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CCE Schuyler Annual Meeting features Local Foods

Montour Falls, NY — Nearly 80 people were on hand December 2 to hear Dr. Jennifer Wilkins, Sr. Extension Associate at Cornell University’s Department of Nutrition Sciences, give a presentation on Local Foods for Healthy People and Strong Communities at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Schuyler County’s 2010 Annual Meeting. The buffet breakfast featured foods provided by local farms and producers and prepared by CCE staff. Dr. Wilkins provided information on the health, economic, and ecological benefits of growing your own food or buying locally. Food that is grown locally is brought to your table more quickly than food that is shipped and therefore retains more nutrients and freshness. Eating local foods also boosts the local economy, providing jobs and bringing dollars to the community. Food that stays close to home requires less fossil fuel to ship and helps keep land in use for agriculture as opposed to development. A brief business meeting was held before the featured speaker. Rebekah Lamoreaux and Kristine Somerville were elected to three year terms on the CCE Board of Directors. Retiring members Skip Bergen and Michelle Hyde were recognized for their years of service on the Board. Max Neal and Jim Preston were presented with 2010 Friend of Extension awards for their continuing support of CCE’s educational mission. Cornell Cooperative Extension provides a wealth of information about food and nutrition, home gardening, youth development, woodlot management, energy conservation, planning, and much more. Contact us today to discover all that CCE Schuyler County can offer you!

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