SENECA CO., N.Y. — Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension staff have been working hard putting together gardening materials for everyone who is interested in starting, expanding, or improving home gardens this year! As part of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Farm to School grant program, over 500 home garden kits have been dispersed to students in the Romulus, Seneca Falls, South Seneca, and Waterloo school districts in Seneca County. These kits include organic seed starting soil, popular vegetable garden seeds (cherry tomato, beefsteak tomato, Swiss chard, bush beans, zucchini and sweet basil), flower seed packets, and information sheets on how to start your seedlings. Starting immediately, Seneca County CCE will have garden kits available to families and other community members that did not receive a kit through the schools at all five Seneca County libraries (Lodi, Ovid, Interlaken, Seneca Falls and Waterloo) and at the Seneca County CCE office, 308 Main Street Shop Centre, third floor, Waterloo.
Also included this year are four different flower seeds. Sunflowers, two types of zinnias and marigolds to help attract beneficial insects and pollinators to the garden and to bring some cheerful blooms to people’s landscapes.
“Growing your own food is a very rewarding experience! Not only do you reap the benefits of healthy produce, it also allows for a healthy connection to nature.” stated Nutrition Issue Leader and Farm to School Coordinator Mo Tidball. “We are very excited to be bringing these kits to our Farm to School families and other community members who can benefit from them.” Seneca County CCE Master Gardener volunteers and the nutrition educators are available to help every step of the way with resources on starting your seeds in recycled containers, caring for your plants, recipes for your harvest, and safe food preservation methods. You can find more gardening information on our website, www.senecacountycce.org, or at gardening.cals.cornell.edu. You can also call our office at 315-539-9251 or email Patti Paine at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about your seed kits or how to get started growing your own plants.
Mo Tidball can be reached at the number above or email email@example.com for questions about recipes or safe food preservation.
If you would like to be sent email updates throughout the growing season with timely tips and recipes to use your produce, please go to our website and click on the home garden kit registration link.
Be sure to stop in to your local library or come to the CCE offices to pick up your garden kits now, while supplies last. One kit per family, please.
With over 100 years of serving the people of the County, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension puts to practical use the scholarship and research of Cornell University and the national land grant system in the areas of agriculture and food systems sustainability; nutrition, food safety and security, and obesity prevention; 4-H youth development, and children, youth , and families; environment and natural resources, sustainable energy and climate change; and community and economic vitality. The office is located at 308 Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo. For more information about this and other programs, please contact us at 315-539-9251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension
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