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Schoharie and Otsego Counties

Monkeypox: CDC Guidance for Farm Worker Housing

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted guidance about Monkeypox to their website. CDC indicates the disease is spread through close contact, including: direct contact with a rash, respiratory secretions, and through contact with shared fabrics like clothing, bedding, or towels.


Foaling to Finish Line

Friday, August 19, 7:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - $10 includes transportation and lunch

Join CCE Equine for a tour of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, and the Goshen Historic Track. The Historic Track is a half-mile harness racing track in Goshen, NY. It was opened in 1839 and has been in operation ever since, making it the oldest continuously operated horse racing track in North America. Contact Nicolina at to sign up.


Saratoga County Horse Farm Tour

The annual Saratoga County Horse Farm Tour will take place on Sunday, August 21st from 10:00am-2:00pm at participating farms. This is a FREE drive-it-yourself event offered to the community, with a mission of promoting the equine industry and providing the public an opportunity to experience life on a horse farm. 

Horse lovers and families will delight in meeting different breeds of horses and get a behind-the-scenes look at the horses that reside here in Saratoga County. Participating farms include: 

Cross Timbers Ranch
122 Barney Road, Middle Grove, NY 12850
Cross Timbers Ranch was started in 2007 by Burt & Diana with the love and compassion they have for these beautiful animals and their owners. Every horse is loved and personally cared for as their own. Cross Timbers Ranch is a 140-acre full-service horse boarding facility. The facility includes a 140’ x 70’ indoor arena, round pens, exercise hills, a Texas Staircase, barrels, poles, multiple obstacle challenges and private trails winding throughout the property. 

Saratoga Glen Farm
100 Duell Road, Schuylerville
Saratoga Glen Farm is owned and managed by the husband-and-wife team of Dan & Kathy Barraclough. Located 12 minutes from Saratoga Racetrack, Saratoga Glen encompasses 77 acres of grazing land with 3 barns consisting of 42 stalls. As a full-service boarding farm, they offer boarding for foaling and barren mares, yearlings, weanlings, lay-ups, and stallions. Saratoga Glen Farm is also a consigner that sells at the Fasig Tipton Saratoga sales and multiple sales in Kentucky with Keeneland and Fasig Tipton as well as OBS in Florida.

Stark Racing Stable
247 County Route 68, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Stark Racing Stable, located at 247 Co. Route 68 in Saratoga Springs, is a 64-acre harness racing training facility with a half mile training track and 62 stalls spread out between four different barns. The farm includes the usage of an equiciser and a rehab swimming pond. John Stark, owner and trainer, has owned top horses in New York, including 2001 Horse of the Year Bunny Lake, who earned 2.8 million in purses.


Cornell Maple Camp

September 19th through 23rd - Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, Van Etten, NY

Cornell Maple Camp is back! Are you interested in getting started with maple syrup production or making maple confections? This fall, learn from Cornell experts at intensive, back-to-back courses on September 19 through 23 at the Arnot Forest Maple Lab in Van Etten, NY. Participants in Maple Production Camp will take part in an exciting new curriculum featuring hands-on activities, demonstrations, classroom sessions, and supplemental readings. The 3-day course will walk through the whole process of collecting and processing sap in a simulated sugaring operation. Program participants will tap trees, gather sap, boil, and bottle maple syrup. Other topics covered include sugarbush management, tubing collection systems, syrup grading, and business management.

This will be followed by a separate 2-day course focused on the efficient production of high-quality value-added products. Led by maple food scientist Dr. Catherine Belisle, this course will cover the fundamentals of sugar science and crystallization. Participants will take part in guided exercises to produce their own maple sugar, cream, and candy, as well as novel maple products such as shelf-stable marshmallows, fruit leathers, and beverages.

All classes will take place in the newly constructed Arnot Maple Lab at the scenic 4,200-acre Arnot Teaching and Research Forest located just south of Ithaca, New York. Breakfast and lunch are included with registration. Participants are responsible for their own dinner and lodging arrangements, with many choices available in the beautiful finger lakes region which is well-known for its friendly small towns and world-famous wineries.

Visit for further details and registration information. Contact Aaron Wightman at with questions. Space is limited! Sign up today!


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Last updated August 10, 2022