COOPERSTOWN — The Farmers’ Museum will sponsor two Young Pioneers workshops for youths ages 11 to 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Included will be Pulp to Print: Paper Making & Printing and Introduction to Hand Sewing.

According to a media release both workshops will be immersive, exploratory and hands-on.

The cost of $45 for members or $50 includes lunch, tools and materials. A waterproof apron should be brought to the paper making workshop.

Advance registration is required.

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HAMDEN — The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County 4-H program will sponsor a seven-week tractor and machinery operators certification course.

Classes will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 20 to April 2, plus a Saturday driving/skills test. Classes will take place at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County’s offices in Suite 2 at 34570 State Highway 10 in Hamden.

By federal law, no one younger than 16 may operate a farm tractor or farm machinery on a farm owned by anyone other than the person’s parents.

The course allows exemption from the law for those 14 and 15.

The course, which will be taught by Larry Burgin, a Delhi farmer, will cover safe operation and routine maintenance of farm tractors.

Youths who pass the course will be certified and receive a certificate.

The cost is $40, which covers a course workbook

Contact Cooperative Extension at 607-865-6531 or for more information and to register.


SUNY COBLESKILL — The Center for Agriculture Development and Entrepreneurship and SUNY Cobleskill faculty and staff will offer a free workshop for farm and food entrepreneurs on value-added food products from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, on the SUNY Cobleskill campus.

According to a media release, two separate tracks in the morning will focus on product development for value-added meat and vegetable, fruit and grain production. After lunch, rules and regulations that apply to value-added production will be covered and participants will explore marketing considerations.

Visit for more details, including a registration link and directions.


HAMDEN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will sponsor a workshop designed to prepare those seeking certification from the Department of Environmental Conservation as private pesticide applicators from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. It will be held at the Resource Center at 34570 State Highway 10 in Hamden.

According to a media release, the training will cover pesticide use, safety measures and state DEC certified applicator laws and regulations.

The fee is $10 per person for members of CCE or $30 and includes lunch.

Contact Corrine Tompkins for more information and to register at 607-865-6531 or by Monday, Feb. 24.

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