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Over 2.9 million New Yorkers across the state — a third of whom are children — rely on food assistance programs. Even temporary food insecurity can be discouraging and disempowering for families — a hard lesson many learned during the height of...
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  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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When pandemic conditions permit her return to a Manhattan kindergarten classroom, 72-year-old volunteer Brenda McGee is eager to practice child development strategies highlighted in recent virtual training presented by Cornell University...
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 Ainsley Fleming-Wood offers food to a child at a farmers market booth for Cornell Cooperative Extension

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For Sammi Lin ’24, who spent her summer in New York City working with urban farmers, including refugees from Burma, immigrants from East Africa and the Caribbean, and seventh-generation Americans reconnecting with agriculture, the lessons went...
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Cornell Cooperative Extension supports residents of every borough in New York City, thanks to its long-standing community relationships and faculty research and expertise.
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How Each of Us Can Prepare for the Next Pandemic

Cornell Cooperative Extension Assistant Director Keith Tidball co-authored an article for Scientific American on Cooperative Extension's long history of teaching readiness and survival skills--and how with more funding they could help communities prepare for future outbreaks.

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