Woods Farm Agricultural School Day
Image by Holly Boname


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County serves as a link and resource for beginning farmers and those requiring a high level of expertise. Educators work with area residents interested in agriculture, farmers and agribusinesses to provide the latest agricultural developments and innovative technologies at Cornell University and other research institutions. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County is unique among local organizations and businesses in offering continued educational resources, enabling the agricultural staff to address food system issues in an all-inclusive manner. Educators work at a food-system level allowing for a more effective response to cross-cutting needs such as food safety, food access, local agriculture and community infrastructure. We offer resources for farmers, and consumers, to help strengthen our local and regional food systems.

We also partner with the North Country Regional Ag Team. These educators are at your service to provide you with high level agricultural expertise.

For Youth: In addition to the resources we provide for farmers and agribusinesses, we also have agricultural educational opportunities for youth.

  • Jefferson County Dairy Club - Don’t forget to have your 3 Servings A-DAY, because these kids sure don’t! If you are extremely experienced in the dairy industry or looking to gain more knowledge this is the club for you! Youth ranging from age 5-18 participate in everything from Dairy Bowl, Dairy Judging, and Showing to fundraising and public awareness. This group conducts most of its meetings and business at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County office and is always looking for new members. 
  • Livestock Club - Goats, Sheep, and Beef oh My! The Jefferson County Livestock Club is always looking for new members to spread a positive message about the animal industry. This livestock club includes kids with all different skill levels and ages. The livestock club meets at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County office usually once a month to plan and execute activities relating to their furry or wooly companions.
  • AG Extravaganza -This educational event for fourth graders in Jefferson County is held in September. The objectives of the program are to help students and teachers better understand the food and fiber system, develop an appreciation for agriculture, and expose them to the wide variety of agricultural commodities produced in Jefferson County. Students rotate from station to station throughout the day and interact with presenters to learn about such topics as dairy, honey, maple syrup, apple cider, sheep, and wool. Ag Extravaganza is a team effort of individuals from the agricultural community, including the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Extension, and individual farmers/producers.
  • Farm and Home Safety Day- Where better to learn than on a farm? Each year, students arrive at Old McDonald’s Farm in Sackets Harbor to get safety tips when working outdoors, with animals, or with equipment. Classes rotate stations throughout the farm such as animal safety, lawn mower safety, hearing/ear protection, digging safely, firearm safety, and get up close and personal with an ambulance and firetruck. This event is educational, fun and exposes the kids to new experiences they may encounter out in the rural community!


Michael Nuckols
Local Foods & Horticulture Program Manager
315-788-8450 ext. 227

Last updated February 23, 2021