First Planting Dates

In Schenectady County, the last average frost date is May 10 - 20, and the first average fall frost is September 30 - October 10.

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Flood Recovery

Floods can be devastating to a family's home and the road to recovery can be long. Visit links to various flood recovery resources, from eXtension, FEMA and other agencies, here on our site.

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 Freshwater flooding from Hurricane Irene (2011) in Highland, Ulster County, New York. The former Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge (now Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park) is seen in the background, obscured by fog and overcast skies immediately following the storm.

2019 Harvest Share

Roots and Wisdom is now accepting 2019 Harvest Share applications! Be sure to sign up soon!

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Welcome to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County!

Since 1918, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County (CCE,SC) has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input, and are based on the most current information available from Cornell and other Land Grant universities from across the nation.

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Food Dating

Many food containers have expiration dates, but what do they mean? Are foods safe to eat after the date has passed? Learn more here.

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Quincy, IL, June 20, 2008 -- Fields of corn are flooded and crops may be ruined for the year by the flooding waters of the Mississippi River in southern Illinois.

Flooded Gardens & Crops

Is produce from your flooded garden still safe to eat? Find out more information on our site.

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Houseplants

Growing plants indoors can be difficult, but here are some links that may be helpful in making you successful at growing plants indoors:

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Take the CCE Recycling Pledge

Take the Cornell Cooperative Extension Recycling Pledge to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible. Print the pledge to display in your business where your customers, clients, and employees can learn of your recycling efforts.

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Hemlock woolly adelgid  (Adelges tsugae) -adult

Hemlock Pest

The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid lives and feeds on hemlock trees. Infested trees can die within 2 years, although 10-12 years is more common.

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Test Your Soil!

Learn the correct way to gather soil for a soil test at Cooperative Extension.

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Last updated March 19, 2019