Oswego County Fun On The Farm Set for July 18th

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County in coordination with Sorbello & Sons, Inc. is proud to announce the first ever Oswego County Fun on the Farm Day. Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 18th from 11 am to 2 pm. This event will be held at the Sorbello’s new onion packing house at 630 County Route 8 in Fulton, NY.

Sorbello & Sons, Inc., is a multi-generational farm that grows mainly onions on muck land, as well as soybeans and pumpkins. This event will feature tours of the farm and packing house, educational displays, fun family activities and the opportunity to speak with farmers and learn about where your food comes from.

“Oswego County Fun on the Farm will be a great opportunity for the public to see a real, working  farm up close and learn about agriculture here in Oswego County” stated Lynnette Wright, Agriculture Economic Development Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County.

For more information about the Oswego County Fun on the Farm day, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 315-963-7286 or online at www.thatscooperativeextension.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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Project Explore Students Create a ‘Buzz’
From www.oswegocountytoday.com

Project Explore students at Oswego County BOCES are pictured with the beehive boxes they handcrafted as part of a Project Based Learning project. From left are: Project Explore teacher Dave Proietti, Zach Bello, Trenton Baker, Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Team Leader Jonathan Schell, Remelo Cason, Richard Norris, and Dalton Sushereba. The students crafted 12 boxes and then donated a portion of them to Cooperative Extension for local farmers and growers.
Project Explore students at Oswego County BOCES are pictured with the beehive boxes they handcrafted as part of a Project Based Learning project. From left are: Project Explore teacher Dave Proietti, Zach Bello, Trenton Baker, Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Team Leader Jonathan Schell, Remelo Cason, Richard Norris, and Dalton Sushereba. The students crafted 12 boxes and then donated a portion of them to Cooperative Extension for local farmers and growers.

Project Explore students at Oswego County BOCES have been busy as bees completing a Project Based Learning initiative to benefit honey bees and local agriculture. The PBL project was coordinated cooperatively by teachers Dave Proietti and Kate Clark. “We asked the students to identify a need and create a project to address that need,” Proietti said.

The students studied honey bees and the important role that the insects play in the pollination process and decided to craft beehive boxes. The boxes put the students’ math and finished carpentry skills into action by requiring them to make precise calculations and utilize such machines as a mitre saw and a table saw. The students crafted 12 sets of beehive boxes, each containing a top section where the female worker bees return with the pollen to make the honey comb and then a bottom section for the queen bee to lay her eggs.

Teachers Proietti and Clark invited Jonathan Schell, an agriculture team coordinator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County to speak to the students about apiculture or beekeeping. “Bees are a very important part of the pollination process,” Schell said to the students explaining that bees are responsible for pollinating fruit trees and vegetable plants. “Apple trees will not pollinate on their own.”

Many local farmers, including apple growers, propagate their own bee colonies and utilize beehive boxes that are exactly like the ones the students crafted. Schell also talked to students about a virus that has adversely impacting bee populations across the world and said that the students’ boxes are a great way to encourage healthy bee growth.

The students donated several of the beehive boxes to Cornell Cooperative Extension to be used by local growers and farmers and then plan to sell the remainder of the boxes through their student club account at an end of the school year sale.

 

The 2014 Cornell Integrated Hops Production Guide  is now available for distribution from The Cornell Store.  This publication is a brand new addition to the Cornell Guidelines series, designed to offer beginning and veteran hops producers practical information on growing and managing hops. 

Price:  $28.00 (+shipping)

Call 315-963-7286 to order.

 

 
 
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