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John Mishanec has worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension for 26 years, first in Schenectady County as the County Agricultural Agent and for the last 20 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Educator. John's job is to help commercial vegetable farmers reduce or eliminate pesticides and increase profitability. John covers half of New York State.

Buying Local Produce is Good for Everybody
Throughout the region farm stands and farmers markets are re-opening. You want to patronize them, but it can be ­so much easier to shop at the grocery store. Here are some reasons for making the switch. Such Good Taste Summer is almost on us. If you’re old enough to remember a time when summer meant something in relation to the food we eat, then this is happy time. Summer was the season when we could get almost any fruit or vegetable we desired.  Food was fresh and it was something [...More]

It’s Fun to Garden! Really. No, REALLY.
Fifty years ago, everyone had a garden—it was almost a necessity—but now, it’s an activity at which grandparents are often the experts. Which means, with the renewed interest in “green,” that it’s a perfect multi-generational family activity Three Secrets for Getting Your Kids—and Grandkids—Involved in Gardening Do you value gardening and express the enjoyment you receive from getting your hands dirty? If you have fun, your children will have fun too. It’s contagious. [...More]