Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Discusses The Cornell Cooperative Extension on “Dear Sandy”

June 9, 2009

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts Dianne Olsen, Environmental Horticulture & Natural Resource Educator of Cornell Cooperation Extension of Putnam and JoAnn DiRico, Master Gardener and Training Coordinator of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester on “Dear Sandy,” her community access program. The Cornell Cooperative Extension is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s land grant university system and it provides continuing education to people in their homes and communities. Galef talks with Olsen and DiRico about what the Cornell Cooperative Extension does in the community, including environmental and ecological education. “I am amazed by the breadth of the activities of this organization. The Cornell Cooperative Extension not only does so much to help save the environment, but they teach people how they can help as well, even in their own backyard,” said Galef.

Galef discusses with Olsen and DiRico how the Cornell Cooperative Extension has been helping residents become more aware of things like protecting water quality and learning organic ways to garden and landscape, all part of their homeowner education program entitled Turf Love. They also discuss the benefits of having community gardens, sustainable plants, and farmers markets. “This organization is vital to our success as a community,” said Galef. “They educate so many people on the importance of environmental awareness.” To learn more, tune in to cable television at the following dates and times.

“Dear Sandy” with Sandy Galef airs as follows:
Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15 - Fridays at 9:00 pm
Wappingers Falls Channel 21- Fridays at 8:00 pm
Yorktown Channel 74 - Fridays at 7:30 pm
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8 - Fridays at 7:30 pm

“Dear Sandy with Cornell Cooperation Extension” airs on Cablevision (Channels 15, 21 & 74)
June 12, 19, 26 & July 3, 10

“Dear Sandy with Cornell Cooperation Extension” airs on Comcast (Channel 8)
June 19 & July 24