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Food & Nutrition

Welcome to our Food and Nutrition pages! Cornell Cooperative Extension offers free or low-cost educational workshops, applied research projects, and lots of useful information on food-related topics from food safety and nutrition to healthy eating on a limited budget. Explore our links, check out our upcoming events, then give us a call to learn more.


Seed to Supper: addressing food insecurity and nutrition through hands-on vegetable gardening and food preparation programs. With the input of Eat Smart NY and Putnam County Department of Health partners, we have identified communities in Putnam County where food is not always plentiful (indicators may include a need for supplemental school lunches). CCE Resource and Community Educatorsi are building a network of community and agency partners that will work to address food security in these communities. 

The Seed to Supper program offers free vegetable gardening classes and planting-supplies for those in need. The Seed to Supper curriculum originated in Oregon where it has been used since 2010 to help thousands of Oregon residents learn how to grow their own food. We have adapted this wonderful curriculum for growing conditions in New York State.  Read more about the Seed-to-Supper program in Oregon. This program was the inspiration for Seed to Supper in NYS, and many thanks are owed to the generosity of the Oregon Food Bank for sharing their curriculum materials and allowing us to revise them for NYS!

Last updated August 21, 2023