News & Press Releases

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'Partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension encourages gardeners to plant for pollinators" article in Cornell Botanic Gardens features our Horticulture Educator Jen Stengle

Cornell Botanic Gardens aids in creating signs to educate on the value of pollinator-friendly gardening practices. read more here :

"Hike Putnam with Master Gardeners" (Putnam County Press/Times) (August 2017)

Cornell Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener Volunteers offer guided hikes in Putnam County

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"Welcome to the 46th Annual Putnam County 4-H Fair" (Putnam County Examiner) (July 2017) by David Propper

There are a very limited number of events in our area that an offer a fun-filled weekend for family, friends and 'children of all ages' without an admission and parking fee...

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"Community Garden in Brewster Planted for Season" (Putnam County Courier) (June 2017) by Eric Gross

Organizers of the Community Garden of Brewster don’t want to wish the summer away, yet students affiliated with the Community Connection in addition to staff at Putnam Cornell Cooperative Extension Services can’t wait for the first harvest in early fall.

Last week, the official planting of the garden took place outside the Southeast Museum in Brewster when potatoes, tomatoes, onions and a host of other delectable vegetables were sowed into the earth.

Studio Around the Corner Director and Cultural Arts Coalition Vice President Judy Marano called the evening’s work “a joint effort with all hands getting dirty.”

Marano also reminded the public that “as the garden grows, the Cultural Arts Coalition will offer its monthly Seed-to-Supper lectures.”

The next in the series takes place June 14 from 7-9 pm at the Studio Around the Corner located at the rear of the Southeast Museum at 67 Main Street in Brewster Village.

"Master Gardener Annual May Plant Sale" (Brewster Hamlet Hub) May 2017

Mark your calendars for Saturday May 20, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Be there for the opening bell at the annual Master Gardener May Plant Sale because this is one plant sale where the plants move faster than the people! Read more:

"4-H Junior Vet Program" (Brewster Hamlet Hub) (March 2017)

The 4-H Junior Vet Program is for ages 9-14 years old. Introduction to a career in Vet Sciences. Read more here

"Annual Putnam County Youth Forum"  (March 2017)

On Monday April 3rd, Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension will host approximately 150 students collectively representing Brewster, Carmel, Haldane, Mahopac, and Putnam Valley High Schools at Clearpool Education Center in Carmel. Read more here

"Grant Will Allow Camp Herrlich to Teach Children To Grow a Garden" (Putnam Daily Voice) (February 2017)

Camp Herrlich in Patterson announced it has received a $1000 grant from Cornell Garden-based Learning to fund its garden for 2017. Read more here:

"Master Gardener Volunteers offer Scholarships to Putnam Students" (Putnam County News & Recorder) (February 2017)

By Eric Gross

High school students graduating in June interested in a career in plant science, horticulture, floriculture, architectural landscape design, forestry, botany or any other environmentally related program are being encouraged to apply for one of two $500 scholarships being awarded by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

"Garden Around the Corner to Provide Fresh Produce for Brewster" (Southeast Patch) (January 2017)

The Cultural Arts Coalition is Working with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Putnam CAP, Longview School and Brewster Public Library . Read more here:


Community Service Awards Presented (Putnam County Press) (October 2016)

Individuals and organizations that have made a significant difference in the lives of others through their community and human service accomplishments in Putnam County were honored by the Putnam Community Service Network at an annual awards breakfast Oct. 5 at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac.  Read more here:

Community Service Awards Presented

Putnam Community Service Awards Breakfast (Brewster Hamlet Hub) (August 2016)

The Putnam Community Service Network (PCSN), a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County, will host the 31st Annual Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, October 5th at 9 am at Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street in Mahopac, NY. Read more here:

Annual Putnam County 4-H Fair was Fun for All Ages (Brewster Hamlet Hub)

(August 2016) The Putnam County 4H fair presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County concluded this past Sunday with a small parade of volunteers and exhibitors just as the day ended. Read more here:

Putnam Enjoys Agriculture, Livestock, Crafts, Canines at 4-H Country Fair (Putnam Daily Voice)

 (August 2016) There's nothing quite like a good, old-fashioned country fair, and Putnam County's Veterans Memorial Park hosts one of the best in the area every summer. Read more here:

45th Annual Putnam County 4-H Fair (Mahopac News)

(July 2016) For many county residents, it may well seem that the Putnam County 4-H Fair has been a special part of Putnam County’s summer forever. Read more here:

22nd Annual Putnam County Youth Forum (Brewster Hamlet Hub)

(March 25,2016)  On Monday April 4th, Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension will host approximately 150 youth collectively representing Brewster, Carmel, Haldane, Mahopac, and Putnam Valley High Schools at Clearpool Education Center in Carmel. Read more here...

Learn How to Make Your Backyard Bee-Friendly

(March 23,2016)  New York is home to more than 450 native bee species. Along with the imported honeybee, these native bees pollinate agricultural crops and wildflowers. However, a honeybee colony collapse disorder is impacting our food supply. 

Last updated September 19, 2017