The environment team works with others to engage with the community to solve and respond to key environmental challenges, reduce and make more equitable our collective use of the Earth's resources, and inspire respect for natural systems and our reliance on them.



Volunteers are very important to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Over 1,200 individuals volunteer their time to a variety of Extension activities, contributing over 73,000 hours each year! 

Through duties as diverse as teaching others to prune trees or make compost, answering callers' questions on consumer or gardening issues, mentoring young people as they acquire new skills, or serving as board members or on committees that guide our work, volunteers represent Extension's far-reaching roots in our community.


The programs and services provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE-Tompkins) help Tompkins County residents with family, gardening, consumer and nutrition, agriculture, and environmental concerns that are of high priority for them -- programs that, in many cases, are not available from any other source!  From offering quality afterschool and enrichment activities for youth in rural areas,  to providing up-to-date agriculture information for local farmers, or helping families learn how to create a home budget or fix nutritious and tasty meals, CCE

Staff Site

Welcome to the CCE-Tompkins staff site! 


Cooperative Extension puts a wealth of useful, research-based information at your finger tips! In addition to what you'll find here on our website, we offer free or low-cost workshops on topics that range from how to start an organic garden to making a home spending plan. Explore our links, check out our upcoming events, then give us a call or visit the CCE-Tompkins Education Center to learn more. We're here to help, with information -- and people -- you can trust!

Your Money

If you'd like to learn more about your money -- how to create a home budget, manage a bank account, save for a goal such as a new home or retirement, use credit wisely, or make informed decisions when buying consumer products -- you've come to the right place!

Your Home

This section of our website includes information and resources on topics related to the physical aspects of housing, including energy conservation, indoor air quality, water purity, safety in the home, and home maintenance and repairs.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County is your resource for information on soils, site improvement, plant selection, proper plant care, eco-friendly practices, integrated pest management, composting and so much more! We offer free or low-cost gardening classes and tours all year long, and opportunities to share your love of gardening as a volunteer!  Call us or come by today!

Last updated: December 31st 1969 - 7:00pm