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This course explores all the major methods of plant propagation.

What is Organic Gardening? This course explores the Why's and How's of organic gardening.

This course introduces garden design for homeowners and beginning gardeners wishing to enhance their personal surroundings.

Purpose

To examine the basics of permaculture design and understand the potential for ecological design on a multitude of scales and contexts. Particpants will learn the foundational ethics, principles, and planning tools to design ecological sites in the context of their local ecosystem and future environmental change (climate change).

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define permaculture and describe examples of permaculture sites
  • Apply permaculture ethics and principles to a variety of contexts
  • Discuss impacts of climate change and adaption strategies
  • Consider appropriate use of energy and technology in sustainable systems
  • Understand a range of multi-purpose plants and design multi-kingdom polycultures

Permaculture Design: Design Practicum

Botanical Illustration II: Working with Watercolor is a course designed to help you learn some fundamentals of watercolor painting in a supportive web-based environment.

This course introduces basic drawing as a foundation for botanical illustration and as a medium through which students can: explore their creativity, and describe and observe the beauty of nature in a new and exciting way.

A look at all the aspects of IPM methods for sweet corn in the Northeast.

Sweet Corn IPM

This is a test course to try out ED Boot Camp moodle course ideas.

Materials and resources posted are designed to prepare the participant of the April 12, 2011 training of Achieving Success through Volunteers - Part II. Please review the resources and take the quiz to test your knowledge before the training.

This is the introduction to the CCE Program Development Curriculum and the associated Program Development and Program Development Leadership certificates.  It includes a narrated introduction to the curriculum.

Links to external course on human participant protections.  Required for those interested in either of the PLC certificate options. 

This module reviews selections from the adult education literature including learning and teaching styles and explores implications for program design.  Sell assessment instruments are identified for participants wishing to examine their own learning and teaching styles.

This module describes program logic models and how they are used.  It also explores the elements and common forms of logic models and shares typical formats in use in Extension and elsewhere.  

This module explores the legal and regulatory bases for program governance and advisory structures within CCE, identifies the relationships among those structures, and includes resources for working effectively with advisory groups.

This module outlines a framework and practical resources for effective program development, shares methods and tools to enhance program development, and provides opportunity to reflect on program development practices.

This is only for testing purposes

From code to craft makes use of introductory tools such as Scratch and littleBits in order to develop digital and computational literacy. These introductory tools provide a foundation for continued development and learning that flows naturally into technologies such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, the Processing programming language and more. In addition the name of these sessions – ‘From code to craft’- emphasizes the connection between abstract processes such as computer code and the tangible world.

FACTS ABOUT this Module: This module is approved in New York for 0.75 Core recertification credit. You must be logged in and working in the course activities for a minimum of 0.75 hour. The credits are earned after completing the Pre-Test, reading and studying the content of the module, then successfully completing the Post-Test. The last thing is to click on the certificate function. A temporary certificate generated. An official certificate will be mailed to you.

Goals of This Module

  • Understand the life cycle of bed bugs and how they appear at each life stage.
  • Learn the basic biology of bed bugs
  • Learn about bed bug behaviors that affect control

Biological control is the use of natural organisms to help us control pests. These helpful organisms can be insects, bacteria, fungi, and others, but this module focuses on insect biocontrol.

A look at all the aspects of IPM methods for sweet corn in the Northeast.

This course is an introduction to ecological weed management, and covers important aspects of weed biology that will enhance your ability to manage weeds in both organic and conventional cropping systems.

This course is for vegetable growers who produce cucurbits, peppers, tomatoes, and/or beans. Phytophtora blight is a serious disease that presents major challenges once on your farm. In this course you'll learn how to recognize symptoms on different susceptible crops, the biology of the pathogen, and avoidance and management strategies.


This information was prepared by Amara Dunn, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology, NYSAES, Cornell University. Contact Amara at arc55@cornell.edu with questions about the content of this module.

A narrated Powerpoint presentation by Chuck Mohler of the Department of Crop and Soil Science at Cornell University that covers cultivation equipment and timing, and how to best integrate cultivation in an overall weed management program for field crops and vegetables.

A narrated Powerpoint by Chrisy Hoepting of the Cornell Vegetable Program that covers identification, biology, and management of swede midge, an insect pest of crucifers recently introduced into the United States.

This course is to help you learn about integrated pest management for Asian soybean aphid on soybeans. The course will focus on correct identification, its lifecycle, how to sample and monitor for the pest, determine economic threshold and management practices that can be employed.

FACTS ABOUT this Module: This module is approved in New York for 1 Core recertification credit. You must be logged in and working in the course activities for a minimum of 1 hour. The credits are earned after completing the Pre-Test, reading and studying the content of the module, then successfully completing the Post-Test. The last thing is to click on the certificate function. A temporary certificate generated. An official certificate will be mailed to you.

A pesticide is any substance used to control pests. Pests may be target insects, vegetation, fungi, etc. Most control the pests by poisoning them. Unfortunately, pesticides can be poisonous to humans as well. Some are very poisonous, or toxic, and may seriously injure or even kill humans. Others are relatively non-toxic. Pesticides can irritate the skin, eyes, nose, or mouth. The most important thing to remember is that you should always use caution whenever you work with any pesticide!

Goals of This Module

  • Understand what toxicity is and how it affects humans.
  • Learn the three routes of entry (how pesticides enter the body) and the importance of each.
  • Be familiar with how toxicity is measured and what is meant by label warning statements.

FACTS ABOUT this Module: This module is approved in New York for 1 Core recertification credit. You must be logged in and working in the course activities for a minimum of 1 hour. The credits are earned after completing the Pre-Test, reading and studying the content of the module, then successfully completing the Post-Test. The last thing is to click on the certificate function. A temporary certificate generated. An official certificate will be mailed to you.

The words "environment" and "ecology" have been increasingly in the news. Man is beginning to fear that his daily activities may be limiting the future use of resources. Pesticide use and drift can affect air quality; pesticides in the food chain can threaten wildlife populations; and soil may no longer be suitable for optimal crop production. Pesticides are now recognized to be non-point sources of water pollution. As a result, pesticide practices are being watched closely. As pesticide applicators, it is important to do your job carefully by both controlling pest populations and at the same time protecting the environment from the potential adverse effects of pesticide use.

Goals of This Module

  • Understand the dangers of pesticides in the environment and what causes them.
  • Be familiar with how pesticides pollute groundwater and what steps can be taken to prevent it.
  • Understand how pesticides persist in the environment.

FACTS ABOUT this Module: This module is approved for 2 (cch) New York pesticide applicator recertification credits. The credits are earned when the applicator reads and studies the content of the module, then successfully completes the content quiz. A certificate will be sent you as proof of completing the course.

You are an applicator working with toxic materials and are interested in safeguarding your health. You also want to protect other people and the environment from pesticide injury. Many pesticide accidents result from careless practices or ignorance. Learn safe procedures contained in this module!

Goals of This Module

  • Learn proper safety precautions for before, during and after pesticide application.
  • Understand the importance of cleanup measures.
  • Understand the need for personal protective equipment.

FACTS ABOUT this Module: This module is approved in New York for 1 Core recertification credit. You must be logged in and working in the course activities for a minimum of 1 hour. The credits are earned after completing the Pre-Test, reading and studying the content of the module, then successfully completing the Post-Test. The last thing is to click on the certificate function. A temporary certificate generated. An official certificate will be mailed to you.

Pesticides can enter the body through the skin, the eyes, the mouth, and the lungs.The most common cause of pesticide poisoning for applicators is through skin contact. Some pesticides enter the body through the skin quite readily. Concentrates can be especially dangerous. Some parts of the body absorb pesticides extremely fast and need extra protection. Two such areas are the head and the scrotum. Most of a pesticide spilled on your skin is absorbed in the first few minutes. If any pesticide is spilled on you, wash it off immediately. It is best to avoid direct contact with pesticides by wearing the proper protective clothing. The pesticide label will tell you what protective equipment is necessary.

Goals of This Chapter

  • Understand the importance of personal protective equipment worn during pesticide application.
  • Understand why there are different fabrics and materials used to protect applicators and how they differ.
  • Learn the importance of and method for layering protective clothing.
  • Learn the basics of respirators and their use.

FACTS ABOUT this Module: This module is approved in New York for 1 Core recertification credit. You must be logged in and working in the course activities for a minimum of 1 hour. The credits are earned after completing the Pre-Test, reading and studying the content of the module, then successfully completing the Post-Test. The last thing is to click on the certificate function. A temporary certificate generated. An official certificate will be mailed to you.

Weather-wise application can reduce pesticide hazard to the environment. A good applicator carefully checks the weather conditions before beginning spray procedures. Not only do a few simple precautions protect the environment, but in terms of dollars and cents they aid the applicator. Pesticides which do not reach or remain on the target areas are wasted. More pesticide, time, and money must be used to control the pests in the target area.

Goals of This Chapter

  • Learn the role that weather conditions can play in both helping and hindering the applicator.
  • Understand the hazards of windy day application and who is legally responsible for mistakes.
  • Learn the advantages of early morning or evening application.
  • Understand the roles of humidity and temperature inversion in regard to pesticide application.

FACTS ABOUT this Module: This module is approved in New York for 1 Core recertification credit. You must be logged in and working in the course activities for a minimum of 1 hour. The credits are earned after completing the Pre-Test, reading and studying the content of the module, then successfully completing the Post-Test. The last thing is to click on the certificate function. A temporary certificate generated. An official certificate will be mailed to you.

As an applicator you have two disposal problems. First you must safely dispose of surplus pesticides concentrated or tank mixed that you have no use for or cannot store. Secondly, you must safely dispose of empty pesticide containers. Careless disposal practices are a common cause of pesticide misuse and environmental contamination. Take the time to dispose of surplus pesticides and empty containers carefully and legally. Never give empty containers away for any purpose.

Goals of This Chapter

  • Learn the importance of preventing pesticide surplus.
  • Know what to do in case you have a pesticide surplus.
  • Understand and learn the steps taken to properly dispose of pesticide containers.
  • Learn proper procedure for triple-rinsing containers and equipment.

Pesticide Storage

Instructor - Ron Gardner rdg5@cornell.edu


No job is really finished until
the pesticides, containers, and your equipment have been put away properly. Get into the habit of storing all of your materials safely before you clean up and go home, or on to the next job. While you are cleaning up and putting away the pesticides, containers, and equipment you should wear all the personal protective equipment you used on the job. Consider wearing gloves and other protective equipment, even if they weren't recommended on the label. Spills and accidental contamination often occur during storage procedures.

Goals of This Chapter:

  • Learn how to choose and arrange a storage are for pesticides
  • Understand the importance of handling, storing, and disposing of pesticides properly
  • Learn what to do in case of a pesticide spill

Water is one of our most important resources. The Earth's freshwater is stored in lakes, rivers, and streams or below ground in aquifers. Pesticide contamination of water is of great concern from many perspectives. This site provides information on nature of water, how it may become contaminated with pesticides, and how contamination can be prevented

During this course we will be exploring the importance of scouting in the production of agricultural crops. Examples will be based primarily on grape production but the concepts are fairly universal and should be relevant whether you are growing Brussels sprouts or apples or grapes destined for the juice, wine or fresh market.

Here's what we hope you learn:

  • The importance of scouting in the production of agriculture.
  • The major components that make up a scouting program
  • Resources available through the NYS IPM Program for scouting programs

This information was prepared by Tim Weigle. Contact him at thw4@cornell.edu with questions about this module.

Before going into the development of an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategy it is important to get an idea of what IPM is. According to information found on the NYS IPM Program website,

IPM is:

  • your choice for solid science and sound solutions in dealing with pests. The NYS IPM Program promotes safe, least-toxic solutions to both pest and pesticide problems.
  • integrated because it brings together, or integrates, a range of biological, organic, cultural, mechanical, and chemical options for pest problems. And it's about management because you can only manage pests - you can't eliminate them.
  • no longer just focused on insect pests, the range now includes fungi, bacteria, viruses, weeds, wildlife, and more.

This information was prepared by Tim Weigle. Contact him at thw4@cornell.edu with questions about this module.

Before going into the development of an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategy it is important to get an idea of what IPM is.

Here's what we hope you learn:

  • What is IPM?
  • The different components involved in an IPM strategy
  • Resources available for developing an IPM strategy

This information was prepared by Tim Weigle. Contact him at thw4@cornell.edu with questions about this module.

Successful completion of this module will earn you 1.5 re-certification credits for New York State DEC certified pesticide applicators in categories 1a, 3a, 3b, 6a, 9, 10, 21, 22, 23 and 25.

This topic is approved in New York for 1 core re-certification credit. You must be logged in and working in the course activities for a minimum of 1 hour. The credit is earned after completing the Pre-Test, watching videos, readings, and studying the content of the module, then successfully completing the Post-Test. A temporary certificate will be created with an official certificate mailed to the participant.

This topic is approved in New York for 1 core re-certification credit. You must be logged in and working in the course activities for a minimum of 1 hour. The credit is earned after completing the Pre-Test, watching videos, readings, and studying the content of the module, then successfully completing the Post-Test. A temporary certificate will be created with an official certificate mailed to the participant.

A program designed to update green industry professionals about the early detection and integrated management of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – an invasive insect of importance that has made its way to the Lower Hudson Valley.

A program designed to update green industry professionals about the early detection and integrated management of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) – an invasive insect of importance that has made its way to the Lower Hudson Valley.

A program designed to update green industry professionals about the early detection and integrated management of theWeed suppressive Groundcovers.

Introduction: Welcome to the herbicide-resistant weeds training lessons, provided by the Weed Science Society of America. Herbicide resistance education and training are critical for advancing the adoption of diverse weed management programs to delay and mitigate the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds. This training lesson was developed by a team of weed scientists in an effort to provide to you, the agronomist, consultant, retailer or distributor, and interested grower, the most current information on herbicide resistance in weeds.

FACTS ABOUT this Module: You must be logged in and working in the course activities for a minimum of 1 hour. The credits are earned after completing the Pre-Test, reading and studying the content of the module, then successfully completing the Post-Test. The last thing is to click on the certificate function. A temporary certificate will be generated. An official certificate will be mailed to you.

Successful completion of this module will earn you 1 recertification credit for New York State DEC certified pesticide applicators in categories .....

Here’s how it works:

  1. First, sign the course roster.
  2. Then, take the pre-test.
  3. Next, read the 'Current Status of Herbicide Resistance in Weeds' unit.
  4. Then take the post-test. You have as many tries as you need to score 80% or higher.
  5. Finally click on the "Course Completion Certificate" This is a must! Clicking here informs the course sponsor that you have finished the course requirements so we can send you an official certificate.

This lesson presents an introduction to herbicide resistance in weeds. By the end of this lesson, you will: 


Please sign the roster:

Train the trainer course for our 30hr Core training modules

This course is designed to teach participants how to identify 35+ hardwood and coniferous tree species common to the Northeast. Participants will learn plant features of the buds, twigs, foliage, fruits and bark, with an emphasis on the most reliable features. In addition to the identification, course participants will learn about the ecological characteristics of each species. Finally, because the course does not cover all species, participants will learn how to use dichotomous keys, a special type of flow chart, to identify species not covered.

The Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) program is targeted for advisory leader volunteers and those that work directly with them.Volunteers that support Extension (a.k.a. Advisory Leaders) ensure Extension’s future by making sure Extension programs are relevant and responsive to the needs of citizens.By partnering with Cooperative Extension and assisting with marketing, programming, and advocacy efforts, volunteers have proven to be an invaluable part of our organization.The SEAL program works to continue developing new curriculum and related resources to support volunteer involvement.

An evolving web-based online course that explores issues related to digital literacy.

Evaluating what you want to do and what you have available to work with are key elements to a successful new farm enterprise. This course will help you take the first steps toward setting goals, assessing the resources you have available for farming (physical, financial, and personal), and exploring what enterprises are the best fit for you and your land.

New farmers often ask “How does my enterprise officially become recognized as a farm?”, “What are the tax benefits for farmers?” and “What regulations do I need to comply with?” These questions, and many others, will be answered in this course.

The course is for field crop, vegetable, and livestock producers.  Individuals will have some experience in their respective fields, and are looking for more productive soils for increased forage or crop production.

Course Objectives:  At the completion of this course, you will
• Understand what soil health is and why is it important.
• Have knowledge of the characteristics of healthy soils and how do I measure them.
• Have knowledge of soil practices to improve our soil health and skills to develop a soil health improvement plan.

This course will help new or aspiring vegetable producers to answer basic questions about site selection, crop rotation, seeding and transplants, and financial aspects of veggie production. Topics including variety selection, pre-plant preparation, and cultivation will be covered. Don’t miss BF 121, the continuation of this course, which takes you through the remainder of the growing season into harvest, post-harvest handling, and marketing.

Growers will learn about season-long care of their crops, from fertilizing to harvesting.

If you’re exploring the idea of adding berries and bramble fruits to your farm, this course will help you consider all the aspects of this decision, from varieties and site selection all the way through profit potential and marketing.

Whether you are new to farming or a seasoned farmer looking to add grains on your farm, BF 140 will prepare you to start on the right foot. From pre-planting to post-harvest, understand how to grow, harvest, market and store organic grain, and the costs involved. 

Most of us go into farming with the thought of making some – or all – of our livelihood through the sale of what we make or grow. As you grow your operation to provide more of your family’s income, having a carefully planned marketing strategy becomes more critical. Completion of this online course will enable you to better understand how to price your products, position yourself in the “buy local” and direct sales marketplace, and understand low-cost “guerrilla” marketing tactics to get the best bang for your buck and make your farm operation financially sustainable. If you complete the activities in this course, you will be armed with clear ideas about how to improve your marketing and sell more product.

Whether you intend to borrow money or not, heading into a farm venture without a business plan is like setting sail across the ocean without a map. Either way, you’re likely to run into disasters that can derail your venture, but if you arm yourself with a business plan, you will at least have something to aid your farm decision-making and demonstrate to yourself and your family that your ideas are feasible. This intensive, fast-paced course is designed to help you build your plan quickly and be ready for the next growing season.

A collection of resources to assist instructors of Beginning Farmer online courses.

A place for new instructors to practice with Moodle features