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4-H: a positive educational experience

August 6, 2014 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. more »»

Bee balm, a beautiful garden herb

July 23, 2014 Earlier this season, when my granddaughter asked me what my favorite garden flower was, I had to stop and think about it for a few seconds before telling her that my favorite is probably red bee balm. more »»

Trickle irrigation is often best

July 9, 2014 Obviously, plants will not survive without water. But, there’s a lot more to it than that. Without the proper amount of water, they will not thrive. more »»

The National Climate Assessment — What does it mean for the North Country?

June 25, 2014 The 800-page 2014 National Climate Assessment, which involved more than 300 scientists, engineers and technical experts, was released last month, confirming that climate change is an existing threa. more »»

Be a locavore — support local farmers markets

June 11, 2014 The term “local food” is certainly not an unfamiliar one. I hear a lot of talk these days about eating locally. more »»

Emerald ash borer — a risk to ash trees locally and across North America

May 28, 2014 In an attempt to raise awareness and increase knowledge about an extremely destructive, invasive insect pest known as the emerald ash borer, New York marked its 4th annual Emerald Ash Borer Awarenes... more »»

Build a better garden with raised beds

May 14, 2014 Most everyone I speak with has worked in, or at least seen a row garde. more »»

Asparagus — a taste of spring

April 30, 2014 Asparagus is one of only a few perennial vegetables that can be reliably grown in the North Country. more »»

Maple syrup producers can now recycle maple tubing locally

April 16, 2014 Those of you who may have ventured out to visit a nearby producer during Maple Weekend have seen, firsthand, how large sugaring operations utilize the latest equipment, machinery, tools, and the mos... more »»

Maple sugaring season is underway (sort of)

April 2, 2014 The calendar says spring is here. Most of us are looking ahead with enthusiasm and anticipation to warmer weather. Days are getting longe. more »»

Spring is coming

March 19, 2014 “Winter had lasted so long that it seemed it would never end. more »»

Energy addiction — its not-so-obvious costs

March 5, 2014 We use energy in our homes every day of our lives —?a lot of energy. more »»

Applicable timber management practices can help deer survive the winter

February 19, 2014 It’s not at all uncommon, especially during a hard winter or following a winter storm, to speak with hunting enthusiasts and landowners who express deep concern about the ability of deer to survive... more »»

Extending the life of Valentine’s Day flowers

February 5, 2014 This certainly has been a trying winter. more »»

Avoiding, treating hypothermia and frostbite

January 22, 2014 In the wake of the recent death by hypothermia of a 31-year-old Australian soldier visiting the Adirondacks, apparently a suicide, I’ve received a number of inquiries about just what hypothermia is... more »»

Maple school scheduled for Feb. 1

January 8, 2014 The Franklin County Maple (Producers) Association, in cooperation with Brushton Moira Central School Future Farmers of America and Cornell Cooperative Extension, has been busily organizing its... more »»

A Christmas kiss under the mistletoe: facts and lore

December 26, 2013 (Editor’s note: Richard Gast’s column normally runs on Wednesdays but due to the holiday, it will run today). more »»

What does the future hold for New York’s moose?

December 11, 2013 Moose once inhabited northern New York in great numbers, but as a result of habitat destruction and relentless hunting, they were eliminated during the 19th century. more »»

The horticulturalist who rescued Plymouth

November 27, 2013 For most Americans, Thanksgiving is, as the name suggests, a time of giving thanks. more »»

A North Country cranberry harvest

November 13, 2013 The 2013 growing season has come to an end. more »»

 
 

 

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