Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, like similar organizations in all New York counties, seeks to meet residents’ needs for information and solve practical problems using the resources of Cornell University and the national Cooperative Extension system according to local priorities. The Cooperative Extension is connected with the faculty and staff of the state’s land-grant College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell in Ithaca, as well as the colleges of Human Ecology and Veterinary Medicine.
The Monroe County office’s professional staff and volunteers such as master gardeners serve farmers, nurseries and greenhouses, landscape businesses, golf courses and gardeners, as well as school districts and municipalities. A diagnostic laboratory helps to solve pest and disease problems and offers advice for limiting pesticide use.
In agriculture, programs emphasize enabling farmers to produce healthful vegetable and fruit crops and dairy products in ways that are profitable and environmentally sound. More than 500 farmers and growers in the county use the services.
In horticulture, programs for commercial enterprises and home gardeners emphasize growing healthy plants while protecting the environment-for example, by composting and designing landscapes to improve water quality. Individuals can get answers to lawn and garden questions through a telephone help line and the diagnostic lab.
In nutrition, extension programs educate people about healthy food choices. Food-service workers receive instruction for required food-safety certification. And public events and classes provide information about preparing and preserving local produce. This is a particular emphasis in September, designated by the county as "Localvore Month."
In 4-H youth development, the office supports clubs, community programs and career exploration opportunities that have helped young people gain life skills since 1922.
The office has 17 employees, one intern and an AmeriCorps volunteer. William Wynne is interim executive director. Its headquarters is at 249 Highland Ave., and its Web site is www.mycce.org/monroe.
Financial Record Year ended Dec. 31, 2008
In-kind contributions $361,158 26
Grants and contracts 244,127 17
Federal grants 225,635 16
County appropriation 225,000 16
Rent 111,525 8
State appropriation 62,723 4
Contributions and sponsorships 49,241 4
Program revenues 46,123 3
Fundraising 27,644 2
Other 47,703 3
Total revenue $1,400,879 100
Program services $860,435 67
Management and general 392,147 30
Depreciation 22,730 2
Fundraising 15,124 1
Total expenses $1,290,436 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $110,443
Board of Directors
- James Burch, president; owner and operator, Frank & Hale Burch Farms Inc.
- Susan Sturman Jennings, vice president; general counsel, Conifer Realty LLC
- James Martin, secretary; co-owner, John B. Martin & Sons Farms Inc.
- Martin Schutt, treasurer; owner, Schutt’s Apple Mill
- Linda Bagdon; master gardener, retired from Xerox Corp.
- Selden Chase; president, Chase’s Greenhouses Inc.
- Robert Colby; Monroe County legislator and co-owner of Colby Homestead Farms Inc.
- Gregory Farrell; financial consultant
- Thomas Goodwin; planning manager, Monroe County Department of Planning & Development
- Ann Howard; professor of public policy, Rochester Institute of Technology
- Todd Miller; director, Northeast Rochester Youth & Family Wellness Project, Rochester General Hospital
- Paul O’Connor; state specialist for association relations, Cornell Cooperative Extension
- Nancy Johns Price; program development specialist, Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services
- Terry Rothfuss; co-owner, Whittier Fruit Farm
- Mark Russell; production manager, Whittier Fruit Farm
- Tyler Steinhilber; 4-H alumnus and college student
- Evelyn Wilson; retired nurse and 4-H volunteer
- David Woodward; owner, Woodward Farms
-Researched by James Leunk
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