Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County seeking board members

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County is currently seeking volunteer board members to replace outgoing members. CCE, which prides itself in having a diverse board with members of many skill sets, is especially looking for Madison County residents with some background in agriculture, nutrition, youth development, legal, education or marketing, according to a release from the organization.

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Wild apples wanted for Critz Farms 'Community Cider'

The wild apple crop this year has been huge in Central New York, and it gave Matt and Juanita Critz, owners of Critz Farm and Harvest Moon Cidery in Cazenovia, an idea: Why not ask community members to bring in their wild apples and use those to make a Cazenovia “community” hard cider? Contributors could help press the apples, receive some free bottles of the finished product and even designate a local charity to receive apportion of the proceeds from bottle sales.

Agricultural district open enrollment in October

October has been designated as Madison County's “open enrollment” period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district.

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Morrisville State College Dairy Club to hold Annual Autumn Review Sale

Morrisville State College’s annual Autumn Review Sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 19. The sale, run by the Morrisville State Dairy Club, will start at 11 a.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building on Eaton Street in Morrisville. It will be the largest in the 33-year history of the sale, with 121 lots up for consignment.

Cazenovia Equipment to host John Deere Drive Green Demo Days

Cazenovia Equipment Co., Inc. is hosting its 2015 Drive Green Demo Days event at the dealership on Saturday, Sept. 19. This event will give area residents a chance to check out the latest utility tractors, lawn and garden tractors, loaders, implements and other equipment from John Deere.

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Empire Brewing Company to produce official beer of Madison County HopFest

The Madison County Hop Fest is celebrating its 20th anniversary next week, and Empire Brewing Company, whose owner lives in Cazenovia and who is currently constructing a new farmstead brewery in the village, is making the festival’s official beer.

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State supreme court decides against Owera

Judge upholds eight of 10 town conditions for winery to construct new events building

The Cazenovia Town Planning Board has the legal right to impose nearly all of the conditions it included in its site plan approval for Owera Vineyards’ proposed new event center on its East Lake Road property and, if the owners of Owera find these conditions too onerous, their best recourse may be to relocate their operations to a town parcel more appropriately zoned for the commercial activity in which the winery seeks to engage. This was the opinion of Acting State Supreme Court Justice Dennis K. McDermott in his Aug. 26 decision on Owera’s Article 78 lawsuit against the town of Cazenovia.

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State fair starts today: Send us your competition results

If you or someone you know has entered a competition, any competition, at the state fair, send us the result — and a photo if you have one — and we will print it in the Cazenovia Republican.

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Three-star general returns home after 37 years to start up family-run distillery

For the first time since 1978, Lieutenant General Michael Basla, a retired senior cyberspace officer at the Pentagon, has returned to Cazenovia to live — and to start up a new local distillery that will produce whiskey, bourbon, gin and vodka and become a new member of the Cazenovia Beverage Trail. Basla, along with his son-in-law Patrick Ruddy and his son Adam Basla (who currently lives in Germany), has just returned from a trip to Germany to purchase his distillery equipment, and plans to break ground on his new endeavor, Madison County Distillery, by the end of August.

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Local Amish farm expands product offerings at Fenner Road farm market

Shoppers at the Cazenovia Farmers Market who enjoy buying organically grown products from James and Ada Yoder’s Local Roots Farm stand now can purchase a wider array of offerings from the Yoder’s recently opened farm market on Fenner Road. The Yoder family, which is participating for its second year at the farmers market, last year specialized in salad greens and eggs. This year, with the opening of their new market at their farm provide a variety of specialty items like granola and pancake mixes, among other products.

Explore local farms at the eighth annual Open Farm Day

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Madison County has announced that Open Farm Day will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at 29 farms and three farmers’ markets throughout Madison County. Open Farm Day is a free, family-friendly event that offers the public the opportunity to tour farms, enjoy food tastings, meet animals and learn about local agriculture.

Skanda Equine to host teamwork building workshop for kids

On July 13, Skanda Equine will launch an exciting teamwork building workshop for youth ages 10 to 12 on its 70-acre working farm in Cazenovia. Blending theatre exercises, intimate time with Skanda’s animals, walks in nature, collaborative storytelling games, yoga and more, this unique program focuses on seven key elements of team building over the course of seven weeks.

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Dennison hired at White’s Farm Supply

White’s Farm Supply, Inc. is excited to welcome back Andy Dennison.

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New chef, new menu, new wine – Owera Vineyards kickstarts summer season

Owera Vineyards has been winning medals for the quality of its Cazenovia-made wines for years, and now Madison County’s only winery is seeking to make a new mark on people’s palates with its food. Owera has started the 2015 summer season with a new chef and a new tasting room menu — with all the ingredients coming not just locally, but many from Owera’s own backyard.

Area school districts named as finalists for an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant

In the Madison County area, two school districts have been announced as finalists in this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Canastota Central School District and Stockbridge Valley Central School District are among the top districts in New York in the running for grants of $10,000 and $25,000.