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Wondering “What Is Agroforestry?” 

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Agroforestry Resource Center is a regional center for education, demonstration and research with a focus on the benefits of woodlands to people, waterways and wildlife. Educational and experiential programs at the Agroforestry Resource Center are aimed at encouraging people to preserve and enhance the ecological, economic and human health benefits of forested land.  

Since its establishment in 2003, the Agroforestry Resource Center has hosted hundreds of educational events, drawing an audience of thousands from around the region and across the Northeast.  View our Calendar of Events

Agroforestry is defined as the combination of agriculture and forestry practices that create more integrated, diverse, profitable, healthy and sustainable land-use systems. In the Northeastern U.S., agroforestry practices include sustainable woodlot management, as well as the use of woodlands for raising shade-grown crops such as American ginseng, mushrooms and maple syrup, nuts, fruits, and wood products. Click here to learn more about agroforestry and forest farming.  Click here for a YouTube video on growing American ginseng.

The 142-acre Siuslaw Model Forest is a key component of the Agroforestry Resource Center.  

Education and Demonstrations

A wide variety of educational programs are offered to a diverse audience. Audiences include municipal officials, highway personnel, foresters & loggers, farmers, landowners, families, nature enthusiasts and people with an interest in sustainable land-use practices.

Educational prrain gardenograms on forest-related topics include forest management for landowners, forest ecology & silviculture, legacy planning, and Trained Logger Certification. Agroforestry topics include tree identification basics, tree pruning, ginseng & mushroom cultivation, beginner beekeeping, backyard maple syrup production, sustainable gardening and edible landscaping.

Educational programs that relate to our natural resource program area include stream science, post flood stream intervention training, stream ecology, land use planning for flood resiliency, invasive species detection & management and tick-borne disease awareness.

Demonstrations include a rain garden that captures roof runoff; a maple sugar shack and a super sweet maple tree grove.  A weather station and demonstrations of mushroom cultivation, best management practices for woods roads and biofuels can be found at the Siuslaw Model Forest, located just across the road from the Agroforestry Resource Center. 


 Art Exhibits

The conference room at the Agroforestry Resource Center includes an art gallery, with nature and landscape art of all media exhibited on a bi-monthly basis. Exhibits by talented local and regional artists including photographers,art show painters and sculptors. The gallery is curated by artist Stanley Maltzman.  Are you an artist interested in exhibiting your work?  To request more information about exhibiting your work at the Gallery, click here

Conference Center

Our beautiful conference center is equipped with presentation technology, wifi, air conditioning and a full kitchen. The warm atmosphere of art gallery lends a unique aspect to every event held in the conference room, which is available for rental for meetings and workshops by non-profit, municipal and private groups. For more information about conference room rental, click here.


Insect and Plant Disease Identification

Our trained staff will identify insect pests, plants and plant diseases. Soil testing services are also available for a small fee. Our staff will identify ticks and provide information on Lyme and tick-borne disease prevention, tick removal and landscape management for reducing risk. Click here for information on tick borne illnesses.

A Partnership-Based Intiative

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The Agroforestry Resource Center has developed in partnership with a wide assortment of organizations. Our valued partners include Audubon NY, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Catskill Forest Association, Catskill Region Invasive Species Partnership, Columbia Land Conservancy, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources & Human Dimensions Research Unit, Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District, Greene Land Trust, Hudsonia, Ltd., Hudson-Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health, Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NY Forest Owners Association, NYS DEC Forestry Program, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Water Resources Institute,   Partnership for Regional Invasive Species ManagementSUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Cobleskill, Rensselaer Plateau AllianceWatershed Ag Council, Robert H. Wentorf  Foundation and other CCE Associations.  


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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Making Homes Healthier
Copake Town Hall, 230 Mountain View Road, Copake
Wednesday, October 25th 2017
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Pickling with a Boil Water Canner
Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Thursday, October 26th 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Family Youth S.T.E.M. Night
Extension Education Center, Hudson
Thursday, October 26th 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Making Homes Healthier
Canaan Town Hall, 1647 County Route 5, Canaan
Monday, October 30th 2017
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Forest Pests and Diseases
Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Thursday, November 2nd 2017
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Contact CCE




Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405
Phone: 518-622-9820
Fax: 518-622-0115

Map to Acra office (see green pin)

Extension Education Center
 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518-828-3346
Fax: 518-828-3069

Map to Hudson office (see green pin)

 2017 Major Financial Donors

The Bank of Greene County

Willow Springs Charitable Trust 

 100 Years in Photos!

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Columbia County and Greene County.  We have a number of historical photos on exhibit in both offices.  Stop by either location and have a look!