During its early years, Delaware County Cooperative Extension witnessed the passing of the county’s butter industry and the advent of cauliflower as a major export crop. It saw the growth of the new national 4-H youth organization in many local communities and the start of 4-H Camp Shankitunk near Delhi in 1927. The local Extension assisted farmers and non-farmers alike in producing more food with Victory Gardens during World War II.
Part of the 100th anniversary celebration is going on this week not only in Delaware County, but with Cooperative Extensions in counties across the state and nation, as this is both National 4-H Week and National Cooperative Extension Week.
A traveling exhibit by the DCCE has been on display throughout the year at numerous sites across the county, and the decades of local farming history of Extension have been featured monthly in their publication, Extension Connection. County agents have also given numerous PowerPoint presentations to groups to share the past 100 years and what may lie ahead in the future of Cooperative Extension in the county.
DCCE programs aren’t just for farmers and their families, Darling said, and some of the diverse programs coming this fall will include a renewable energy conference, designed for small businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations; and programs on Holiday Decorations, Help in Identifying Invasive Species and Pumpkin Production.
To learn more and help celebrate DCCE’s centennial, visit www.ccedelaware.org.