseas, to huge distribution centers, where it's sorted, packaged, processed and then trucked to chain ...

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 ...