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Nutrition Collaboration expands Fulton Community Garden

OCO Nutrition Services Director Amy Roland (left) and Addie Dolbear (right) assemble a garden bed for the Fulton Community Garden. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers.
OCO Nutrition Services Director Amy Roland (left) and Addie Dolbear (right) assemble a garden bed for the Fulton Community Garden. Located at John Lincoln Park, the Fulton Community Garden Project offers Fulton City residents the opportunity to have their own garden bed to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers.

Community members interested in enjoying their own garden fresh, homegrown vegetables or the beauty of a fresh flowerbed may take part in this year’s Fulton Community Garden Project.

The Nutrition Collaboration is currently soliciting Fulton city residents interested in participating in the community garden project.

Participants will receive their own garden plot where they can grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers that will be theirs to enjoy.

According to Amy Roland, director of Nutrition Services for Oswego County Opportunities and a member of the Nutrition Collaboration, the project is open to all Fulton community members and that members of Cornell Cooperate Extension will provide support for those who have never tended a garden before.

“The community garden is a great way for Fulton residents to enjoy fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers right from their own garden,” said Roland.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, the City of Fulton, and the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County last year’s Community Garden Project was such a success that they will be adding 12 new garden beds this year, bringing the total number of gardens beds to 24 and allowing more community members the opportunity to participate in the project.

This year we will also be planting one of the raised beds with herbs for the participants to enjoy herbs at their leisure.

Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County meet to build additional garden beds for the Fulton Community Garden Project. From left are Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; Amy Roland, director of OCO Nutrition Services; Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Catholic Charities of Oswego County Community Services; Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Representatives from the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County meet to build additional garden beds for the Fulton Community Garden Project. From left are Jan Smith, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension; Lori Halstead, OCO Nutrition Services; Amy Roland, director of OCO Nutrition Services; Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Catholic Charities of Oswego County Community Services; Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Cindy Walsh of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

According to Roland, planting at the community garden will begin May 22 at 9 a.m. Fulton city residents interested in participating in the community garden may do so by picking up an application from the Fulton Housing Authority, 1100 Emery Street in Fulton, or by calling Tina at 598-4712, ext. 1805 at Nutrition Services.

Community members may return the completed application to the Fulton Housing Authority or mail to: OCO Nutrition Services, 239 Oneida St, Fulton, NY 13069.

As space is limited, submitting an application does not guarantee a plot in the garden. The Nutrition Collaboration will utilize a lottery system in the event that the requests for plots out number the amount of plots available in the garden.

Sponsors for the community garden project include: Oswego County Nutrition Collaboration, Rural Health Network of Oswego County, Food Bank Of CNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Oswego County Department of Social Services, Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation, the Fulton Housing Authority, United Way of Greater Oswego County, and the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County.

Those seeking more information on the community garden project may contact Amy Roland at 598-4712, ext. 1811, or via e-mail at aroland@oco.org.

Paul Forestiere (right), executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, present Judith Santore and her granddaughter, Christianna, with an award in honor of their husband and grandfather, the late Legislator Paul Santore. Santore was recognized at the annual Harvest Dinner for his service to the community and his love and enthusiasm for all things in Oswego County.

County products featured in annual Harvest Dinner

Paul Forestiere and Judith Santore
Paul Forestiere (right), executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, present Judith Santore and her granddaughter, Christianna, with an award in honor of their husband and grandfather, the late Legislator Paul Santore. Santore was recognized at the annual Harvest Dinner for his service to the community and his love and enthusiasm for all things in Oswego County.

by Nicole Reitz

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County hosted its third annual Harvest Dinner Friday at the American Foundry to a sold out crowd.

The dinner, consisting of six courses, showcased the quality and diversity of agriculture in Oswego County by featuring locally grown and sourced food.

Chefs Emil Nymander from The American Foundry, Brian Girard of Blue Plate Seafood, and Bill Hubel from Blue Moon Grill provided guests with dishes that used ingredients from the county’s abundance of farms.

Menu items included corn chowder, elk hunters stew, an onion tart, breads made by BOCES Culinary students, and maple cream from Fulton’s Red Schoolhouse Maple.

Oswego County boasts 639 farms, which supplies 5,000 jobs and generates $39.4 million in annual revenue.

Within the county there are at least seven local farmers markets with one open almost every day of the week. The markets showcase all that the county has to offer, including wines, maple syrup, honey and wide variety of vegetables and fruits.

Before the microphone was given over to guest speaker Tom Rivers, a reporter covering agriculture in Batavia, a special honor was given in memory of Oswego County Legislature Paul Santore, who died in September.

Santore served on numerous committees and was heavily involved in the community. His wife, Judith Santore, and granddaughter, Christianna, accepted the award.

“He was a steadfast supporter of Cooperative Extension and committed volunteer and participant of the Oswego County 4-H program,”  said Paul Forestiere, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County. “He truly believed he could make Oswego County a better place to live, and willingly gave up his time and talents toward that goal.”

Judith Santore said, “In Paul’s memory I thank everyone at Cooperative Extension. Paul was an honorable man, and he did love Oswego County and everyone in it immensely.”

Rivers spoke of his first-person newspaper series about farm work and the subsequent book he published, “Farm Hands: Hard work and Hard Lessons from Western New York Fields.”

Rivers covered agriculture for the Daily News in Batavia for five years before trying the labor intensive jobs in the areas of fruit, vegetable and dairy. He wanted to uncover why the local people from the area wouldn’t handle these jobs themselves, but instead resorted to migrant help.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension to teach vegetable gardening

There are just a few simple things a person needs to know in order to start their own vegetable garden. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County Master Gardener volunteers are offering ‘Learn how to start a Vegetable Garden’, a workshop in which beginner gardeners can learn gardening basics and get their gardening questions answered.

This workshop will be held Monday, April 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office in Mexico.

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On target – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County announced the dates for its annual Shooting Sports Program. This program is open to all girls and boys ages 12-19 who are interested in archery and muzzleloading. Pictured is a participant last year as he takes aim on his target with muzzleloading rifle.

Shooting Sports Program to be held this summer

On target – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County announced the dates for its annual Shooting Sports Program. This program is open to all girls and boys ages 12-19 who are interested in archery and muzzleloading. Pictured is a participant last year as he takes aim on his target with muzzleloading rifle.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is accepting registrations into its Shooting Sports Program.

This program is open to all girls and boys ages 12-19 who are interested in archery and muzzleloading.

The program will be conducted as a five-week course concluding with a field day.

Each discipline meets once a week at an Oswego County Sportsman Club.
Archery will be held Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. at Deerslayers Bowmen Association on Route 104 in southwest Oswego.

Shotgun will be held Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Leatherstocking Club in New Haven.

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