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Field and Forest, by Richard Gast

A harvest of North Country cranberries

The 2021 growing season is nearing an end. And, as the last of the greens, Brussels sprouts, and turnips are taken from the ground, I’m grateful for the diverse variety of vegetables that family, friends, and neighbors have harvested, processed, stored, and shared; everything from tomatoes, ...

A change of season

This year, the autumnal equinox falls on the 22nd of September — today. It typically occurs on the 22nd or 23rd but, due to differences between the calendar year and the solar year (365 days versus 365 and 1/4 days), may take place anytime between Sept. 21 and Sept. 24. The last time an ...

Asters and goldenrod: late season native perennials

As autumn approaches, the days grow shorter, evenings grow cooler, acorns fall from the oaks, and the maples, in anticipation of the coming change of season, start to reveal hints of the glorious spectacle of color that lies ahead. It’s also the time of year when the goldenrod and the ...

Farmers markets in full swing

During my years at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, one of my (self-proclaimed) missions was to support local farms and producers and to promote consumer access to, education about, and appreciation for local, fresh, sustainably produced foods and products — while also working to develop ...

High tunnels can extend season, enhance crops

High tunnels, sometimes called hoop houses, offer northern New York market growers an easy way to extend our limited growing season by two or three months. Sometimes more. Farmers can grow early and/or late crops of cool weather and salad vegetables even while there’s snow on the ground. And ...

Emerald ash borer solution? Parasitic wasps

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a half-inch long, green buprestid or jewel beetle. It’s an invasive insect native to Asia, believed to have made its way to the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or on airplanes. EAB was first discovered in the U.S. in 2002, ...