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Take Root: A Garden Based Learning Workshop - Applications Due September 15th

There has never been a more exciting time to explore garden-based education. Interest is exploding across New York State, as more people discover the power of connecting with growing healthy plants, foods – and communities. Join Cornell Garden-Based Learning, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Eat Smart NY for a regional garden-based education workshop for garden educators and Master Gardener Volunteers. This full-day, multi-track workshop will explore principles, practices and skill-building based on ecologically sound garden-based education. Prepare to learn from fellow educators who have built successful school gardening programs. Dive into innovative program development tools along with tips for sustaining a school garden. Join us for an engaging workshop full of takeaways you can easily apply to strengthen your programs. Two dates and locations are offered: October 12, 2016, 9am-4pm at Newfield Central School and October 19, 2016, 10am-5pm at the Irondequoit Library in Rochester. Click on the link below to download the application.

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Who We Are

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Foodlink are dedicated to strengthening families and communities in the Finger Lakes. We are part of a statewide initiative called Eat Smart New York.The Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York region includes Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates counties. Our team is made up of 21 educators with experience in nutrition, public health, health education and gardening.

What We Do

We support families eligible for SNAP to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink fewer sweetened beverages and practice healthy lifestyles. We do this through free workshops, food demonstrations, cooking classes, grocery store tours and community events. We also support families and other community partners to build and sustain edible gardens, farmers markets and school wellness committees.

How We Do It

Our team of nutrition educators works closely with collaborators to reach and engage SNAP participants with quality programming. We rely on such key collaborators as Department of Social Services, food pantries and soup kitchens, community health centers, schools, farmers’ markets and grocery stores to assist us.

Our Collaborators