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The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Rensselaer County is to put experience and research knowledge to work through educational partnerships that improve residents' lives and communities.

Our Vision is that Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is widely recognized as the resource of choice for excellent community education programs, continuing to work in collaboration with other community resources to provide up-to-date information and technology to a constantly widening circle of county residents.

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The Master Composter training includes seven class sessions. Six of the sessions will be indoors, classroom style, and one session will be a tour of local composting sites. The following topics are scheduled to be covered:
*Introduction to Composting
*Local Composting Efforts
*Waste Prevention, Re-Use and Buying Recycled
*Backyard Composting
*Urban Soils, Lawn Care, Yard Waste Recycling and Using Compost
*Vermicomposting and Decomposition of Organics and Non-organics
*Spreading the Message About Composting, Engaging the Public and Troubleshooting Composting Problems
*Tour of Local Composting Sites
*Upcycling (converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value)
In addition to the seven sessions, class participants will be encouraged to participate in a composting event in Troy, scheduled to coincide with International Compost Awareness Week (May 5 to 11).
Click here for the 2014 Master Composter Brochure.
April 23, 2014 from 10:30am-12:15pm at the Rensselaer Senior Site. Learn about proposed changes to Nutrition Facts Labels. Free to the public.

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension and Morgan Hartman of Black Queen Angus Farm for a twilight meeting on how to manage your cows for calving success.  Our host, Black Queen Angus Farm, is a family farm focused on the development of a world class registered breeding stock herd under a commercially oriented, holistically managed, least-cost production model.  Visit the farm at the height of their calving season and learn from Morgan’s years of experience raising his animals on pasture.  You are sure to take something away from this meeting no matter your level of experience.

The cost of this program is $5.00. For more information or to register please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at (518) 272-4210 or email at  If you require any special accommodations to participate in this program, please indicate this at the time of registration.

Click here to see the complete Spring Livestock Series brochure

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