Interested in gardening but not born with a green thumb? Or maybe you are a skilled grower on the brink of a big project and just looking for a little guidance. Either way, it’s good to know you have a nearby knowledgebase that can offer an assist.
Tap into Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and benefit from a solid grounding in the science of coaxing life from the earth. CCE is a publicly funded offshoot of Cornell University, and has dozens of county branches across the state, all for the purpose of helping New Yorkers be more successful at growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs, houseplants, and lawns.
And it doesn’t end there. Once you have a kitchen full of fresh veggies, will you know what to do with them? Once again, CCE comes to the rescue with classes on healthy food preparation.
CCE also provides a great way to give back to the community. If growing is a passion for you, consider volunteering as a master gardener. This program is not a course or certificate, although you will receive horticultural training. In return, you would offer your time as a volunteer consultant for a certain number of hours. Talk to your county’s CCE office to learn more.