01/14/18 11:03pm

From left, Chris Pickerell, director of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s marine program; Steve Schott, CCE marine botany educator and project leader on the Peconic Estuary Kelp Aquaculture Feasibility Study; and Jason Havelin, CCE dive safety officer and habitat restoration team. (Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

Kelp took center stage on Friday night at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.’s Peconic tasting room.  (more…)

06/20/17 6:01am

Sugar kelp, one of the most widely cultivated seaweeds in the world, could be a viable Long Island crop. (Credit: Courtesy)

It’s a nutritious and sustainable crop taken from our local waters, but you’ve likely never tasted it.

It’s kelp, and this ingredient will be featured at a tasting dinner prepared by chef Noah Schwartz at noah’s on Friday, June 23. A portion of proceeds will benefit Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program. (more…)

11/29/16 6:00am
Shellabration returns to Greenport Dec. 3 and 4. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Shellabration returns to Greenport Dec. 3 and 4. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Indulge in the bounty of our bays during Shellabration, the annual Greenport restaurant walk that benefits Cornell Cooperative Extension’s marine programs.

The two-day festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4. Restaurants will offer participants $5 small shellfish plates paired with $3 sips of Long Island wine or beer (and in one case, sake). (more…)

11/15/16 6:01am
Stay at the Ram's head Inn on Shelter Island this fall.

Stay at the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island this fall.

The crowds have thinned, the summer heat is gone and the off-season is officially upon us.

Many hotels offer special deals to entice visitors to the North Fork during the fall. Here are three of them. (more…)

10/05/16 5:59am
Freshly shucked oysters. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Freshly shucked oysters. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Celebrate the North Fork’s favorite bivalve this Sunday, Oct. 9, at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.’s fourth annual Oyster Festival.

Held at the brewery’s Greenport location, the event is presented in conjunction with Little Creek Oysters and celebrates Long Island’s rich history in oyster cultivation. (more…)

07/17/16 6:45am
North Fork Egg Farm's chicken coops were designed by architect Meryl Kramer. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

North Fork Egg Farm’s chicken coops were designed by architect Meryl Kramer. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

They say that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door. But as the popularity of raising backyard chickens continues to grow, many North Forkers are opting to build their own chicken coops or hen houses — either from scratch or repurposed materials. Here are four decidedly one-of-a-kind examples:

Eight years ago, Matt and Marilyn Pasierb of East Marion launched North Fork Egg Farm with 35 free-range hens. Today, the Southold operation is home to 450.  (more…)

04/18/16 6:03am
Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulture consultant Alice Raimondo examines some garden soil. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulture consultant Alice Raimondo examines some garden soil. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

For beginning gardeners — or even experienced ones — problems can always arise when working out a green thumb.

Some, like an insect infestation, can be pretty obvious. But others, like unbalanced soil, will likely not be so noticeable to the untrained eye.

To find out if the dirt in your garden is causing trouble, stop by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s office on Griffing Avenue in Riverhead with a cup and a half of soil and five dollars. There, horticulture consultants Alice Raimondo and Sandra Vultaggio will test your soil’s pH balance and soluble salts level. (more…)