Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program Update Regarding COVID-19 from CCE ENYCHP

ENYCHP COVID-19 Update: Changes

To our valued farmers, colleagues and friends,

We’d like to update you on some changes related to COVID-19 social distancing mandates, and how it may impact our interactions with you. We remain committed to you and the agricultural industry and will continue to do our best to be your agricultural information resource during this extremely challenging time.

Our primary goal is to not spread the virus, and help achieve the most rapid and successful end to the current situation.

  • Staff will be available to you by phone, email and, if essential and possible, a pre-arranged farm visit. Please understand that depending on the staff and the request we may need to use technology to help us troubleshoot problems. At no time do we want to put you or the educators at risk for spreading or contracting the virus.
  • Many of the Cornell Cooperative Extension county offices and the Hudson Valley Research Lab are currently or may soon be closed to the public. Please call before you visit to confirm their status.
  • In-person meetings and programs have been cancelled indefinitely. Please visit our website at for updates on programming or call 518-746-2553 with questions. Many programs and trainings will be offered via remote access using a program called ZOOM which is free for you to download and use. This information will be sent out with the program it is associated with.
  • Newsletters and other means of educational programming will continue as scheduled, but most will be electronic versions. At this time we have no access to printers/copiers for large scale mailings.

Podcasts and instructional videos that provide information on production, marketing and other relevant topics are being developed and uploaded to our website.

We will continue to send updated information electronically to inform you and your farm staff about resources that will help navigate the impact of COVID-19 on your farm.

For more information you can visit:
Cornell Food Safety Extension team website:
CCE NY EDEN, the Extension Disaster Education Network:

This is an unprecedented situation, and none of us are sure how it will unfold. Please call us with suggestions, comments, or just to talk. Farmers are some of the most resilient and ingenious people on the planet, so your feedback is crucial.

Thank you for growing our food, and thanks for your continued support of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Please be safe!

CCE ENYCHP Team:Chuck Bornt, Vegetable cell: 518-859-6213 email:
Ethan Grundberg, Vegetable cell: 617-455-1893 email:
Elisabeth Hodgdon, Vegetable cell: 518-650-5323 email:
Teresa Rusinek, Vegetable cell: 845-389-3562 email:
Crystal Stewart, Vegetable cell: 518-775-0018 email:
Maire Ullrich, Vegetable/Hemp cell: 845-742-4342 email:
Laura McDermott, Small Fruit cell: 518-791-5038 email:
Jim Meyers, Viticulture cell: 845-417-8005 email:
Dan Donahue, Tree Fruit cell: 518-322-7812 email:
Mike Basedow, Tree Fruit cell: 518-410-6823 email:
Elizabeth Higgins, Business Mgmt cell: 518-949-3722 email:

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Last updated March 20, 2020