St. Lawrence County Soil & Water Conservation District ANNUAL FISH PROGRAM

Do you have a place you’d like to stock with fish?  The St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District is now taking orders for its annual fish program.  Available are Largemouth Bass, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Catfish.  These fish average about 5 inches long and the prices are about $185.00 per hundred depending on the species.  Minimum order is 25 fish.  Fathead Minnows are also available as feed at a lower cost.  Note: Minnows also eat mosquitoes.

Trout will do best in cold ponds.  Rainbow may grow to 20-24 inches and can weigh 2 – 3 pounds.  Rainbows are larger, but Brooks are more aggressive.  The Largemouth Bass do well in warmer ponds.  They may grow to 18-19” and can weigh 4-5 pounds.  A bass requires 8 pounds of food to gain 1 pound of body weight.  Catfish, which are a better fish than the common bullhead, can get up to 5-10 pounds and will tolerate a wide range of water temperature.  All make for some great fishing and eating!

Orders are being taken until October 10, 2014, with pick-up on October 17th.  Proceeds of these sales benefit conservation projects in the county.  The Soil and Water Conservation District has been serving county residents since 1957.

For more information or for an order form, please phone (315) 386-3582, write or stop by the office at 1942 Old DeKalb Road, Canton, NY 13617.  Forms are also available on our website www.slcswcd.org.

 

Free mosquito treatments are available

Free mosquito treatments are available to help stop the spread of the deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus.

The free treatments—packets of a locally produced larvicide that can be used to treat standing water, including small pools, bird baths, livestock watering troughs, rain barrels, and ornamental ponds—are being made available to homeowners through a partnership with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Jefferson, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties. The treatments are funded with a state grant obtained by Senator Ritchie.

The funding will provide anti-mosquito treatment to homeowners across the six counties, and represents the third leg in a plan to beef up the state and local response to EEE—which also includes better coordination among officials in affected counties, and increased state funding for education and prevention—in the wake recent deaths.

Use of larvicides was identified in a special EEE Roundtable of health experts as one more way to help stop the spread of EEE by reducing the number of mosquitoes that could become carriers of the disease.

EEE is a mosquito-borne virus that affects horses and other livestock, and rarely occurs in humans. Five human deaths in New York since 1971 all have occurred in Oswego and Onondaga Counties, while dozens of horses have succumbed in the six counties included in the larvicide program.

The larvicide treatments act to kill mosquitoes before they develop to their biting stage. Homeowners are strongly advised to read the label directions before use.

Homeowners are eligible to receive one free packet of larvicide treatment, which is manufactured by a Central New York company and is available on a first-come, first-served basis through Soil and Water Conservation District offices in the affected counties:  The                  St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District is located at 1942 Old DeKalb Road, Canton, New York 13617.  Phone 315-386-3582.

Grower Field Day and Dinner

July 29, 2014 6-8:00 pm

Extension Learning Farm

2043B Rte 68, Canton, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension of St Lawrence County is sponsoring a grower field meeting and picnic supper on Tuesday July 29 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Extension Learning Farm Rte 68 in Canton, NY. Growers are invited to join the discussion of on-going vegetable production projects including season extension, inter-row cover crops, reduced zone tillage, leek moth, and spotted wing drosophila and more. Guest speakers include Amy Ivy, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program: Judson Reid, Cornell Vegetable Program; Anu Rangarajan, Cornell Small Farms Program; Masanori Seto, Cornell Department of Entomology.

Free and open to the public, includes dinner and materials. Registration is required by July 25 to ensure enough food. To register or for more information contact CCE at 315-379-9192 or email stlawrence@cornell.eduThis program is made possible with funding from the Northern NY Agriculture Development Program,www.nnyagdev.org

PRODUCE EDUCATION AT AREA FARMERS MARKETS CONTINUES

GardenShare and Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County will be providing information to shoppers at all area farmers’ markets. Representatives will visit farmers’ markets, educating on a specific item. For the month of July, the “spotlight” is on zucchini (summer squash) and beets. Handouts will include shopping, storage and preparation tips, along with nutritional facts and a few easy to follow recipes.

“We hope to entice shoppers to try new foods and new recipes!” say Laura Popielski of GardenShare.

The “Produce Spotlight” dates are as follows:

  • Ogdensburg: July 5th (zucchini and beets)
  • Gouverneur: July 10th (zucchini and beets)
  • Potsdam: July 12th (zucchini) and July 26th (beets)
  • Dekalb: July 16th (zucchini and beets)
  • Canton: July 18th (zucchini) and July 25th (beets)
  • Norwood: July 21st (zucchini and beets)
  • Massena: July 24th (zucchini and beets)

 

 

LIST OF COMMUNITY MEALS IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY NOW AVAILABLE

A complete listing of the free Community Meals served around St. Lawrence County is now available through the local community organization GardenShare. Eleven free meals are regularly served in churches and community centers throughout the county, one almost every day of the week.

These meals are always free and open to the public, welcoming newcomers at any time. Menus vary from week to week, though a hot, nutritious meal is guaranteed. A takeout option is available at most of the community meal establishments, a select few provide a home-delivery option, and all accept monetary donations, though they are never expected; contact individual meal locations to learn about their available services. GardenShare recommends that those interested in attending a meal call ahead to verify that the meal is being served that day.

According to GardenShare’s Associate Director and active community meal volunteer Carlene Doane, this service is greatly needed in St. Lawrence County. “Over one-hundred plates were served this past week at Canton Methodist Church’s Free Will Dinner,” she said. Doane sees community meals as being vital to the health of the local area because they stretch people’s dollars, expose them to a healthy meal, and help bring people together. “Cooking a meal for one can be a challenge,” she says, “and people really enjoy the fellowship of eating together.” The Canton Methodist Church is just one of the many establishments where people can come out and enjoy each other’s company over a hot meal. “They make good food there, too!” Doane adds.

GardenShare has compiled information on each regularly served meal, which can be found on their website, gardenshare.org, under Food Assistance. Location, day of the week, serving time, and contact information for each meal is provided directly on the website. A list is also available in a printable, bulletin board-friendly format. The document is attached to this email as a PDF file that community members are encouraged to print, hang up, and distribute.

Anyone interested in attending or learning more about St. Lawrence County’s Community Meals can find helpful information at gardenshare.org under Food Assistance.

Community Meals Poster

Beef Tour

Beef Tour—July 30 , 6:30 pm, Join us for a visit to Akins’ beef operation. Mark built on to the end of his freestall to make a beef feeding operation. The barn is open at the ridge and has gates and alleys for weighing and sorting the cattle. Mark and his family also have a cow-calf operation along with the dairy.