Holiday Specials
Back by popular demand, CCE-Suffolk's Holiday Specials is here.

Take advantage of our great specials in this year's flyer before the end of the month. This year we have opportunities to:
  • sponsor programs
  • buy CCE-Suffolk merchandise
  • save on workshops
  • adopt a cute farm friend

Annual Meeting
On Wednesday, November 7th, we had our Annual Board of Directors Meeting and Recognition Ceremony online.

This year we focused on internal collaboration such as:
  • Farm to School Program: Agriculture
  • Sugar Kelp: Agriculture and Marine
  • Play Time Learn Time: Farm and Community Education

We also present future initiatives for 2022 that include:
  • Indigenous Nations
  • Spring Trio

Finally, we recognized the following outstanding Honorees:
  • Friend of the Extension- Suffolk County DPW
  • President's Award- Robert Carpenter
  • Outstanding Cooperator- Jim Thompson, RGNY Vineyard
  • Outstanding Community Partners- Amber Gagliardi, Phil Karlin, and Eva Pearson
  • Outstanding Volunteers- Mazzie Gilroy, Jim Hooey, Lynn Maher, and Antonie Sanselli

Thank you to all who attended.
CCE-Suffolk Spotlights
Raising a Resilient Child
Prevent Child Abuse NY sponsored the Fall 2021 Parent Leadership Conference entitled: Resilience: Persevering to go the distance-parenting in the new normal. Our educator Cara W. Sultan, MSW., was invited to present on her work, "Raising a Resilient Child".
The focus of the conference was building resilience in parents and communities after the COVID 19 pandemic. As an educator and MSW., Cara's mission is to strengthen families through providing educational programs. Her presentation was a perfect fit to educate, empower and support parents and professionals around NY state.

To find more information about parenting research-based parenting information please visit our Community Education and Nutrition section of our webpage.
NYS Climate Impact Assessment Project

Our Agriculture Program educator Debbie Aller was named to the NYS's "Climate Impact Assessment" project. This group will conduct research to suggest how NY can be prepared for climate change and the future.

Research-based/ sustainability projects are essential for our local environment and are at the root of our mission. We look forward to supporting Debbie and this initiative.
South Fork Wind Trawl Survey Project
The fisheries’ team is back in the field conducting their fall trawl survey for the South Fork Wind project.

The team conducts a trawl survey each season, over multiple years, to gather data. This data will show migratory patterns of commercial and recreational fish within the areas of the South Fork Export Cable (SFEC) in East Hampton. The information gathered will be used to identify whether activity in the area has had any effect on fish migrations or community structure.

Baseline data for the targeted fish species will take place over a 2-year period. Data collection through the trawl survey will continue during construction and burial of export cable in established survey areas, as well as post-construction within the survey areas.

Data analysis will help determine the effects, if any, of the SFEC on the identified fish species and communities along the areas that are sampled from the trawl survey.

To find more information on the CCE-Suffolk Marine Program Fisheries team visit Cornell Cooperative Extension | Fisheries (
On the Water + In the Field
Our Marine Program held a screening for their news magazine, On the Water + In the Field. This event has held at Windamere within Strong's Marina.

The screening showed viewers about our kelp project, bay scallop research, community aquaculture project in Northport and a spotlight on our Executive Director.

If you couldn't make it out for the screening, you can view the episode that was shown by clicking here: Episode 21
In the Press
Healthy Corner Store
Newsday was present to capture our Healthy Corner Store initiative last week at La Placita in Glen Cove. 

Our nutrition team was on hand to disseminate information on fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy items, and healthy eating accessible to high-risk populations.

This program is sponsored by our SNAP-ED programs, Cohen Children's Medical Center, and Kohl's- Keeping Kids Healthy Program. 

Nassau County Office of Hispanic Affairs joined us to show their support for this partnership.

We look forward to collaborating with more corner stores in underserved communities to keep our communities healthy.

Out In Your District
County Executive Steve Bellone
Our County Executive's office showed their support for our organization by being part of our Annual Meeting this year. Thank you Suffolk County Executive Bellone and staff for your ongoing support and recognition.
Southampton Town Officials
We had the opportunity to showcase our marine and coastal habitat work during a visit from some of our Southampton Town officials at Tiana Bayside.

Thank you Southampton Town Government Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Parks Department Director Kristen Doulos, and Town Board members John Bouvier and Rick Martel for your continued support and interest in this important work!

Their visit was covered by the Southampton Press. You can read the full article at TIANA BAYSIDE- 27 East
Ask the Family Educator
The Family Health and Wellness educators of our Community Education Program are here to answer your wellness questions. Each month, one of our educators will answer a question sent in from our readers.

Please send your question(s) to our educator Maxine at
In the spirit of the holiday season, how can I mend a broken relationship with an extended family member? 

Many of us have regrets about family misunderstandings, arguments, or feuds. The resulting estrangements can have a ripple effect through the generations. Families can suffer extreme distress due to the loss of vital emotional, social, and mental health support. 

So, what can you do? It takes courage and resolve, and someone has to take the first step. Make that phone call. Forget about the original cause of the rift. It’s time to move forward and re-establish family connections. Don’t require an apology. Forget who was originally at fault. It’s not worth it! Reconciliation helps everyone feels energized and hopeful about the future. In our uncertain world, we need that critical sense of family stability.  

As we approach a new year, it’s time to end the shame, isolation, and stigmatization that a family feud instigates. Instead of rejection, enjoy a fresh start with your relatives. You might be surprised how much better you feel for being the catalyst in improving family relations. As we have experienced during this pandemic, time is precious, and family is everything! Be the first one to reach out and offer a new positive direction for your family. 
A Choose Local F.I.S.H Recipe
Grilled Coconut Curry Monkfish

1 1/2 lbs. monkfish, filleted
1 lemon, to clean fish
1 teaspoon salt, to clean fish
1 15 oz can coconut milk, full fat or low fat
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon jalapeno, minced
1/4 cup cilantro, rough chop

1. To remove the blue/silver film from the monkfish, grasp the tail end, and slip your thin, flexible knife into the fillet by the tail end, scraping against the skin and cutting down the length of the fish. You may have to help pull the film away with your hands. Turn the fish over, and if any pieces remain, slip your knife under the end of the remnant, pulling the blade up against the skin and cutting down its length to remove.

2. To clean fish, place in large bowl and cover with cold water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and juice of one lemon. Mix with your hands (or a wooden spoon) and let sit for one minute. Then rinse each filet under cold water and place on a clean, dry side towel or layered paper towel. Cut into 2” medallions. 

3. Combine coconut milk, lime, curry powder, salt, jalapeño, and cilantro in a bowl and mix well. Remove 1/3 cup and set aside in a container (will be used as a sauce for the fish when done). Put the remaining marinade in a ziploc bag with the monkfish medallions and let marinate for at least 1 hour (It’s ideal if you can marinate overnight). 

4. Cook on the grill, covered, for about 5-7 minutes. Flip and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Pour reserved marinade over finished fish. 

For more information about the Choose Local F.I.S.H click here
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