REPORT OF THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

The role of Plymouth County Cooperative Extension is to deliver
research-based information to Plymouth County residents through non-formal
methods. The Plymouth County Extension staff work in concert with UMass
Amherst Faculty and Extension staff on behalf of the United States
Department of Agriculture, to provide valuable information in Extension's four
major program areas:
Agriculture and Landscape; 4-H Youth and Family
Development
; Nutrition Education; and Natural Resources and Environmental
Conservation
. The Extension System is supported by County, Federal and
State funds, and operates under Federal and State laws and agreements.
Local citizens, appointed by the Plymouth County Commissioners, serve as
Plymouth County Cooperative Extension Trustees, directing the overall
program. Volunteer advisory groups work with Extension staff on developing
programs.

Cooperative Extension resources and programs for Plymouth County include:
garden lectures, fruit pruning demonstrations; pesticide applicator training &
licensing exams; the annual UMass Extension Garden Calendar; educational
resource materials; training and resources for green industry professionals
and youth service agencies; accredited overnight 4-H summer camps; and
teacher workshops and resources. New research findings are translated into
practical applications and shared with people and communities through
workshops, conferences, field demonstrations, radio and television, local
libraries, technical assistance, and newspaper articles. Publications such as
newsletters, booklets, and fact sheets bring information directly to those who
need it. Additional information is delivered through office visits, phone calls,
and UMass-Amherst Extension web access -
www.umassextension.org.

The Plymouth County Extension office is located at P.O. Box 658, High St.
Hanson MA 02341 (781-293-3541; 781-447-5946) plyctyext2mindsprinq.com.
Regional Extension programs are often conducted in Southeastern
Massachusetts. UMass Extension also operates the Cranberry Experiment
Research Station, located in Wareham.

Members of the Plymouth County Staff:

Michael D. Koski, 4-H Youth and Family Development Program
Amy McCune, 4-H Youth and Family Development Program
Deborah C. Swanson, Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program
Debra L. Corrow, Executive Assistant

Board of Trustees:
John Peterson - Halifax                        Janice Strojny - Middleboro
Chris Wicks - Middleboro                     Philip Wyman - Hanson
Michael Connor, Chairman - Halifax    Joseph Freitas - Plympton
Marjorie Mahoney - Hingham               Dominic Marini - E.Bridgewater
Plymouth County Commissioner Timothy McMullen - Pembroke

UMass Extension staff funded by Federal/State Program Grants:
UMass Nutrition Education Program, 34 School St., Brockton 508-513-3475:
Andrea B. Gulezian, Supervisor        Tammy Short, Nutrition Educator
Maria Pique, Nutrition Educator        Jennifer Anderson, Nutrition Ed.
Joyce Rose, Nutrition Educator         Anita Sprague, Senior Clerk
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