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Welcome to our Food and Nutrition pages! Cornell Cooperative Extension offers free or low-cost educational workshops, applied research projects, and lots of useful information on food-related topics from food safety and nutrition to healthy eating on a limited budget. Explore our links, check out our upcoming events, then give us a call to learn more.


Seed to Supper: addressing food insecurity and nutrition through hands-on vegetable gardening and food preparation programs. With the input of Eat Smart NY and Putnam County Department of Health partners, we have identified communities in Putnam County where food is not always plentiful (indicators may include a need for supplemental school lunches). CCE Resource and Community Educators Jen Stengle and Rebecca Ligrani are building a network of community and agency partners that will work to address food security in these communities by offering free vegetable gardening classes and planting-supplies for those in need, and by providing fresh vegetables to food pantries and soup kitchen in these communities. Partners such as the Brewster Library, Putnam CAP, Longview Alternative School, Patterson Library, Camp Herrlich, and Brewster’s Studio Around the Corner will help us connect with these communities and offer space to grow and teach. Garden spaces and classes in Patterson and Brewster will focus on teaching small space gardening. Afterschool programs and summer camps at Camp Herrlich will “Dig-In” to gardening with USDA curricula and Master Gardener Volunteer know-how. We want people to see that you can grow a lot of healthy, fresh vegetables in a small space. Food grown in the demonstration plots will be donated to food pantries, offered to library visitors with recipes, and used in coordination with Eat Smart NY and DOH cooking and nutrition demonstrations. We are looking forward to getting started on these exciting projects and have connected with Cornell University Garden Based Learning for guidance. These programs are part of Putnam County’s proposed Community Health Improvement Plan.

The Seed to Supper curriculum originated in Oregon where it has been used since 2010 to help thousands of Oregon residents learn how to grow their own food. We have adapted this wonderful curriculum for growing conditions in New York State.  Read more about the Seed-to-Supper program in Oregon. This program was the inspiration for Seed to Supper in NYS, and many thanks are owed to the generosity of the Oregon Food Bank for sharing their curriculum materials and allowing us to revise them for NYS!

Last updated June 30, 2021