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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension Services in Our Area

With locations throughout New York, including Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides home gardeners with a wealth of programs, services and information. Need advice? Call the home gardener hotline. Need inspiration? Visit a demonstration garden. Need training? Take a Master Gardener class. All information is research based and specific to our growing region.

CCE Westchester

3 West Main St., Ste. 112, Elmsford, NY • 914.285.4620 • [email protected]

Home Gardener Hotline: 914.285.4640, 9 a.m.-noon M-F

Master Gardener Program: An intensive 10-week, 75-hour training, plus 100 volunteer hours performing community outreach in horticulture and gardening.

Demonstration Gardens at Hart’s Brook Park and Preserve: Gardens include vegetables, small fruits and berries, herbs and family garden.

Master Gardener Speakers Bureau: Speakers can present on a wide range of gardening subjects for $250 per presentation. For info, call 914.285.3590 or email [email protected].

Master Gardener Volunteer Site Visit Program: At-home lawn and garden education services to address horticultural problems. $180 per one-hour visit.

CCE Putnam

Terravest Corporate Park, 1 Geneva Rd., Brewster, NY • 845.278.6738 • put[email protected]

48th Annual Putnam County 4-H Fair: July 26 (noon-6 p.m.), July 27 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) and July 28 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Putnam County Veteran Memorial Park, 201 Gypsy Trail Rd., Carmel Hamlet, NY. Free admission and parking.

Free guided hikes: From 1.5 to 3 hours. Adults and accompanied minors. Preregistration required. Upcoming hikes include California Hill Waywayanda Road Trail (July 20); Hawk Rock-Whangtown Road (August 24); and Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area (September 21).

CCE Dutchess

2715 Rte. 44, Millbrook, NY • 845.677.8223 • [email protected]

Gardening education: Classes and demonstration landscapes focus on water conservation, best management practices and edible landscaping. The diagnostic lab offers integrated pest management options and agricultural and horticultural solutions.

Food gardening advice: CCE Dutchess provides an online one-stop shop of information for vegetable growers, including first and last planting dates, vegetable rotation and seed saving info.

Composting resources: Visit, for everything you need to know about composting at home.