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Greetings from CCE Nassau,

This first month of 2023 has gotten off to a great start with many exciting educational activities and programs happening here at CCE Nassau. A few examples are the return of our popular 4-H Youth Development “Kids Cook” afterschool program, along with the continuation of our pesticide training courses being delivered by our Horticulture educators.

Additionally, Master Gardener Volunteers held their monthly meeting and are busy brainstorming/strategizing about avenues of improving our demonstration educational gardens here at East Meadow Farm this spring, and DPF 4-H Youth Development Camp Staff have been immersed in registration and planning for a busy and fun summer of camp activities ahead.


Moving forward our dedicated and talented CCE Staff will continue to plan and deliver single-session workshops and multi-class courses for the rest of the winter and spring, such as a Dining with Diabetes nutrition course and our Spring Gardening School series. As you peruse this January Monthly Update you’ll find descriptions and registration links for these events and many more.


Finally, the CCE Nassau Farmers Market at Eisenhower Park will be starting up in a few months, so if you or someone you know is interested in being a vendor, please reach out to to learn more.


As always, on behalf of the CCE Nassau Board of Directors, Staff, and entire CCE Nassau Association, we’d like to thank you for your on-going support of our important work—together we are making a difference in the lives of many local residents!

All our best,

Greg and Team


Residential & Commercial

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Pesticide Training

Multiple Dates & Varied Courses


February 6, 7, 8, 9 - ONLINE

March 6, 7, 13, 14 - ONLINE

8:00am - 5:00pm

This course is approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Anyone supervising or applying pesticides to ornamental and turf is required to take a 30 Hour Pesticide Training Course before taking the NYS Exam to become a licensed Pesticide Applicator.

The category and course covers the following control methods and materials:

  • Herbicides and Pesticides for Turf Grasses, Ornamentals, and Landscapes
  • Pesticide Laws
  • Pesticide Safety
  • Labels
  • Mixing and Storing Pesticides
  • Pesticide Application Equipment
  • Calculations and Calibration of Equipment
  • Common Pests of Turf and Ornamentals
  • Along with Other Topics of Importance to Applicators
Read More & Register for the FEBRUARY online course
Read More & Register for the MARCH online course


Thursday, February 2

6:00pm - 9:30pm


The purpose of this course is to review and strengthen the important basics for the commercial application of insecticides on ornamental plants and turfgrass and will include the identification and control of insects on lawns, trees, shrubs and other ornamental landscape plants. This course is approved by the NYSDEC for Category 3a, Ornamentals and Turf, 3 Recertification Credits and Category 3b, Turf, 1.5 Recertification Credits.

INSECTICIDES 101 Complete Description & Registration

Core 101

Monday, February 27

8:00am - 12:30pm


The purpose of this course is to review and strengthen the important basics for the safe use of pesticides and administrative and reporting responsibilities for commercial pesticide applicators. Topics covered will include:

  • The Label
  • IPM
  • Calibration
  • Formulations
  • Annual
  • Reporting
  • Contracts
  • Safety around pesticides.
CORE 101 Complete Description & Registration

Garden-Based Learning Short Courses

The Garden-Based Learning Short Course is designed to provide gardeners with the skills and resources to improve their home gardening techniques. Maintaining your own landscape is a cost-effective way to improve your home aesthetic, while enjoying time outdoors and exercising. Residents may also find enjoyment in growing their own fresh produce to supplement their trips to the grocery store or even share with neighbors. The Garden-Based Learning Short Course is an excellent opportunity to explore your interests in a supportive, educational environment.

Soil Improvement

The condition of your soil affects all aspects of your landscape. All life springs from the soil, so making yours healthier can change everything in your yard for the better. Lush flowers, rich vegetables, green lawns, less watering and reduced runoff are all within reach when soil gets the attention it deserves. Find out practical methods to evaluate and improve your soil in this four-part class. Each session will run from 6:30 - 8:00pm.

Thursday, March 9th

Thursday, March 16th

Thursday, March 23rd

Thursday, March 30th

Composting and Sustainability Methods for the Homeowner

Composting is a great practice, but it is only one piece of a larger approach to managing gardens and landscapes. In this four-part class, we will dive deeply into the meaning and detailed practices of “sustainability”, including composting, as applied to your home property. Each session will run from 6:30 - 8:00pm.

Thursday, April 6th

Thursday, April 13th

Thursday, April 20th

Thursday, April 27th

Register for Garden-Based Learning Short Courses

Spring Gardening School Workshops

$30 per each 90-minute Workshop

Register Here



Dividing Dahlias


Starting Seeds Indoors



Dividing Dahlias: Dahlias are the glory of late summer and fall. Find out the techniques of saving, overwintering, and planting them, so these spectacular flowers will bloom for you year after year. March is time to divide your old tubers so you can have healthy, flourishing plants later in the season. Come learn from the best in this workshop led by members of the Mid Island Dahlia Society.

Starting Seeds Indoors: Planting seeds indoors can give you gourmet vegetables suited to your particular taste, flowering annuals in a rainbow of colors, and the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself. Come learn how simple, cheap, and enjoyable starting seeds can be!

Composting: Don’t like waste? Try recycling nature’s way. Save money, reduce your garbage, and nourish your home garden all in one. Learn simple techniques to turn your organic waste into a valuable soil amendment and find a way to adapt this easy practice to your specific property and schedule.

Vegetable Gardening: We all like food– so let’s grow what we like! Find out the general needs of vegetables, and specific ways to grow the ones you want for your table, while learning from the examples in our demonstration gardens.

Herb Gardening: Herbs are some of the biggest bang-for-your-buck plants in the garden. Enjoy exploring the plants in our demonstration herb garden and learn which ones are best suited for you.

Growing Food in Containers and Small Spaces: Think you need a big property to grow food? Think again – there are edible plants for any space and situation! Come find out food-growing techniques and options that are adaptable to tight spaces.



Vegetable Gardening


Herb Gardening


Growing Food in Containers and Small Spaces

MAY 20


Designing a Wildlife Garden


Native Pollinator Gardens


Introduction to Permaculture

Designing a Wildlife Garden: Connecting to nature in the garden can help you feel happier while simultaneously helping the environment. Find out how to arrange, plant, and manage your yard so you can both nurture and enjoy the beneficial creatures that live here.

Native Pollinator Gardens: Bees, butterflies, birds, and beetles – we rely on pollinators not only for our food, but for the continued health of our entire landscape. Walk through our demonstration gardens to meet some of our native pollinators, and learn ways to have a beautiful garden that keeps these important workers healthy and happy.

Introduction to Permaculture: The word “permaculture” is a combination of “permanent” (what we now call “sustainable”) and “agriculture”. In permaculture, the needs of people and the needs of the environment meet – and they both win. Find out the basics of a home permaculture approach, from simple ethics to adaptable and practical application, as you learn to look at your landscape with new eyes.

Rose Gardening: Roses are the most popular flower in the world. Come enjoy the glory of our formal rose garden and learn the basics of rose care so you can grow your own beautiful blooms.

Fruit in the Home Landscape:  There’s a reason fruit is called “nature’s candy” – it’s delicious! You can easily grow a range of delectable fruits at home in Nassau County, so come look at our berry patch and we’ll teach you how to have your fruit and eat it too.

Gardening with Children: Want to share your joy of gardening with a child in your life? Come to this class to learn the different ways children interact with nature, and how we can provide them with delightful, safe gardening experiences at home(*Please note: this class is for adults, to give you information to use with your child at home; please do not bring your child to the class. For children’s classes, visit our 4-H Youth Development page.)



Rose Gardening


Fruit in the Home Landscape


Gardening with Children

Register for 1 or more Spring Gardening School Workshop

Horticulture Membership Program

If you work in commercial horticulture, or you're a homeowner who enjoys gardening, consider the benefits of enrolling in one of our Horticulture Membership programs. You'll be providing meaningful support for the important programs of CCE Nassau County while also enjoying a number of very useful benefits for yourself or your business.

Residential Membership: $30/household

Professional Membership: $50

Read the complete list of Membership Benefits & Register
Read more about Horticulture on our website


While our Master Gardeners enjoyed some time to rest in the first months of the winter season, it never lasts long; they are already back in action as they prepare themselves for the coming growing season! This means catching up on some gardening-related reading, plotting out the gardens, “window-shopping” through seed catalogs, and ordering seeds and plants for 2023.


We are looking forward to another successful year in the gardens and the community!

Visit our website for more information about our Master Gardener Program


Urban Forestry Academy

This 12-week hybrid program will utilize virtual (online) interactive lectures and in-person workshop trainings. There will be a total of 3 in-person Saturday morning workshops with dates and locations to be determined. Participants will be asked to pre-register for a two-hour time slot for the Saturday workshops to accommodate small group sizes.

The interactive lectures will cover a wide array of Urban Forestry topics, from the basic biology of trees to learning how to diagnose common tree problems. Lecture topics may vary depending on the interest of participants and relevance to current environments.

Dates of Virtual Classes: Wednesday nights, February 8th - April 29th

Time of Virtual Classes: 7:00 - 8:30pm

URBAN FORESTRY ACADEMY Complete Description & Registration

February ReLeaf Meeting

The Long Island Regional ReLeaf Committee will be having our next meeting on Thursday, February 23rd at the Village of Lynbrook Department of Public Works. This meeting is open to anyone with an interest in Urban and Community Forestry (homeowners, professionals, town/city/village officials, etc.)

If you are not currently a member of our Region 1 ReLeaf Committee but would like to be involved, please send an email to to be added to our contact list.

RSVP for 2/23 ReLeaf meeting 

New York ReLeaf is a partnership between the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the NYS Urban Forestry Council that works to strengthen urban forestry programs across New York State. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County works closely with the DEC and the NYS Urban Forestry Council to implement the Urban Forestry program in Long Island communities. ReLeaf consists of regional committees that bring together state agencies, municipalities, tree care professionals, not-for-profits, educators, and interested members of the public to promote urban and community forestry by sharing knowledge, technical expertise, and resources. ReLeaf’s primary activities are providing workshops, an annual conference, Arbor Day events, and volunteer events.

Urban and Community Forestry

Educational Workshops

Educational workshops are available for municipalities, tree professionals, and homeowners to help strengthen the urban and community forestry programs in Nassau County. Our professional workshops are about one-hour in length and can be tailored to meet the needs of your audience. The cost of these interactive workshops is $150 per one-hour topic.


These one-hour workshops are available free-of-charge to municipalities thanks to the support of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through their Urban and Community Forestry Program.

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Starting a Community Tree Program
  • Establishing a Local Tree Board
  • Tree Planting Success
  • Street Trees and Sidewalks
  • Becoming a Tree City USA 
Learn more about our Workshops on our website
Read more about Urban Forestry on our website


Dining with Diabetes

Nutrition Course

Register for the Dining with Diabetes nutrition course
Email us to learn more about our educational classes!


Though the Farmers Market season has come to a close, our team is busy preparing for another great market in the coming summer and fall seasons! While we anxiously wait for our favorite vendors to return to the CCE Nassau Farmers Market at Eisenhower Park for the market season, if you are interested in purchasing items from any of our market vendors, please feel free to email us at for contact information.


Furthermore, if you are a farmer, producer, or other small business interested in joining our team of vendors for the coming season, please email us at


Valentine's Day Cooking Class

Class will take place at East Meadow Farm - 832 Merrick Ave, East Meadow, NY 11554

Ravioli Registration

School Vacation Camp

Looking for fun, educational programs for the child(ren) in your life to enjoy during their school breaks? Our Vacation Camps are engaging, enriching, and entertaining.


  • February 21 - 24 (4 days, 8 sessions)
  • April 10 - 14 (5 days, 10 sessions)

Ages/Grades: Kindergarten – 6th

Location: East Meadow Farm (832 Merrick Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554)


  • Morning Session: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Afternoon Session: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Price per session: $50 (per child)

FEBRUARY: 4-day price for AM & PM sessions: $350 (per child)

APRIL: 5-day price for AM & PM sessions: $400 (per child)


  • Kids Cook (farm-to-table/ food systems)
  • Gardening
  • Visual Arts
  • Nature/Recycle Crafts
  • Environmental Education
  • S.T.E.A.M
  • Animal Science
  • Tie Dye
  • Free Play/Exploration
  • and much more!

**Indoor and outdoor activities are on the schedule (even during rain or snow). Please dress appropriately for the weather.



8:30 AM Drop Off

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Free Play/ Exploration

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Activity 1

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Activity 2

12:00 PM Pick Up


12:30 PM Drop Off

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Free Play/ Exploration

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Activity 1

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Activity 2

4:00 PM Pick Up

**Lunch is NOT provided. If your child is staying for both sessions, please pack them a lunch!

Any questions, contact us at 516-832-2591 ext. 11 or email

Register for 1 or more session of the FEBRUARY camp
Register for 1 or more session of the APRIL camp
Interested in getting involved with 4-H? Email us!


Have You Registered for Summer Camp Yet?

Registration for Summer Camp 2023 at DPF opened in December. We're using the Ultra Camp registration system again this year. Be sure to sign up the children in your life for another fun summer!

You can learn more about the DPF 4-H Camp for summer 2023 by attending a Virtual or In-Person tour/open house! We have 5 virtual and 4 in-person open houses scheduled over the coming months.

The next virtual open house is February 6th from 4:00-6:00pm.

Read All the Details & Register for Summer Camp
Read About & Register for an Open House/Tour


Session 1: June 26 - July 1

Session 2: July 3 - July 8

Session 3: July 10 - July 15 

Session 4: July 17 - July 22

Session 5: July 24 - July 29 

Session 6: July 31 - Aug 5 

Session 7: Aug 7 - Aug 11 

Session 8: Aug 14 - Aug 19

Questions? You can contact Camp staff at: or 516-832-2591 Ext. 11

Learn more about DPF 4-H Camp on our website


Taste NY was a vendor at the CCE Farmers Market at Eisenhower Park this season. You can also visit them at the Long Island Welcome Center in Dix Hills. They offer a wide variety of products ranging from snacks to oils, vinegars, and sauces. Stop by and buy local! Click the graphic to the right to Shop Taste NY


The 2023 Calendar is a day-to-day guide with "best practices" for attaining attractive flowers gardens, productive vegetable gardens and healthy lawns, shrubs and trees that thrive in Long Island climate (Zone 7). 

The Gardener's Journal includes tips and useful information from our CCE Nassau Master Gardener Volunteers. 

Each are $10 if picked up at CCE Nassau. Planting Season is approaching so get yours now!

Click for Complete Details & to Purchase


Thank you to the local news outlets that have written about us recently!

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County Awarded $4 Million to Lead Long Island Regional Clean Energy Hub

Hubs will foster community engagement and ensure disadvantaged communities benefit from New York's clean energy transition.

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CCE Nassau heads up ambitious LI Clean Energy Hub - Innovate Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // A $4 million NYSERDA investment will connect Long Island communities to cutting-edge clean-energy resources, with Cornell University's statewide knowledge network leading the way.

Read More


CCE Nassau is currently looking to fill various positions. If interested in any of these openings, please click the link below for more details or to apply.

Visit our website to learn more and apply

Cornell Cooperative Extension actively supports equal educational and employment opportunities. No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity or be denied employment on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, religion, political beliefs, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender/gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Cornell Cooperative Extension is committed to the maintenance of affirmative action programs that will assure the continuation of such equality of opportunity.


Volunteers are very important to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County. Many individuals volunteer their time to a variety of Extension activities, contributing many hours each year!

Through duties as diverse as teaching others to prune trees or make compost, answering callers' questions on consumer or gardening issues, mentoring young people as they acquire new skills, or serving as board members or on committees that guide our work, volunteers represent the Extension's far-reaching roots in our community.

Prospective volunteers need to complete an application form. In addition, those who volunteer to work with vulnerable populations (children, individuals with disabilities, etc.) will be asked to consent to a criminal background screening at Cooperative Extension's expense, as a means of ensuring the safety and security both of our volunteers and of the people we serve through our programs.

Visit the Volunteer page on our website to learn more


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (CCE Nassau) is committed to building healthy lifestyles and sustainable communities by conducting high quality educational programs that connect Cornell University knowledge and research to community needs for all people in the county.

An educational, not-for-profit organization founded in 1914, CCE Nassau has served many thousands of Nassau families through programs focused on horticulture, the environment, health, nutrition, food systems, renewable energy, and youth development.  

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