With the support of the NY Department of Agriculture & Markets, CCE-Suffolk is is pleased to be a part of this exciting new program designed to support to Farm to School stakeholders, including farmers, distributors, processors, food hubs, school food authorities (SFAs), and educators.
The New York State Farm-to-School Program is also a key component of the Governor's No Student Goes Hungry initiative, which was first introduced in the Governor’s 2018 State of the State Address. The initiative is a comprehensive program developed to provide students of all ages, backgrounds, and financial situations access to healthy, locally-sourced meals from kindergarten through college.
Stay tuned for more information on this exciting program!

Join us Tuesday, August 24 at the Suffolk County Farm!

Cinema Arts Centre, CCE and the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center are excited to present a FREE and FUN family-friendly evening at the movies!

Join us for an outdoor screening of the independent documentary film, Farming Long Island - and remember to bring picnic blankets and chairs!

This screening will include free wagon rides, a live Blues jam featuring musicians from The Sound Cellar, a movie-poster sale, and panel & director discussions, along with some other fun surprises!
August 21st, Grab your camping gear and get ready to experience the farm like never before! Stroll around the farm and say goodnight to all the animals, take a sunset hike, enjoy an evening movie in the field, wagon rides throughout the evening, a pancake breakfast in the morning and more!
The Joy of Gardening is a 10 week, self-paced online gardening program offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension. This course is perfect for gardeners who have some experience and want to discover more successful garden strategies.
2 New Flupsy Docks at Woodbine Marina

We gathered with Northport Village, Town of Huntington and Suffolk County officials to celebrate the launch of 2 FLUPSY docks at Woodbine Marina used to raise oyster seeds in local waters. The goal is to raise 100,000 oysters which in turn filter and clean our waters! Fundraising efforts are underway to support and grow this innovative project - many thanks to Mercy Goodnow Smith! Former Village Trustee Mercy Smith saw the program in Huntington and wanted to bring that to the Village of Northport. She led this initiative by collaborating with CCE and organized events to fundraise the money to implement the program.
Upcoming Events
CCE-Suffolk in the news
LIBN/NOW Weekly Webinar
CCE-Suffolk’s Judi Veeck, Director of Development & Public Affairs and Kristin Gerbino, Fisheries Specialist were invited to speak with LI Business News about the state of the Island’s fisheries and how we get the word out that LOCAL is best! Click to watch!
Long Island Business News: Keeping LI’s fishing industry sustainable
"Millions of dollars … are put into Suffolk’s economy, into Long Island’s economy via our agriculture and our marine industries,” said Judi Lach Veeck, the CCE’s development and public affair’s director. “The industries are vital to our economy.” Click to read more!
CCE-Suffolk visits the Suffolk County Legislature
Marine Program Director Chris Pickerell and Executive Director Vanessa Pino Lockel gave an update on the work of Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program to Suffolk’s Environment, Parks & Agriculture Committee.
Chris highlighted our many programs including our shellfish restoration projects, SPAT program and local fish initiative.
Thank you to Chair Legislator Kara Hahn and Co-chair Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski.
Rave Reviews: Marine Program Educator Alexandra Stevens
Photo of Marine Program Educator Alexandra Stevens
We are proud of the work all of our educators do, but love when we get such stellar feedback! Thank you, Mt Pleasant Elementary for sharing with us your experience working with Marine Program Educator Alexandra Stevens:
"Now that we are at the end of the year, we wanted to take a second to thank you so much for bringing our kids at Mt Pleasant a little extra fun during such a tough year! Your programs we’re beyond amazing and we received such great feedback from our teachers! All your hard work, recreating your programs virtually did not got unnoticed! We hope to have you back in person next year at Mt Pleasant! "
Supporter Spotlight
Photo of Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski, Executive Director Vanessa Pino Lockel, and Suffolk County Legislator Nick Caracappa
We had a great day welcoming Suffolk County Legislator Nick Caracappa to our Griffing Avenue offices with Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski!
Huntington Council Members Ed Smyth and Joan DeVito Cergol pictured on a FLUPSY dock with Executive Director Vanessa Pino Lockel, Marine Resource Specialist Barry Udelson and Associate Marine Program Director Lorne Brousseau
 Town of Huntington Council Members Ed Smyth and Joan DeVito Cergol Visited Gold Star Beach. Marine Resource Specialist Barry Udelson showed our guests our FLUPSY and shellfish management and aquaculture conservation efforts.
Senator Phil Boyle pictured on beach with Executive Director Vanessa Pino Lockel, Marine Youth Education Specialist Tracy Marcus, and Sea Explorers campers
 Senator Phil Boyle stopped by the Sport Fishing Education Center & Aquaculture Facility with Executive Director Vanessa Pino Lockel and Associate Marine Program Director Lorne Brousseau, to talk about our programs and outreach programs.
Thank you to our dedicated Board of Directors that participated in this month's first ever Hybrid Board Meeting. Thank you for volunteering your time to help lead this innovative organization.
Thank you Bill Sanok (our own former Agriculture Program Director) for inviting us to take a tour of Crescent Duck farm in Aquebogue. President Doug Corwin talked with CCE Executive Director Vanessa Pino Lockel, Long Island Farm Bureau Executive Director Rob Carpenter and Current Ag Program Director Nora Catlin about the 145 acre farm that has been a part of his family since the 1600s, and producing ducks since 1908.
31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
July 26th marked the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Despite impressive gains in legal protections, updated service practices, and more general awareness of disability in recent years, non-disabled people, and some disabled people themselves, can still be surprisingly uncomfortable around people with disabilities.
Now Hiring! Join our Team!

Looking to join the CCE-Suffolk crew? Know someone looking for a job? Spend your summer outdoors helping to lead and inspire the next generation. Click for more information on each of these exciting positions.